Today’s update has brought an immense functionality that allows users to create Assemblies and new types of a report for Items and Takeoffs. The functionality will help you to create Quotes, Estimates, BoQs and Cost Plans.
Assemblies functionality helps you make a real "object" out of a simple measurement on a drawing. This object can have any properties and parameters you need: geometric, estimating, classification, etc.
Assemblies database has several "levels", which allow you to link simpler entities into whole objects.
This structure is represented by 3 levels: property, item and assembly itself.
— the simplest database element, which is invented to store any parameter: thickness, volume, cost type, classification code, number of layers, etc.
— the next level of the database structure, that contains properties and already carries an applied meaning, providing a connection between all the properties included in it. An item can be material or labour, a set of geometric characteristics of an object. It can also be an area element of the Area Schedule, etc. An item can already be applied to a measurement and then all its properties will be calculated for this measurement.
— a set of items, that serves for the rapid application of several connected items at once and also provides a connection between them. This creates a high-level object that has an internal structure: Assembly — Items — Properties.
Application of entities works through a window that serves as a kind of a connector between your Assemblies database and measurements.
Entities can be applied to multiple measurements or to a folder. Applying measures to a folder means that all the measurements that will be in this folder will apply to themselves the values from the Item that belongs to the folder.
New types of a report represent tables for Takeoffs and Items with really flexible functionality.
The type of a report that is based on your items and assemblies which are applied to Measurements and Folders.
The type of a report that is based on your measurements with default values.