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Vico Software Releases Vico Office Upgrade

BIM-Neutral Construction Software for 5D Virtual Construction 

 

Boulder, CO - September 21, 2010 - Vico Software, the leader in 5D Virtual Construction, announced a new release of its award-winning Vico Office Suite.

 

Vico Office is the first purpose-built construction software that allows users to “plug in” the BIM authoring application of their choice and then perform a constructability analysis, quantity takeoff, a model-based schedule, model-based estimate, and on-site production control, all in an integrated workflow.

 

“We know that winning the deal and building the project require more than just creating a 3D model,” stated Clay Freeman, Chief Product Officer at Vico Software.  “The Vico Office platform is designed to help GCs, Architects, and Owners work together to thoroughly understand the project: from clash, to quantities, to scheduling, and estimating.  One workflow, one platform, all model-based and compatible with many 3D modeling systems.”

 

Freeman adds, “There are many enhancements included in this software release, but our three main objectives were as follows: 

 

1.) Extending the choices of BIM-authoring systems.

 

-- New Importers. In addition to publishing ArchCAD, Revit, and Tekla BIMs into Vico Office, users can now import IFC and CAD-Duct files.

 

2.) Creating a BIM-based cost estimating system.

 

-- Excel Import.  Now users can convert any estimating database to our model-based system within a day.  This helps our customers leverage their historical estimating data.

 

-- Compare and Update.  The “compare and update” utility analyzes project data sets giving the user a complete overview of changes and differences on a number of key metrics.  Quantities, unit prices, system costs, and even Takeoff Item names can be compared between projects, or from two different points in time within a project, to give the user a quick report on where differences exist.

 

3.) Adding coordination and integration to RFI tracking to the 5D Virtual Construction process.

 

-- Constructability Manager.  This new module allows users to combine and compare models, perform automatic and manual clash detection, identify constructability issues, and escalate serious issues to RFI’s.”  For more information on Constructability Manager and its list of features, please read the corresponding press release, Vico Software Announces Vico Office Constructability Manager.

 

“As an estimator for the majority of my career, and now as Haselden’s Virtual Construction Manager, I’m really excited with the new improvements that Vico is releasing in this version,” stated Todd Ellsworth of Haselden Construction.  “One great new feature is having the ability to import from an excel file which will make it possible now to use a standard company database directly inside of Vico Office.  This database could come from any of the more widely used estimating programs out there.  This feature alone will allow us to continue to be a leader in BIM/VDC while expanding our capabilities to real time estimating from our internal database.  I see the ‘Compare and Update’ feature being a wonderful tool to use to help our estimating department and project clients see changes, which will in turn, lead to better management of project budgets.  The enhancements that Vico is making in this release are once again pushing their product and us, as well, to be one of the leaders in the 5D arena and with the new importers, allowing for even more models to be used as part of their process.”

 

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About Vico’s 5D Virtual Construction Workflow

The BIM process starts with 2D construction drawing set comparisons in Vico Doc Set Manager.  After the BIM models are completed, users can publish, augment, and compare 3D models from multiple project stakeholders all within the Vico Office Client.  For example, the architect can contribute an architectural model in ArchiCAD; the structural engineer can contribute a structural model in Tekla; the mechanical subcontractor can submit a model in Revit MEP; the HVAC subcontractor can submit a model in CAD-Duct.  These models can be combined in Vico Office Constructability Manager where BIM object clashes can be identified and resolved.  If the issues cannot be resolved, they are promoted to an RFI and tracked through the project management data flow.  After the models have been coordinated, users then move to Vico Office Takeoff Manager to generate construction-caliber quantities.  With these quantities in hand, users can proceed to Vico Control for 4D model-based scheduling and production control.  Also with the quantities, estimators can use Vico Office Cost Planner to create multiple iterations of the 5D estimate as the models’ level of detail increases.  With the estimate in place, the users can now track the project budget in Vico Office Cost Explorer, helping the Owner recognize which decisions have the most impact on the budget and schedule.

