The 5D Virtual Construction Workflow

When we set out over seven years ago to create the world’s first integrated 5D Virtual Construction platform, we knew we were sailing into a head wind.  The construction market was booming and no one needed to worry about gaining efficiencies from a well-developed BIM model.  All Owners wanted was to see the project in 3D and get it built.


As Integrated Project Delivery contracts gained momentum, people started to take interest in the “live model” concept: using a BIM model as a way to interrogate the project and make data-driven decisions.  This live model means that a change in the geometry of the project (the 3D model) will impact the quantities.  These quantities, in turn, change the calculations for the schedule (the 4D time) and the estimate (the 5D cost).


But then the markets collapsed.  The bottom was torn out from under us and the backlogs started to dry up.  Owners reverted back to hard bids.  Soon we were bidding on every project and looking for ways in which our self-perform groups could get us an advantage.  Preserving general conditions while still winning new deals meant looking for opportunities in the schedule and estimate.  And all of a sudden, 5D became a way to differentiate and stand apart from the pack.


The winds have changed.  So it’s time to take another look at 5D and see how all the pieces fit together.  On the next Fridays with Vico webinar, we’ll take a walk through the software platform and illustrate how the live model offers a tremendous advantage for Owners.



 The 5D Virtual Construction Workflow


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Vico Office is the first purpose-built construction software that allows users to “plug in” the BIM authoring application of their choice and then perform a constructability analysis, quantity takeoff, a model-based schedule, model-based estimate, and on-site production control, all in an integrated workflow.


After the BIM models are completed, we can publish, augment, and compare 3D models from multiple project stakeholders all within the Vico Office Client.  For example, the architect can contribute an architectural model in ArchiCAD; the structural engineer can contribute a structural model in Tekla; the mechanical subcontractor can submit a model in Revit MEP; the HVAC subcontractor can submit a model in CAD-Duct. 


These models can be combined in Vico Office.  Then we can identify any constructability issues in Vico Office Constructability Manager and report these issues to the design team for resolution.  If the issues cannot be resolved, they are promoted to an RFI and tracked through the project management data flow. 


As soon as we’ve identified the coordination issues, we move to Vico Office Takeoff Manager to generate construction-caliber quantities.   Now with the quantities, estimators can use Vico Office Cost Planner to create multiple iterations of the 5D estimate as the models’ level of detail increases.  With the estimate in place, we can now track the project budget in Vico Office Cost Explorer, helping the Owner recognize which decisions have the most impact on the budget and schedule.


Planners can also take advantage of these quantities and now start evaluating the project and creating the optimal combination of location systems for the trades in Vico Office LBS Manager.  By organizing the project locations, 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.  And the 4D Manager schedule presentation helps the GC and subs work together to evaluate what-if scenarios and determine the best solution. 


Finally, as the project moves from headquarters out to the field, the team utilizes Vico Office Production Controller to monitor and adjust crews as necessary.  With real-time inputs for actual crew productivity rates, the team has enough warning to avoid trade conflicts and cascading delays.


This webinar is for you and your team if:

• You want to see how General Contractors can take the lead with projects, offering the Owner a better experience and a better understanding of the details;

• You want to see how construction-caliber quantities (from models and from drawings) work together to feed the schedules and the estimates;

• You want to see the critical role that locations play in this equation.  Using the model data, we provide accurate quantities per location which drives the schedule and optimize workflow for every trade on-site.

• You want to see how the estimate evolves with the project data and the level of granularity at which your team can author cost plans;

• You want to see how Virtual Construction works from project conception to completion.


Now the wind is at our backs.  Let’s make 5D Virtual Construction the way the world plans to build.  Let’s make 5D the way it’s done. 



 The 5D Virtual Construction Workflow


 Archived and available for your convenience 24/7


 A free online webinar series


 Download the webinar to your desktop using the form below







Learn from your peers with your peers at Fridays with Vico.


See highlights of this Fridays with Vico episode on the video clip below. If the content is meaningful to you and your BIM Team, please download the webinar using the form below and watch it with your team.



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 also have two whitepapers to explain construction scheduling:

Whitepaper: A Comparison of Tradition CPM to Location-Based Scheduling

Whitepaper: The Combination of Last Planner System and Location-Based Management System



System Requirements
PC-based attendees:
Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista
Macintosh®-based attendees:
Mac OS® X 10.4 (Tiger®) or newer



Select Recorded Webinars

Using the Model Progression Specification

Archived and available for your convenience 24/7


An Introduction to LBMS and LPS

Archived and available for your convenience 24/7


The New Preconstruction

August 6, 2010


An Introduction to Model-Based Estimating

June 23, 2010


Introduction to Vico Office Constructability Manager

March 17, 2010


What You Need to Know Today about Seismic BIM

March 12, 2010


The Business Value of BIM

January 29, 2010


Taking BIM to the Enterprise

January 15, 2010


BIM Knowledge Base of Cost and Time Elements

December 11, 2009


Mastering Coordination and Constructability in a Hard Bid

November 13, 2009


Mastering the 5D Cost Plan in a Hard Bid

October 16, 2009


Vico Office Unplugged

October 2, 2009


Scheduling Strategies in a Hard Bid Environment

September 11, 2009


Tracking Changes in Construction Drawing Sets

August 21, 2009


Introducing BIM for Executives

August 7, 2009


Vico Office for Preconstruction and Estimating Teams

July 17, 2009


Connecting the Conceptual Estimate to the MPS

June 26, 2009


BIM 501: Model-Based Estimating

May 15, 2009


BIM 401: Model-Based Scheduling

May 1, 2009


BIM 301 Webinar: New Contract Language

April 17, 2009


BIM 201 Webinar: 3D/4D Coordination

April 3, 2009


BIM 101 Webinar

March 20, 2009


Swinerton Builders

February 27, 2009


Introducing Vico Office

February 20, 2009


The McGraw-Hill BIM SmartMarket Report

February 13, 2009


Suffolk Construction and the Torrey Pines Project

January 30, 2009


Hensel Phelps and the Denver Justice Center

January 23, 2009


Trimble and Vico - Bringing BIM to the Field

January 16, 2009


Webcor Builders and the Model Progression Specification

December 19, 2008


St. Joseph's Mission Hospital Virtual Mock-Up Case Study

November 14, 2008


Vico's Win the Deal Bundle

November 7, 2008


Vico for Concrete: Lift Drawings and More

Oct 17, 2008


Vico 101: An Introductory Webinar for Virtual Construction

Oct 13, 2008


Virtual Construction with the PCL Family of Companies

Sept 25, 2008


Orchestrating BIM the Vico Way

August 15, 2008 


Vico Office R3 Workflow