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Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 2:51:57 PM | Odd Level/family placement issue




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I have a townhouse project in Revit (2011) with 7 floor levels (Cellar, Basement, Parlor, Second, Third, Roof, Bulkhead Roof). When I inserted a laptop family onto the 2nd floor and it did not display. After selecting the laptop family from the Family drop down in the Project Browser and using the Select All in Project, I discovered that the laptop was placed on the Cellar floor level. I attempted to place another instance of the latop in on the Second floor level and saw that in the Properties palette, the insert level was the Cellar floor level, not the level of the view that I was inserting into. I checked the properties of the Second Floor View and confirmed that it was associated with the Second floor level. I then tried to insert the laptop family into other views (Basement, Parlor, Third, Roof), all inserted correctly onto the level of the view into which I was inserting the family - all except the Second floor view which places the family onto the Cellar Level.


It gets even more odd. I then tried inserting a number of families into the Second floor view and got the following results:

1. All Specialty Equipment (such as the laptop) Families defaults to the Cellar floor level, rather than the Second floor level that I was inserting to.

2. Several Furniture Families defaulted to the Parlor floor level rather than the Second floor level.


I then tried inserting several Families into the various other level views (Parlor, Third, Basement, etc.) and got mixed results - most Families default to the level of the view I was inserting into, but some default a level or several levels below.


I've checked all of the problematic Family files and confirmed that all objects in those Families are set to the Ref Level of the Family and not some level below. I can't seem to find any reasonable explanation for this behavior other than a corrupt Project file (while I have experienced various corruptions in Revit, inserted Families, views, I have not ever experienced a corrupt Project file).

To be clear, the issue is only with the default insertion level - I can set the level to the appropriate view after initiating the Place component command, before inserting the Family, as well as being able to change the level after the Family has been inserted.

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Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 3:09:08 PM | Odd Level/family placement issue



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Either someone has changed the work planes in these views or someone has created plans from other levels by copying them, changing the name and changing the view range.


Create new views from the View dropdown / plan (uncheck do not duplicate).  This should solve your problems.  You can copy paste all 2D elements from the views you will be deleting.  (Window the whole view and filter for 2D only items- then copy paste)

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