The New Preconstruction


It just makes sense that BIM coordination, scheduling, and estimating should take place in one workflow. As your team works together to fix clashes, you also want to improve your estimate and schedule based on the newly coordinated quantities.

Otherwise, the typical process has every department working without the knowledge of changes that are occurring daily. This typical process meant gathering together to work out modeling questions, working on estimates, and every few weeks sitting around a table or GoToMeeting for clash detection meetings. The only problem with this set-up is that every two weeks, the offending trade would go back to their offices and fix their model and resubmit it so that they could cross that clash off their list. However, their fix could mean that two or three trades down the line now have a new clash to deal with at the next meeting. There was a vicious cycle of clashes begetting clashes.

We are proposing a new solution for the typical preconstruction challenges: one that gets subs on board early, one that involves the estimating and scheduling teams from the get-go; and one that includes clash detection, but with an interesting new twist: an integrated workflow for coordination by location which includes coordinated quantity counts for the schedulers and estimators.

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Why does an early and integrated approach to constructability analysis make so much more sense for preconstruction and operations teams?


1.)  If your contract documents are 2D drawings then they need to be compared first so that the 3D models are verified as being accurate. By collating and comparing these drawing sets for any changes, we can eliminate versioning errors with the models.
2.)  When it comes to coordinating the 3D models, the best practice is to do it as early as possible.  And the  best practice incorporates coordination, estimating, and scheduling and works with the popular model-authoring tools like Tekla, ArchiCAD, and Revit
3.)  Understanding the construction sequencing and workflow, preconstruction planning can be improved by using LOCATIONS.  This helps eliminate the ripple effect of fixing one clash only to produce three more clashes in its wake. And by sequencing the trades properly in the Schedule, we can also improve their flow through locations, greatly improving their ability to deliver on time with high quality.
4.)  Now using the coordinated models for scheduling and estimating means that the quantities per location are accurate and viable immediately for the estimating and scheduling teams. The new preconstruction means three disciplines working together in one workflow. Which makes us beg the question, “Why wouldn’t you extend BIM to 4D and 5D now that you’re investing the time to build 3D models?”

Of course, Owners are savvy and can still use the downturn to ask for hard bids. But progressive Owners understand that a comprehensive preconstruction effort means a better project in terms of budget, schedule, and quality. For those Owners who know the difference between spinning models on a screen and using the model to optimize schedules, answer budget questions, and deliver a quality product, the new preconstruction methodology makes perfect sense: coordinated models feed updated quantities to scheduling and estimating; subs are involved early resulting in more off-site prefabrication; and the integrated workflow keeps everyone on the same page.

Find out how you can revamp your preconstruction process and take BIM to 4D and 5D on the next Fridays with Vico.



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Learn more about this important step in the BIM workflow:

Blog: Coordination Resolution is 40% Faster than Traditional Clash Detection

Blog: Rethinking 3D BIM Coordination

Blog: Lean Coordination: Good Intention - Better Process

Webinar: BIM 201: Clash Detection and Coordination

Webinar: Coordination Strategies in a Hard Bid

Webinar: Coordination 2.0 with Vico Office Constructability Manager

Webinar: Coordination Resolution - a Lean Approach to Clash and Coordination

Service: Quality Assessment and Refinement for BIM Models

Service: Coordination Resolution

Webpage: What Is Clash Detection and Coordination?

Outputs and Deliverables: 2D Installation Drawings

Outputs and Deliverables: 6D BIM Models for Facilities Management

Product: Constructability Manager, Features and Benefits, FAQs


Also, be sure to check out the BIM Summer Reading List for Coordination Teams - tons of great articles to help you learn more about clash detection and coordination best practices.


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Select Recorded Webinars

An Introduction to Model-Based Estimating

June 23, 2010


Introduction to Vico Office Constructability Manager

Archived for convenient access 24/7


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 


The New Preconstruction Webinar