In April of 2015, I wrote The Importance of Auditing Revit Models and, more recently, another blog post, Too Many Missing Elements. (Be sure to read these articles if you have not yet done so.) The reason I wrote these posts was we have seen many cases in which our customers were experiencing a rash of file errors, such as corrupt families within a Revit project. At that time, I emphasized the importance of clicking the ‘Audit’ button at the bottom left corner of the Open dialogue box whenever files were being upgraded from one Revit version to the next (either Revit 2015 to Revit 2016 or Revit 2016 First Customer Ship to Revit 2016 R2) and whenever you were experiencing file errors or performance issues.
Besides clicking the ‘Audit’ button from time to time, I now want to call attention to the fact it is also really important to “Audit” your Revit models, on at least a weekly basis. You want to regularly be looking for warning signs your model is heading for trouble and whether or not you are deviating from office standards. For example, look at the Revit Warnings to see how many you have and which one’s deal with calculation and redundancy issues. These types of warnings usually contribute to file performance issues and potential file opening and upgrading problems as well. In addition, use the powerful tools within Ideate Explorer to have a quick overall look at your model so that you can make informed decisions on how to correct or improve your model’s health and performance.
Go more in depth with auditing Revit models by watching this video I put together for you, Part 2: The importance of Auditing Revit Models.
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AEC Senior Application Specialist
Sash is a registered Architect and LEED Accredited Professional who holds a Master of Architecture from Montana State University. Sash’s experience includes project management, BIM management, and design for architectural firms in California, Montana, and Oregon. In addition to being a Bluebeam Certified Instructor, Sash is an Autodesk Certified Instructor who provides Revit Architecture training and solutions for AECO firms. Find Sash on Twitter.