 

About Vico Software

Vico Software, Inc. provides software and services to the commercial construction industry.  Building owners, general contractors, and construction managers use our software and our services to reduce risk, manage costs, and optimize schedules on complex building projects.  Vico's 5D Virtual Construction solutions pioneered the category of BIM for Construction, and they remain the industry's most integrated approach to coordination, quantity takeoff, cost estimation, project scheduling, and production control.  The new Vico Office product suite continues this tradition making it possible to leverage many important BIM file formats such as ArchiCAD, Revit, Tekla, and IFC.  The benefits of our solutions and services have been proven on hundreds of building projects to date.

 

 

For More Information, please contact:

Holly Allison

Vice President of Marketing for Vico Software

Email:   holly.allison@vicosoftware.com

Skype:  reason8855

Twitter: @letsbuildit

Tel:       +1-978-882-0170 x118 (eastern)

 

 

Vico Software Announces Vico Office Constructability Manager

Clash Detection and Constructability Analysis in an Integrated Workflow for Coordination

 

Boulder, CO - September 21, 2010 - Vico Software, the leader in 5D Virtual Construction™, announced the release of a new module to its award-winning Vico Office Suite.  Vico Office Constructability Manager is an integrated approach to traditional clash detection, offering constructability analyses, and interfaces to RFI tracking, assignments, and resolution reporting.

 

Vico Office Constructability Manager compares multiple model types from multiple BIM authoring tools.  This means that architects can publish the architectural model to Vico Office, structural engineers can publish the structural model, and subcontractors can publish MEPF models.  Once inside Vico Office, the GC can identify BIM object clashes and determine if these warrant further review.  They can even add items manually to make sure no concern is overlooked.  Significant clashes can be escalated to constructability issues for review with the team.  If no solution is determined, the constructability issue can be tagged to a team member and an RFI generated.

 

And with the powerful constructability analysis reporting engine, all project stakeholders can quickly review issues and RFIs, see which items have been resolved, and attach dollar values.  Dan Gonzales, the corporate virtual design and construction manager at Swinerton Builders remarked, “We ran some metrics on ten major projects and the average cost of a change order was $17,000. On the [Lake Tahoe] Ritz-Carlton project we found over 450 change orders that we were able to avoid through the model coordination process.  So, if you do the math, that's about $6.7 million that we saved the Owner.”

 

There are many advantages to Vico Constructability Manager in an integrated 5D virtual construction workflow:

 

BIM object clashes versus polygonal clashes.  

  • Only one clash is reported per object collision.  This makes sorting and prioritizing the coordination issues much more streamlined and efficient.

 

Easy to use RFI data flow.

Clashes can be promoted to constructability issues and prioritized for resolution.  If no immediate resolution is possible, the constructability issue is promoted to an RFI. Both constructability issues and RFI’s can be included in dynamically updated status reports.

 

Manual constructability issues.

  • Experience pays off, even in the virtual world.  Project engineers and superintendents recognize constructability issues even when clashes are not present.  Manual constructability markers can be placed in the model so every issue can be identified, tracked, and resolved ahead of actual construction.

 

Integrated platform.

  • Just publish or import models to Vico Office and you’re ready to start work.  Vico Office works with ArchiCAD, CAD-Duct, IFC, Revit, and Tekla.

 

Coordinated models for downstream consumption.

  • Schedulers and Estimators can now work with a higher level of accuracy in their models in the same Vico Office environment for better quantity takeoff, 4D scheduling, and 5D cost planning.

 

Price.

$2,495 for a single user license.

 

“Resolving issues in preconstruction translates to savings in both cost and time.  Whether the project team opts for more off-site prefabrication, or simply saves time with better plans and better-informed crews, the result is a higher quality building and a positive impact on cost and schedule,” stated Marcel Broekmaat, product manager at Vico Software. 

 

For more information on Vico Office Constructability Manager, please review the recorded Fridays with Vico webinar, The New Preconstruction, read through the Constructability Manager FAQs, and features and benefits listing.  Constructability Manager is a new module in the Vico Office Suite which was upgraded today; please read the corresponding press release, “Vico Software Releases Vico Office Upgrade,” for more information.  Vico Office was also named a Top Product for Commercial Construction – please see the corresponding press release for more details.

