Vico Office for Preconstruction and Estimating Teams


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Since this webinar first aired we have added a tremendous breadth of functionality to the solution. You can watch the evolution of Vico Office functionality with the following webinars...


1. For more detailed information on Vico Office for Estimating Teams, please watch the BIM-Based Estimating Fundamentals webinar.


2. To see how clash detection and constructability analysis fit into the 5D workflow, please watch the Coordination 2.0 and The New Preconstruction webinars.


3. At Vico, we say that 5D comes before 4D. See what we mean by watching The 5D Virtual Construction Workflow webinar.


4. To see how Vico Office works for Scheduling Teams, please watch the Planning and Controlling the Schedule webinar.


If you are interested in learning more about establishing your own BIM department or growing it, please check out these resources on the subject:

Blog: 5 Pieces of Advice for GCs Considering BIM

Blog: The BIM Washers Versus the Real Deal

Blog: Talk the Talk AND Walk the Walk with BIM

Blog: Differentiating Your Firm with 5D BIM

Blog: BIM Doesn't Come in a Box

Blog: 5D BIM Versus 50-Yard Line Tickets

Webinar: The BIM Master Class Series

Webpage: The D's of BIM

Paper: The 5D BIM Checklist


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.


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Vico Office for Preconstruction and Estimating Teams extends conventional estimating methodology.   Now there is a systematic approach for gradually planning the cost of a construction project from "idea" to "pre-construction."  Starting with assumptions and allocations, followed by budget iterations based on either manual input or BIM-based quantity takeoff, the solution provides visual comparisons between any cost plan version and earlier assumptions, greatly improving cost feedback on design decisions.


>> The spreadsheet-like user interface is key.  Teams can harness quantity input information from Revit, Tekla and ArchiCAD BIMs and derive a comprehensive takeoff resulting in construction-caliber quantities that can then be costed and classified. 

>> Track and analyze a constantly changing project cost plan.  3D models and the unique Cost Explorer interface visually present the cost breakdown. 

>> Cost plans from early project phases are typically based on average cost per square foot.  These allocations can be replaced with more detailed Uniformat or CSI Masterformat line items when the required input becomes available in your project.  The flexible Assembly and Component structure lets you decide when it is time to replace an allocation with a more accurate number, and then automatically performs a comparison.

>> This extension of the traditional estimating methodology helps you quantify, visually identify and present the cost variances that constantly threaten to create a budget overrun and to organize the information for an easy to communicate presentation of the choices to the rest of the project team.


In the previous BIM 501 and BIM 502 classes, we’ve examined the theory behind model-based estimating. Being able to utilize the complex information contained in the BIM streamlines the estimating process. Geometry, means and methods, and costing expertise combine to produce a very precise estimate.

Moving from theory to practice, we’ll demonstrate a typical scenario and workflow for a new project, and how it is managed inside Vico Office.

Vico Office is a BIM-Neutral Platform.
Imagine the flexibility of using the most popular BIM authoring tools to create an exhaustive quantity takeoff, cost plan versions, and budget comparisons. We’ll demonstrate how to publish Revit, Tekla, and ArchiCAD files to Vico Office. These BIMs can now be compared, combined, and even augmented with 5D estimating data.

Takeoff Manager Derives Construction-Caliber Quantities.
Pivotal to the precision of the 5D estimate is the derivation of model-based quantities. The quantity takeoff algorithms look at each piece of geometry within the 3D BIM, calculates their properties (such as surface area, volume, etc.). The model geometry analysis algorithms can even determine the sides of the elements (for example “top of slab”) and use the boundaries to calculate quantities such as “net surface area.” This type of analysis is much more intuitive than simply counting windows and doors, floors, ceilings, and walls, and produces a much more detailed quantity takeoff. Additionally, the 3D model visually verifies the origination of said quantities.

Cost Planning as Robust as a Database as Flexible as a Spreadsheet. As we saw in the Conceptual Estimating with the MPS webinar, the cost plan evolves with the project. Vico Office Cost Planner supports the living estimate with an intuitive Excel-like interface.  Model elements and components are grouped into assemblies, creating in essence, an element-based cost calculation for the project. While looking at line items in the spreadsheet, the user can compare the highlighted elements in the BIM.  It’s almost as easy as paint-by-numbers: all the “1s” are columns, all the “2s” are walls, etc.  The true power of the database is amplified when the user compares similar past projects and can elect to cut and paste and modify similar assemblies.

Model-Based Estimating as the Hub of Collaboration. We can stare at a stack of plans until we’re cross-eyed, but sometimes we just can’t “see” the project. Owners feel just as overwhelmed, plus, the cost keeps escalating without explanation. But not with Vico Office Cost Explorer. The Cost Explorer visualization engine promotes healthy dialogue between all the constituents. Now you can actively dive into what-if scenarios with the Owner and designers and compare two or three budget options side-by-side.  Now your team is the go-to source for analysis and effectively communicating cost variance.

Vico Office for Preconstruction and Estimating Teams is available today for general contractors, CMs, and Owners who want to augment their BIMs with full 5D estimating horsepower.  We invite you to this special product edition of Fridays with Vico to learn more.


For more information on the benefits of 5D cost planning versus traditional 2D paper-based estimating, please explore our Blog Forum.


To see a transcript of the questions from this webinar, please head over to the Vico Office Cost Planner FAQs page.  If you have a question that is not covered, please email or call us!


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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

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