Conceptual Estimating for Budget Analysis during Design

Budget singlehandedly defines more decisions in a construction project than any other factor. While the design, functionality, and schedule are all very important in the decision making process, nothing speaks more loudly at the project table than budget. As such, it is critical to the success of any design and construction project to have a firm handle on the cost and how that corresponds to the project budget.

Unfortunately budget and design are similar to the chicken and the egg. You have to have one to determine the other. Without a detailed design, there can’t be a reasonably accurate cost. At the same time, a lot of the design decisions made en route of the detailed design need to have cost implications in mind for the best decision to be made.
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Improve Model Data Quality for 3D and 4D Scheduling & Estimating!

See what leveraging complementary VDC tools along with Assemble can do. Curtis Brundidge, VDC Manager at Hoar Construction and Assemble’s Nancy Clark Brown shared real-world examples on how to be more productive and reduce errors in scheduling and estimating by managing coding schemes across BIM activities using Assemble and a VDC tool such as Vico. By comparing model iterations, the team at Hoar is able to complete costing activities in Vico and visualization in Assemble to show owners what has changed within a model week to week and the effect on the overall project.

Also see Excel Import, Assemble’s newest feature that streamlines and accelerates Assemble users’ ability to add and modify large amounts of model information, increasing accuracy, productivity, and efficiency throughout construction projects.

Tip & Trick: Save Time with Assemble’s Shortcut Keys

Shortcut keys allow you to quickly maneuver around in Assemble without constantly switching from keyboard to mouse to keyboard.

Do you need to expand or collapse the grid without using mouse-click icons? Simply use the < and > keys. Quickly open the Properties Manager window by pressing I on your keyboard. Use C to add columns and B to edit your grouping. And as always, ESC will de-select everything selected in the grid and viewer.


Going to RTC? Assemble will be there too.

The Revit Technology Conference is the premier Revit event in North America and we’ll be there to show you how Assemble unlocks the BIM data within your Revit models for better project outcomes.

Visit our booth #7, and bring along a flash drive with your Revit model to see how Assemble gives you access to your BIM data and lets you publish, manage, and share all this information with members of your team without access to Revit.

Use this data to:

  • Automate Model Takeoffs
  • Add Intelligence Back to the Model
  • Use Model Data for Downstream Processes
  • Collaborate with Stakeholders

And now is the prefect time to try Assemble with our June promotion.

We hope to see you in Chicago! Be sure to enter to win our daily prizes.

Assembling in the Cloud: Enterprise-Class Security for All!

Over the past few weeks, many of our customers were required to change their passwords to make them stronger and less likely to be hacked. Not too worry, Assemble hasn’t been hacked! But, we want to make sure that our customers’ data stays safe and secure. This minor inconvenience was critical to providing all our customers with the security they should expect from any world-class web application. Increasing password strength is just the tip of the iceberg. We’ve added a number of enterprise-class security and administration enhancements so you can rest easy knowing Assemble is keeping your project data safe, so you can keep delivering the most advanced BIM services without worry about the security of your information.
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Get Your Model in Shape!

AEC firms are discovering how quickly they can integrate Assemble into their current projects. Using Assemble to interrogate models and condition the model information, Assemble users now have the quality model needed for construction projects.

If you create or receive models in AutoCAD or Revit, you are minutes away from accessing your model data in Assemble. As a web-based solution, you and your team can use Assemble to access and enrich your model from anywhere. And, unlimited users enables your entire team to work with most up-to-date information.

With an introductory offer of $1,500, now is the perfect time to try Assemble for 90 days.
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Condition Your Model to Get More out of BIM

Conditioning Revit models with Assemble results in a more comprehensive and complete BIM deliverable. This is a fast and effective way of customizing model information for a variety of downstream uses.

Project teams benefit from better insight into projects earlier in pre-construction, resulting in greater time and cost efficiencies throughout the design and construction process.

Watch this video to see how to get more out of the models you work with by conditioning them with your own information including work break down structures, bid package information, and naming conventions, all of which are critical to the BIM process.

Assemble Accelerates the Bid Process

Darren Roos, Corporate BIM/VDC Director at Bernards, joined Assemble Systems for a webinar to share how his company leverages Assemble for the bid process.

Bernards has been using Assemble for over two years, to extract all the needed information out of a Revit model for:

  • Accurate understanding of building systems
  • Validation of quantities, takeoffs for reduced errors
  • Quick insight to scope and scope gaps in original estimate templates

With Assemble you can extract data for quantities, takeoffs, and verification in the architecture, structural, and mechanical models and share the information in Assemble, or export to Excel or Navisworks. Any changes made will be identified in the exports.

Throughout the bid process here are just some of the benefits of Assemble:

  • Functions as the central database for information
  • Provides visual verification of quantities and what they correspond to in the model
  • Assists architects in fine tuning the model
  • Saves construction companies time with quantity takeoffs
  • Enables subcontractors to provide a more accurate number

During bid day, every minute counts. Using Assemble lets Bernards save time by quickly comparing estimates with incoming subcontractors bids, and verify last minute changes, providing for greater accuracy.

Learn more about how Bernards is saving time and finding greater accuracy in using Assemble.

BIM Data Has Never Been So Accessible

Learn more about Assemble’s Properties Manager with enhanced Sync capabilities. See how you can access, use, and share the data in your construction model to create a higher quality model with a single source of data.

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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