Element ID’s And Weeding Out Problem Objects
Occasionally you may come across objects with degenerated scripts, bad geometry or missing attributes. These can cause error reports to generate. While most of these error reports may seem like line after line of gibberish, some key lines can give clues as to the source of the problem. If the problem stems from an object the object name may appear. Regardless of the element type, the Element ID will always show up in a line. If you have 2,000 objects all labeled “Z M067” in the element ID field it may be a little tricky finding the one or two that are messing things up.
If you are lucky enough to track down a line of the report that gives you the elements actual name or type you can search for those objects using the find and select feature. In this case it was a shower head object and was easily discernible in the error report via the object name.
It is almost always a good idea, however to add a unique Element ID to your objects, walls, floors, roofs, columns and beams that references the objects function, type, size or location. This element ID can be used for or associated with labeling elements, scheduling or searching.