3D BIM Quantity Takeoff



Quantities and locations are the linchpins to the Vico Office Suite. An accurate quantity takeoff is the start to both a precise schedule and a precise estimate. So it is important to start with a comprehensive quantity takeoff that analyzes each piece of BIM geometry and that is exactly what you get with Vico Takeoff Manager.


We have written extensively about the mathematics which make our calculations so unique and we invite you to learn more with the resources across our website. But perhaps the one unique feature of Vico Office that we haven’t explained is how we straddle both the 2D and 5D processes. Did you know that you can start work in Vico Office even if you don’t have a model?


Users can manually add takeoff items to the Vico Takeoff Manager spreadsheet (we call it a spreadsheet because we designed it to look just like Excel). These manual items may or may not ever have a BIM model to reference, but they help account for every detail on your construction projects. We also have another interesting feature that helps capture the Estimator’s experience and project knowledge. We call it the Formula Editor. It shows the Estimator how the system established the quantity count for the item (the same formula you would see in Excel), and invites the Estimator to review it and modify it if necessary. The Estimating Team’s experience is brought to bear on each project so no data ever slips through the cracks.


With Vico Office, there is an interesting cooperation between the Estimating Team and the Scheduling Team because of the tight integration between the 5D cost planning activities and the 4D scheduling activities. Schedulers apply another lens to examine quantities: locations. How will the crews work through the quantities at each designated location? And understanding how crews “consume” materials as they work through the jobsite helps us further refine the quantities with waste factors.


Learn more about Vico’s quantity takeoff solution and judge for yourself whether our approach is a comprehensive match for your firm. Just as Vico Office Client is a mandatory module for each user, Takeoff Manager is mandatory for Estimating and Scheduling users. We have it called here as its own category (in addition to its rightful place in both 4D Scheduling and 5D Estimating categories) because many firms are interested in the best takeoff solution available to feed their legacy systems. We have made these legacy systems relevant with the Excel Import tool in the Vico Office Client.


Our Product: Vico Office Takeoff Manager

Webpage: Vico Office Takeoff Manager FAQs

Webpage: Construction Caliber Quantities

Paper: Vico’s Quantities

Webinar: BIM-Based Estimating Fundamentals

Blog: There Is No Easy Button for Quantity Takeoff 


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.