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.”
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.
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.
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Vice President of Marketing for Vico Software
Tel: +1-978-882-0170 x118 (eastern)