4D BIM Scheduling with Vico Office


We recently had a question on a LinkedIn Construction Group that went right to the heart of the current discussion on model-based scheduling.


The question was, “In 20 words, what does 4D BIM mean to Vico?”  The off the cuff answer is, “It sure isn’t a movie!”  But our customers and clients would answer simply: 4D BIM scheduling is comprised of 4 components: quantities by location, flowline theory, on-site production control, and 4D simulations. And that’s just 19 words.


We’ve already had webinars which focused on location-based management, our location breakdown structure application, and even on flowline theory.  So this Fridays with Vico webinar will focus on creating and optimizing the plan with Schedule Planner and then managing the schedule on-site with Production Controller.  And, of course, we’ll see that 4D Manager, with its multiple simulations of the project by trades, is the perfect vehicle for communicating that schedule with Subs.


Join us for this software demonstration edition of Fridays with Vico:


 Planning and Controlling the 4D BIM Construction Schedule


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Since we have already explained the quantities by location portion in our last webinar on LBS Manager, let’s jump ahead…


Flowline scheduling: this scheduling method centers around uninterrupted work flow for trades and works hand-in-hand with locations. Vico Schedule Planner is a scientific derivation of the BIM model geometry for quantities, combined with locations and crew productivity rates. Using flowline theory, Schedule Planner optimizes the construction schedule by at least 10%.


On-site production control: BIM doesn’t stay at HQ – it heads out to the jobsite with the Superintendent to manage the schedule and oversee crew progress. Calculating an optimal construction schedule is one thing, but controlling the project on-site with Vico Production Controller is what makes an A Player. Measuring work put in place by location and comparing actuals to planned helps Supers see potential problems and conflicts far in advance. Now the team can work together to solve the scheduling conflict and avoid cascading delays.


Communication: Just as 3D BIM makes it easy for everyone on the team to visualize the completed project, our 4D BIM scheduling movies make it easy for audiences (Owners, trades, teams) to see how the building will come together. Vico 4D Manageris more than just a schedule movie - it's a powerful playback of the scientifically-derived Flowline schedule based on quantities by location and crew productivity rates. GCs use it to illustrate the schedule to both Owners and Subs.


This webinar is for you and your firm if:

1. You want to extend the use of BIM models beyond clash detection.

2. You want to extract even greater value from a quantity takeoff by applying locations.

3. You want to be able to produce a baseline schedule that doesn’t get thrown away after the bid – one that you can use through to the end of the project.

4. You want to explore the use of Flowline theory in addition to the traditional CPM approach to construction scheduling.

5. You want to analyze and optimize the schedule continuously throughout construction by using Monte Carlo simulation to calculate potential problems and evaluate your proposed solutions.

6. You want to avoid the trap of throwing manpower at scheduling delays and instead solve the issues intelligently.

7. You want to orchestrate the Subs with better location-based management and more precise quantities by location.

8. You want to see potential disruptions and interference before it happens with look-ahead forecasts to avoid last-minute firefighting and heroics.

9. You want to be able to offer the Owner cost- and resource-loaded schedules throughout the project.


We will open up the software and examine the key differentiators for the Vico Scheduling Solution such as the flowline view versus the gantt chart view; crew optimization options; one-page schedules; control charts for recording work put in place; look-ahead schedules; and using scheduling simulations to resolve conflicts.


Join us for this scheduling-focused webinar and learn about the components which make up true 4D BIM.



 Planning and Controlling the 4D BIM Construction Schedule


 Archived and available for your convenience 24/7


 A free online webinar series


 Download the archived webinar by filling out the form below









Learn from your peers with your peers at Fridays with Vico.


For more resources on Vico scheduling solutions, please investigate:

Our Products: Vico Office LBS Manager and the FAQs

Our Products: Vico Office Takeoff Manager and the FAQs

Our Products: Vico Office Schedule Planner and the FAQs

Our Products: Vico Office Production Controller and the FAQs

Our Products: Vico Office 4D Manager and the FAQs


Webpage: What Is 4D BIM?

