Unlock Your BIM Data Like Never Before!

Assemble’s new Properties Manager with enhanced Sync capabilities to Revit unlocks the information in your model and enables you to add, modify or share that intelligence with greater ease and efficiency. Does your team spend too much time simply managing large Revit models? Do you want to share information, but not share your model? Does your team add information to models only to lose the intelligence when the model is updated? Do you need a faster, more accurate way of adding intelligence to your models?

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Subcontractor Negotiations: What if there was a better way?

What if you could significantly improve the processing and managing of your negotiations and invoicing with your subcontractors?  You may have the shop drawings, fabrication models, the schedule of values and the invoice in hand, but how do you validate that the work complete matches the invoice? Is the sub really 30% complete with the work? Did the scope of work change? In many cases there isn’t enough time to accurately collect all the information you need to confirm your assumptions. You need to keep the work moving, so you sign off on the invoice and move on. But, what if there was a better way for more transparent communication and validation of the work? Continue reading…

How is Your Design Trending?

One of the biggest challenges in the design process is managing design production. Whether you are an Architect, Engineer, General Contractor or Owner, you have experienced the 6-8 week delays in design progress due to the linear process of design, documentation, estimating, value engineering and redesign. With Assemble, insight into the model information can give you frequent feedback as to how your design is trending against the budget expectations. Tracking progress can be weekly or as frequent as daily if you are in full design production. This insight can significantly impact the design review cycle by giving team members greater awareness of how various design decisions impact the budget parallel to production, giving the design team greater control and the owner a better product.

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Design and Construction Data You Can Trust

Data driven decision making in the design and construction process can lead to greater efficiency in productivity, more accurate design to budget, and better communication and coordination. Assemble customers realize significant time savings and reduction in errors by extracting BIM data, interrogating the information, conditioning it, and validating change quickly. In fact, access to the data is so easy that we are often asked in depth questions by our prospective customers about how we extract data, the accuracy of the information, and how Assemble data is different from other systems. Continue reading…

Ease of Use is All in the Details

“To create something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail.”  Giorgio Armani

This week Assemble is promoting the release of Visual Variance; an enhancement to the Assemble platform that will arm project teams with the tools to create and analyze comprehensive variance reports in real-time.  With Visual Variance, project teams will be able to identify and mitigate potentially significant cost and schedule exposure early in the project.  Without Assemble and Visual Variance this level of detailed analysis would take weeks to complete, and, more often than not, will not get done because of the time constraints inherent in the competitive environment of the construction industry.

We take great pride in delivering significant value to our customers in the form of technological innovation like Visual Variance; however, we are also focused on more subtle product details that will make Assemble even easier to use and enhance your user experience.  We have outlined the details below and if you are an Assemble user, look for “TRY IT→” for a brief exercise to familiarize yourself with the new interface. Continue reading…

Introducing a Quantum Leap in your Design Review Process

noun: quantum leap
a sudden highly significant advance; breakthrough

Today, with our release of Visual Variance, your ability to manage the design review process just got a lot faster, a lot easier, and a lot less error prone. Whether you are an architect reviewing your consultant’s models, a MEP Engineer reviewing new models from the architect or a general contractor reviewing weekly models on a design build project, how long does it take your team to identify design changes? Days? Weeks? Continue reading…

Modeling for Data Management Downstream

A thread on Brian Myer’s Revit Users Linkedin forum has been a good read and inspired a few of us here at Assemble to put our heads together on this topic. The Correct Modeling Practices thread has highlighted the state of building information model development from the perspective of BIM Managers at General Contracting firms and Architecture firms. As more teams leverage BIM information downstream, the question of quality always arises.  Continue reading…

Understanding UniFormat and MasterFormat with BIM

Rich Creveling, Senior Estimator for Swinerton Builders, has vast experience as a VDC Coordinator and BIM consultant.

Building Information Models are rich datasets that can be used in the process of creating estimates. Understanding how to use UniFormat and MasterFormat in a project integrating model-based estimate is often the first step in transitioning from exclusively 2D based inventories and quantities.

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Top 10 Tips for Managing Model Information

3 Reasons to Fire Yourself. 11 Foods to Boost your Metabolism. 9 Steps to a New You. Lists are everywhere and we like them. They are easy to consume when there is so much information to sort through. In the spirit of “lists,” we have highlighted 10 key features that will help you understand how Assemble delivers the model information you need, quickly and easily. Continue reading…

Imperial vs. Metric: Battle Won in Assemble

Around the world, projects are designed using the Metric System of Measurement or the Imperial System of Measurement. Assemble supports both systems on a project-by-project basis and puts the power in your hands. Either publish the model with your desired system in place, or make the change later in Assemble.

Begin by publishing your model to Assemble. During the first publish into a project from the Assemble Add-in for Revit, Assemble detects whether the Revit drawing is using Metric or Imperial units.  If the model is in Metric units, then the publish operation will automatically produce Metric units of measure in Assemble.

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Use Assemble to Estimate by MEPF System

Many MEPF estimators and engineers prefer to organize takeoffs by system.  This can be extremely time-consuming when trying to takeoff a set of plans by hand.  However, if you have a model, Assemble can make this process far easier and faster.

Assemble enables the user to break up the model information and re-sort it by system with a few clicks of the mouse.  You can then individually view the elements that make up the various systems and the quantities associated with them.

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Assemble Makes Navisworks Timeliner Easy

Many firms in the AEC industry have realized just how powerful a construction animation can be for winning a job. However, putting together a Navisworks Timerliner is tedious and time-consuming. Fortunately, Assemble can make putting together Navisworks Timeliner animations easy and fast with our Grouping and Search Set Export features. The steps below outline how an Assemble user can put together a construction animation in less than five minutes.

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Estimation Roll-ups by CSI Code Hierarchies

Effective estimating requires practitioners to work with the hierarchical format structures associated with CSI coding systems.  Rolling-up and/or drilling-down into the details of an estimate are critical steps associated with art of estimating (i.e. rolling-up the associated costs of B1010, B1020, and B1080 into B10 and then into B), but is also a tiresome and error prone endeavor.

Assemble provides proprietary grouping functionality that streamlines the data manipulation task and eliminates the errors caused by manual processes.  With Assemble, estimators can create hierarchical cost breakdowns on  projects in approximately 30 seconds versus the hours it takes to do the same task manually. Continue reading…

Keep It Simple: Assemble’s Commitment to Keeping Our Customers Happy

Ashlee Lydiard“Whoo… that’s some catch, that Catch-22.” – Catch-22 (1970)

Every day we reap the benefits provided to us by laptops, mobile devices, tablets, desktop CPUs, and iPads; limited not only to what we wield at work but also in the sanctity of our homes. However, before we can put these tools to use, we have to learn how they operate. The first time you pressed the power button on your computer, did you know what to do next? Or, upon Revit’s inception into your organization, were you instantly capable of designing a building? Continue reading…

Shared Views in Assemble

Ashlee Lydiard“You may delay, but time will not.” – Benjamin Franklin

We struggle with tight project constraints. We shuffle our schedules when approvals are delayed. We rush to get on site before the pour. And only after we’ve exhausted ourselves by project completion, and upon final payment, do we breathe a little easier. Continue reading…

Assemble at UT Austin

fernanda_leiteDr. Fernanda Leite is an Assistant Professor in Construction Engineering and Project Management, in the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Austin. She has a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering, from Carnegie Mellon University.

The key word in “Building Information Modeling” is “Information”.  Today we don’t have as much in the way of technological constraints as we did a few years ago, so now we are piling a lot of information into these large databases… but we need to make sense of all this information. Continue reading…