Bringing BIM to the Field


Enjoy this archived edition of Fridays with Vico: Bringing BIM to the Field with Vico and Trimble


Vico and Trimble walk through their very popular integration - streamlining the field placement of structural, architectural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineering systems right in the Construction Model. Now contractors can create Building Information Models (BIM) using Vico's Constructor or Tekla Structures or Revit, export the data directly to the Trimble field layout solution and use the highly accurate data to lay out and construct complex buildings and structures.


Traditional construction methods lose the accuracy of the 3D building model when implemented in the field. Valuable time and accuracy can be lost by manually scaling distances, calculating angles from plans, turning angles with theodolites and pulling tapes to measure distances.



To maintain the accuracy of BIM in the final building product, Trimble and Vico now make this information available for use by construction professionals to automate the layout, erection and construction of their projects.


Together we demonstrate how to simplify the placement of structural, concrete, and MEP systems:

 • After placing site survey points into the 5D BIM model, users can download critical formwork and steel locations (x, y, z) automatically to their Trimble Total Station;
 • Download centerlines and edge lines of piping and ductwork to assist subs in properly placing equipment;
 • Automatically generate hanger and insert locations, as well as seismic bracings after positioning the hangers in the model;
 • Download locations for hangers and bracing inserts into slab formwork and sleeve locations for floor penetrations to improve structural concrete systems.


Precision placement of hangers and bracings is critical for safety and off-site material fabrication. This is a key component of successfully extending BIM to subcontractors and field crews. We’ve seen first-hand how successful the integration is at St. Joseph’s Mission Hospital in Southern California.



This workflow integration provides a significant opportunity for contractors to improve productivity. Now, they can leverage the data from their BIM to physically construct the building. With this integration, there is less time wasted on inefficient layout of the building plan and less waste of materials due to re-work and overages.


Enjoy this archived edition of Fridays with Vico: Bringing BIM to the Field with Vico and Trimble


For more information on the Trimble/Vico partnership, please read the Bringing BIM to the FIeld press release or the report from the World of Concrete and Trimble Dimensions.


We also illustrate the design-to-build/build-to-design methodology in the BIM 101 webinar.  To learn more about the Superintendent's role in 5D BIM and why the Project Manager should champion BIM on the jobsite, please read through the corresponding blog articles.


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 watch the entire archived movie via the link above.



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

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