Rolling Out the MPS on a New Project

How do we take the matrix-like templates we have developed in the Model Progression Specification planning process and incorporate our real project data?


Step 1: Define what you want to accomplish at each stage.  Then select the matching primitives for each stage goal.  And finally, design the BIM Elements in a Warehouse Model and define the corresponding cost assemblies.


Step 2: Determine the delta from the previous stage and update any missing information.  This includes any new model elements, cost assemblies, and scheduling tasks.


Step 3: Check the model and rate the quality of the model, its estimating data, and its scheduling data.  Provide feedback to the team and then plan the next stage.


The video illustrates how to build a model Warehouse (of generic profiled steel beams, slabs, basic walls, and columns), copy from the floor plan, copy the cost data from a reference project (historic project), and define the task list.  The example shows how the model content directly relates to the estimating and scheduling data through the naming conventions. 


Video Caption:  The Vico 5D Data Pack is a collection of information mined from over 400 5D BIM projects around the world. The information includes a collection of standard building elements in both ArchiCAD and Revit, a collection of estimating formulas and codes, as well as standard productivity data for scheduling tasks.

The content of the Data Pack is delivered in three modes: Excel source files, model libraries, and Vico Office reference files. The Excel source files are organized by code levels for the cost plan. The quantity formulas are predefined so that the 3D elements are automatically linked to your cost estimate. Users can add in their own unit prices for their geography and unique project history. The Revit and ArchiCAD content includes standard building elements like slabs, columns, walls, windows, beams, etc. organized by Uniformat category. These elements can be copy/pasted into your new project and automatically link the Revit Family Types and ArchiCAD Layer Name and ID, respectively, to your costing data. The Vico Office Reference Files can be unpacked in your dashboard and users can drag/drop content into new projects.

The combination of model geometry, quantity takeoff formulas, and scheduling task data jumpstarts new projects and provides a shortcut to a full 5D BIM project.


To learn more about the MPS, please navigate through these additional resources:


Webpage: The History and Evolution of the MPS

Webpage: MPS Terms and Definitions

Webpage: What is the BIM Level of Detail?

Webpage: The MPS as Sheet Music for an Orchestra

Webpage: What Is a Purpose-Built BIM Model?

Webpage: Who is Authoring the BIM Model?

Webpage: What You Need in Your Virtual Construction Toolkit

Webpage: Rollout the MPS to a New Project

Webinar: Webcor and the MPS

Webinar: Using the Content Plan and MPS

Webinar: Understanding the Model Progression Specification

Webinar: The MPS 3.0

Blog: What Can Be Done to Improve BIM Model Fidelity?

Blog: Why You Need an MPS on Every 5D Project

Blog: The 5D Data Pack Is Your Shortcut to 5D BIM

FAQs: MPS Frequently-Asked Questions