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Release 17.8.0

Bug fixes and performance enhancements.


There’s a couple of visual changes to Aconex this month – BIM is getting a new name, as is Field Checklists (along with some improvements to go along with the name change). The name changes won’t have any impact on the way things work, just in how they look – see below for screenshots of the changes. There’s also a number of fixes to the document viewer and we’re putting Global Login in beta – you’ll see a link for that on your login screen from now on.

Note that items mentioned here may be released during this 30-day release cycle, rather than at its start. We also stagger the core release dates across the instances.

The core release dates in this cycle are as follows:

• AU1 – August 20        • UK1 – August 28

• Aldar, MEA,                 • HK1 – August 31
   KSA1 – September 1

• CN1 – August 30         • US1 – September 3


BIM is now known as Models

You’ll notice a change to the Aconex navigation bar this month – BIM is getting a new name – Models. You’ll see it in all new and copied projects from August 20, and some existing projects as well. Other existing projects will continue to see BIM (or VDC if that name is being used on your project) in the navigation bar.

We’re changing it because “BIM” refers to more than 3D-model management. The module we called BIM is for managing your project models, but the term “BIM” can encompass all the information you manage in Aconex – your documents, mail and other project data. You can read more about using Aconex as a collaboration and Common Data Environment (CDE) here.


Field Checklists is now known as Field Inspections

We're renaming the Checklists module to Inspections. This aligns the module name with the process it's used for and you'll still be able to use checklists (as well as Field Forms) for your inspections.

Do more with Field in Aconex

Field is becoming more and more integrated within Aconex, and with this release you’ll be able to navigate directly to the Field tab from Issue Report mails. We've also added support for all Aconex languages in Field.  

Comment on Issues while offline

If you lose connection or are in an area where there is no connection, you can continue to work in Field, adding comments to issues, as well as viewing or editing them.


Easier deletion of drafts

We’ve made it easier to delete a draft mail – by adding a Delete button! (Before it was in the options menu.) You’ll also get a pop-up asking you to confirm the deletion – because accidents can happen, and we don’t want that.

Document Viewer

Say hello to Line and Polyline tools              

We’ve introduced the Line and Polyline tools to the viewer toolbar so you can line and polyline anywhere you want on your drawings. 


Global Login

Global Login goes large(r)

Global Login is a new way of logging into Aconex, particularly useful for people who have multiple accounts and projects on the go. From 17.8 you’ll see a link on the instance log-in page inviting you to log in via the Global Login page. If you don’t have a Global Login account, you can create one from that page. Once you enter Global Login, you can add all your Aconex accounts and you’ll have a list of all available projects – regardless of what instance they're on. Just click through to the one you want to access and you’ll be straight to work.


Parallel markups import – September 10          

You can now import markups submitted by other people reviewing the same document as you. This means you can do your review with context from another reviewer, and avoid double-ups during the review.

What exactly does that mean? In a parallel review where there are three reviewers, let's say one reviewer submits their review. The other two reviewers will be alerted that markups are are available from another review. They can click a link to import those markups to their file, and continue with their review. The two reviewers who import the other reviewer's mark-ups can’t delete or edit them, but they can add comments to them. When they submit their mark-ups, their submission will contain the imported markups as well as theirs.           


Export checklists data straight to a spreadsheet

Generate a spreadsheet of your inspections data directly from Field.


Pre-configured Mail-based processes available for viewing – August 31

Some instances in this release will see a change to their RFI Insights report - we're replacing it with a category of reports defined by the mail types used on your project. (If you don’t use one of the supported processes on your project, you won't see a report for it.)

The current mail types supported are:

  • Request For Information
  • Variation
  • Progress Claim
  • Non-Conformance Report or Non Conformance Report
  • Technical Query
  • Design Query
  • Change Request
  • Extension of Time    

Bug Fixes

Text markups get clipped in Adobe Acrobat

Text markups made on a file using the viewer were getting clipped and not displaying correctly when opened in Acrobat or printed – this bug has been fixed.

Document Review drafts will live longer than 7 days

Drafts created in the Document Review process were getting deleted after seven days. This bug has been fixed. Drafts are now always available.

Lead Reviewer cannot delete markups made outside the current review

The Lead Reviewer in a document review lost the ability to edit and delete markups made outside of the current review. This has been fixed, and the Lead Reviewer can now edit or delete any markup on the file, allowing a complete review experience for that role.

Autocad SHX annotations making files unusable

SHX annotations from Autocad are annotations on a file used to make the content of the file text-searchable. These annotations were displaying on the file, making it difficult to review or work on the document. We’ve now hidden the SHX file annotations - they’re still there, but they won’t get in the way anymore.

New markups cannot be edited/deleted

We fixed a bug that was making it impossible to edit or delete your markups.

Viewer "Comment Note" text goes "missing"

It was a little difficult to find text added to a Comment Note markup because people were being directed to add their text in the Reply field rather than the Comment field itself. Now when you add a comment, it will go exactly where it should, and be easy to find as a result.