Connecting the Conceptual Estimate to the MPS


Expanding upon our curriculum from the BIM 101, 201, 301, 401, and 501 Workshops, Vico presents the advanced class BIM 502: Conceptual Estimating with the MPS


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


As we learned at the last AGC BIMForum, Owners want more transparency into the building process. They need to know how the design matches up to the budget and how proposed changes will effect both the budget and the schedule. To help GCs better communicate with Owners, we've put together this special Fridays with Vico webinar.


We know the situation all too well. There are three weeks from the time you receive the 2D drawings to the time the bid is due. A conceptual estimate would be a great advantage, but a model-based conceptual estimate with 4D would prove more powerful. It would help the Owner better understand the project and ask what-if questions. And your answers to those what-if questions would really highlight your firm's expertise.


First things first, let's develop a massing model and get the ball rolling.


In this episode of Fridays with Vico, we'll explore the estimate as a dynamic and ever-evolving part of pursuit, preconstruction, and construction. We'll examine the evolution of the estimate in terms of the model progression specification which illustrates the refinement of the estimate according to the latest drawing set or latest model.


We'll demonstrate this process with the latest release of Vico Office as we highlight Takeoff Manager, Cost Planner, and Cost Explorer. With Takeoff Manager, we derive construction-caliber quantities based on the 3D model geometry. With Cost Planner, we dive into the "bill of materials" for the project and apply in-house costing knowledge to roll up the estimate. And with Cost Explorer we illustrate the delta between our original assumptions and the real-word actuals. The result is a "whole model" or 5D BIM which encourages a lively dialogue between the GC, Subcontractors, and Owner, promoting trust and partnership.


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.


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 401 - an overview of model-based scheduling

BIM 501 - an overview of model-based estimating

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


We also offer a step-by-step guide to our 5D virtual construction workflow with video tutorials. These videos are just 2-5 minutes in length, but illustrate how to use a particular piece of functionality. You can access the video library index and view just what you need, or download the complete set of training videos.


If you like the subject of model-based estimating, you'll appreciate these additional resources:

Blog: There Is No Easy-Button for BIM Quantities

Blog: Does BIM Mean Estimators Are Out of a Job?

Blog: True of False: BIM Estimating Myths

Blog: Why You Need an MPS for Every 5D Project

Blog: Vico Helps Balfour Beatty - Parsons Brinckerhoff Weather the BIM Storm

Webpage: What's the Difference between Cost Planning and Estimating?

Webpage: What Is 5D BIM?

Webpage: What Is Model-Based Estimating?

Product: Vico Office Estimating Solution


To learn more about the Model Progression Specification, please follow the link to a collection of resources on the topic.


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 file 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



Select Recorded Webinars

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

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Introducing Vico Office

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The McGraw-Hill BIM SmartMarket Report

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Suffolk Construction and the Torrey Pines Project

January 30, 2009


Hensel Phelps and the Denver Justice Center

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Trimble and Vico - Bringing BIM to the Field

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Webcor Builders and the Model Progression Specification

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St. Joseph's Mission Hospital Virtual Mock-Up Case Study

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Vico's Win the Deal Bundle

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Vico for Concrete: Lift Drawings and More

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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 




BIM 502 Webinar