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    When Revit makes unintended changes for my model

    Working in Revit for a few years now. There are times when an element changes that was not intended to do so. Sometimes, my dimensions disappear or the graphics of an element will change unintentionally, because I changed the height of the element or a view range to see a different element. It has been difficult to track what was changed and what wasn't meant to change but did. Often, I wont catch these unintended changes until someone else notices it - this is because when I am reviewing my work, I am mostly looking for the revisions I went into change. I would consider myself an intermediate user, but at times like this I feel very much like a beginner making these rookie mistakes. I try to pay attention to the warnings Revit gives me, but sometimes the unintended change will happen that doesn't generate a warning. Is there anyone else out there that struggled with these unintended embarrassing changes that would happen? How did you manage it? What helped?

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    There are probably many things that add up to your situation.

    (1) - Use views dedicated to sheets and another set of views dedicate to working/modeling tasks. This way you can do modelling tasks and manipulate the view(s) so it easy to model but it does not affect views that carry annotation. For example, dimensions disappear when the elements they reference are no longer visible. If you change the view range to see something for modeling reasons and you don't restore the View Range settings your dimensions are now gone.

    (2) - View Templates - Apply these to sheet views so that as many views as possible are governed the same way for the same reasons. Leave working views free to manipulate without the constraints required by the view templates.

    (3) - Families that are not built consistently can lose dimensions when you swap between family and/or types. If the references are not the same a dimension reference will fail to find an equivalent reference to use during the swap. You'll get a warning. Instead of accepting the warning cancel and look more closely at the families involved to see why they are different. If you mix families from various sources, your own library, Revit City etc, you'll find your documentation at greater risk than working toward having your own content that is built consistently.

    (4) - Dimensioning/Tagging linked files is volatile because you have no control over those elements and relying on them from reload to reload is risky.

    That's a start...
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