Vico 5D Data Pack FAQs


The Vico 5D Data Pack is a collection of information mined from over 400 5D BIM projects around the world. The information includes a collection of standard building elements in both ArchiCAD and Revit, a collection of estimating formulas and codes, as well as standard productivity data for scheduling tasks.


The Data Pack is a combination of the Vico Standard 5D Library and the Vico Standard 5D Warehouse. The Warehouse is a collection of coded building elements which can be linked to the Library’s knowledge base for costing, resources, and productivity rates. This information is ready to go when a new bid is being developed and creates resource-loaded schedules and cost-loaded estimates with element assemblies and activity assemblies, all divided into labor, material, machinery, subcontractors, etc.


The content of the Data Pack is delivered in three modes: Excel source files, model libraries, and Vico Office reference files. The Excel source files are organized by code levels for the cost plan. The quantity formulas are predefined so that the 3D elements are automatically linked to your cost estimate. Users can add in their own unit prices for their geography and unique project history. The Revit and ArchiCAD content includes standard building elements like slabs, columns, walls, windows, beams, etc. organized by Uniformat category. These elements can be copy/pasted into your new project and automatically link the Revit Family Types and ArchiCAD Layer Name and ID, respectively, to your costing data. The Vico Office Reference Files can be unpacked in your dashboard and users can drag/drop content into new projects.


When we are constructing a new BIM model, the 5D Data Pack allows us to select common model elements and their estimating and scheduling information and drag and drop the pieces into our new project. This is a shortcut to creating a perfectly integrated 5D model, complete with estimate and schedule.


After reading through these questions, please navigate across the product line:

Vico Office FAQs

Vico Office Client FAQs

Vico Office Takeoff Manager FAQs

Vico Office Constructability Manager FAQs

Vico Office LBS Manager FAQs

Vico Office Schedule Planner FAQs

Vico Office Production Controller FAQs

Vico Office 4D Manager FAQs

Vico Office Cost Planner FAQs

Vico Office Cost Explorer FAQs

Also read through these questions: 

Model Progression Specification FAQs

Location-Based Managememt System FAQs (the theory which powers Vico scheduling solutions)

5D Data Pack FAQs


Q:  What version of Uniformat and/or Masterformat is the 5D Data Pack based on?


A:  We only split our main structure down to Uniformat 11 level 3 = C1010, C1020, etc., but we subdivide the actual elements themselves into Level 4 which provides a more granular split.


The screenshots below shows the comparison between their official version and ours.


Then we simply appended .001, .002 incrementally to each new element.


Level 4 Uniformat Structuring


And here is the 5D Data Pack structure...


vico 5D data pack code organization


At the activity level we use standard Masterformat 2004 to the 3rd level.  Again choosing the appropriate level then appending with a 3 digit number, plus another digit for further differentiation, if required.


combination of uniformat 11 and masterformat 2004 in vico 5D data pack


masterformat level 3 for 5D data pack



Q:  With UniFormat 2010 out now which changes the Level 2 and Level 3 standard names and descriptions, do you anticipate updating your databases to match?   Additionally, in each element in Vico Level 4, tasks are described by the third level of MasterFormat; however, then additional codes are appended on to the MasterFormat code (i.e. 010.0).  What was the purpose that these additional code options are used to fill?  Is there much variation in these code items (how often are they not simply .010.0?).


A:  Every item in the database must have a unique code; hence .010, 020.  This allows for new items to be slipped in between as required .011, .012, etc.


Then sometimes you want the exact same item and maybe you want the same main code so we have the additional digit to allow for that:   Casting Concrete in place to - Continuous Footing CF1   Casting Concrete in place to - Continuous Footing CF2   Casting Concrete in place to - Continuous Footing CF3


You can see the pattern 010, 020 which is pretty consistent, but then we added an 011 for stripping formwork afterwards.  Also for resources the simple materials allowance is the exact same code for each parent item although prefixed with an M (M=Material, L = Labor, CON = Concrete...and so it follows that Concrete Pourer = LCON001).


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There are no hard and fast rules, we just wanted it to be flexible.  Everything after 03.31.00 is just meant to be user defined.  Our DBs are provided in excel format so it is very easy if you want to edit.


To learn more about the Vico 5D Data Pack, please examine these resources:


Webinar: The Knowledge Base of Cost and Time Elements

Webinar: Understanding the Model Progression Specification

Webinar: The MPS 3.0

Webinar: Applying the 5D Data Pack to Your New Project

Blog: A Shortcut to 5D BIM - the Vico Data Pack

Blog: Keeping Construction Practices Connected

Webpage: The Virtual Construction Toolkit - 5D Data Pack

Webpage: Inside the 5D Data Pack