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Revit – Project Debugging – Trial and Error Method
Posted by Kent Watson on 13 October 2014 11:23 AM

Tip Title:      Project Debugging – Trial and Error Method

Product:      Revit

Author:        Chad Smith – Consulting Technical Lead



Sometimes in a project you know you have an issue with an element, but don’t necessarily know which element it is which is causing it. How do you go about locating the defective element?



Sometimes when the need calls for it (particularly for corrupt elements) when nothing else has worked, you might have to go back to basics and use the time tested method of Trial and Error. And the best way to do this is by using the Delete key.

NOTE: Before you start, make sure the project has been saved, and preferably to a temporary file. You don’t want to risk deleting elements and accidentally saving over your working file.
If you are working on a Workshared project, close your current Local file and reopen using the Detach from Central option. When the issue is found, go back and correct it permanently in your Local file.

This process starts by deleting half of your project, then checking if the issue is gone. If the issue still exits, then delete half of the remaining elements, and then check again. Keep going with this process until you have honed in on the offending element.

You can double check this is the correct element by undoing all the elements you deleted during the trial and error process, and then deleting just the one element you believe to be the problem. Test it once again, and if the issue is gone then you can either permanently leave the element deleted, or move onto going about fixing the element.


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Fixing Corrupt Elements

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