How to Fix Object Visibility in Revit

When working in Revit, sometimes loaded objects don’t appear in different views the way you expect. If that’s the case, there are several ways you can fix the object. 

Part of Family Not Showing

If part of the object is missing, there may be a yes/no parameter(s) that controls the visibility. This can be checked in the project or in the family. To check in the project, highlight/click on the element and go to Edit Type. Check to see if there are parameters about the part that is not showing. The parameters that control object part visibility in the project are yes/no parameters located in the visibility section of the objects properties 

Sometimes the parameter is controlled by a formula that is dependent on other parameters. For example, this seating object has a base that does not show unless the Has Base parameter is turned on. The parameter is determined by the object’s legs, and that parameter needs a Base Height of 4”.

If you change the Base Height to 5, then the Has Base parameter will be checked and visible in the model.

Detail Level Visibility

Another reason an object is missing parts could be because they aren’t visible on different levels of detail. The easiest way to check is to change the detail level of the main model to Fine/Medium/Coarse.

Detail of Family on Coarse

Detail of Family on Medium

Detail of Family on Fine

If all parts of the object need to show in any view at any detail level, the visibility can be changed in the family’s model.

Need help with this workflow? Don’t hesitate to reach out!

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