Tuesday 26 February 2013

How to use the Copy Monitor Tool

How to use the Copy Monitor Tool

 On the Collaborate tab you’ll find the Coordinate panel where the copy monitor tools reside.

We start with the Copy Monitor tool.
From the drop down you can select either Use Current Project or Select Link.

The Current Project tool allows you to copy and monitor objects within your project. You would use this when multiple people are working within the one project.

The Select Link tool allows you to select objects from a linked file and either copy the objects into your project and monitor them or monitor existing project objects compared to objects in the linked file…

Here’s an example:
We have Structural Column placement from our Structural Engineer.
   Structural Column Layout                                         

The Structural file is linked into our Architectural Model. My Architectural Model has Grids and Architectural Columns Wrapping the Structural members.
Pick the Structural Link using the Select Link tool, and then select the Copy tool and then select the Structural grids and Columns (check Multiple).

After selection the objects you want to copy monitor select the Finish on the Option bar.

You can also modify the Copy/Monitor Options and specify the settings for the type of elements.

When you have finished selecting elements to copy into your project click the big green Finish check mark.

These elements are now part of your project and you can manipulate them as required.
The original element remains in the linked file but is watched within your project.

Here I have changed the linked structural columns to Red so we can see the difference. I have moved the copied column to the left.

Some elements such as openings and door and window openings are automatically copied with their associated elements.

So… now if I open my structural file and move the column and grid element, save the file and refresh the link Revit recognizes that some elements have moved and will give me a Warning. Select Ok.

Now that we know that objects have changed we now need to run Coordination Review selecting the linked file.

This will open up a Coordination Review dialog box.
You can Group the information in a variety of combinations of: Status, Category and Rule. If you can’t see anything in the list check each group type.

Also here, under Actions, you can specify how the copied element will be treated: Postpone, Reject, Accept difference or Rename/Move/Modify…(basically, move to new location).

  You can also select the element and click the Show button which will highlight the changed object in your project. You can also generate a HTML report if so required.



  1. i presume if one side or the other adds a gridline, for example, copy/monitor doesn't catch that, and you'll have to manually let the other party know of the additional gridline. Correct?

  2. Hi!
    Do you know if there is any way to say to which object is our, copy/monitored object "linked" to?
    I am looking at a level line ("A") which is monitoring some other level line ("X") in one of the linked models. How do I determine which one among all the levels is "X" to my "A"?

    Thank you in advance!


  3. I copied all of the grids from an architectural model, all of them show up but one. When I try to copy monitor that grid, it says it is already being monitored. I tried viewing in various other views but it still does not show up. How can I UN MONITOR the column and put in a new one, OR MAKE IT SHOW UP?

    1. Not sure what's going on there. Have you checked all your visibility options to see if the other grid will show up?
      when you select the monitored object the ribbon will change and you have the option to "Stop Monitoring". Failing that delete the elements and try again, try copy monitoring the grids into a new project to see if you get the same results.

    2. It might be out of your view depth. It seems as though revit copies to level 0 sometimes instead of the correct level. I copied some fans that came out 100 feet below where I expected them. I just adjusted them to be in the right place. Hopefully that helps.

  4. can someone upload a screen shot of their duct routing preference?

  5. any reason it wont select link for this

  6. Can I copy a beam form my linked model (using copy/monitor)?

  7. Yes, I you can, it's a great tool to help with coordination between consultants.

  8. if a copy monitored level is deleted from the original file - will all scope in my model that is associated with that level be deleted?