BIM 101 Webinar



Never before in the history of construction has technology and methodology converged with such tremendous popularity: BIM. Building Information Modeling has its roots in manufacturing CAD and simulation and strives to bring these efficiencies to construction. The goal is simple: build the building twice - once on the computer screen and once on the job site. Having this "practice run" allows construction teams to solve problems months ahead of schedule and resolve the issues before breaking ground. This leads to better budget adherence and tighter schedules.


What:    BIM 101 Webinar

How:     Use the form below to download the archived webinar


This webinar is for you if:


1.) You've heard of BIM but are not quite sure what it means.
2.) You've heard that some Owners are putting BIM deliverables into the contract language.
3.) You want to learn how to use the many models that go into preconstruction analysis.
4.) You're an estimator who wants to learn how to do construction quantity takeoffs and model-based estimates.
5.) You're a scheduler who wants to better understand flowline theory for scheduling materials, labor, and resources.
6.) You're a superintendent who wants to learn how to use the BIM out in the field with layouting solutions.
7.) You're an Owner who wants to understand how BIM methodologies would work on your next project.
8.) 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.
9.) You want to start winning new business by bringing BIM capabilities to the table.
10.)  You want a proven methodology for incorporating lean construction techniques into your business.


That's a big crowd! Come learn what it takes to move seamlessly through the five dimensions of BIM.


3D BIM. We'll start with the low-hanging fruit of constructability analysis and coordination with the 3D model. Many of our customers 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.


And with Vico Office, you're now able to compare and analyze models from Tekla, Revit, and ArchiCAD. So when you receive the architect's model in Revit, the structural steel model from Tekla, and the MEP model in ArchiCAD, you can overlay them for the whole team to see.


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.


What:    BIM 101 Webinar
How:     Use the form below to download the archived webinar


Other courses in this series include:

BIM 201 - a discussion of new coordination methodology that includes both space and time elements

BIM 301 - a course outlining the latest BIM contract language and addendums

BIM 401 - an overview of model-based scheduling

BIM 501 - an overview of model-based estimating

BIM 502 - an advanced course tying the model progression specification to the conceptual estimate, creating an evolving cost plan

BIM for Executives - a course for designed for executives to help them market BIM strategies internally and externally, as well as better understand the dollar investment


Other Vico webinar series include:

Getting to 5D BIM with Vico

BIM Strategies in a Hard Bid


These webinar series and individual sessions are perfect for a "lunch and learn" session with your team.  Just reserve a conference room, find the projector, and order in pizzas.


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


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 use the form below to download the archived webinar and view it with your team.



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



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BIM 101 Webinar