Scheduling Strategies in a Hard Bid Environment


Hard bid scenarios are a difficult balancing act. The obvious answer is that the lowest bid wins and change orders will make up the difference. But there is a better way.


Join Vico Services, the professional BIM consulting services side of Vico Software, for part one of a four-part webinar series: Mastering the Hard Bid with BIM.


What:    A free online webinar
How:     Use the form at the bottom of the page to download the archived webinar


In an environment where there are smaller projects with plenty of bidders under a hard bid edict, it’s imperative that you remain competitive on your fees and general conditions.  How so? 


At-risk General Conditions are typically 7-11% and getting skinnier in this economy.  In a hard bid, if your schedule extends even just one month, you’re bound to pay the whole expense.  And that expense knocks up against the 7-11%.


This webinar is for you and your firm if:

>>  Hard bids have become the de facto bidding process in your market;

You want to develop hard bid strategies quickly, but might not have time to develop a BIM;

>>  You know you'll discover change orders during the project, but you want to find them sooner;
>>  You understand that construction-caliber quantities drive a more precise schedule and estimate - you just haven't seen it in action;
>>  You want to protect your fee and believe that 4D and 5D BIM done right will mitigate project risk.


How can General Contractors master the schedule, even in hard bid conditions?  In this special Fridays with Vico webinar, we’ll demonstrate how Vico Control can help you bid a shorter schedule, as well as manage and meet that tighter schedule.  Vico Control also allows you to vet the credibility of the bids from subs with whom you’ll be sharing the risk.  The software and methodology gives you a much clearer, farther-forward-look at the project so you and your team can make adjustments earlier.  In addition, you also gain the ability to do what-if scenarios and strategize how you will bid the job: you’ll better understand how to attack the project and prepare a more competitive price based on schedule control.


It’s counter-intuitive to think that a tighter schedule mitigates risk.  But you haven’t seen Vico Control, our quantities-driven, location-based, and resource-balanced scheduling solution used by our Professional Services organization on over 300 projects worldwide


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


To learn more about hard bid realities, explore the Vico Blog postings where we’ve penned some additional commentary:

Hard Bids – Back to the Future Construction-Style

Reduce Project Risk with Location-Based Schedules

Location-Based Scheduling from the Owner’s Point of View


What:    A free online webinar
How:     Use the form at the bottom of the page to download the archived webinar


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


For more scheduling webinars, please see:

Webinar: Planning and Controlling the Schedule

Webinar: Combining Vico Scheduling with Lean's Last Planner

Webinar: Establishing Locations and Location Systems with LBS Manager


We also have two scheduling whitepapers:

Whitepaper: A Comparison of CPM and Location-Based Scheduling

Whitepaper: Combining Lean and Location-Based Scheduling


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 at the bottom of the page to download the entire webinar.


There are also other Vico scheduling webinars available:

Using Location-Based Management with Last Planner

Introduction to LBS Manager

Vico's 4D BIM Scheduling Solutions




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

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 





Hard Bids 101 - Scheduling