Here are a few tips to consider when planning to incorporate Assemble into your BIM project.
Ensure level integrity - Filtering a model in Assemble by level is an easy way to iterate through a building to verify design completion, decisions, and quantities. Level filtering also allows you to target an individual floor of the building and view only that floor’s data and quantities. One of the keys to level integrity is having the top constraint set to the level above and not to span multiple levels with a single object. While it is common to have some items, such as elevator shafts, columns, exterior skin, span the entire height of the building, you lose the ability to work the objects on any level other than the one assigned.
Utilize worksets in logical building breakdown - In addition to allowing multiple people to work on a single model, Worksets allow for you to split up the building in logical arrangements. It is often necessary for owners to review the building information categorized in different ways. It may be a hospital divided by departments, a multi-use building separated by retail, residential, and parking, or an office building organized by program areas. By utilizing Worksets when creating the model, you build in a powerful and easy way to group and filter the data within Assemble. With saved views for each Workset, you are able to quickly generate reports that organize the building’s data in the way that makes the most sense to the owner.
Added parameters - The inclusion of custom type and instance parameters result in limitless ways for which you can group and filter your model. In addition, the extra parameters allow you to increase the possible workflows and extend the life of your model well past the pre-construction and estimating phases. Simply adding “constructed” and “constructed date” parameters allow you to track current state of construction and identify what was built, when, and compare that to the anticipated schedule. Furthermore, you can use the automatically generated quantities from Assemble in conjunction with the constructed date and verify quantities and progress from sub-contractor pay requests. All of this is possible by adding two custom parameters and publishing to Assemble.