Vico Software Announces "Introduction to BIM" Seminar for Contra Costa Builders Exchange


Boulder, CO - January 3, 2011 - Vico Software, the leader in 5D Virtual Construction, is pleased to announce a special seminar for the Contra Costa Builders Exchange: An Introduction to BIM.


Every construction firm is doing what it can to bring in new business and feed the pipeline.  BIM is a differentiator that can really sell your firm to Owners.  If you’ve been thinking about BIM, but don’t know where to start, please consider An Introduction to BIM – it’s a free, educational seminar that will give you a thorough understanding of the technology, the methodology, and what’s available in the market.  


Who: Vico Software and the Contra Costa Builders Exchange
What: Introduction to BIM Seminar
When: Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Where:  Contra Costa Builders Exchange, 2440 Stanwell Drive, Ste. B Concord, CA 94520

To learn more about BIM, break down the hype, and better understand the use cases



This seminar is for you and your firm if:



You've heard of BIM but are not quite sure what it means.


You've heard that some Owners are putting BIM deliverables into the contract language.


You want to learn how to use the many models that go into preconstruction analysis.


You're an estimator who wants to learn how to do construction quantity takeoffs and model-based cost planning.


You're a scheduler who wants to better understand flowline theory for planning materials, labor, and resources.


You're a superintendent who wants to learn how to use the BIM out in the field with layouting solutions.


You're an Owner who wants to understand how BIM methodologies would work on your next project.


You already make models in Revit or Tekla or ArchiCAD and want to learn how to augment those models with 4D scheduling and 5D estimating data.


You want to start winning new business by bringing BIM capabilities to the table.


You want a proven methodology for incorporating lean construction techniques into your business.


3D BIM. We'll start with the low-hanging fruit of constructability analysis and coordination with the 3D model. Many contractors  report that this where the "A-ha!" moments occur. Sitting in a weekly meeting with all the subs becomes much more productive when you're able to "ask the model questions" and pose what-if scenarios. And, of course, solving clashes in the virtual building saves time and money over solving the same problem out in the field.


So whether you solve 300 clashes at an average value of $4,000 each or solve 750 clashes at $2,000 a piece, you're still saving a serious amount of money. And given the fact that you won't be engaged in re-work, re-fabrication, and stalled work crews, you'll also be saving on the scheduling side of the equation, too.


4D Scheduling. We'll then move to 4D scheduling and optimal sequencing of tasks and trades. We'll offer a brief primer on flowline scheduling to describe the optimization process with a model-based schedule. It's not rocket science, it's really common sense, but it forces the optimal sequence and flow of trades through the various locations of the building project. As you can image, framing needs to occur before drywall before painting. A flowline schedule lets you visualize the crews by location by productivity rate.  If you can organize the schedule such that trades can "work through" the entire building without stops and starts, you can imagine the better pricing and quality you'll receive.


5D Estimating. Next up is 5D estimating starting with a robust construction quantity takeoff. With these construction quantities, we can drive a precise estimate (and schedule). And with the easy visualization of the model, you can quickly see which elements have been costed already, and which elements still need attention. And it also allows Owners to see which/how areas of the building are contributing to the total cost of the building.


We'll also demonstrate how the estimate lives and breathes throughout the project as the design moves through iterations. As the level of detail increases in the model, the estimate hones in on the final number.


Layouting. The BIM doesn't stay trapped in the corporate office! As the project migrates from preconstruction out to the field, the BIM moves with it! By simply selecting points within the model and transferring them to the Trimble LM 80, they can be laid out in the field with the help of the Total Station. Conversely, construction intersections from the field can be plotted and laid over the BIM to determine tolerances and check for errors.


Production Control. Now in the project engineer's and superintendent's hands, the BIM has a new life in the field. Now the two-week look-ahead schedules for the trades is visual and spot-on based on construction quantities. Now the Friday walk-throughs for percentage complete has a new degree of rigor with the "as built" model.


Throughout the webinar we'll inject case studies and ROI statistics; and, of course, devote time for questions and answers.


Getting the most from your investments is critical.  In this seminar we’ll show you how:



How to take 2D drawings and turn them into a 3D business development model


How to take the 3D business development model and add 4D scheduling and 5D estimating data


How to run a clash detection and work with the team to resolve the issues


How to divide up the project into reasonable zones or locations to optimize the flow of materials and labor


How to derive construction-detail quantities to produce model-based estimates


How to use the model to plot points for layouting…and double-check those points against the model


McGraw-Hill’s BIM SmartMarket Report touted a 300-500% ROI for BIM projects.  Yes, it does take a little money to get started.  Yes, it does take an internal champion to keep the team focused.  Yes, it does take a trusted partner to help you over the first hurdles.  But BIM is a capability that Owners are specifying; BIM is a differentiator against the competition; and BIM is a way to perform profitably on each and every project.


Make your first investment in BIM by attending this seminar.




Vico Office is the first purpose-built construction software that allows users to “plug in” the BIM authoring application of their choice and then perform a constructability analysis, quantity takeoff, location breakdown, a model-based schedule, model-based estimate, and on-site production control, all in an integrated workflow.  The Vico Office platform is designed to help GCs, Architects, and Owners work together to thoroughly understand the project: from clash, to quantities, to locations, to scheduling, and estimating.  One workflow, one platform, all model-based and compatible with many 3D modeling systems.


About Vico’s 5D Virtual Construction Workflow

The BIM process starts with 2D construction drawing set comparisons in Vico Doc Set Manager.  After the BIM models are completed, users can publish, augment, and compare 3D models from multiple project stakeholders all within the Vico Office Client.  For example, the architect can contribute an architectural model in ArchiCAD; the structural engineer can contribute a structural model in Tekla; the mechanical subcontractor can submit a model in Revit MEP; the HVAC subcontractor can submit a model in CAD-Duct.  These models can be combined in Vico Office Constructability Manager where BIM object clashes can be identified and resolved.  If the issues cannot be resolved, they are promoted to an RFI and tracked through the project management data flow.  After the models have been coordinated, users then move to Vico Office Takeoff Manager to generate construction-caliber quantities.  With these quantities in hand, users can proceed to Vico Control for 4D model-based scheduling and production control.  Also with the quantities, estimators can use Vico Office Cost Planner to create multiple iterations of the 5D estimate as the models’ level of detail increases.  With the estimate in place, the users can now track the project budget in Vico Office Cost Explorer, helping the Owner recognize which decisions have the most impact on the budget and schedule.


About Vico Software

Vico Software, Inc. provides software and services to the commercial 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 ArchiCAD, Revit, Tekla, and IFC.  The benefits of our solutions and services have been proven on hundreds of building projects to date.



For More Information, please contact:

Holly Allison

Vice President of Marketing for Vico Software


Skype:  reason8855

Twitter: @letsbuildit

Tel:       +1-978-882-0170 x118 (eastern)