Webpage: What is Flowline Scheduling?

Webpage: What is Location-Based Management for Construction?

Webpage: Why Consider Switching Your Scheduling to Location-Based Management?


Webinar: The 5D Virtual Construction Workflow

Webinar: Location-Based Management Principles and Last Planner

Webinar: LBS Manager in the 5D Workflow

Webinar: Planning AND Controlling the Schedule


Whitepaper: A Comparison of Tradition CPM to Location-Based Scheduling

Whitepaper: The Combination of Last Planner System and Location-Based Management System


Blog: Why a 4D Schedule MUST BE More than a Movie

Blog: 4 Best Practices for 4D BIM Sceduling Movies

Blog: 5D BIM on the Jobsite and throughout Your Firm

Blog: Why 5D Comes before 4D in Vico Office

Blog: Compare Flowline and Gantt Construction Schedules Side by Side


Blog: Dr. Seppanen's Fit and Finnish Blog on Location-Based Management


We also offer a step-by-step guide to our 5D virtual construction workflow with video tutorials. These videos are just 2-5 minutes in length, but illustrate how to use a particular piece of functionality. You can access the video library index and view just what you need, or download the complete set of training videos.


See highlights of this Fridays with Vico episode on the video clip below. If the content is meaningful to you and your BIM Team, please download the archived webinar to watch with your team by filling out the form below.




System Requirements
PC-based attendees:
Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista
Macintosh®-based attendees:
Mac OS® X 10.4 (Tiger®) or newer



Select Recorded Webinars

Utilizing the LBS in the 5D Workflow

Archived and available for your convenience 24/7


Using the Model Progression Specification

Archived and available for your convenience 24/7


An Introduction to LBMS and LPS

Archived and available for your convenience 24/7


The New Preconstruction

August 6, 2010


An Introduction to Model-Based Estimating

June 23, 2010


Introduction to Vico Office Constructability Manager

March 17, 2010


What You Need to Know Today about Seismic BIM

March 12, 2010


The Business Value of BIM

January 29, 2010


Taking BIM to the Enterprise

January 15, 2010


BIM Knowledge Base of Cost and Time Elements

December 11, 2009


Mastering Coordination and Constructability in a Hard Bid

November 13, 2009


Mastering the 5D Cost Plan in a Hard Bid

October 16, 2009


Vico Office Unplugged

October 2, 2009


Scheduling Strategies in a Hard Bid Environment

September 11, 2009


Tracking Changes in Construction Drawing Sets

August 21, 2009


Introducing BIM for Executives

August 7, 2009


Vico Office for Preconstruction and Estimating Teams

July 17, 2009


Connecting the Conceptual Estimate to the MPS

June 26, 2009


BIM 501: Model-Based Estimating

May 15, 2009


BIM 401: Model-Based Scheduling

May 1, 2009


BIM 301 Webinar: New Contract Language

April 17, 2009


BIM 201 Webinar: 3D/4D Coordination

April 3, 2009


BIM 101 Webinar

March 20, 2009


Swinerton Builders

February 27, 2009


Introducing Vico Office

February 20, 2009


The McGraw-Hill BIM SmartMarket Report

February 13, 2009


Suffolk Construction and the Torrey Pines Project

January 30, 2009


Hensel Phelps and the Denver Justice Center

January 23, 2009


Trimble and Vico - Bringing BIM to the Field

January 16, 2009


Webcor Builders and the Model Progression Specification

December 19, 2008


St. Joseph's Mission Hospital Virtual Mock-Up Case Study

November 14, 2008


Vico's Win the Deal Bundle

November 7, 2008


Vico for Concrete: Lift Drawings and More

Oct 17, 2008


Vico 101: An Introductory Webinar for Virtual Construction

Oct 13, 2008


Virtual Construction with the PCL Family of Companies

Sept 25, 2008


Orchestrating BIM the Vico Way

August 15, 2008 


SP/PC Scheduling Webinar