Release Notes for April 8, 2014 Upgrade

Assemble Systems will be performing an upgrade of Assemble on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014, from 7:00 PM-2:00 AM CDT. During this time frame, the Assemble web application may be unavailable for brief periods. 

Users will be required to update the add-in for Revit and AutoCAD. 

Enhancements Added

Choose what to sync back to Revit with NEW Sync by View options!

Adding field data and project management data, such as scheduling information, can be difficult, time-consuming, and even impossible, when trying to add this information directly to Revit. Not all team members on a project have access to Revit, or are not familiar enough with the program to make changes within Revit. In addition, inexperienced Revit users may run the risk of modifying information from the design team, which should not be modified.

Do you need to add information to the model, from the field, like an actual coordination location for your stub-ups? How about addressing color labels or tags for the disciplines in the field? Wouldn't it be great to know who is responsible for each piece of material in the field, so contact can swiftly be made when issues arise?

With Assemble's Properties Manager and sync options, your needs can easily be addressed. And even better, Assemble now offers 3 options for pushing data back to your Revit model. 

    1. Sync, via a saved view in Assemble, only the properties that are chosen as columns for all instances and types in the grid.
    2. Sync all properties for all instances and types in the grid, regardless of which properties are chosen as columns. We recommend using this option very carefully, and strongly encourage you to read the log file after syncing, before deciding to save the model.
    3. Sync all properties for all instances and types, regardless of filters and views. We recommend using this option very carefully, and strongly encourage you to read the log file after syncing, before deciding to save the model.

Let's work through an example together! 

      • Goal: As a QA surveyor for a General Contracting firm, I need to verify the location of major equipment installations. Our firm uses a color-coding scheme on projects to identify the sub-contractor responsible for each piece of material and equipment. By providing the sub-contractor information to our office, our project management team can request Installation & Operation Manuals to provide to the Owner upon project completion.
      • Step 1: A modeler on our BIM team needs to add custom parameters to the model that I can later utilize in the field. I need fields for Field Location and Sub Color Code.


      • Step 2: After the model has been published to Assemble, I can now work in the field to identify the location of each major piece of equipment, along with the contractor who installed it by identifying the subcontractor's color code.


      • Step 3: Once all of the information has been updated in Assemble, I now need to build a view in Assemble, containing my findings, to pass along to our BIM team. Using the keyboard shortcut C, I will add properties that I used; Field Location and Sub Color Code.


    • Step 4: I'll apply filters to separate the work that was field verified. I am applying the filter because I want to update my custom fields for equipment only, and not for ceilings, walls, or any other model objects.


    • Step 5: It's time to save the view. I will call my view Field Verified: Major Equipment, which can later be modified and updated. This saved view is how Assemble will determine what to sync back to Revit.


    • Step 6: In Revit, the modeler for this project will Sync Assemble to the Revit model. That individual will choose the option to Sync from view, and then will select the option to Sync only properties chosen as columns in the view.


    • Step 7: I've indicated to the modeler that the view to use is Field Verified: Major Equipment. Before selecting this view, it's a good idea to click the show view link, just to verify that the view contains the objects and parameters to be synced. A browser window will open to the project, model, version, and view that is going to be synced.


    • Step 8: Verify changes by clicking the View Log button. The log can be emailed to me, to ensure that the outcome is what I expected. Once in agreement, the Revit model can be saved.


Experimental Support for Safari

You've asked for and we're delivering! Assemble will not be blocked when attempting to view Assemble in Safari using a Mac.

The Assemble 3D Viewer requires WebGL, which is disabled by default in Safari on the Mac. Please note that your support for Safari on the Mac is experimental at this time, and although we welcome bug reports, we may not be able to address them as quickly as we would for fully supported browsers.

To enable WebGL in Safari

1.  Open the Safari menu at the top of your screen and select Preferences

2.  At the Advanced tab, at the bottom of the window, check Show Develop menu in menu bar.

3.  Finally, at the top of your screen, open the Develop menu and select Enable WebGL.


Total Cost column in Variance unlocked!

The Total Cost column, a previously locked, default column in Compare mode, is now unlocked and un-docked.

When utilizing Assemble's proprietary fields, Unit Cost and Total Cost, by editing these fields in the Properties Manager, the Total Cost column can be added to see a cost variance between model versions. However, if you are not utilizing this feature, the Total Cost column will be excluded from the Assemble Grid and Excel exports, unless added by the user.

To learn more about Adding Additional Columns in Compare mode, click here.


The power of a Password Reset is in your hands!

Users can now reset forgotten passwords on their own, in addition to contacting Assemble Systems support. Simply click the Forgot your password? link and follow the instructions.

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1. A large number of saved views will not decrease Assemble performance.

2. Group by selections that do not apply to the current model version will revert to the previously selected grouping.

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