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 flagged, deselected, or 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 files will include element name, material, and any accessible layer information.
Pro Tip: Inspect element feature displays layer information for elements. Users can turn off a given layer directly within the inspect element menu. This is particularly handy if you don't know what layer an element is on.
If something needs revision, inspect that element and click "flag". Flagging an element will turn this element red, automatically take a screenshot of that element, and add it to your report, along with the element name and some basic metadata. Full details on reports here.
Revit users are also able to export a report of all flagged elements 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.