Vico Layout Manager

Layout and validate critical points in an integrated 5D BIM workflow



We already know how the preconstruction teams work with Vico Office to do 3D coordination, 4D schedules, and 5D estimates. We already know how Superintendents use Vico Office to manage to the schedule out on the jobsite with production control. Now we take it a step further: PEs can plot out the critical points for the project in any of the activated models in Vico Office and transfer that data out to the Trimble gear onsite. That’s right: BIM to the Field for more precise measurements and better quality control.


We call the process Design-to-Build/Build-to-Design. But layout teams just say, “Let’s Trimble it!” The workflow is very straightforward. Using any activated model in the Vico Office project, the PE or Superintendent can create a specific location system for the layout team and then mark all the critical points directly in the model.  The points can be imported into a *.csv file and uploaded to Trimble layout gear. Whether GCs self-perform the layout task or have a special Sub do the work, you know the set up and speed of the process. And after the work has been completed, the GC or Sub can capture the actuals from the site and compare these points to the originals to check discrepancies.


So “let’s Trimble” all the critical points per location for

  • • Sleeves and openings before concrete is poured
  • • Deck elevations before pipes are installed
  • • Organic curved walls before the framing starts
  • • Hangers and bracings for seismic requirements
  • • Pipe runs
  • • Slab edges


And then we can even deliver an As Built model to the Owner incorporating the points from the field.


What will your team use Layout Manager to do onsite?


Set Project Origin

After models have been activated and coordinated in in Vico Office, the PE or Superintendent can select the correct model version to use for their particular task (concrete pours, pipe installations, curved walls, hangers and bracings, etc).


The Project Origin is the 0.0.0 point for project. And all layout point coordinates will be calculated relative to the Project Origin. Just click on the Set Project Origin and snap to a point in the model. That's it! You've inserted the Project Origin point. Now just use the Global Coordinates option to connect the local Project Origin point with a survey point which represents a known point in the physical world.


Create Folder Structure

The Layout Manager view supports a hierarchical folder structure. This allows you to organize and manager the Layout Points. To add a folder simply select the parent folder and click on the Add Folder icon or Add Folder menu option. A new folder with a default name is created under the selected folder. Just double click to rename the folder.


The next step is to establish Folder Properties, including prefixes and suffixes for newly added points, tolerance values, and options for the size and color of the points in the 3D view.


Layout Points can be added to the selected folders and the export/import functions are folder-specific. Filtering and sorting criteria can be applied with the column headers. But that’s the next step!


Add Layout Points

This is pretty straightforward. Select the correct folder in the Layout Manager view. Click on the Add Point icon or use the Add Point option from the drop down menu. Then simply navigate to an area critical for the project and snap to the related geometry. You can edit the Layout Point by right-clicking on it.


Export to CSV and Read in Trimble Gear

It’s quite easy to move the points from Vico Office to your favorite layout equipment (we happen to love Trimble!). Just use the Export CSV icon and follow the instructions in the dialog box. Then just load the CSV into your handheld device.


Trimble It! and Measure Onsite

Now comes the fun part! Whether your firm is self-performing the work or asking a Sub to do it, just shoot the points and take the measurements as you always do. As a Vico best practice, we recommend including the Layout tasks in your project schedule so that the team has a free and clear workspace for each location they need to shoot.


Import Points Back to Check Tolerances

By importing points back to Vico Office, the project team can verify the quality of the construction and check acceptable tolerances using the building model. When as-built conditions are combined and overlaid with the model, you can make sure that all structures are built according to the plan.


In the Layout Manager view, select the target folder and click on the Import CSV icon. Now just follow the instructions in the dialog box. The Layout Manager view automatically adds the X’, Y’, Z’ columns for the imported points. Distance, Out of Tolerance, and Percent columns are also available.


Depending on your preferences, you can view the table or the 3D model.


Vico Office Layout Manager lets you:

• Add very accurate Layout Points inside Vico Office Layout Manager (you don’t need the original BIM file)

• Export the Layout Points from the model to the field device

• Easily mark points in the field with the integration with Trimble gear

• Validate the actual field points against the originals in Vico Office



To help you and your team learn more about about the layout process within the Vico Office workflow, we've put together these resources:


Video: Full-Length Vico Office Demonstration

Blog: 5 Ways GCs Use Layout Manager to Bring BIM to the Field

Blog: 4 Favorite Features in Vico Office R4

Webpage: What's New in R4

Webpage: 3D BIM for Layout