  

 

 

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About Vico Software

Vico Software, Inc. provides software and services to the commercial construction industry.  Building owners, general contractors, and construction managers use our software and our services to reduce risk, manage costs, and optimize schedules on complex building projects.  Vico's 5D Virtual Construction solutions pioneered the category of BIM for Construction, and they remain the industry's most integrated approach to coordination, quantity takeoff, cost estimation, project scheduling, and production control.  The new Vico Office product suite continues this tradition making it possible to leverage many important BIM file formats such as ArchiCAD, Revit,  Tekla, and IFC.  The benefits of our solutions and services have been proven on hundreds of building projects to date.

 

 

For More Information, please contact:

Holly Allison

Vice President of Marketing for Vico Software

Email:   holly.allison@vicosoftware.com

Skype:  reason8855

Twitter: @letsbuildit

Tel:       978-882-0170 x118 (eastern)

 

 

 

Vico Office Named to Top Commercial Construction Products List

Constructech Magazine Gives Nod to Vico Office for Uniqueness and Momentum

 

Boulder, CO - September 21, 2010 - Vico Office, the virtual construction platform from Vico Software, has been named to Constructech Magazine’s Top Commercial Construction Products list.  The products were judged by Constructech’s editorial team on leading-edge features, uniqueness in the market, customer adoption rates, and usability.

 

With Vico Office, General Contractors can combine BIM models from multiple sources (like the architect, structural engineers, and subcontractors) and in multiple formats (such as IFC, Tekla, ArchiCAD, CAD-Duct, and Revit).  With the models inside the Vico Office platform, users can take the 3D model all the way from clash detection for coordination and quantity takeoff to 4D scheduling and 5D estimating.  The solution permits local-area-network access, so all project stakeholders can take part in constructability analyses, cost planning, schedule look-ahead meetings, and budget review sessions.

 

“Construction professionals are looking for the solutions that can give them the most bang for their buck. They are looking to make their company better with the implementation of technology, as well as stay up with the latest trends in the construction industry,” says Mike Carrozzo, chief editor of Constructech. “The technology firms with products meeting that demand may prove to be the most successful.”

 

Vico Software recently announced new functionality for the Vico Office platform, including a new clash detection module.  (Please read the corresponding press release, Vico Software Releases Vico Office Upgrade, and Vico Software Announces Vico Office Constructability Manager.)  

 

“The Constructech Top Products Award validates the 5D virtual construction vision that Vico has pioneered,” confirmed Mark Sawyer, CEO and President of Vico Software.  “We believe that providing an integrated workflow for virtual construction can power data-driven decisions.  In bringing efficiencies and savings to construction projects, the transition to 4D and 5D is just as compelling as the preceding moves from paper to computer and from drawings to 3D models.”

 

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About Vico Software

Vico Software, Inc. provides software and services to the commercial construction industry.  Building owners, general contractors, and construction managers use our software and our services to reduce risk, manage costs, and optimize schedules on complex building projects.  Vico's 5D Virtual Construction™ solutions pioneered the category of BIM for Construction, and they remain the industry's most integrated approach to coordination, quantity takeoff, cost estimation, project scheduling, and production control.  The new Vico Office product suite continues this tradition making it possible to leverage many important BIM file formats such as ArchiCAD, Revit, Tekla, and IFC.  The benefits of our solutions and services have been proven on hundreds of building projects to date.

 

 

For More Information, please contact:

Holly Allison

Vice President of Marketing for Vico Software

Email:   holly.allison@vicosoftware.com

Skype:  reason8855

Twitter: @letsbuildit

Tel:       978-882-0170 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              978-882-0170      end_of_the_skype_highlighting x118 (eastern)

 

 

 

May 6, 2010

BIM 101 Tops 1,000 Downloads

Most Popular Course from Vico Software's

BIM Master Class Series

 


Boulder, CO - May 6, 2010 - Vico Software, the leader in BIM for Construction, is pleased to announce that its popular BIM 101 Webinar has been viewed by over 1,000 AEC/O professionals.  Over 4,000 AEC/O members have taken part in the BIM Master Class Series webinars which are available on-demand and free of charge from the Vico website.

 

The BIM 101 Course walks participants through a typical BIM workflow: from 2D drawings to the 3D model to the 4D schedule and the 5D estimate.  We also examine how to repurpose the preconstruction work on the 5D model as production control on the jobsite.

