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AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition, Update 3 (v10.03.00.40)

The AECOsim product team is pleased to announce the availability of AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition, Update 3 (v10.03.00.40) on Fulfillment Center and for update through the CONNECTION Client. The product is available in six (6) languages - Chinese (Simplified), English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, and includes fourteen (14) regional datasets - Australia, China, Denmark, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Neutral Metric, New Zealand, Sweden, Singapore, United Kingdom, and United States (Imperial & Metric). This version incorporates several new productivity enhancements as well as user-requested fixes. It also includes updates from MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 8. Please refer to the "What's New Highlights" section below for some of the product updates and enhancements.

Update via CONNECTION Client:

If you have AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition already installed on your computer, you can incrementally download and install AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition, Update 3 from the CONNECTION Client. It will replace any earlier versions of the product. Sign into the CONNECTION Client to view and apply your Application updates. If necessary, please refer to the CONNECTION Client help for more information on installing the update.

 Download from Fulfillment Center:

If you would like the full installation of AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition x64 (Full) Update 3, please follow these steps to download it from Fulfillment Center:

• Sign in to Bentley.com
• Browse to Support
• Select Go To Portal
• Choose “Software Downloads” from "My Support"
• Select the Brand “AECOsim” and then select the Generation of CONNECT Edition.
• Download the latest release by clicking on the arrow to expand the selection and then on AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition x64 Update 3 version 10.03.00.40

The Fulfillment Center can also be accessed through the CONNECTION Client. Open the CONNECTION Client from the system tray and select CONNECTION Center. Scroll down to the “My Support” section and select the “Software Downloads” portal. This will take you to the Fulfillment Center.

Important installation requirements and notices are found in the Readme.

 
What's New Highlights

• Graphical Column Schedules

Graphical Column Schedules functionality is re-introduced, simplified, and works within the Building Drawing Composition workflow. Automatically create steel and concrete column schedule reports using physical and analytical data contained in your Structural model. This includes concrete reinforcement data imported via ISM.

• Stair Tool Enhancements

Stair interface integrated – The Stair tool is now integrated with the Ribbon Bar interface and uses the common properties dialog when placing or modifying stairs. Stair placement settings are now listed on the contextual Placement ribbon tab, and all properties are located on the standard Place Stair Property Panel.
 
Stair Construction Settlings Dialog - A new Stair Construction Settings dialog replaces the previous Stair Properties dialog and Stair Placement Settings toolbox. Settings for managing stair configurations are consolidated in the new dialog.
 
Ability to Rotate Stair Run - Stairs with landings and more than one run now contain a handle at the center of the ending run. This handle can be manipulated to Change Flight Angle or rotate the direction of the second run about the landing center point.

• Railing Tool Enhancements

Place Railing options - New options added to the Place Railing contextual ribbon tab (Placement > Placement Options) provide additional flexibility to construct complex railings, with or without the start/end post and to segment railings along an arc.
 
User-Defined Parametric Balusters and Panels - The Railing Construction Settings - Balusters tab is enhanced to provide you with two new methods for creating parametric balusters and panels in your railing assembly. 

• Unified Join Tool

Joining tools functionality is enhanced to provide a generic Join Element tool that can join Architectural, Mechanical, and Structural elements. Previously, these Building disciplines had separate joining tools.  

• Space tool User Interface

The previous Create Space user interface is standardized to use the common properties dialog and contextual ribbon tabs when placing or modifying spaces. Spaces placement settings are now listed on the contextual Placement ribbon tab, and all properties are located on the standard Create Space Property Panel.

• Reporting/Scheduling

Reporting of area and volume of modeled solids and/or surfaces within Building Schedules - When users attach a Catalog definition to user-defined modeled solids and/or surfaces, they can now report on their available surface area and/or volume.

The key to adding these two values to any schedule would be to include two specifically named properties in the object schema: 1) a property with the name of “SurfaceArea” with an “Area Units” data type to report on the modeled objects Surface Area 2) a property with the name of “NetVolume” with a “Volume Units” data type to report on the modeled objects Net Volume, if available (not available on surface models)
 
(Note: In its current implementation, volume is associated to any property with a volume data type. This will be corrected to be focused on the “NetVolume” property name in the next update)

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