BIM 401: Model-Based Scheduling


Expanding upon our curriculum from the BIM 101, 201, and 301 Workshops, Vico presents BIM 401: Model-Based Scheduling 


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


Model-based scheduling involves the optimal sequencing of tasks and trades, procurement and lead times by using productivity rates and crew sizes. The theory of flowline scheduling describes the optimization process with a location-based schedule. It calculates 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 date.


Scheduling Teams will want to attend this event if:

1.) You want to use the same schedule for monitoring progress that was created by the preconstruction team.
2.) You want to be able to forecast problems on-site weeks before they happen.
3.) You want to better understand Location Breakdown Structure; and more importantly, understand how to coordinate multiple trades across several areas of the building.
4.) You want to create resource and cost-loaded schedules based on quantities and production rates.
5.) You want to plan to the sufficient level of detail per trade/task.
6.) You want to better plan and be able to change the logic between the construction tasks faster.
7.) You want to be clear on the difference between buffers, lags and float.
8.) You want to better understand the "continuity constraint" - the only difference between location-based schedules and CPM.
9.) You want to understand how a 10% reduction is possible without increasing risk to the project.
10.)  You are interested in predictably meeting project contractual milestones.

We'll focus on these major themes for Schedulers: location breakdown structures; task lists and logic; quantities in locations; task criticality and prioritization; risks; production control measures; contractor meeting procedures; and resource and production rate commitments.

A BIM model that includes 3D geometry and 4D scheduling information looks exactly like the 3D model, but it is dynamic. This means that if you click on any building element, you can see the properties that make up its scheduling data. You can see the preferred suppliers, their lead times, their costs, their production rates, etc. You can also ask the model “how many of these walls do I need to frame, insulate, drywall, tape, mud, prime, paint?” and determine the total time involved for all steps.

The result is an efficiently-built project, sans the usual stops and starts, overcrowding of trades in various locations, accurate activity durations based on quantities and locations, materials availability matched to location and productivity, and effective production control. The subs completely understand where they’re going, what they’re doing, and how quickly they need to progress. This predictability leads to better pricing, better quality, more proactive management, and a safer work environment.


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


And as with all our Fridays with Vico sessions, we’ll include case studies, ROI, and plenty of time for Q&A.


Please forward this email to Schedulers on your team!  We'll do an in-depth examination of flowline scheduling, touching upon cascading delay chains and how to remedy them, as well as open up the discussion to a comparison with CMP.  And for Schedulers who want to see if the curriculum will be rigorous, please join in the discussion on Vico's scheduling blog: Fit and Finnish.


Other courses in this series include:

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

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 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


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


And if you enjoy the BIM Master Class, consider other Vico webinar series for your team:

Getting to 5D with Vico

BIM Strategies in a Hard Bid

Vico Customer Case Study Webinars


Here are other resources to help you learn more about Vico Scheduling Solutions:

WebinarThe 5D Virtual Construction Workflow in Vico Office

WebinarIntroduction to LBS Manager

Webinar: Planning AND Controlling the Construction Schedule

BlogWhy 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

WebpageWhat Is 4D BIM?

Webpage: What Is Flowline Scheduling?

Webpage: What Is Model-Based Scheduling?

Webpage: What Is Location-Based Management?



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