Cost Planning in Vico Office

Welcome to the Cost Planning section of the Vico Office Structured Evaluation.


Cost Planning Portion of Structured Evaluation



Construction estimating software needs to bridge the gap between 2D drawings and 5D BIM models. Vico Office does that by recognizing model-based and non-model-based elements in the estimate and visually linking the element quantities to the cost items.


Cost planning is an iterative estimating process tied to manual inputs, assumptions and the level of detail available from the BIM. Vico Office Cost Planner offers rapid costing calculations based on construction-caliber quantities. You can tie costing and productivity rates from past projects to your current project or even pull in data from other estimating systems like Timberline and MC2.


There is much to discover, so let's get started.  We recommend gathering the evaluation team in a conference room and projecting the video.  Each participant can have the software loaded on their own machine and follow along with the workbook.  


Please note that successfully answering the five quiz questions is necessary to advance to the next phase of the evaluation. 


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Be certain to download the necessary files which accompany this session. These files may include packed *.vico projects, report templates, images, and other necessary pieces to complete your activities in Vico Office.


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Download the associated workbook and be certain to distribute to your team members. The workbook includes detailed screencaptures from the video, along with instructions for completing the exercises in the software. The workbook also contains the quiz questions and important discussion starters for your team.


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Video Training


For a more in-depth look at role-specific functionality in Vico Office, be sure to work your way through the Vico Office Video Training Series – consider this resource your personal user guide to the software.


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See what other AEC/O professionals have asked about Vico Office.  These FAQs are a great starting point for more detailed discussions with your Vico sales person.



In order to receive the maximum benefit from this evaluation, we strongly encourage you to investigate more resources about our Cost Planning solutions. We don't want to confuse clicking on videos with the underlying theory of our solutions, not to mention the best practices that we have honed with our customers over the years.


With Vico Office you get fresh, future-proof technology that bridges the gap from 2D to 5D, and then opens up to connect other areas of preconstruction like scheduling and construction-based production control right along with it.


Our Products: Vico Takeoff Manager and FAQs

Our Products: Vico Cost Planner and FAQs

Our Products: Vico Cost Explorer and FAQs


Webpage: What Is 5D BIM?

Webpage: What Is Model-Based Estimating?

Webpage: What Is the Difference between Cost Planning and Estimating?


Webinar: BIM-Based Estimating Fundamentals

Webinar: The 5D Virtual Construction Workflow


Video: 5D BIM for Dummies

Video: BIM-Based Estimating for Dummies


Blog: BIM Estimating: Myth Versus Reality

Blog: The Benefits of Cost Planning Versus Estimating

Blog: Quick Steps to Compare Cost Plan Snapshots

Blog: Quickly Update Unit Rates for Material and Labor

Blog: There Is No Easy Button for BIM Quantity Takeoff

Blog: Organizing Your Revit Model to Create Useful Quantity Takeoffs

Blog: Why 5D Comes before 4D in Vico Office

Blog: Quantities by Location Are Key to Costing, Planning, and Controlling Construction Projects

Blog: When Estimators Block BIM

Blog: Lightning Strikes at the BIM Storm for Balfour Beatty and Parsons Brinckerhoff

Blog: Doing Your First Model-Based Estimate

Blog: Does BIM Mean that Estimators Are Out of a Job?

Blog: Keeping Construction Practices Connected

Blog: The Role That Level of Detail Plays in Your BIM Estimate

Blog: Applying Quantity Ratios from Past Projects to Concept Stage SketchUp Models

Blog: A Shortcut to 5D BIM


We also offer a step-by-step guide to our 5D virtual construction workflow with video tutorials. These videos are just 2-5 minutes in length, but illustrate how to use a particular piece of functionality. You can access the video library index and view just what you need, or download the complete set of training videos. We have sections for Cost Planning, Reporting, Planning, and Production Control.