BIM 201: The Methodology for Zero Change Orders

Expanding upon our curriculum from last week's BIM 101 Workshop, Vico presents BIM 201: The Methodology for Zero Change Orders


What:    A free online webinar
How:     Use the form below to download the archived webinar


Coordination is so much more than simply hunting for clashes in a 3D space.  Proper coordination requires planning, specification, execution, contracts, sequencing, and an iteractive workflow.


Let's start with the Plan. Developing a Content Plan is the key first step to effective coordination, clash detection, and resolution.  By defining and organizing your modeling efforts around the level of detail as defined by the AIA contract documents, your team is a giant step closer to the goal of zero change orders.


Specification.  Analyzing the various models' level of detail is key to proper coordination.  As you can imagine, synthesizing an architectural model at level of detail 100, with a structural model at level of detail 200, with an MEP model at level of detail 500, may not yield the desired results.


Execution.  Meeting organization and management is a key skill for effective team building and collaboration.  Coordination meetings are much more effective when the model serves as the facilitator.  This means that the model may be able to "answer questions" in real time to help everyone around the table better visualize the issue.


Contracts.  Responsibility and risk define contracts today in construction.  Understand how the AIA and AGC contract documents encourage a more collaborative team approach to identifying and resolving issues.  There is also the potential to improve sub-contractor participation through contract modifications.


Sequencing.  We all understand that the underground utilities, bracings, and footings need to be coordinated well before the office kitchenette on the 44th floor.  The coordination process should to be synchronized with the availability of the design documents and shop drawings for efficient flow. And logically, it flows that coordination must involve time as a linear sequence for scheduling, procurement, and managing the resulting changes.


Iterative Workflow.  What comes around goes around.  Managing the constant flow of drawings, revisions, changes, and updates takes organizational rigor, but the goal of zero change orders is worth the work.  As the Toyota Way describes "kaizen" (the process of continuous improvement), the right process produces the right result.


This webinar is for you if:

1.) You're interested in your preconstruction efforts driving true collaboration and teamwork.

2.) You've seen Owners require BIM deliverables in their contract language and want to better understand how BIM fits into preconstruction and on-site construction.

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

4.) You want to increase the amount of offsite prefabrication to reduce your field rework.

5.) You want to better understand how BIM technologies and methodologies support an IPD contract.

6.) You're a superintendent who wants to learn how to preconstruction BIM efforts can be used in the field.

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, Tekla, ArchiCAD,  or work with 3D subcontractor models and want to learn how to compare and analyze those models.

9.) You want to understand how to write a BIM addendum to an RFP for subcontractors.

10.) You want to implement 3D coordination protocols for the entire design and construction team.


3D Coordination is generally thought of in geometric terms as a planning tool to organize Architectural, Structural, and MEP systems within a designated space, but there is also a time factor involved.  In order to take full advantage of the 3D Coordination exercise, it is important to start early enough in the process so that there is time to make any necessary design changes prior to installation.  Branch and fixture locations need to be coordinated prior to framing interior walls and ceilings.  Risers and chases need to be coordinated prior to pouring concrete decks.  Underground utilities need to be coordinated prior to pouring footings. By organizing your 3D Coordination exercise into a system priority structure we can derive a model-based schedule that aligns with fabrication and procurement activities for not just MEP systems, but exterior skin and structural steel as well. The addition of 4D and 5D data to the model supports a system of project control that extends beyond preconstruction to fully integrate all aspects of the project from design through move-in.


With over 300 successful 5D BIM projects completed around the world, we'll introduce you to best practices for planning, specification, execution, contracts, sequencing, and process.  In the end, a well-coordinated building in preconstruction means more than zero change orders; it is a focused construction effort resulting in a project kept on schedule and on budget.


Other courses in this series include:

BIM 101 - an overview of the 2D through 5D process, including layouting and production control

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


If you would like to learn more about the Vico protocols for coordination, which include 2D documentation review, 3D spatial coordination, 4D scheduling coordination, we recommend viewing Coordination Strategies for a Hard Bid.


Learn more about this important step in the BIM workflow:

Blog: Coordination Resolution is 40% Faster than Traditional Clash Detection

Blog: Rethinking 3D BIM Coordination

Webpage: What Is Clash Detection and Coordination?

Webinar: Coordination Strategies in a Hard Bid

Webinar: Coordination 2.0 with Vico Office Constructability Manager

Webinar: The New Preconstruction

Webinar: Coordination Resolution - a Lean Approach to Clash and Coordination

Service: Quality Assessment and Refinement for BIM Models

Service: Coordination Resolution

Blog: Coordination Resolution Is 40% Faster than Traditional Methods

Webpage: What Is Clash Detection and Coordination?

Outputs and Deliverables: 2D Installation Drawings

Outputs and Deliverables: 6D BIM Models for Facilities Management

Product: Constructability Manager, Features and Benefits, FAQs



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BIM 201


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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