Vico Guest Blogger Series

What Role Do YOU Play in the BIM Strategy?

Posted by Holly Allison on Thu, Jul 07, 2011 @ 07:26 AM


Each department in a General Contractor’s firm plays a significant role in making 5D BIM successful.  To that end, we’ve developed webinars and articles to help each department get the most out of BIM and use it to profit the company.


The Business Development Manager working to win a new bid needs to build out a compelling Owner presentation, RFP responses, propose different contracts requirements for the team members, and determine the key 5D BIM differentiators your firm brings to the table. This means winning more projects and developing trusted relationships within the community.

Webinar: Win the Deal

Webinar: The Business Value of BIM

Webinar: The 5D Virtual Construction Workflow

Article: Differentiating Your Firm with 5D BIM

Article: BIM as a Disruptive Technology


The BIM Manager needs to expand the BIM strategy across departments and across offices. S/he needs to develop core competencies around model coordination, as well as develop and provide a well thought out program to bring in Estimators and Schedulers for whom you can then explain and pilot model-based scheduling and model-based estimating solutions.

Webinar: The BIM Master Class Series

Webinar: Using the Model Progression Specification

Webinar: Doc Set Manager

Article: 10 Things Every BIM Manager Should Know

Article: BIM Doesn’t Come in a Box


The Estimating Department works diligently with all the data they have available to build out the cost plans.  But even with all their cumulative experience, the last thing they want to do is miss scope.  Not only do they want to nail the bid, but also offer some what-if scenarios to the Owner.  If they can communicate the options to the Owner now, there won’t be the need for value engineering later.

Webinar: BIM-Based Estimating Basics

Webinar: The 5D Virtual Construction Workflow

Training: Cost Planner Video Tutorials

Article: The Benefits of Cost Planning Versus Estimating

Article: Does BIM Mean Estimators Are Out of a Job?


The Scheduling Department needs to put together the best plan for each project understanding that if they build the schedule with minimal stops and starts for the Subs, they will come back with better pricing.  Then they head out to the jobsite to work with the Super to reconcile the plan with the percent put in place.  Using the same optimization techniques from preconstruction, they can work together to correct any potential cascading delays on the site.

Webinar: Introduction to Location-Based Management and Last Planner

Webinar: Location-Breakdown Structure

Webinar: Planning and Controlling the Schedule

Articles: Olli Seppanen’s Blog


The Project Engineers need to develop a drawing register for checking and maintaining the latest construction drawings, a system for processing RFIs, and working closer with Subs to achieve scope and quality goals. The PE’s need quantities by trade and location for Subs, as well as extremely detailed quantities for your self-performed work. And finally, PE’s need design to build/build to design - a unique solution that gets accurate placement for braces, hangers, and MEP components.

Webinar: Getting from Zero to 5D

Webinar: Seismic BIM with ISAT

Webinar: BIM-Based Estimating Fundamentals

Webinar: Doc Set Manager

Webinar: Hensel Phelps and the Denver Justice Center


The Superintendents, because they are often a key part of presentation teams, need to articulate the benefits of 5D BIM on the jobsite – managing Subs with real-time crew forecasts updated with actual progress, weekly charts showing “work in place,” organizing inspections, and preparing status reports for the Owner.

Webinar: Introduction to LBMS and Last Planner

Webinar: LBS Manager in the 5D Workflow

Webinar: Planning and Controlling the Schedule

Article: Superintendents Just Get BIM

Article: 4 Best Practices for Using Scheduling Simulation Movies


The Project Managers have two distinct goals: manage the Owner’s satisfaction and deliver a profitable project for the firm. But the current process is woefully lacking to present complicated cost data from design changes. That can change immediately with Target Cost presentation tools tied to model and budget and an early warning system for the delays, claims, and subcontractor issues that impact schedule.

Webinar: Case Studies from Swinerton Builders

Webinar: Hensel Phelps and the Denver Justice Center

Webinar: Mission Hospital and the Virtual Mock-Up

Webinar: Model-Based Estimating Basics

Article: 10 Reasons PMs Should Champion BIM


The VP of Preconstruction needs target costing and cost planning, clash detection and coordination, model-based scheduling, and model-based estimating in Preconstruction to avoid budget problems. And with these unique BIM-based deliverables, s/he improves communication with the Owner to get to a GMP.

Webinar: BIM 201: Coordination in 3D and 4D

Webinar: The New Preconstruction

Webinar: The 5D Virtual Construction Workflow

Article: Top 10 Reasons to Do 5D BIM

Article: Top 10 Ways to Derail Your BIM Project


The VP of Operations needs a dashboard view instead of a rear-view mirror. There is a repeatable, consistent checklist for successful 5D BIM projects in order to alleviate the need for heroic actions at the end of the project. This cuts down on litigation, upside-down projects, and even the loss of good talent to the competition.

Webinar: Knowledgebase of Cost and Time Elements

Webinar: Coordination in a Hard Bid

Webinar: LBS Manager in the 5D Workflow

Webinar: Planning and Controlling the Schedule

Article: The Benefits of Location-Based Management to Owners

Article: Why Change the Way You Schedule Projects?


The CIO needs a strategic alternative to different documents everywhere or BIM glue-ware – a leveraged integration where a change to the model automatically changes the cost and schedule. Creating models does not involve an IT strategy, but seamlessly connecting all departments using BIM as the enabling technology is – and that’s a powerful differentiator to the company brand.

Webinar: The CIO’s Role in the BIM Strategy

Webinar: 5D BIM for the Enterprise

Webinar: Vico Office Unplugged

Webinar: Using the MPS

ArticleWhy BIM Integration Matters to the CIO

Article4 Ways to Improve BIM Model Fidelity


The CEO of the firm has decided to add 5D BIM to the quiver because it all adds up to managing and maintaining serial client relationships and building a reputation as the go-to firm for new projects. This means hand-picking partners and winning as much new business as is bondable and serviceable. It means growing the company.

Webinar: BIM for Executives

Webinar: The Business Value of BIM

Webinar: Win the Deal

Article: 50-Yard-Line Tickets or 5D BIM?

Article: Can You Say Change 24 Times?


Do you have what it takes to make BIM a strategic initiative in your firm? Are you ready to start winning new business with BIM, performing effectively and profitably, and offering the Owner a better experience? Vico can help.

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