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Author: Ron Palma Revit

Recently David Haynes, Ideate Director of Consulting passed the following tidbit around the office and I thought it could be of use to you. Thanks for the tips David.

Can’t see it in a view? Here are 33 possible reasons…

Checklist: 33 Steps to Find Stuff in Revit

Check to see if:

  1. The element or category is temporarily hidden
  2. The element or category is hidden in the view
  3. The element is being obscured by another element
  4. The element’s category or subcategory is hidden in the view
  5. The element is outside the view’s view range
  6. The view’s far clip depth is not sufficient to show the element
  7. The element resides on a work set that is not loaded within the project
  8. The element resides on a work set that is not visible in the view
  9. The element resides on a work set that is not loaded in a linked file
  10. The element resides on a work set that is not visible in a linked file
  11. The element resides within a group (detail model) and it has been excluded from the group
  12. The element is part of a design option that is not visible in the view
  13. The element is part of a linked file that is not visible in the view
  14. The element has one or more of its edges overridden to display as “Invisible Lines”
  15. The element is a family and none of its geometry is set to be visible in the view type
  16. The element is a family and none of its geometry is set to be visible at the view’s detail level
  17. The element is set to not be visible at the category’s detail level
  18. The element has been placed outside the view's crop region (visible extents)
  19. The element is an annotation element and does not reside entirely within the annotation crop region
  20. The element’s phase settings or the view’s phase settings prevent the element from displaying in the view
  21. The view’s discipline is prohibiting the visibility of the element
  22. The element is affected by a filter applied to the view
  23. The element is subject to an element override, set to background color
  24. The element is subject to a category override, set to background color
  25. The element style is set to background color
  26. The element is constrained to a scope boxes that is not visible in the view
  27. The extents of the element itself don’t permit it to be seen
  28. The element is a mass, and “Show Mass” is turned off
  29. The element’s host view has been deleted (area boundaries)
  30. The view’s scale is prohibiting the element’s visibility
  31. The element is a linked instance with coordinates too great for Revit to handle
  32. The user has incorrectly identified the link instance to which the element belongs
  33. The element is in a link that is not in its correct position

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          Ron Palma
Ron Palma
AEC Application Specialist

Ron has 25+ years of experience in the architectural industry as a drafter, designer, lead project designer, trainer, and a CAD manager implementing Autodesk Architectural Solutions for residential design firms. His instructional accomplishments include: Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI), trainer, support technician, educator at Portland and Clackamas Community Colleges, as well as a U.S. Army certified instructor. Ron holds a BA in Instructional Design suma cum laude, is a member of the Oregon Army National Guard, where he is a First Sergeant of an Infantry Company, specializing in training and mentoring soldiers in their careers, and has been deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Resolute Support. Ron is a published author and continues to write professional technical training manuals and shorts for AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, and Revit. As an Autodesk Certified Instructor and Revit Architecture Autodesk Certified Professional, Ron continues to provide Revit Architecture and AutoCAD training and support for various AEC firms. Find Ron on Twitter.