The Inspect Element tool helps users explore BIM data associated with any given element in their model, and easily document actionable items associated with them. This metadata provides much of the information necessary to quickly get back into your model for revisions.
When inspecting an element, it will temporarily turn opaque until it is deselected, turned red by adding to a report, or until another element is inspected.
With the Inspect Element tool selected, users are able to point at any individual element in their model and pull the trigger to inspect that element. The information displayed differs a bit per file type:
- Revit files- all type and instance properties will be displayed, this includes data like- element and family name, cost, element ID, phasing, etc.
- Navisworks files- all element-level metadata and custom fields will be displayed.
- Other file formats - information available for SketchUp, Rhino, FBX and OBJ, IFC files will include element name, material, and any accessible layer information.
Inspect element feature displays all relevant visibility setting information for elements.
Users can turn off directly within the inspect element menu. This is extremely useful if you don't know what layer an element is on, and in many cases, it will be faster and more convenient than purely using visibility settings for a locating particular layer/category/ etc.
If something needs revision, inspect that element and click "add to report". When an element has been added to a report, it will turn this element red for visual reference, and automatically take a screenshot of that element. For desktop users in unsynced files - reports populate instantly, along with the element name and some basic metadata. For Oculus Quest uers, and meetings, reports will populate in The Prospect Library after a successful sync.
Full details on reports here.
Pro Tip: Revit users are also able to export a report of all element IDs as a CSV file. This helps to quickly and easily go back into Revit to make any necessary changes, based on Element ID. Full details on this workflow available here.