I’m sure you have probably seen this message before:
Can’t edit the element until ‘problemUser’ resaves the element to central and relinquishes it and you Reload Latest

This may be caused by one of your team members not syncing with Central, and then experiencing a crash, or just logging out and going home. Before you send off an angry email, perhaps you could use one of these methods to get rid of the element locks and keep being productive. Method 1 is a bit more disruptive to a large team, while Method 2 is a bit more ‘hacky’. Important: Both methods will mean that ‘problemUser‘ has lost their work and will have to redo it.

So, maybe Method 0 is ‘call problemUser on the phone’ and see if they want to come back into the office to try and sync their work back to Central… but if that isn’t an option, you may have to use one of these methods:

Method 1 – Recreating the Central File:

  1. Notify all team members to Sync with Central and Close Revit
  2. Make a copy of your current Central file and _backup folder and put it somewhere for safekeeping
  3. Detach from Central
  4. Save As Central – overwrite the same file
  5. Notify your team members to open the model again, using ‘Create New Local’ tickbox


Method 2 – Using a Known User Name to Relinquish Element locks

First, make a note of the user name that has the lock. In the image below, it is ‘rds check3‘:


Open a new Revit instance and set that as the user name in Options:


Open the model normally (Create New Local) under that user name, and immediately click ‘Relinquish All Mine’…


… and then Synchronize with Central. The element locks should now be gone.


In one of the other model instances (ie. your own user name), you can now Sync with Central… (or Reload Latest)


… and you can successfully modify the element that was previously locked.


As usual, the best idea is to do What Revit Wants and Sync with Central regularly so that lost work is minimized.

I have posted some other methods before…
Batch Convert DWF to Revit using Navisworks
How to Convert a DWF to Editable Format, or How to Export from Navisworks and Keep Modelling in BIM
Export Geometry from Navisworks into Revit (and back again) using only AutoCAD

… but here is one going via 3dsMax:

  • Export FBX from Navisworks
  • Import to 3dsMax
  • Export SAT
  • Import to Revit



Also, keep in mind that newer versions of AutoCAD can directly link NWC or NWD Navisworks files using CMATTACH (Coordination Model Attach).

Guess what? WordPress.com is different to WordPress.org. WordPress.org is self hosted and you can do things like install plugins. WordPress.com is hosted by, uh, WordPress and you can’t install plugins. But the com version is very easy to set up and use and everything kinda just works.

But have you ever tried to get a Lightbox style ‘click to zoom‘ effect in WordPress.com? Its not immediately obvious, so after figuring it out I wanted to share it.

Firstly, go to your admin dashboard and tick the “Display all your gallery pictures in a cool mosaic” option.


Then, go to a post that has a plain image and start Editing it:


Position your cursor above the old image, then click Add Media.
Important: select Multiple Images here and you will get a Continue button:


In the next screen, click Edit and then use the X to remove any superfluous images, so you can just have one image in the ‘gallery’ if you like:


Set your Layout to Tiled Mosaic and Link to Attachment Page:


After inserting this gallery, you will see that there is a new Gallery object above the old image:


Now, you can delete the old image:


And Update the post:


Now, when you go to the post and click on the image, it will ‘zoomto the image like this:


Here is a live WordPress.com page with the Carousel ‘lightbox‘ enabled:
Rooms to Polycurves – dynamoworks

And here is a link to some documentation:
Galleries and Slideshows — Support — WordPress.com

Office Lens is an amazing app for scanning documents or even whiteboard images directly to images, PDFs, even OneDrive and Office documents. The smoothest way is straight to OneNote. However, it doesn’t run natively on a Surface Pro 3, partly because the Surface Pro 3 just has a fixed focus camera so it doesn’t offer great fidelity when taking a photo of a document.

However, many Windows Phones have great cameras (I use a Lumia 930, with 20-megapixel 1/3” PureView sensor with Carl Zeiss optics). And obviously, they do run the Office Lens app. So, how do we scan a document and get it across to the Surface Pro 3? Well, if we have easy internet access we could just use the integrated OneDrive or OneNote cloud storage. But what if we don’t want to use our mobile data plan?

Here’s one way:

  1. Using Bluetooth, pair your Windows Phone with your Surface device
  2. On the Windows Phone device, start Office Lens and scan the document
  3. Click share this image…
  4. On the Surface device, use Windows+R (Run), then type fsquirt
  5. Click Receive files…
  6. The Surface is now waiting
  7. Back on the Windows Phone, choose Bluetooth
  8. Select the computer name of the Surface device
  9. The image should transfer as a JPG, and you will be prompted to save it

The limitation with this particular method is you have to do one image at a time, it doesn’t transfer multi-page documents as one file. For that, you will probably have to use the OneDrive or OneNote integration… and your data plan or wifi.


Brian Nickel recently sent through a link to the very Elk package for Dynamo, that essentially opens up web geographical data access to Dynamo and thus through to Revit for topography creation and similar.

It was already an established plugin for Grasshopper, but developer Timothy Logan has released a port for Dynamo which can be accessed through the Package Manager.


Elk HKS site:
Elk Mapping Plugin | HKS LINE

Heads-up from:
The Revit Saver: Dynamo – Elk for DynamoBIM by Timothy Logan

Quote from The Revit Saver:
Thank you to Timothy Logan for making Elk available to Dynamo users!

Here are his two videos for how to use the OSM data and Topographical data.

Elk for Dynamo – OSM from Timothy Logan on Vimeo.

Elk for Dynamo – OSM from Timothy Logan on Vimeo.

Some of the links referenced in the above videos:


I had this idea over the holidays… and while it is still in its infancy, I have already received some good feedback along the lines of “this is what people have been looking for…”

I have invited all of the top Dynamo Package developers to be Administrators on DynamoWorks, and as a team I hope we will be able to build up some good, useful, practical content on how to use specific custom nodes in real-world applications.

If you would like to be a co-author, feel free to contact me here or on Twitter, @lukeyjohnson.

Check the site out at: