Product Updates

constructive software release notes 5.39

Constructive 5.39 – Online Selections improvements

1 — My Selections Search by Model Number

When conducting Selections meetings from the My Selections screen, you can now search by Model Number in the modal pop-up when selecting products.

2 Pre-selected Items Select multiple specifications for one line

You can now save time by selecting multiple specifications for one line via multi-select checkboxes, instead of having separate lines for each specification.


3 Bug fixes

Selections – House Types Admin screen

When a user attempts to create a House Type with a name that already exists, they are now prompted to either re-name the existing one — or choose a different name — so that House Types can remain unique for a Company.

Selections – Packages with Note required

Previously, when selecting a Package that contained Items with Notes required, you were unable to successfully select the Package. Now, you are prompted to enter a Note if required on selection of the Package.

Maintenance – Maintenance Report

Fixed incorrect numbering of Maintenance Items.

Usernames with spaces

Constructive now supports Usernames that contain spaces as an allowed character.

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Constructive 5.38

Constructive 5.38 – Two Factor Authentication, Maintenance Improvements

1 — Security

Within Settings, you’ll find a new Security tab that allows you to customise authentication settings and password validations.

NEW – Customise password complexity requirements

You can now customise password validation requirements with number of characters as well as requirements for lowercase letters, uppercase letters, digits, special characters and custom complexity. Try out a test password in place to see if it validates against your requirements.

NEW – Customise password error validation message

Customise the error validation message that appears when your password complexity requirements are not met.

NEW – Two Factor Authentication (TFA)

To increase your security, you can now secure User logins with Two Factor Authentication.


Your users, (internal and clients), can set up TFA at any time by navigating to their account settings, scanning the QR code in their Authenticator application, (eg, Authy, Microsoft Authenticator, Google Authenticator), and entering the six digits displayed in their Authenticator app to complete setup.


Now, whenever they log into Constructive, they’ll be prompted to enter a six-digit code if:

  1. They have not logged into Constructive authenticated with TFA in the number of days specified in the setting TFA Re-authentication Days; or
  2. They are logging in from a new device.

If the user doesn’t have access to their Authenticator app when logging in, they can opt to send a one-time code to their email address, instead, (this code is valid for six minutes). The user has 10 attempts to correctly enter the code before their account is temporarily locked for 20 minutes.


Note that TFA is disabled by default.

Configuration settings

Disabled, Optional or Required TFA

You can prompt your users and clients to set up TFA when they next log-in using their password. Within settings, you can configure your preferred TFA option:

  • Disabled – Never prompt to set up TFA (but the individual user can choose to set it up if they wish)
  • Optional – Prompt user only once to set up TFA with the option to dismiss.
  • Required – User must set up TFA to access their account in Constructive.

TFA Reauthenticate Days

Here you can specify how many days it can be since a user last logged in using TFA, (default and maximum days is 30).

Customise TFA One-Time Code Email

Customise the email that contains the code you send to Users logging in without an Authentication app and set it under: Settings / Notifications / Two Factor Authentication — One-Time Code Email Content.


2 — Maintenance improvements

Structural Warranty Ends On date setting
You can now record the Structural Warranty Ends On Date for a Job within a new date-picker setting in Job Details.

End of Structural Warranty notification

Using the new Structural Warranty Ends On date, you can now notify clients via email that their Structural Warranty period has ended with the End of Structural Warranty email.

Configure this setting under: Settings / Portal / Maintenance under the Notifications heading.

This email is triggered to send on the Structural Warranty Ends On date within Job Details.

Maintenance Inspection On date field

The Maintenance Inspection On date field now appears on the Admin Maintenance Items page(when filtered by Job Number) to help you easily see, or edit, this date while working through a Job’s defects.  Note it can be edited here as well as in Job Details / Maintenance.

Changes to Statuses

We have replaced ‘Created’ with ‘Awaiting Submission’ and have a new pseudo/calculated status of ‘Submitted.’

Awaiting Submission

The previous ‘Created’ status is now named ‘Awaiting Submission’ and is default unticked in the filters in the Maintenance Items screen so you will now not see issues awaiting submission by default.

We have removed the ‘Ignore Due Date’ tick-box as ‘Awaiting Submission’ now covers this requirement and provides a cleaner interface.

