Thursday, March 18, 2010

Revit MEP Elements Deleted after Linked Arch is Updated

No one wants to see the message below telling them that in order to open their file they must delete an unknown element. It's nice that the message includes the element ID numbers, but they don't seem to be a lot of use for figuring out what you are now missing.

If you note those ID numbers and have a backup file, you can find the elements in that file by going to the Modify tab and picking the Element ID tool.
The Select by ID tool will allow you to enter an ID number, then click the Show button to find out where the darn thing actually is.

If you only have a few elements to find, this can bring you a lot of peace of mind that an important element was not left out. If there are a ton of deletions, it might not be as cool.


Dave Peterson said...

I thought this was not suppose to happen and that the elements would just become non-hosted. Is this something Autodesk will be correcting?

Todd M Shackelford said...

It happens, but it comes down to what type of family was used. Face hosted tend to just hang out, but wall hosted can definitely disappear. I have not tested Revit MEP 2011 to see if things have changed, but I will let you know.