4D BIM Scheduling



Vico brings a very unique solution to the table when we discuss construction scheduling. Our combination of quantities by location, flowline, on-site production control, and communication is dynamic and powerful. So let’s start at the beginning:


Quantities by location: Vico LBS Manager helps our customers divide up the site into manageable areas per trade. If a crew is given a specific location for their efforts, clean and uninterrupted, their productivity should be maximized and their environment safe.  Intrinsic to Vico Office is the user's ability to define multiple location systems for trade-specific work sequences. These locations are then used to perform location-based quantity takeoff which is the input for location-based cost and schedule planning.


Flowline scheduling: this scheduling method centers around uninterrupted work flow for trades and works hand-in-hand with locations. Vico Schedule Planner is a scientific derivation of the BIM model geometry for quantities, combined with locations and crew productivity rates. Using flowline theory, Schedule Planner optimizes the construction schedule by at least 10%.


On-site production control: BIM doesn’t stay at HQ – it heads out to the jobsite with the Superintendent to manage the schedule and oversee crew progress. Calculating an optimal construction schedule is one thing, but controlling the project on-site with Vico Production Controller is what makes an A Player. Measuring work put in place by location and comparing actuals to planned helps Supers see potential conflicts far in advance. Now the team can work together to solve the scheduling conflict and avoid cascading delays.


Communication: Just as 3D BIM makes it easy for everyone on the team to visualize the completed project, our 4D BIM scheduling movies makes it easy for audiences (Owners, trades, teams) to see how the building will come together. Vico 4D Manager is more than just a schedule movie - it's a powerful playback of the scientifically-derived Flowline schedule based on quantities by location and crew productivity rates. GCs use it to illustrate the schedule to both Owners and Subs.


And consider this: instead of building a schedule that is designed to identify claim opportunities, consider deriving a schedule designed to eliminate claims. Consider using a schedule with built-in functionality for controlling the project on-site and avoiding fire-fighting. Consider a scheduling system that works with Subs, not against them. Consider a scientific system which de-risks your projects and not the status quo.


This is very different than any system you’ve worked with in the past, so we have packed our website full of resources that can help you learn more:


Our Products: Vico Office LBS Manager and the FAQs

Our Products: Vico Office Takeoff Manager and the FAQs

Our Products: Vico Office Schedule Planner and the FAQs

Our Products: Vico Office Production Controller and the FAQs

Our Products: Vico Office 4D Manager and the FAQs


Webpage: What Is 4D BIM?

Webpage: What is Flowline Scheduling?

Webpage: What is Location-Based Management for Construction?

Webpage: Why Consider Switching Your Scheduling to Location-Based Management?


Webinar: The 5D Virtual Construction Workflow

Webinar: Location-Based Management Principles and Last Planner

Webinar: LBS Manager in the 5D Workflow

Webinar: Planning AND Controlling the Schedule

Webinar: CPM Match

Webinar: Four LBMS Case Studies from Hospital Projects


Whitepaper: A Comparison of Tradition CPM to Location-Based Scheduling

Whitepaper: The Combination of Last Planner System and Location-Based Management System


Blog: Dr. Seppanen's Fit and Finnish Blog on Location-Based Management

Blog: Why 5D Comes before 4D at Vico


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.