Submitted

Submitted status is for items that are locked from client editing, ie, Urgent or past the Maintenance Locked Date. Note this is a pseudo/calculated status only.

Activity Update client notifications

Any time a client-visible status displayed changes, your client will now receive a notification via an Activity Update.

Note that clients only receive this Activity Update about client-facing status changes, not any Builder status changes. Status changes are the only information the client will be made aware of via the Activity Update email. The addition of photos, changing of Urgent, or allocation of dates and trades will not be advised via this email notification.

The following status changes will trigger a client Activity Update notification:

On Review
Approved
Assigned
Rejected
Completed
Submitted Direct — Client (On update only)

Job Number search top field enabled

Job Number search is now enabled in the top Search field of the right-hand panel in the Maintenance Items screen.

New email setting – Maintenance Ends On email content with no items

Sometimes, clients may never report any Maintenance Items during their warranty period. Previously, they would receive the Maintenance Submit Email Content email regardless if there were no defects lodged.

You now have the option for this scenario where there are no Maintenance Items to either disable the Maintenance Submit email so the client receives nothing at the Maintenance Ends on date, or send a custom email advising the Maintenance period is now over.

Price List Report csv extract additions — Manuals and Warranty and Care Information

You can now extract a list of products from the Selection Template that shows you the available documents in the Maintenance categories Manuals and Warranty and Care Information to help review and manage your manuals and warranties at handover. These are marked in two column headers Has Manual and Has Warranty and indicated by True/False.

Maintenance Items – Admin View comment icon visible

If a Maintenance item has one or more comments against it, you will now see a comment icon with the number of comments in Admin View, as already visible in Client View.

Maintenance – Client comments disabled until Maintenance locked

Previously, clients could leave a comment on a Maintenance issue that was created (Awaiting Submission), but not yet Submitted. This triggered a notification email to builders; however, this resulted in many email notifications for comments on non-urgent defects. The preference was to not receive these comments until after the Maintenance Locked On date.

Now, Client comments on non-urgent Maintenance Items are disabled until the Maintenance Locked On date. Clients should edit a Maintenance Item if they wish to add more information.

Please note:

  • Issues flagged as Urgent still have Client comments enabled (which will immediately notify you via email).
  • Builders are still able to add comments during this period.

Issue Types – ‘Unlocked’ months setting

For ‘Unlocked’ Issue Types (defects that can be lodged outside the standard Defect Liability Period), you now have the option to set a custom number of months for the Issue Type to remain unlocked to give you greater flexibility.

For example, appliances may have a 12-month warranty, but a hot water unit may have a 24-month warranty, so you’d enter a different number of months for each to remain unlocked.

Once an Issue Type’s unlocked months is passed, the Issue Type will no longer be ‘Unlocked’.

Configure the unlocked months from your Maintenance Wizard Template under the Issue Types tab.

‘Unlocked’ Issue Types customisable Wizard content for Pre and Post Locked periods

You can now customise the Maintenance Wizard content that is displayed to your clients depending on whether Maintenance is Locked, or not.

Configure content to appear in a Post-locked period by creating a Wizard Rule and create a new condition ‘Maintenance Locked’ by ticking the box. Constructive will check the Job’s Maintenance Locked On Date and display this content only if Maintenance is Locked.


3 — Bug fixes

Jobs – Stop all notifications on cancelled Jobs

Previously, if a Job’s status was ‘Cancelled’, clients would still receive a notification if a document or image was added to their Job in error. Now, if a Job is cancelled, no notifications whatsoever are sent to the client if something were to update on their cancelled Job.

Notifications – Send Low Selections Reminder logic updated

Sometimes, clients would receive Low Selections Reminder emails before they had the chance to register. We’ll now only send this email if the client has previously received an email with a registration link attached to it.

Notifications – Registration Reminder logic updated

We’ll now prevent this email from sending on the same day the Registration email is sent.

Reports – Mood Board Show Special Selections 

The Special Selections nominated to show in the Mood Board Report header are now showing correctly in the header.

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Constructive Product Update Intelligence Analytics 2.3

Intelligence Analytics 2.3 — Job Pipelines

In this release of Intelligence Analytics, we’ve introduced three new pages related to Job Pipelines. Available from the existing Jobs page, Job Pipelines are a new way to analyse the state of your Jobs in Constructive.

