The BIM Checklist

There's plenty of confusion in the AEC/O market.  Is BIM something that only architects do, or should builders and owners also get involved?


Vico takes a hard stance: General Contractors and Owners MUST be involved with BIM.  The architect's BIM contains the visualization of the design, as well as the geometry to make it all happen.  However, the GC's BIM adds an incredible amount of information: the means and methods.  From this BIM we can extract construction-caliber quantities to which can be added resource productivity rates, locations, and costs.


The result?  4D schedules and 5D estimates.  These are model-based schedules and model-based estimates.  Why is this important?  If one element of the BIM changes, there is a ripple effect to the crews and the bottom line.  This makes BIM and virtual construction incredibly powerful. 


Now GCs, Owners, and Architects can all work together to ask questions of the model.  What happens if ... ?  If we increased the retail space by XX, how would that impact our monthly rental income versus condominium sales and office space rent?  If we changed the exterior skin to XX material?  If we added bicycle parking how many LEEDs points would we receive?


So, are you getting the most out of your BIM?  2D document management and automatic change notification? coordination and constructability feasibility? construction-caliber quantities versus design-quantities? a knowledge base of cost and time elements? location-based scheduling and production control? conceptual estimating to 5D cost planning? model management to support the most popular BIM-authoring tools? earned value analysis?


If you're not sure, open The BIM Checklist and compare your technology solutions.


And then turn the checklist on your firm.  How many capabilities does your firm offer Owners?  Where and how can you fill in the gaps?


At a minimum, this is what Vico can do to help your firm:


For the Business Development Manager: we work with you to build out a compelling Owner presentation, RFP responses, propose different contracts requirements for the team members, and determine the key 5D BIM differentiators your firm brings to the table. This means winning more projects and developing trusted relationships within the community.


For the BIM Manager: we work with you to expand your BIM strategy across departments and across offices.  We help you develop core competencies around model coordination, as well as develop provide a well thought out program to bring in Estimators and Schedulers for whom we have model-based scheduling and model-based estimating solutions.


For the Project Engineers: we help you develop a system for checking drawings, processing RFIs, and working closer with Subs to achieve scope and quality goals.  We work with you on quantities by location for Subs, as well as extremely detailed quantities for your self-perform work.  We have a unique solution called design to build/build to design with gets you accurate placement for braces, hangers, and MEP components.


For the Superintendents: because you’re often a key part of presentation teams, we’ll help you articulate the benefits of BIM on the jobsite – managing Subs with real-time crew productivity rates, weekly charts showing “work in place,” organizing inspections, and preparing status reports for the Owner.


For Project Managers: you have two distinct goals: manage the Owner’s satisfaction and deliver a profitable project for the firm. But the current process is woefully lacking to present complicated cost data from design changes.  Vico changes that immediately by providing Target Cost presentation tools tied to model and budget, as well as provide an early warning system for the delays, claims, and subcontractor issues that impact schedule.


For the VP of Preconstruction: by providing model-based scheduling and estimating in Preconstruction, we can help you avoid busting the budget. And with these unique BIM-based deliverables, we help cement your relationship with the Owner to get to a GMP.


For the VP of Operations: we offer a dashboard view instead of a rear-view mirror.  There is a repeatable, consistent checklist for successful BIM projects in order to alleviate the need for heroic actions at the end of the project.  This cuts down on litigation, upside-down projects, and even the loss of good talent to the competition.


For the President of the firm: this all adds up to managing and maintaining your serial client relationships and building a reputation as the go-to firm for BIM.  This means hand-picking your partners and winning as much new business as is bondable and serviceable.  It means growing the company.


Let's make true 5D BIM a reality...and it all starts with The BIM Checklist.


Once you've read through The BIM Checklist, explore different ways to start bringing these capabilities in-house:


Blog: The BIM Washers Versus the Real Deal

Blog: Talk the Talk AND Walk the Walk with BIM

Blog: Differentiating Your Firm with 5D BIM

Blog: BIM Doesn't Come in a Box

Blog: 5D BIM Versus 50-Yard Line Tickets

Blog: 5 Pieces of Advice for GCs Looking to Get Started with BIM


Grader: Calculate Your Firm's BIM Score

Grader: Can Your BIM Model Be Used for Construction?


Webinar: The BIM Master Class Series

Webinar: The 5D Workflow in Vico Office


Webpage: The D's of BIM


Services: Vico Services offers the Win the Deal bundle


Product: The Vico Office suite for 3D clash detection, 4D scheduling, 5D estimating, and change management