 

In this webinar you'll learn: 

>> How to take 2D drawings and turn them into a 3D business development model;

>> How to take the 3D business development model and add 4D scheduling and 5D estimating data;

>> How to run a coordination session and work with the team to resolve the issues;

>> How to divide up the project into reasonable zones or locations to optimize the flow of materials and labor;

>> How to derive construction-detail quantities to produce model-based estimates.

 

McGraw-Hill's BIM SmartMarket Report touted a 300-500% ROI for BIM projects.  Yes, it does take a money and resource investment to get started, and that does seem counter-intuitive in this economy.  Yes, it does take an internal champion to keep the team focused.  Yes, it does take a trusted partner to help you over the first hurdles.  But BIM is a capability that Owners are specifying; BIM is a differentiator against the competition; and BIM is a way to save more money, time, and effort on each and every project.

 

Make your first investment in BIM by watching this webinar.

 

Other courses in the BIM Master Class Series include:

BIM 201 - a discussion of new coordination methodology that includes both space and time elements, not just clash detection

BIM 301 - a course outlining the latest BIM contract language and addendums

BIM 401 - an overview of model-based scheduling

BIM 501 - an overview of model-based estimating

BIM 502 - an advanced course tying the model progression specification to the conceptual estimate, creating an evolving cost plan

BIM for Executives - a course for designed for executives to help them market BIM strategies internally and externally, as well as better understand the dollar investment

 

These webinars are for your firm if:

>> You've heard of BIM but are not quite sure what it means.

>> You've heard that some Owners are putting BIM deliverables into the contract language.

>> You want to learn how to use the many models that go into preconstruction analysis.

>> You're an estimator who wants to learn how to do construction quantity takeoffs and model-based estimates.

>> You're a scheduler who wants to better understand flowline theory for scheduling materials, labor, and resources.

>> You're a superintendent who wants to learn how to use production control for look-ahead schedules and keeping the crews on task.

>> You're an Owner who wants to understand how BIM methodologies would work on your next project.

>> You already make models in ArchiCAD, CAD-Duct, Revit, or Tekla and want to learn how to augment those models with 4D scheduling and 5D estimating data.

>> You want to start winning new business by bringing BIM capabilities to the table.

>> You want a proven methodology for incorporating lean construction techniques into your business.

 

So reserve a conference room and a projector and order up some pizzas for your team.  1,000 other classmates can't be wrong!  Learn from your peers with your peers at Fridays with Vico!

 

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About the Fridays with Vico Webinar Program

Fridays with Vico is a free educational forum for General Contractors, Subs, and Owners.  The series highlights best practices and case studies from customers, as well as showcases new product functionality and discusses industry trends. Over 9,000 AEC/O professionals have viewed one or more of the 30+ episodes.

 

About Vico Software

Vico Software, Inc. provides software and services to the commercial construction industry.  Building owners, general contractors, and construction managers use our software and our services to reduce risk, manage costs, and optimize schedules on complex building projects.  Vico's 5D Virtual Construction solutions pioneered the category of BIM for Construction, and they remain the industry's most integrated approach to coordination, quantity takeoff, cost estimation, project scheduling, and production control.  The new Vico Office product suite continues this tradition making it possible to leverage many important BIM file formats such as Revit, Tekla, and ArchiCAD.  The benefits of our solutions and services have been proven on hundreds of building projects to date.


For more information, please contact:
Holly Allison
VP of Marketing at Vico Software
Tel:         (978) 882-0170 x118 (eastern)
Skype:    reason8855

Email:     holly.allison@vicosoftware.com
Twitter:    @letsbuildit

March 15, 2010

Fridays with Vico Presents Vico Office Constructability Manager

Clash Detection, Coordination, and Constructability Analysis

 

We are all witnesses to the transformation brought about by Web 2.0.  Subscribing to blogs and watching video tutorials on YouTube has become commonplace - just like participating in a conversation in your favorite LinkedIn group

 

With 50% of all General Contractors utilizing some piece of BIM, it's time to take a second pass and refine what's working.  Clearly, 3D modeling and clash detection has crossed the chasm and everyone can agree that there are tremendous efficiencies to be gained from the process.  But what if we could improve upon the process, improve upon the end result?

 

With multi-disciplinary teams working together, we need a different approach to coordination - a different methodology - Coordination 2.0 if you will.  Using this approach, not only do we work to the goal of zero change orders due to coordination issues, but we also have a coordinated whole model for use downstream for scheduling and estimating, installation, production control, and even facilities management.