Two pipelines have been defined: Selections and Workflow.

Selections Pipeline

Monitor Jobs running through the Selections process. With this report, you can identify jobs that have stopped moving or are taking a long time. Monitor average timeframes moving from meeting complete to Selections finalised.

  1. Job created to selections created: The date the Job was created in Constructive to the date Selections were created.

  2. Selections created to selections available or appointment: This stage has two possible end dates, the date Selections were made available to the client or the completed date for the selection appointment. The earliest of the two is used if the Job has both.

  3. Selections available to appointment: The date Selections were first made available to the client to the completed date for the selection appointment.

  4. Selections appointment to signed off: The date of the selection appointment to the completion date of the Selections Finalised progress task.

Workflow Pipeline

With this report, you can conduct overall monitoring of current workload per stage, identify bubbles and bottlenecks and uncover the average timeframes through each stage. 

  1. Deposit to contract: Completion of deposit to contract signed progress tasks.

  2. Contract to site start: Completion of contract signed to site start progress tasks.

  3. Site start to handover: Completion of site start to handover progress tasks.

  4. Handover to end of maintenance: Completion of handover progress task to the Job maintenance end date.

  5. On hold: The start of the current on-hold period is used for the start of this stage. When the job comes off hold it falls back into the appropriate stage based on progress task completion.

1. New pages

Current Job Stages

See where your Jobs are currently for each pipeline. The current stage for a Job is the earliest stage in the pipeline which the Job has started but not completed. Drill through to Job Stage Details.

Job Stage Completions

Displays Job stage completions over time and average calendar days to completion.

Job Stage Details

See stage detail at the Job level.

2. Small additions and improvements

  • Selection Detail page:
    • Add Is Updated column.
    • Added Choose Anything Details drill through.
    • Added progress complete/incomplete filters, and removed last complete progress item.

  • Job Details page:
    • Added Client Email column.
    • Added Maintenance Coordinator and Supervisor to Job Details.

  • New columns added to price configuration tables: Area, Specification, Override Calculations. Relative price measure updated to honour Override Calculations flag.

  • NPS page: Add Job Created On filter.
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Constructive 5.37.1 – 3D Improvements

1 — 3D improvements: Material rendering, lighting and performance

In this release, we’ve greatly improved our 3D Selections product with the adaption of a new 3D shading material workflow. PBR (Physically Based Rendering) has created a more accurate and realistic rendering of materials.

Lighting has been enhanced to use luminosity and kelvins of real lights resulting in lights appearing physically correct. We’ve also added Bayonet lights (point lights) — light sources illuminate and cast shadows in all directions.

3D has been optimised for improved performance, increased frame rate and faster loading times (approximately 38.5% decrease in draw calls and approximately 11% decrease in GPU memory).

All these improvements make the 3D Selections experience faster, and more accurate, for your clients when considering selections, materials and colour schemes for their new homes.

2 — 3D – Auto-assign Pre-made Models

You now have the ability to auto-assign Pre-made Models depending on House Type and Elevation combinations — allocate kitchen styles and bathroom styles based upon your House Types.

Contact your Client Success Manager to find out more about setting up Pre-Made Models.

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Product Update Constructive 5.37

Constructive 5.37 – Customer Portal To Do List, UI Improvements

This release, we’re introducing a new module — To Do List. A free add-on to Customer Portal, To Do List is an actionable list of everything your clients need to do — now — to progress their home build.

1 — Customer Portal — To Do List

To Do List drives your clients to action their responsibilities. It removes the need to chase up clients manually, reducing delays and missed deadlines, saving you time and resources.

As clients action their To Dos, tasks move to an In Review state. Once you’ve checked their submission and marked it as complete it will be ticked off as Completed, improving customer experience by delivering a satisfying sense of progress.

For more information and a Demo of To Do List, please register your interest here: Customer Portal — To Do List

constructive customer portal builders to do list

2 — User Interface improvements

Client View — Changed order of Client Name and Job Number

In the Client View only, we’ve changed the order of the Job information in the top left-hand navigation to Client Name and Surname, Address and finally the Job Number. This small change helps clients feel valued as individual customers and not ‘just a number.’

Note Admin View retains the previous order of Job Number first for ease of administration.

