3D BIM Visualization and Reporting
The greatest benefit of BIM technology is that we get to see the building before ground is ever broken. This is a tremendous benefit for all the project stakeholders because it can be difficult to visualize the structure from a stack of 2D drawings.
Right off the bat, Vico Office Client helps project stakeholders visualize all the models that make up the building: the architectural, the structural, the MEP, even a virtual mock-up of a very complicated material intersection.
Model management is a key component of Vico Office Client because it lets the user organize all the models related to a project, turn on and off the latest versions of these models, and even combine the models to see the “big picture.”
Release 3 affords us the opportunity to work with Revit, Tekla, and ArchiCAD BIMs right out of the box. These are called Publishers. We publish the model directly from the BIM authoring tool and activate it in the Vico Office Client. We also have another way of getting BIM geometry into Vico Office – these are called Importers. Today we can import data from CAD-Duct, IFC files, SketchUp, and 3D DWG files. With this line up of Publishers and Importers, we support all the popular 3D BIM authoring tools, and open up project teams to the wealth of new functionality for clash detection, quantity takeoff, locations, scheduling, and estimating in Vico Office.
Reporting is another key aspect of the Vico Office Client. And it is important to note that the Vico Office reporting engine harnesses the complete project database. So imagine the flexibility of creating any type of report, customizable to your existing report types with logos, colors, fonts, etc., with all the fields of Vico Office at your disposal. Think what you can create with all this information:
|•||Constructability Reports which organize the issues with snapshots of the 3D clash and the 2D drawing|
|•||Quantity Takeoff Reports with the total quantities per takeoff item|
|•||Quantity Takeoff by Locations Report looks at how materials are consumed across the jobsite|
|•||Project Cost Reports for Estimates, Cost Variance, and more|
|•||Visual Budget Reports show the current state of the project versus the target cost|
|•||Flowline Reports are a visual representation of the schedule where the calendar is tracked along the x-axis, locations are tracked along the y-axis, and crews are identified by colored lines, the slope of which represents their productivity rate|
|•||Cost-and Resource-Loaded Schedules are the perfect vehicle for communicating with the Owner|
|•||Resource Histograms indicate the allocation of crews across a project site
|•||Control Charts are simple way to monitor the percent complete for the various trades|
|•||Cash Flow Reports can be produced at any time during construction|
Vico Office Client contains the reporting engine for the Vico Office Suite. Because Vico Office is an object-oriented database application, and not a flat-file application, each piece of data collected and organized for a project can be reported upon. Vico Office Client contains the reporting engine which include customizable report templates for your team. Examples include a quantity takeoff report, cost plan repost, constructability analysis report, etc. Use the report wizard to create reports that match your company's look and feel, share with other Vico Office Client Users, or PDF and distribute at meetings.
Vico Constructability Manager delivers a Constructability Report – a listing of the issues that need additional attention after a clash detection. Issues can be given an escalated priority and assigned ownership for resolution. Each issue can also have multiple views of the clash from the 3D model, as well as a snapshot from the 2D drawing. These views can be annotated with clouds and notes.
To prepare for the coordination meeting, the Leader can share the Constructability Analysis Report with project stakeholders and prioritize the items for discussion and resolution.
Vico Takeoff Manager examines the 3D model geometry and applies quantity calculations to the Takeoff Items.
Now simply format the Report Editor to match your existing Quantity Takeoff Report and explore adding additional fields to make your report stand out.
A best practice is to share your quantities with Subs when asking for their productivity rates.
Quantities by location are critical for precise scheduling and estimating in Vico Office. Using the Report Editor, users can design highly-detailed quantities by location reports. Recall that Vico Office Scheduling solutions use the formula quantities per location divided by productivity rates = durations.
Design your estimates with or without as much detail as you prefer. Remember that Vico Office is a database, so you can include each and every field in your reports.
Set up your cost plan versions according to designs to track the difference between the options.
It used to be that Estimators went into meetings with the Owner armed with stacks and stacks of printed spreadsheets and assumptions. Now Estimators can use Vico Office Cost Explorer to show the budget to the Owner and walk through the different design options. The stoplight color coding makes it easy to compare design changes to the target cost…and see where that design change is reflected in the model and in the estimate.
While technically a “view” within Vico Office and not a Report, the Flowline Schedule can be used to help visualize the crew activity on the jobsite. The x-axis represents the calendar. The y-axis represents the locations on the jobsite. And the colored lines represent each crew. The slope of the line indicates their productivity rate.
The Resource Histogram graphically shows the location and count of crews on the jobsite.
As the Superintendent walks the site each week, s/he can mark the percent complete for each location and quickly see any areas that need to be addressed.
This table shows the results of the completions (start and end dates per location) and the actual resources used. The green rows show where progress has been entered. The table allows Superintendents to compare production data (the hours consumed per unit of work and also the production rate achieved): target to current to actual. It can be used to review how close to target production rates the team came and then be used to mine data to refine the cost and time elements in the Vico 5D Standard Library.
When done with the Production Control Chart, the Superintendent can compare the baseline schedule (the solid lines) to the actual productivity rates on-site (the dotted lines). The red warning lights indicate that interference might delay work in that particular location. Armed with this information, the team can solve problems even before they are manifested.
This is the executive dashboard about which everyone cares: the red line indicates money going out the door, the green line is money coming in (based on the calendar or milestones), and the blue line represents the net cash position.
The Vico Office integration between the 3D model, the construction-caliber quantities, the locations, and cost plan is critical. More and more, owners are requiring cost-and quantity-loaded schedules that are updated during the construction phase of a project. Cost-loaded schedules allow project teams to determine planned cost at a point in time and compare that to the actual cost from reported completion. Creating and maintaining a cost-loaded schedule, as well as creating the progress reports is just one benefit of this tight integration in the Vico Office Suite.
The Vico Office Client is a mandatory module for each user of Vico Office simply because the viewing and reporting capabilities are indispensable.
Learn more about Vico Office Client with these links:
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. We have tracts specifically for Schedulers, Estimators, Supers, and anyone who does project/portfolio reporting.