 

The coordinated model doesn't get filed away.  The coordinated model becomes the key to alternative contract types; it becomes the trigger for more precise quantity takeoffs which then drive more precise schedules and estimates. 

 

Boulder, CO - March 15, 2010 - Vico Software, has prepared a special Wednesday-edition of Fridays with Vico about a different approach to clash detection and coordination: Vico Office Constructability Manager.

 

While other solutions can be complex, especially managing layers and model versions, Vico Office Constructability Manager offers a simple, integrated solution within the award-winning Vico Office Suite.  Coordination is a necessary part of the BIM roadmap - that's why Vico has developed a new approach which incorporates an effective workflow for identification, promotion to RFI, reporting and resolution.

 

To simplify coordination efforts, Vico Office Constructability Manager collects all relevant object clashes and produces only one item per clash.  The workflow allows users to define the elements and layers for consideration; detect and filter the clashes; promote important clashes to Constructability Issues; and then submit, prioritize, and assign RFIs, advancing only the unresolved clashes as Change Orders.  As we've learned from our customers, "BIM doesn't end with clash detection -- coordination is just the beginning for quantity takeoff, cost planning, scheduling, and production control."

 

Vico developed this new software software based on our own experiences working on over 300 BIM projects worldwide.  Along with our coordination meeting methodology, we believe Vico Office Constructability Manager helps keep project teams focused on the end goal: a solid end product that meets budget, schedule, and program.

 

What: Introduction to Vico Office Constructability Manager 
When:

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

12 Noon - 2:00pm Eastern

Where: A free online webinar series 
How: Register today!

 

Watching this webinar with your team, you'll learn:

>> Vico Office's simplified approach to model management, ensuring that you are always working the correct model and the correct version;

>> How to filter layers and elements to discover relevant clashes and focus on the most important ones during your coordination meetings;

>> How to classify your detected clashes as Constructability Issues; preparing only the most relevant items for coordination meetings;

>> How to escalate Constructability Issues to RFIs, producing snapshots, measurements, and other relevant data for an RFI report, again prioritizing and assigning;

>> How to promote RFIs to Change Orders;

>> Prepare powerful reports using the integrated VO reporting engine.

 

But Owners don't want to pay for models that are "less bad."  As far as they are concerned, they've already paid for a coordinated building.  Owners want to realize an ROI from BIM that goes beyond the cost AVOIDANCE of clash detection to a true realization of schedule compression, and therefore, cost REDUCTION.  That's the difference that Vico Office brings to the table.

 

Just as with Doc Set Manager, Vico's solution for collating and comparing thousands of 2D construction drawings, we have developed a special licensing schema that support multi-disciplinary project teams.  Simply put, you can share licenses of Vico Office Constructability Manager with your design team, engineers, subs, and even the Owner.  And when Constructability Manager is paired with Doc Set Manager and Vico Office Client, Vico's own coordination methodology for geometry and scheduling, a complete 2D to 3D to 4D to 5D solution is established.  The value of Vico Office's integrated clash detection is that the cost and time impact of these issues can be quickly calculated and used to improve project results.  Combining Doc Set Manager for all 2D clash detection and Vico Office Constructability Manager for all 3D clash detection, Vico offers a powerful solution no matter what type of documents or models you have.

 

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

 

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About the Fridays with Vico Webinar Program

Fridays with Vico is a free educational forum for General Contractors, Subs, and Owners.  The series highlights best practices and case studies from customers, as well as showcases new product functionality and discusses industry trends. Over 9,000 AEC/O professionals have viewed one or more of the 30+ episodes.

 

About Vico Software

Vico Software, Inc. provides software and services to the commercial construction industry.  Building owners, general contractors, and construction managers use our software and our services to reduce risk, manage costs, and optimize schedules on complex building projects.  Vico's 5D Virtual Construction solutions pioneered the category of BIM for Construction, and they remain the industry's most integrated approach to coordination, quantity takeoff, cost estimation, project scheduling, and production control.  The new Vico Office product suite continues this tradition making it possible to leverage many important BIM file formats such as Revit, Tekla, and ArchiCAD.  The benefits of our solutions and services have been proven on hundreds of building projects to date.


