Cost Saving Strategies for BIM Staffing


Over the course of the last two months, we’ve examined several ways to improve the BIM model fidelity and quality on your projects. 


We first examined a scenario where the General Contractor has already started receiving models from a design team or subcontractors.  In this case, we want to know whether or not these models can be repurposed for construction coordination, scheduling, and estimating.  We introduced our BIM Model Quality Assessment and Grading service as a quick and effective way to determine if these models could be used.


In the second scenario, we assumed that the project team would like to start creating their own models and wanted to be sure that they could be used not only for visualization, but also for construction purposes.  Here we introduced the latest version of the Model Progression Specification and how to use it in conjunction with the 5D Data Pack.  It is almost like cheating when you realize how much easier it is to create models with uniform coding structures and classifications…all tied to task production data and estimating information.  We rounded out this scenario with the advantages of our construction management Reporting System in Vico Office.


In the third scenario, we asserted that our Coordination Resolution service is not only 40% faster than traditional clash detection and coordination loops, but that it can also produce 2D installation drawings and 6D BIM models for facilities management.  Then we looked at a special application of this service which also included Real-Time Modeling and In-Wall Coordination.  This case study examined how to take end-user input for room layout/flow/function and model and coordinate the rooms on the fly.


In this final segment, we’ll look at creative options to expand your BIM team overnight, save money doing it, and improve the quality of your projects.  Please join us for this special Fridays with Vico where we weigh the benefits of putting an Expert Modeling Team on retainer; adding an embedded Project Engineer to your team; and certifying key employees to lead the BIM effort at your firm.



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One advantage to keeping an Expert Modeling Team on Retainer is the flexibility to bid on as many jobs as possible.  With your team size strategically arranged to work around the clock, you can leave the office at 6pm and have updates when you return at 7am.  This flexibility permits you to be a bit more strategic with your bids.  For example, you can add what-if scenarios to the Owner’s presentation, cost differentials for Green or LEED points, or use the team to model particularly complicated aspects of the project to highlight your expertise.  We will also examine how our teams are Six Sigma trained to ensure quality deliverables.


Many Owners like having Vico Project Engineers on the jobsite as a resource for both the GC and Subs.  Using the latest 5D BIM software on a live project can spark questions about workflows and best practices to use, and having an Expert on-site helps reassure project teams that they are on track.  The Project Engineers help ease the anxiety of trying new production control techniques and work in a peer review capacity to help construction teams come up to speed quickly.  And Owners feel confident knowing there is a Vico “quality assurance check” for their project.


We will also examine how you can become a Vico Certified Project Manager.  Many customers decide to train leaders within their own organization to help roll out Vico best practices on their projects.  These leaders receive the same training that our own PMs receive (namely, estimating expertise, planning and production control techniques, reporting, and even managing their own team of Expert Modelers) so they can become the point people on all BIM projects.  Developing this expertise in-house is an essential key to presenting a superior team on bid day.


This webinar is for you and your team if:

1.) You are considering developing a BIM core competency for your firm, but don’t know where to start;

2.) You are considering trying BIM on a project and want to have all the resources available to your team to succeed;

3.) You are interested in getting up-to-speed with BIM quickly and having pre-trained professional personnel at your disposal is appealing;

4.) You are interested in growing your team with no new-hire training costs, no relocation expenses, and no hardware costs. You want to quickly expand your team with well-versed construction professionals with architectural and/or MEP backgrounds who are passionate about 5D BIM and virtual construction;

5.) You want to grow your own team organically and didn’t realize there was already a training process in place.


Learn about these alternative solutions to BIM staffing and training on this archived edition of Fridays with Vico.



 Cost Saving Strategies for BIM Staffing


 Archived for your convenience


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If you are interested in learning more about this subject, please utilize the following resources:

Blog: HR Options for BIM

Services: Win the Deal

Webinar Series: Improving BIM Model Fidelty and Project Quality


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Select Recorded Webinars

Real-Time Modeling and Coordination Services

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5D Data Pack | Virtual Construction Toolkit

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The Model Progression Specification 3.0

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Coordination Resolution

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Reporting in Vico Office

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Steps to a Better BIM

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What Is Your Firm's BIM Score?

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The CIO’s Role in the BIM Strategy

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4D BIM Scheduling with Vico Office

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Utilizing the LBS in the 5D Workflow

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Using the Model Progression Specification

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An Introduction to LBMS and LPS

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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 




BIM Staffing Strategies