Vico Software Spearheads Interoperability at the AGC BIM Forum

Outlines Two Key Components for True 5D BIM



Boulder, CO - September 30, 2008 - Interoperability. One big buzzword that means everything to the success of BIM initiatives. Basically, we know that interoperability means systems that exchange data and information freely...AND that those systems are able to process the data (not just pass a flat file and reformat it). Not included in that statement is that anyone must be able to access this application-independent data. On a deeper level, though, interoperability is about diverse organizations working together and the clean information hand-offs between those parties.


At Vico, we believe that the development of interoperability standards is vital to the future of the industry. Further, we are committed to providing open data access in our own 5D Virtual Construction applications, thus ensuring that our users can share data with the extended project team.

Our immediate strategy for improving and coordinating the use of disparate modeling tools is based on two major components:


>> Multiple BIM-authoring platforms
>> Orchestrating the BIM as it progresses through project phases


Let's address these two components in detail:


Multiple BIM-Authoring Platforms

We understand that BIM-authoring tools are the first step towards BIM. The key is tying that 3D Model to a powerful database to express costs and schedules, to truly define the project and explain how, when, and for what price it can be built. 3D constructability models must be data-rich with properties, quantities, means and methods in order to demonstrate the entire building process. At Vico, we've known that multiple BIM-authoring tools are critical for the industry. We've partnered with Tekla, Autodesk, and Graphisoft to author and aggregate the 3D models while we advance the model with 4D scheduling and 5D estimating.


We'll be demonstrating this key aspect of interoperability on the mainstage at the AGC BIM Forum with two of our partners, Tekla and Trimble. This Thursday afternoon's demonstration will illustrate these clean hand-offs from a Tekla steel structures model to our own 5D environment to Trimble with the field team. This scenario is based on the work we're doing at the St. Joseph's Mission Hospital in southern California.



Orchestrating the BIM for Interoperability with the MPS

Vico's Model Progression Specification defines the BIM's precision and suitability for specific uses throughout its evolution on a project. This framework for evolving the design from a very schematic level of detail to a very high level of detail in terms of 3D geometry, cost, and time has been pioneered at Webcor and proposed to the AIA as the preferred methodology.


At Vico, these seamless hand-offs of information are also considered a huge step forward to true interoperability. Vico has developed a way to systematically organize project data for every single checkpoint in the BIM process. The MPS describes how to build the building model including what components should be modeled so that you can create estimates and schedules from the BIM. And in practice, The Vico Way integrates multiple disciplines and provides a coordination point for downstream analyses.


The Model Progression Specification will also be presented from the mainstage at the AGC BIM Forum in DC. Friday morning's panel discussion, "The Practical Concerns of BIM Hand-offs," is sure to be a popular segment of the agenda. Matt Ryan from Webcor will address topics including the Model Progression Specification, Level of Detail, and Model Use Cases. This level of interoperability allows the BIM to expand to model-based estimating and model-based scheduling.


Vico's One-Two Punch

As you can see from the descriptions above, multiple BIM-authoring platforms, in conjunction with the MPS methodology, provides transparency for the owner, along with a control system over the design, cost, and schedule. The Contractor receives streamlined internal processes and meaningful communication between the office and the field. The Architect receives a clean guideline of expectations which they can use to develop the design.


Vico not only solves the interoperability issue by accepting many 3D models, but also offers the most forward-thinking conceptual estimating solution tied to line-of-balance theory for scheduling. Viewing the model rich with schedule and cost information allows true collaboration with project stakeholders and invites many more users to the BIM process.


Utilizing mulitple BIM platforms from multiple project stakeholders and orchestrating the model through its evolution are two key approaches, that taken in tandem, move the interoperability ball signficantly forward.


We invite you to discuss your BIM goals for interoperability with Vico. Schedule an appointment to meet with Vico executives at the AGC BIM Conference in Washington DC. The team will schedule one-on-one meetings from Wednesday afternoon through Friday afternoon to allow you to take advantage of the full agenda.


If you're not attending the DC event, we can schedule a custom webinar for your team. We're happy to work with you to develop an agenda specifically designed for your BIM initiatives.




About Vico Software

Vico Software, Inc. provides 5D Virtual ConstructionTM software and services to the building construction industry. Building owners, general contractors, and construction managers use Vico's software to reduce risk, manage costs, and optimize schedules on large, complex building projects. Vico's integrated solutions, first released in 2005, pioneered the 5D category. The benefits of our solutions and services have been proven with over three hundred customers and two hundred completed building projects to date.


For More Information, please contact:

Holly Allison

Vice President of Marketing for Vico Software


Skype:  reason8855

Tel:       978-882-0170 x118 (eastern)