Progress Emails Settings — Is Selections Visible

Previously, column 5 was titled ‘Is Prestart Created.’ We’ve updated this title to read ‘Is Selections Visible’ to be a more universal terminology.

Maintenance — Allow selection of a Unit Job Number if the Job is a Parent of other Jobs

In a Project Job, you can now select which Unit Job Number you are lodging maintenance defects for if the Job is a Parent of other Jobs.

3 — Bug fix: Area-specific package items now appear

We fixed a bug where packages/package items were missing when those Items had an area specified in a Package.

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Constructive 5.36

Constructive 5.36 — Selections Admin improvements

For this release, we’ve listened to your feedback on the Online Selections Admin screen and implemented many improvements to make your file preparation more efficient.

Please view the video below for an overview of the improvements within Constructive 5.36:

1 — Selections Admin screen improvements

Tick identifies selection made in a Group

Previously, in the Selections Admin screen, it was often difficult to identify where a selection had been made in a Group. Similar to Client View, you’ll now see a tick symbol to the right-hand side of a Group where a selection exists.

Selection Groups after a selection is made

When selecting or unselecting an item, Groups will no longer auto-expand and return you to the top of the area, removing the frustration if you need to make further changes. Now, when you leave a selection and come back, you’ll be returned to the selection made.

Select button and context menu User Interface updated

Previously, ticking a checkbox on the left hand side, (meant for Bulk Actions), could unintentionally be mistaken for selecting an Item (selecting an Item was previously achieved by clicking the 3-dot kebab menu and choosing Select).

To make this more obvious and user-friendly, we’ve created a Select/Unselect button — with it’s own arrow drop-down menu that replaces the previous 3-dot menu — that appears when you hover/highlight on each selection.

Please note: on iPad/Tablet devices, the Select/Unselect buttons will always be visible.

Bulk price override — Type ‘X‘ to delete and revert to original.

You can now type an ‘X‘ character in the edit box to delete your price override and revert back to the original pricing.

Auto-collapse sections

Sections in the Selections Admin screen now have auto-collapse behaviour, similar to Client View selections.

Packages multiple options ‘?‘ flag

As per Client View, you’ll now see a green ‘?‘ symbol to easily identify Packages that contain multiple options for a selection.

2 — Pricing — ‘Advanced Options’ removed and all Pricing options visible

You’ll now see all the Pricing options in one screen, removing the need for you to make an extra click. We’ve removed the ‘Advanced Options’ arrow that expanded access to set an item’s sell price as area-specific, set item pricing, or price bands, by specification, or override differential calculations.

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Constructive Product Update 5.35

Constructive 5.35 —Choose Anything full Item Library access, Online Selections User Interface improvements, New Settings features

1 — NEW: Online Selections — Choose Anything full Item Library access for Selections Consultants

You now have the ability on a Selection level to flexibly allow access to the full Constructive Item Library so Selection Consultants can choose anything as they wish.

For example, you might choose to allow any tapware from the Item Library, but carpets may remain restricted to certain brands.

When Choose Anything is activated, the full item library is available/searchable for that particular selection.

Please note:

  • This will not show to end clients.
  • Choose Anything selections prices are shown as Price Override.
  • Full Item Library access means Selections Consultants may search and select items that aren’t relevant to the selection.

For more information, please contact your Client Success Manager.

2 — Online Selections — User Interface improvements

  • NEW Previous button  Currently, when navigating their Online Selections journey, clients click ‘Next’ to step forward. We now have a new ‘Previous’ button to step clients backward so they no longer have to navigate back via the template list in the sidebar. Please note the behaviour of ‘Previous’ is the opposite of the ‘Next’ button — it will navigate back to the last selection visible to the user.
  • Re-direct to My Selections once the final Next button action is completed To improve clients’ user experience, when using the ‘Next‘ button to navigate through Online Selections in a guided way, when they reach the end of the process they’re now automatically redirected to My Selections rather than seeing a de-activated ‘Next‘ button.
  • Report header ‘Lot Address’ re-named to ‘Address’ Field label ‘Lot Address‘ has been re-named to ‘Address‘ to be applicable to all Jobs.
  • Accordion collapse by Company in Item Usage sidebar The Item Usage sidebar will now accordion collapse by Company for greater visual ease when reviewing usage of an item within companies and templates.
  • Type to search in Specification creation You can now type to search the Company/Business Unit/Brand you want to assign your specification to, saving time by no longer needing to scroll through the list.

