Vico Office delivers an integrated BIM workflow for construction projects. Vico Office extends the basic 3D model with constructability analysis and coordination, quantity takeoff, 4D location-based scheduling and production control, 5D estimating, and layout. 


Models can come from multiple sources and from multiple modeling platforms. For example, a concept or massing model can come from the GC in SketchUp; an architect's model can come from ArchiCAD; a structural engineer's model might come from Tekla; the GC's self-perform group might also supply a steel or concrete model with Tekla; the interiors model might come from Revit. You get the picture - and Vico Office handles them all seamlessly.


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What GCs and CMs love the most is that every change to the design or the mechanical systems or curtain wall is immediately reflected in the quantity takeoff, the coordination, the schedule, and the estimate.


At first glance, many people believe the name Vico is just a clever contraction of “virtual construction,” but the company was named after a 17th century Italian philosopher, Giambatista Vico. His contemporaries defined truth as “that which can be observed.”  But Vico proposed, “Truth is that which can be wholly constructed.” And that is exactly what Vico customers do best: they learn everything there is to know about the project – they learn the truth about the building – by virtually constructing it on the computer before and during construction.


To see how it all works together, just think of a new construction project going on in your neighborhood or city.  Perhaps it’s a new research lab at the university or a new stadium or performing arts center.


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The General Contractor in charge of the project receives 3D BIMs (building information models) from the design team, the engineers, and the sub-contractors. These models are examined in Vico Office and the quantities for each type of building element in the project are generated. For something even as simple as a concrete column, the team can learn the quantities for rebar, formwork, concrete, and surface cladding. With those quantities known, it’s some simple math to get to the cost and time required to construct it. Going a step further, the project organized into workzones, to see the count of how many columns are in that zone and therefore, the material, labor, and equipment required for that zone. An optimized schedule results when the each production step or construction trade flows through the locations at nearly the same rate. Managing to that schedule on-site, the contractor can detect and correct any disruptions or delays.


What really makes Vico Office unique is the tight integration between model geometry and the quantities, cost, and schedule of the building project. This means that every time the design changes -- and in construction it is often -- the schedule and estimate are immediately updated. A contractor’s traditional practice can take several weeks to produce the same answers.


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That’s the preconstruction side. On the operations side, Vico Office helps GCs and CMs orchestrate materials procurement, delivery, and trade crews with analysis and reports.  Superintendents can walk the jobsite with a tablet and enter in the percent of work completed for each of the zones that were designated earlier. This real-time data feeds a schedule forecast and shows the team where potential problems will arise in the weeks ahead.


Because the team can see these scheduling problems before they occur, they can work with the crew foremen adjust the flow of trades and keep the project on track.


Now the GC can offer the project Owner three things:

1. Very accurate truth about the project details from Day One.
2. Better pricing and schedule outcomes.
3. A better building experience with cost-loaded schedules, cash flow reports, and a
   team dedicated to the project’s success.


What makes Vico exceptionally strong in the market is not just its award-winning software, but also the Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Services it offers.  During the recession, and still to this day, construction firms are running lean. So being able to hire a team of BIM experts to help guarantee project success is a critical business strategy. 


The VDC Services Team offers a range of project services – from 3D modeling of the project to quality checking the models already received for a project – from translating a standard CPM construction schedule to a Flowline schedule powered by location-based quantities -- from coordinating the project models to producing highly-detailed 2D installation drawings for the subs – from laser scanning an existing structure to creating a 3D model from the point cloud – plus so many more options. There isn’t a job the VDC Services Team can’t handle!


The team from Vico is working alongside colleagues from SketchUp, Tekla, Meridian, Trimble field solutions, and WinEst in the GC/CM division of the Construction and Engineering segment. There are already key product integrations in place which customers appreciate:

• Vico Office has an enhanced publisher for Tekla Structures models – this means
  more precise quantity takeoffs;
• Vico Office has an importer for SketchUp models and a best practice for creating
  highly-detailed estimates and schedules from concept-phase models
• Vico Office contains a module called Layout Manager which works with the
  Trimble robotic total station and LM80 to create points in the model and shoot
  them onsite
. The protocol works in reverse for quality assurance;
Vico Office cost plans can be stored in Modelogixand used to inform new project
  conceptual estimates.


More integrations will be coming soon as customers work with us to create ideal construction workflows for their critical data. 


“Truth is that which can be wholly constructed.”  We build a lot of truth at Trimble.


Learn more about Vico Office with these resources:

Training Videos: Vico Office Training Videos for Estimating, Scheduling, Reporting and Production Control

Webinar: The 5D BIM Workflow in Vico Office

Blog: True 5D Starts with Estimating