Vico Office Client Features & Benefits
Vico Office Client is the publishing, importing, viewing, and reporting hub for all Vico Office applications. One Vico Office Client module is required for each user of the Vico Office Suite.
Here are the Features found in the Client, along with the benefits to your team:
Publishers. In order to take advantage of constructability analyses, quantity takeoff, cost planning, and scheduling in Vico Office, users must first publish the models from the BIM-authoring applications.
Vico Office Client includes an Add-On to popular BIM-authoring tools like ArchiCAD, Revit, Tekla, AutoCAD MEP, and AutoCAD Architecture. This add-on appears as a drop-down menu within the modeling software and allows the user (an architect, an engineer, a modeler at the GC firm) to publish their model to the Vico Office environment. Publishers are included in the price of the software.
Being able to organize and combine models from multiple authors and multiple BIM formats brings more opportunities for project collaboration.
Importers. Vico Office Client has several Importers with which project stakeholders can import files to the platform. We currently support IFC file imports, CAD-Duct file imports, SketchUp, DWG, and sbXML imports (a cost data exchange for our Swedish customers). There is an additional charge for these importers.
Excel Import. Once you have models in the Vico Office Client, you can bring in additional data you would like to correlate with the model. Oftentimes, this data will be in Excel - for example, exported cost details from Timberline, or cost items for a schedule. This data can be mapped directly into Vico Office Client and be associated with any of your project models. Essentially, this turns any data you already have into model-based data by correctly mapping it to model elements and their database fields.
Compare & Update. What happened to the project since the last meeting? With Compare & Update, you can quickly track changes to your project, see who has added more information, etc. These "project snapshots" allow you to track progress and keep everyone focused on the tasks at hand. You can also use Compare & Update to copy certain elements from a past project (a "reference" project) to your current project.
Reporting. 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 report, 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 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.
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