Vico Office 4D Manager FAQs
A 4D BIM movie in Vico Office is a derivation of the model geometry, the quantities per location, tasks per location, and the crew productivity rates. A 4D BIM movie in Vico Office is not contrived to meet the Owner’s stated deadline. Use the Vico Office 4D Manager schedule to communicate your understanding of the project to the Owner, and then use it on-site to communicate with the Subs. Here are four best practices for using the 4D movie.
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Also read through these questions:
Location-Based Managememt System FAQs (the theory which powers Vico scheduling solutions)
We also have a Vico Office Video Training Series designed for Schedulers, Estimators, Supers, and PMs. The videos are only 2-5 minutes in length, but dive deep into each piece of functionality. You can follow along on the website with additional commentary and resources, or download the series to your desktop.
We also have two whitepapers that explain construction scheduling:
Q: Why can't I get a schedule simulation movie in Vico Office BEFORE we start work on the bid?
A: That's the difference between a movie that is contrived for the Owner presentation and a scheduling simulation that is derived from the model geometry, the quantities by location, and the crew productivity rates. It's important to note that even in a hard bid, GCs can use BIM to effectively bid the project and use the Vico 4D Manager to illustrate their project knowledge and expertise to the Owner.
In a traditional process, the "marketing schedule" would be thrown away after the bid was won. However, with Vico's 5D virtual construction workflow, the schedule is expanded upon as more and more details are known about the project. And the same schedule that was played for the Owner can be played for Subs to help them better understand the part they play on the site.
Q: How do we simulate a crane that’s moving on-site through the construction?
A: The way that you would handle it in the model is you would have to model the crane in all the locations that it is ever going to be in. So that one crane could become more than one crane if it’s going to be moved three times. But you would use the temporary function in the settings of the 4D groups. And you would make that crane appear in a certain location for a certain period of time (say 6 months) and it would disappear and then it would appear again in the next location and then again in the next location. So we have three behaviors. Build is the behavior for the simulation and once it’s there it would stay there. Once it’s demolished the simulation would start with that building there then it would disappear at the end of the task and if it’s temporary it would be shown just for the period of that task.
Q: What if I just want to check that my sequencing logic makes sense or that cranes aren't blocking entrances. How do I set up 4D Manager to do that?
A: A powerful use of the 4D Manager scheduling simulation is to identify flaws in scheduling assumptions. By quickly visualizing your schedule changes in a 4D movie, you can see where additional changes need to be made. Sometimes it’s a location issues, sometimes it’s a sequencing logic issue, but catching it in preconstruction is key. Here's a quick demonstration of how you can do this...
To help you and your team learn more about the use of schedule simulations in the Vico Office workflow, we've put together these resources:
Webinar: Introduction to LBS Manager
Webpage: What Is 4D BIM?
Training: Vico Office Video Training Series