Vico Guest Blogger Series

Announcing the Vico Office Video Tutorials

Posted by Holly Allison on Thu, Jun 09, 2011 @ 04:08 AM


I don’t know if this has ever happened to you.  I’m a pretty good skier once I get going, but the first morning is just about as terrifying as it gets.  If I look down the run, I’m done for.  I become too scared to move, absolutely convinced that there is not enough gravity in the world to hold me onto the mountain.  I’ll just fly off the mountain and land on the highway twenty miles out.  There’s something about my eyes capturing the run and then my brain automatically processing the sheer enormity of the drop.  The only way I can get down is to make crisp turns and ski across the face of the mountain, make another solid turn and weave my way down just concentrating on the mechanics of each turn: bend left knee, squeeze right big toe, and so on.  By the third run, my body has convinced my brain that it’s all possible.  And by lunchtime, I’m racing my brothers down from the summit.


The absolute reverse problem happens while I’m running.  The split second that I see a hill coming up in front of me, I immediately start calculating the slope of the hill, and can come up with at least ten reasons why I should stop.  I’ve found that if I keep my eyes down (using my baseball hat as a visor/blinder), I can power up the hill without a problem, but just like skiing, if I see the extent of the challenge, I can get intimidated…no matter how many times I’ve made it up that hill or even harder hills.  It’s just a matter of putting one foot in front of the other, step-by-step.


I think that’s the same trepidation that we can all feel about BIM.  Even the acronym sounds big.  Fears can range from: Am I too old to learn this? to I’m afraid this will disrupt my entire company.  We’ve written in the past about the type of leadership it takes to move a company through the BIM knothole; but if you’re like me, we didn’t break it down into small enough steps.  Until now.


The Vico Office Training video series is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide for Estimators who want to get started with 5D BIM.  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.  And there is no charge, we want everyone to see that 5D BIM is completely do-able taking it one piece at a time.


There are ten different levels to progress through, each with approximately five steps.  So, all in all, we’re learning 50 items about BIM-based estimating and preparing deliverables for Owner meetings. (And to put it in perspective, Naumkeag Hill in Salem has 382 steps.)



Here’s how it breaks down:


Level 1: Beginning an Estimate

Learning to use Vico Office Cost Planner starts with identifying the assemblies in your building (like a column made out of concrete, rebar, formwork, and finishing) and continually updating the cost plan with more information as it becomes available. Estimators appreciate the spreadsheet style and highlighting elements in the 3D model to keep track of scope.


Level 2: The “Evolving” Estimate

Level Two Cost Planner training examines the concept of the evolving estimate - how adding more detail and building out cost components with past project data helps develop a more accurate construction cost plan.


Level 3: Quantity Takeoff and Formula Editor

Level Three Cost Planner training examines the critical concepts of construction-caliber quantities and quantities by location. These are the linchpins for accurate 4D schedules and 5D estimates.


Level 4: Using Legacy Data in Today’s Cost Plan

Level Four Cost Planner training examines two important concepts: transforming current estimating data you might have and making it applicable for model-based estimating; and target cost tracking in Cost Explorer.


Level 5: Managing BIM Models in Vico Office

With Level 5 Cost Planner training, we start work with a BIM model for quantity takeoff. It doesn't happen with a click of the mouse - model fidelity issues can be addressed with painting and reassigning takeoff items.


Level 6: Location, Location, Location!

With Level 6 Cost Planner training, the Estimator starts creating zones, or locations, in the BIM model. These locations will yield quantities by location for a location-based cost plan and powerful data mining capabilities after the project.


Level 7: Setting Up Vico Office to Fit Your Work Style

Level 7 Cost Planner training explores the function of tags, unique identifying classifications that will help Estimators hone in on specific reports and plans. We also show the flexible user interface which is always dynamically integrated with the 3D BIM model.


Level 8: Preparing for Owner Meetings (Part 1)

Level 8 Cost Planner dives into construction cost ranges and variances, minimums and maximums.  We can also set up our Cost Plan to quickly identify cost levers for the Owner.


Level 9: Preparing for Owner Meetings (Part 2)

Level 9 Cost Planner training is designed to help Estimators effectively communicate the construction budget to the Owner. This section offers four different ways to communicate variances and options, as well as how to use Cost Planner, Cost Explorer, and Reports to illustrate the facts.


Level 10: Vico Office Reporting Intensive

Vico Office Client is a mandatory module for all Vico Office customers because it is the reporting hub. This how-to training series focuses on creating and formatting construction reports and Owner deliverables with Report Editor.


We invite you to walk through the sections on the website or download the complete set of video to review with your team.  If you like what you see in the training videos, we would like to keep the conversation rolling with our BIM Path Workshops.  These are two-hour interactive sessions which again, take BIM one step at a time, and are designed for management teams to understand the scope of model-based scheduling, estimating, constructability, and model fidelity.


Trust Vico to help you move quickly and comprehensively to 5D BIM.  Just take it step-by-step.

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