For more information, please contact:
Holly Allison
VP of Marketing at Vico Software
Tel:    (978) 882-0170 x118 (eastern)
Skype:    reason8855

Email:     holly.allison@vicosoftware.com
Twitter:    @letsbuildit

Jan. 26, 2010

Fridays with Vico Presents

The McGraw-Hill BIM SmartMarket Report

The Business Value of BIM

 

Boulder, CO - January 26, 2010 - The popular webinar series, Fridays with Vico, turns the microphone over to Stephen Jones who will present the latest findings from McGraw-Hill Construction research efforts.

 

First, let's start with a definition.  McGraw-Hill Construction defines BIM as: The process of creating and using digital models for design, construction and/or operations of projects.

 

So now the question is: Who is using BIM and what results are they seeing? 

 

Following up on last week's Fridays with Vico topic on how general contractors decide to deploy BIM across their departments, we'll ask McGraw-Hill Construction how BIM is impacting the bottom line for our industry.

 

McGraw-Hill Construction recently polled thousands of AEC/O members and asked them how they are using BIM technologies, who is using the technology, and why/if the investment makes sense.  What they learned is that:

 

>> Close to 50% of the industry is using BIM in some fashion;
>>  Those who are using BIM fully expect to increase their use;
>>  A high percentage of users are identifying business benefits and ROI from the new technologies and practices.


 

In this special Fridays with Vico, we'll hear directly from Steve Jones, one of the report authors, as he walks us through the findings of this milestone BIM SmartMarket report.

 

Who:  Steve Jones, leader of McGraw-Hill's BIM, Interoperability, and IPD team
What:  Findings from the latest BIM SmartMarket Report
When:  Friday, January 29; 12Noon - 2PM Eastern
Where:  a free online webinar
How:  Register today

 

Whether your firm is brand new to BIM or seasoned professionals with multiple projects under your belt, this webinar will help you identify where you are on the spectrum of BIM usage and create a roadmap for future functionality that makes sense.  As the SmartMarket Report uncovers, there is a natural progression of BIM success and with it comes a dramatic opportunity for ROI.

 

To quote from page 15 of the report:

>> BIM increases profits;
>>  BIM reduces rework;
>>  BIM reduces errors and omissions in construction documents; 
>> BIM helps in marketing new business to new clients; and BIM helps in maintaining business with past clients.
 

But we all know that getting from here to there requires investment, training, process change, and perhaps even a few miscues.  That's what makes this research so valuable.  Mr. Jones will also point us to case studies and peer examples on how to make the transition as smoothly and profitably as possible. 

 

This webinar is for your team if

>> You have lost a recent project opportunity to a firm who differentiated themselves based upon model-based scheduling and other model-based construction management processes;
>>  You want to better understand where and when BIM is being used and evaluate if it makes sense for your firm;
>>  You have just set up a BIM Task Force for your company and are looking to learn as much as possible;
>> You've been investing in BIM software and are ready to move beyond modeling and clash detection;
>>  You believe your firm's BIM capabilities can redefine the way you deliver projects.

 

Mr. Jones will walk us through the report findings and recommendations and then we'll open up the discussion with a Question and Answer session.

 

Please join us for this special industry-focused Fridays with Vico.

 

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

 

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About the Fridays with Vico Webinar Program

Fridays with Vico is a free educational forum for General Contractors and Owners.  The series highlights best practices and case studies from customers, as well as showcases new product functionality and discusses industry trends.

 

About Vico Software

Vico Software, Inc. provides software and services to the building construction industry.  Building owners, general contractors, and construction managers use our software and our services to reduce risk, manage costs, and optimize schedules on complex building projects.  Vico's 5D Virtual Construction solutions pioneered the category of BIM for Construction, and they remain the industry's most integrated approach to coordination, quantity takeoff, cost estimation, project scheduling, and production control.  The new Vico Office product suite continues this tradition making it possible to leverage many important BIM file formats such as Revit, Tekla, and ArchiCAD.  The benefits of our solutions and services have been proven on hundreds of building projects to date.


For more information, please contact:
Holly Allison
VP of Marketing at Vico Software
Tel:    (978) 882-0170 x118 (eastern)
Skype:    reason8855

Email:     holly.allison@vicosoftware.com
Twitter:    @letsbuildit