Vico Office Schedule Planner
An Integrated Location-Based Scheduling System with Flowline
Vico Schedule Planner introduces an integrated location-based quantity and cost to schedule connection in Vico Office. Using Vico Schedule Planner, users can integrate model-based quantity takeoff information from Vico Takeoff Manager with resource quantities from Vico Cost Planner and project locations from Vico LBS Manager to create highly optimized schedule.
Is this very different than traditional CPM scheduling methods? Yes it is. A 4D BIM Schedule is a derivation of the 3D BIM geometry and an optimization of the resources. From the geometry, we extract quantities and allocate these quantities to locations. Now we can apply sequencing logic, include crew sizes, productivity rates, and geography-specific pricing. By creating a schedule optimized to eliminate stops and starts and reduce project risk, we keep the project flowing smoothly.
This integration between the 3D model, the construction-caliber quantities, the locations, and cost plan is critical. More and more, owners are requiring cost- and resource-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 these schedules, as well as creating the progress reports is just one benefit of this tight integration in the Vico Office Suite.
With Schedule Planner, team members can design significantly compressed schedules without increasing risk. The incorporation of locations, estimated quantities, and productivity rates early in the planning phase yields clear, accurate, and feasible schedules. Using the Flowline™ view, users can easily manage task buffers, visually identify conflicts, and communicate complete schedules of complex projects – all on a single page.
Vico Schedule Planner lets planners deliver projects faster, while carefully managing risk, through increased productivity, predictability, and transparency. As an integrated part of the Vico Office Suite, Schedule Planner enables the generation of 4D project simulations in 4D Manager. These simulations clearly illustrate the correlations between construction, cost, and schedule.
Caption: Using the Vico Flowline view, users can easily manage task buffers, visually identify conflicts, and communicate complete schedules of complex projects – all on a single page.
And this optimal schedule reminds us that crew location, pace (productivity), and quality all add up to an average of 10% schedule compression. How do we know this? We wrote the book on it! Location-Based Management for Construction illustrates how construction projects all over the world have benefitted from flowline theory and Vico Schedule Planner, our quantities-driven, location-based, resource-loaded scheduling solution.