Vico Office LBS Manager
Defined Locations for Location-Based Quantities, Schedules, and Cost Plans
Location, location, location!
What’s true of real estate is certainly true for virtual construction! Locations hold the key to a better organized project, both in preconstruction AND on-site. Quantities per location provide tighter schedules without increasing risk and they help develop a much more granular cash flow plan. Locations are critical to successful BIM construction projects and Vico Office is the only solution to incorporate them into the 4D and 5D workflow.
Vico Office LBS Manager lets you define floors, zones, and optimized location systems per trade. These locations drive the location-based quantity takeoff which is the starting point for location-based cost and schedule planning. The cost and schedule planning modules in Vico Office use quantities per location to calculate labor, material and equipment amounts and subsequently for determining number of work hours per location.
And what’s better than this? LBS Manager makes it possible to change locations (floors and zones) in Vico Office, without having to go back to the authoring BIM application. Quantities are recalculated and updated at the end of the location editing process, which makes it possible to analyze and optimize the phasing and zoning of a project to get to the best schedule for the project.
Now for the math...
There are two key components to Vico Office: construction-caliber quantities (derived from BIM model geometry in Vico Office Takeoff Manager) and locations. It is these quantities and locations which drive the schedule and estimate with the following formula:
Let's examine how the Location Breakdown Structure contributes to these calculations.
The LBS can start with a floor or story of the building and then be further delineated into zones and then even further dissected into location systems. The goal here is that all trades can be scheduled in their optimal location for the best possible sequence and continuous flow. [This continuous flow means no stops and starts for the crews – they work in a clear area until they are complete and then mobilize in the next location.] The LBS can even start with Phases, such as Laboratory, Surgical Rooms, and Patient areas, as a hospital example.
By organizing the project locations with these options, an optimal sequencing logic can be applied with Vico Office Schedule Planner, the model-based scheduling solution which utilizes flowline theory as a key differentiator. These options can then be analyzed in terms of both cost and time. The GC and the Subs can review the video produced by Vico Office 4D Manager and make suggestions for improvements.
With an optimal sequence and schedule in hand, Superintendents can now use Vico Office Production Controller to record real-time activity rates and produce look-ahead schedules, status reports, and even generate phased Earned Value Analyses for the project.
It is important to note:
Vico is the first solution to provide both geometry splitting and location-based quantities. And it is non-destructive – we keep the original elements so you don’t need to keep returning to the original BIM model to make tedious changes. All the locations are persistent in Vico Office LBS Manager and can be applied to new versions of the model.
The workflow is very straightforward: