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Release 15.2.0

Giving Aconex Project Owners greater control.

This release gives Aconex Project Owners more control over the metadata associated with project documents.

We’ve expanded the capabilities of cascading metadata, and provided functionality to turn off basic document auto-numbering.

We’ve also added the ability share both mail and documents searches project wide.

Aconex Field users will, as of this release, see images of issues appear as thumbnails in the Issues list.

We’ve also made it possible to delete linked documents from BIM objects. Don’t miss the new sectioning tool in Connected BIM, either.

Note that some of the items mentioned here will be released during this 30-day release cycle, rather than at its start. You may not see some of these additions until later in the cycle.

Aconex Main Application

Cascading metadata now supports 14 fields

Earlier this year, we made ten new single-select list fields available for project document metadata, bringing the total to 14.

As of this release, these fields can be configured into a cascading schema, which gives Project Owners greater control over the capture of document metadata. 

Project-wide saved searches now available

We’ve also added the ability for Project Owners to share Mail and Documents searches across the whole project. This lets Project Owners help all project participants by creating common, standard views into the Document and Mail registers.

Turning off basic document auto-numbering

We’ve built a new project preference that lets Project Owners decide whether or not they want basic document auto-numbering to be available for the project.

Disabling this preference removes the Auto-number checkbox which usually appears beside the Document Number field in the Document Upload screen.  This way, users won’t be confused when document auto-numbering schemes are applied to a project on a per-document-type basis.

Introducing model sectioning

We’ve removed the vertical sectioning sliders from Connected BIM, replacing them with a new sectioning tool that lets you apply up to six planes to a model.

Now, you can easily isolate an area inside a model. And you can share these new sectioned areas with others on the project using mail or comments. You can also save them to your list of viewpoints.

The new Sectioning tool in Connected BIM

Remove linked document from BIM object

A small but useful enhancement in this release will be the ability to remove a document that’s been linked to a BIM object.

With this enhancement, you can easily manage all of the documents associated with objects, and keep links up to date throughout the project.

Supplier Documents now also called “Submittals”

In some project locales, the title Supplier Documents has little meaning. So we’ve made it possible for projects to choose the title they prefer for this module: Supplier Documents or Submittals.

Bug fixes

  • We’ve fixed a bug that automatically re-invited users who had been removed from project when they were included in a mail reply.
  • We’ve fixed a bug which prevented suppliers from bulk-superseding documents before submitting them in a Supplier Document process.
  • We’ve fixed a bug which prevented a supplementary file of markups from being produced when a subworkflow completed.
  • We’ve fixed a bug which prevented some search queries containing a space from returning any results in certain fields.
  • Saved reports in Aconex Reports are saved per user, independently of the project in use. An issue arose when saved reports were run on projects with which the report criteria weren’t compatible. We’ve fixed this issue, so that if criteria are invalid, the report does not use any criteria.
  • Previously, when you created a reply to a BIM comment and that comment was imported into Solibri Model Checker, your reply was disregarded. We’ve corrected this issue.
  • We fixed a bug that stops large models loading into the BIM viewer. Users can now increase the off-heap memory allocation to load larger models.
  • If a user of the new Mail search included a custom forms mail field in their default columns, an error was being displayed when they changed projects. This issue has been corrected.
  • We corrected a bug that prevented users from sending Tender addenda if a recipient of the tender had had their account disabled.
  • We fixed a problem that prevented Chrome users from using the middle mouse button to open links in new tabs.

Aconex Field

An enhancement to Field slated for the last release has been moved to this cycle: thumbnail images will be attached to Issues on both Field Web and Field Mobile. 

Bug fixes

We’ve fixed a bug which prevented users from downloading the Issues PDF to a mobile device.

Aconex Mobile

In this release, we’re overhauling the capabilities of Offline mode to make it smoother and more useful.

We’ve also made some minor interface improvements, including enabling the Response Required Date field for a mail once you choose a response type.

Bug fixes

We addressed an issue that prevented documents from being superseded if only the file was being replaced.

Local Copy

In this release, Local Copy users will notice a range of enhancements. First up, Local Copy will become a Windows service, which means it will now automatically restart and continue to process jobs after a reboot.

It will also check when a new upgrade is available and automatically install it, although users can choose to manually control when the update is installed. And the product will warn users two weeks before the expiry of their license.

Finally, we’ve ended Local Copy support for several legacy operating systems: Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2003. The best experience of Local Copy will be maintained on Windows 10 and Server 2012.

Beta programs

Mail Search beta

We’ve made improvements to both the date and list filters to make it easier and faster to get to the search results you want.

Multi File Upload beta

The multi file upload beta is now available to all users and we’re gathering their feedback for the next round of enhancements.

The old Java-based uploader will be retired in the next few months.