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3 Key Ingredients for Your BIM Strategy


When I’m not watching House Hunters on HGTV and rolling my eyes over the number of young couples who insist on granite countertops, I’m over on Food TV or the Cooking Channel looking for recipes to tweak.  I love the show 3-Ingredient Fix.  Everything that the host makes has only three ingredients (if you’re not counting basics like salt, pepper, olive oil, garlic.  I even have the app for my iPhone (Whole Foods has a similar app in case you want to try it). 


What it all boils down to is that 3 ingredients are really all you need.  Now don’t get me wrong – I fully appreciate the wonderful 5-course chef’s table meals, each course paired with wine.  But when you’re pressed for time to get dinner on the table before a soccer game or school play, the more streamlined the better.


The same can be said for Vico’s approach to BIM for Construction.  We only focus on the three key ingredients: quality, cost, and schedule.  After all, aren’t those the three key ingredients to every successful GC and CM?


key challenges for general contractors

Caption: General Contractors know first-hand that if you can manage quality, cost, and schedule, you can build anything.  Our solutions help GCs and CMs manage design coordination, construction estimating, and location-based scheduling and production control.


Quality: a well-coordinated design means assembly-line precision on the job site.  One of the first hurdles of any construction project is to track changes between 2D drawing sets and 3D models. After all, if we can coordinate the design as new updates are made available, we are being proactive rather than reactive.  No surprises with the drawings and models means no surprises to the Owner’s wallet. 


Only Vico offers the ability to compare the details in the 2D drawing with the 3D model. This hydrid 2D-3D view is essential as firms receive both drawings and models – and this ensures a coordinated design from the start. This means no second-guessing the design; this means exact quantification; this means no missed scope in the estimate.


Ready to learn more?  Watch Vico Office for Dummies to see 2D drawings compared to the 3D model.


Cost: construction-caliber quantities include dozens of estimating properties and quantity fidelity for each building element.  Our quantity takeoff calculations consider each piece of geometry within the 3D BIM, and examine their properties (such as surface area, volume, etc.). The model geometry analysis can even determine the sides of the elements (for example "top of slab") and use the boundaries to calculate quantities such as "net surface area." This type of analysis is much more intuitive than simply counting windows and doors, floors, ceilings, and walls, and produces a much more detailed quantity takeoff.


Only Vico offers these highly-sophisticated quantities which power more detailed estimates and schedules. From the estimator’s perspective, this means understanding which quantities have changed in the design and how those changes impact the cost and schedule. Vico Office is highly-visual to better communicate these variances to the Owner and help the Owner determine which design decisions make the most impact.


Ready to learn more?  Watch BIM-Based Estimating for Dummies to see how Estimators use these quantities to drive their cost plans and then develop their Owner deliverables.


Schedule: developing an optimal construction schedule is just one aspect of planning.  The most critical part is managing to that schedule out in the field.  After all, we know from our own long “honey-do” household projects – it’s far easier to start a project than it actually is to finish it!  That why Vico is committed to publishing the most up-to-date best practices in production control from our projects around the world.


Only Vico offers Location-Based Management to organize the project into quantities by location, costs per location, crews per location, etc. all inform highly-detailed reporting to better manage cash flow.


Ready to learn more?  Watch 4D BIM Scheduling for Dummies to see how Planners, Supers, and PEs develop and implement the optimal schedule for the project.


If you want to streamline your BIM strategy, just keep it simple and focus on the three main ingredients: quality, cost, and schedule.  Because it all boils down to better coordination, better estimating, and better scheduling.  And isn’t that what we’re all striving for?


Here are some more resources if you’re ready to learn more…

Blog: 5 Pieces of Advice for GCs Considering Doing BIM

Demo: watch Vico’s BIM for Dummies video series – three videos to help your team discover what’s possible with Virtual Construction

Checklist: download the BIM Checklist to start a discussion with your team over which BIM capabilities you want to offer Owners

Structured Evaluation: gather your A-Team for a four-week intensive evaluation of Vico Office, including training, hands-on exercises, and in-depth discussions


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