Using the Model Progression Specification


BIM models are becoming more and more prevalent in commercial and institutional construction as Owners expect the latest technology to be used for their projects. But models can come from different sources (architects, engineers, GCs, and subs) and be authored by different software (ArchiCAD, Bentley, Revit, Tekla, and even SketchUp).

Who is responsible for harnessing these models and modelers? How do we ensure that each model is useful? We need more “I” in BIM, so how do we organize these activities before-during-and-after the project?

This Fridays with Vico webinar explores the basic how-to’s for the Model Progression Specification. The MPS was pioneered by Vico and Webcor, refined by the technology subcommittee of the AIA California Council’s IPD Task Force, and was adopted by the AIA in late 2008. It is also known as the AIA E202. The MPS is a systematic approach to developing multiple models so that the information contained in each is relevant for visualization, coordination, cost planning, scheduling, production control, fabrication, and even facilities management.



 Introduction to the MPS


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 A free online webinar series


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This webinar is important for your team if:

1.) You are developing a BIM strategy for your firm and are still questioning which projects
     should be modeled and by whom;

2.) You have started to receive models from various project constituents but you’re not
     sure on how to make them work together;


3.) You want your firm to take the lead role organizing and managing the models for
     coordination, means and methods analysis, offsite fabrication, as well as planning
     and estimating;


4.) You want a repeatable process for working with different firms in your area to provide
     BIM deliverables to Owners


5.) You want to make sure you’re not wasting time and resources on your BIM projects.

6.) You have had the experience of spending resources on a BIM only to find that it
     couldn’t help you address owner questions regarding design, cost, and/or schedule.


Put very simply, the Model Progression Specification is a language for owners, designers and builders that defines every element and task in a building construction process. Using the MPS the owner can standardize RFP’s, budget reviews, and ensure that estimates of cost from conceptual to GMP are all consistent throughout the project team members.


The MPS methodology provides transparency for the owner, along with a control system over the design, cost, and schedule. The Contractor receives streamlined internal processes and meaningful communication between the office and the field. The Architect receives a clean guideline of expectations which they can use to develop the design.


The MPS defines the interaction between the Owner, Designer and Preconstruction Team as they migrate from the initial idea through the conceptual phase, on to the schematic, detail, and construction phases of a program. It provides the framework for an efficient written checklist evolving elements of the design from a very schematic level of detail to a high level of detail in terms of 3D geometry, cost, and time.


Gather your team for this informative session, just one piece of the Vico BIM Path workshop series. Then consider whether or not you would like the complete workshop series for your firm.



 Introduction to the MPS


 Archived and available for your convenience 24/7


 A free online webinar series


 Fill out the form below to download the archived webinar







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


Here are other resources you might enjoy:

Webinar: The Knowledge Base of Cost and Time Elements

Webinar: Understanding the Model Progression Specification

Webinar: The MPS 3.0

Webinar: Applying the 5D Data Pack to Your New Project

Blog: A Shortcut to 5D BIM - the Vico Data Pack

Blog: Keeping Construction Practices Connected

Webpage: The Virtual Construction Toolkit - the 5D Data Pack

Webpage: Inside the 5D Data Pack

FAQs: 5D Data Pack FAQs


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 movie using the form below.





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



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