Vico and Trimble Hit the Jackpot at World of Concrete

Partners Find Great Industry Appetite for 5D BIM and Layouting


Boulder, CO -- March 10, 2009 -  Vico recently spent two weeks on the road with Trimble to showcase our partnership at the World of Concrete and Trimble's own user group, Dimensions.


World of Concrete was certainly a wild show. Even with show attendance down by 30%, the Trimble booth was buzzing with activity. As the sales team highlighted the robotic Total Station capabilities, they led visitors over to the BIM Corner. Here we were able to show how to link the BIM to the LM 80 and use selected points to layout key placements on site.


Traditional construction methods do not contain the accuracy of the 3D building model when it's time to move from preconstruction to the field. Valuable time and accuracy can be lost by manually scaling distances, calculating angles from plans, turning angles with theodolites and pulling tapes to measure distances.


Vico's integration with Trimble's LM 80 and Total Station streamline the field placement of structural, architectural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineering systems right in the Construction Model. Now contractors can create Building Information Models (BIM) in Vico's Virtual Construction software, export the data directly to the Trimble field layout solution and use the highly accurate data to lay out and construct complex buildings and structures.


We spoke to GCs and concrete specialists from all over the world: Korea, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Hawaii, and even got to see customers in the crowd! Trimble reported that their year-over-year business at the show TRIPLED. And we can believe it from the number of demos we gave! These concrete professionals really saw the power of the integration and how to get even more value from their investment in Trimble.


To see more resources for GCs who self-perform concrete, set aside an hour to view any of these archived webinars:

Vico for Concrete: Lift Drawings and More
Hensel Phelps Denver Justice Case Study
Trimble and Vico Integration
Vico Office


The following week we headed back to Las Vegas to participate in Trimble's user group, called Trimble Dimensions. Again, the crowd was amazing to see. At least 2,500 of us participated in the event that included tracks for all the Trimble product lines and applications.


We participated in the Building Construction tracks along with two of our customers, St. Joseph Health System and PCL. Viktor Bullain, our Director of Customer Implementations, offered a BIM 101 course for people who wanted to put their toes in the water.


It was easiest to start with a case study. Everyone understands that the precision placement of hangers and bracings is critical for safety and off-site material fabrication. This is a key component of successfully extending BIM to subcontractors and field crews. We've seen first-hand how successful the integration is at St. Joseph's Mission Hospital in southern California.


This led to a deeper discussion of the concepts of design to build and build to design. The build to design and design to build processes ensure that the information captured in the building model make it to the construction site and back. The design to build process requires the design team, contractor and subcontractor collaborate early using a 3D model with the right amount of detail. The model helps the project team design structures based on accurate construction information. The second step of the process is the build to design phase. The contractor and subcontractors can use the as-built measurements to verify the quality of construction and check acceptable tolerances using the building model. When as-built conditions are combined and overlaid with the model, the contractor can make sure that all structures are built according to specification. The B2D and D2B processes reduce field rework and allow subcontractors to prefabricate more off-site. The result is reduced field labor hours, therefore reduced cost of the project and savings for all project stakeholders.


We demonstrated how to simplify the placement of structural, concrete, and MEP systems:

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After placing site survey points into the 5D BIM model, users can download critical formwork and steel locations (x, y, z) automatically to their Trimble Total Station;

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Download centerlines and edge lines of piping and ductwork to assist subs in properly placing equipment;

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Automatically generate hanger and insert locations, as well as seismic bracings after positioning the hangers in the model;

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Download locations for hangers and bracing inserts into slab formwork and sleeve locations for floor penetrations to improve structural concrete systems.

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Verify that key elements are installed within acceptable tolerance ranges and resolve any downstream conflicts


This workflow integration provides a significant opportunity for contractors to improve productivity. Now, they can leverage the data from their BIM to physically construct the building. With this integration, there is less time wasted on inefficient layout of the building plan and less waste of materials due to re-work and overages. If these guidelines are followed correctly, it's possible to prefab far more than is typical for one-off designs and to complete the project with no field work.


There was a lot of fun involved in these two shows. Our hats are off to our partner, Trimble, for producing these great events and introducing Vico to so many new GCs. In case you missed us at these events, you can always watch the recorded Fridays with Vico webinar: Bringing BIM to the Field with Trimble and Vico.




About Trimble

Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location-including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has a worldwide presence with more than 3,600 employees in over 18 countries.


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About Vico Software

Vico Software, Inc. provides software and services to the building construction industry.  Building owners, general contractors, and construction managers use our software and our services to reduce risk, manage costs, and optimize schedules on complex building projects.  Vico's 5D Virtual Construction solutions pioneered the category of BIM for Construction, and they remain the industry's most integrated approach to coordination, quantity takeoff, cost estimation, project scheduling, and production control.  The new Vico Office product suite continues this tradition making it possible to leverage many important BIM file formats such as Revit, Tekla, and ArchiCAD.  The benefits of our solutions and services have been proven on hundreds of building projects to date.


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