Vico Office Constructability Manager
Clash detection and coordination in an integrated workflow
Clash detection is the low-hanging fruit for BIM practitioners. But it is one thing to identify clashes between models and quite another to resolve the problems in preconstruction, thus shortening the schedule and saving the budget from costly re-work.
We have found that traditional clash detection cycles often go around in circles with one clash fixed creating another clash for another subcontractor. With Vico Office Constructability Manager, we are proposing a new solution for the typical preconstruction challenges: one that gets subs on board early, one that involves the estimating and scheduling teams from the get-go; and one that includes clash detection, but with an interesting new twist: the the coordination can be quickly and effectively analyzed in terms of its affect on quantity counts, schedule, and estimate.
With Vico Office Constructability Manager, project stakeholders simply publish their models using Vico Office Client. Once collected inside Vico Office Client, the BIM Manager or Coordination Leader can activate the appropriate models and select which layers and element types s/he would like to compare.
Using the Clash Detection Settings picklist, the Leader can quickly define common and even complex comparisons, save them, and re-run the comparisons when new model versions become available. Now with the clashes presented in a spreadhseet-like list, the Leader can investigate the clashes with a split screen, turning the model translucent and highlighting the clash from every vantage point. At this point, the Leader can investigate particular areas of concern and add user-defined constructability issues using Constructability Markers. These new issues can be prioritized and addressed at the next meeting.
Reviewing the clash list, the Coordination Leader can decide to ignore clashes or to promote them to a Constructability Issue. Marked as a Constructability Issue, the Leader can now annotate the item with notes, a cloud, a snapshot comparison of the 2D drawing, and snapshots from different angles in the model. S/he can tag another teammate to investigate the issue, assign its priority, and even promote it to an RFI, if necessary.
To prepare for the coordination meeting, the Leader can organize a Constructability Analysis Report to share with project stakeholders and prioritize the items for discussion and resolution.
Vico Office Constructability Manager not only includes clash detection and coordination, but it is part of a larger integrated construction workflow for quantity takeoff, scheduling, and cost planning.
Using Vico Office Constructability Manager is very straightforward - we've built in our best practices to the workflow:
1. Publish models from your favorite BIM authoring tool to Vico Office.
2. Manage and activate models in Vico Office Client's Manage Models workflow item.
3. Define Clash Detection Settings by specifying which element types and layers should be compared to each other.
4. Run an automatic Clash Detection, using the defined setting or an earlier saved setting.
5. Review your Clashes, specify Constructability Issues, and add Markup with redlining and clouds.
6. Create and review the RFIs
7. Prepare Constructability Reports for the team with the Vico Office Client Report Editor