3 — NEW: Settings features

  • Set Registration Email Delay You now have the option to delay the Registration Email within Settings by Number of Days.
  • Multiple Lines in Address display The Address field now supports multiple display lines. This is a great option if you wish to include your display locations, and/or don’t want to create new regions when you’re only looking to create multiple addresses. Similar to Opening Hours, each address is separated on an individual line and each new address begins with the address icon.
  • Maintenance Page Instructions update: Maintenance Pre-Locked and Post-Locked Info Messages You currently have an editable area in Settings / Portal / Maintenance called ‘Maintenance Page Instructions’ that appears on the client Maintenance landing page. We have introduced a new field that will display different content after Maintenance is ‘locked‘.

    Use this space to inform clients when they log in after the Maintenance Locked Date that they can no longer log issues, and educate them on what they should do about things that fall outside of the maintenance period, for example, structural warranties.

    Please note: Maintenance Page Instructions has been re-named to Maintenance Page Instructions – Pre-Locked. This is configured to appear before the Maintenance Ends On date.

    The new settings field is named Maintenance Page Instructions – Post Locked. This is configured to appear on and after Maintenance Ends On Date, and/or if Maintenance is ‘locked.’

4 — 3D Models — New column: Created On

We have a new, sortable column called Created On that sit alongside existing columns Model Type and Size.

Created On allows you to quickly sort and find your most recently loaded model.

5 — Bug Fixes

  • Messages You can no longer be sent an empty comment.
  • House Types When saving a house type after adding an area, if the Save button is double-clicked rapidly, it no longer results in duplicated house area.
  • Reports Fixed date discrepancies due to timezone differences.
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Constructive v 5.34

Constructive 5.34 —Maintenance admin improvements

We are constantly improving our software at Constructive and in this release, we’ve listened to your feedback and made many enhancements within the admin areas in our newest module, Maintenance, to create greater efficiencies and free-up your Maintenance team’s time.

1 — Maintenance – Wizard rules retained and default ‘Urgent’ issue types locked

When a client is entering a new Maintenance Issue and ‘skips’ the wizard, landing on the review before submitting page, your mandatory requirement rules (eg photo required) and default Urgent issue types are now retained.

2 — Maintenance – Auto-populate date on status change

When a defect’s status changes to ‘Assigned’, if the assigned date field is empty, the date now auto-populates to today’s date. (Previously, this had to be set manually).

3 — Role permissions update

Role types Maintenance Coordinator and Maintenance Supervisor cannot edit the Maintenance Wizard. They can add a contact to the Job.

4 — Maintenance – New date field: Maintenance Inspection

In Job Details, you can now record a date for a booked Maintenance Inspection.

5 — Maintenance – Duplicate an item

You now have the ability to duplicate a Maintenance item to make a copy to work from to save time. To duplicate a Maintenance item, simply click the 3-dot kebab menu on the item you wish to copy and select Duplicate.

6 — Maintenance – New filter: Assigned Contact

In your Maintenance Items Admin screen, you have a new filter available: Assigned Contact. Individual staff members can now filter to see all their clients’ defects in one place.

7 — Maintenance – New Issue Category

To assist with reporting, you can now classify issues by defect category: Defect Liability Period, Structural Warranty, Latent Defects, Extended Warranty or Outstanding PCI Item.

When an issue is logged, if it falls into the time period before the Maintenance Ends On date, it will be auto-assigned to Defect Liability Period. If the time period is after the Maintenance Ends On date, it will be blank — your Maintenance Coordinator, Maintenance Supervisor or Company Admin will need to manually assign an Issue Category in this instance.

8 — Maintenance – New Internal Note field

On the Maintenance Item admin screen, we’ve introduced a new text field called Internal Note. Clients cannot see this note, so you can use it to record information for your internal team that you don’t want clients to see.

9 — Bug fixes

  • Selection Template performance improvement — Performance improved on large Selection Templates load-time.
  • Maintenance – Issue Description field – Cursor no longer moves when client enters text.
  • Maintenance – Create another Job selection issue — When entering multiple issues against a job, you no longer have to re-select the Job.
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