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Release 19.8.100

In this month’s release you can find out about the brand new Oracle Aconex Mobile app, which is now available to download from your favourite app Store.
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Release Date: 
Thursday, 15 August, 2019

In this release we’ve news about Oracle Aconex Mobile, using auto-numbering on budget changes in Cost, and in Mail, setting up default response times.

  • Take advantage of the new auto-numbering feature when creating budget changes in Cost.
  • Help users set the correct amount of time a mail recipient has to respond to a mail.

Note that some of the items mentioned here will be released during the 30-day release cycle, rather than at its start. 

Aconex General

Changing the way you navigate Project Settings

We're introducing new ways of navigating Project Settings in Setup as part of our long-term plan to update this area's look, feel and navigation. The changes will roll out over a number of releases, and will make it easier to find related settings. This includes grouping common themes together under one tab. 

For example, on the Project tab, you can see the following pages:

  • Project Details – as this is selected, you can see information relating to the project such as its name, the type of project and contact details.
  • Working Week
  • Project Users.
The Projects settings showing an example of the new tab navigation.

Oracle Aconex Mobile Application

The new Oracle Aconex mobile application is now in the app store, and is available for Apple and Android devices, including phones and tablets.

This release supports drawings, issues, pin issue to drawings and checklist inspections. In the coming months we’ll be adding PDF Forms, and will continue to integrate other features from the current mobile application suite.

You can use the new app alongside your existing Oracle Aconex Field app if you wish, and swap between the two as you get used to the new format. Please ensure you synchronize all data with the server before swapping between apps.

The Oracle Aconex App in store.

Cost

Using Auto-numbering when adding budget changes

We've sped up the process of adding multiple budget changes with the new auto-numbering functionality. When you add a new change, and select Save & Add Another, the “Budget Change No.” field is automatically updated using the number you've just added.

And it's pretty smart too, as it updates the Budget Change No field it automatically detects the format you've used. For example, if you enter AA, and then select Save & Add Another, Aconex will call the next one AB. Likewise, if you were to call it DC-0001, then the next one would be DC-0002.

The Add Budget Change window with the Budget Change No field highlighted.
Filtering Time Phased Data reports

You can now filter the results of a Time Phased Data report. Having set up a filter, you can save and apply them by Control Account, Control Element, and other fields from the Cost Worksheet. See also Hiding the Unassigned Column in Time Phased Data Reports in Release 19.4.100.

An example report showing the filtering options.

Documents

Previewing JPG and PNG files in the Doc register

You can now include JPG and PNG file types when previewing files in the Doc Register.

Mail

Configuring default response times for mail

We've made it easier for Mail users to set response due dates, by adding functionality that lets Project Admins set time frames for the mail type selected by the mail sender. This removes the guess work for the sender as they no longer have to decide the date for themselves.

As a Project Admin, you can set the time frame for all mail types that need a responses as required. You do this using Response Time Frame in Settings/Mail Types. From here you have to:

  1. Select Mail Types.
  2. Select Edit Mail Forms for the appropriate mail type. This opens Mail Forms - [mail type].
  3. The new option is under Mail Fields/Response Required.
  4. From here you can set the number of days and, optionally, add a tool tip giving more information about the number of days set.
The Mail Forms window.
The Edit Response Time Fram window with the Time Frame and Tool Tip options highlighted.

Inspections

Start and edit Inspection PDF Forms from your desktop

It's now possible for you to preview, start and edit inspection PDF forms on your desktop. You can also add line, arrow, pencil and photo annotations to them. All you have to do is start a new one and select the PDF template. You can then re-open it, add updates and save it as the inspection progresses.

An example of a PDF inspection form.
Saving Inspections exported to PDF to Temporary Files in the Docs Register

As of this release, you'll be able to save an inspections exported to PDF to temporary files. This means you'll not only have a record for compliance purposes, but you'll streamline sharing and collaborating on inspections using the document download and transmittal functionality.

To do this, select Actions/Save to Temporary Files and entering/saving a File Name. You'll receive an email notification once the PDF has been saved.

The Sections menu showing the Save to Temporary files option.
The Save Options window showing an example of a file name.

Release dates schedule

AU 1: 08/09HK 1: 04/09KSA 1: 06/09MEA 1: 06/09AU 2: 04/09
UK 1: 09/09CN 1: 05/09US 1: 08/09ALD: 06/09US 2: 05/09