Friday, July 4, 2014

Autodesk Revit Model Review - Admin Access Requirement

If you have tried using Autodesk Revit Model Review to either edit and existing checkset or create a new one and you are not a system administrator, you might have run into two known issues. Autodesk Model Review is installed in the \Program Files (x86)\ folder and that requires admin access to edit (thanks for pointing that out Daniel - I should look at the Help file more often). Another issue with the installation is the default output folder (location where checks results will be saved to) is set during installation to the installing user’s documents folder, which as only admins can install, is a folder which the normal users don’t have access rights (thanks Brendon).

If you are not an Admin, you can still create and edit checksets. You just can't save then to the default folder. If you want to run those against models though, we have to alter the ModelReview.config file and that is going to require Admin access.

To change the location of the output file and add a new checkset, open the Model Review config file located:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Autodesk\Autodesk Revit Model Review 2014\ModelReview.config

Edit this file as follows:
  •  Line 9: Copy line 8 to add the information for your new check. I recommend location the check file (.bfc) on a sever or other location that you have read/write access. This will permit you to edit the check file as needed., then copy the physical file to this folder
  • Line 11: Edit the <OutputPath> entry to a location accessible to normal users.

You can then save the ModelReview.config file to a location that you have read/write access. You will then need to find someone in your organization with Admin access that can replace the original Modelreview.config with the file you just created.

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