Vico Services Presents Coordination Strategies for a Hard Bid

2D/3D/4D Coordination Efforts Pinpoint Constructability Issues


Boulder, CO - November 11, 2009 - In an environment where there are smaller projects with plenty of bidders under a hard bid edict, it's imperative that you remain competitive.  How can you better understand the project before you enter your bid? 


Vico Services, the professional BIM consulting arm of Vico Software, has developed a new methodology for coordination of time and space based on our experience with over 300 global 5D BIM projects.


What:  Mastering 2D/3D/4D Coordination and Constructability in a Hard Bid
When:  Friday, November 13 @ 12 Noon Eastern 
Where:  A free online webinar 
Why:  Strategies that GCs can use in their next hard bid
How:  Register today!


It's easy to think that you're done with BIM after you've run a clash detection.  But in actuality, the true BIM has just begun.  Not only do you need to organize objects in space, but you also have to organize the project timeline.  These RFIs turn into Change Orders which greatly impact the duration and cost of your project.  We'll illustrate how to best manage the coordination process to iron out constructability and scheduling issues earlier rather than later.


When we hear the word "clash," we are more likely to think about pipes running into HVAC cutting through a floor.  That certainly is one very important definition.  But Vico proposes there are many other types of clashes.  We'll look specifically at misalignment issues discovered in Doc Set Manager and resolved in the 3D model.  Then we'll take a look at scheduling clashes: too many crews in the same space and crew size/duration issues that lead to conflicts. Leveraged integration of coordination creates more opportunities to develop a better bid and a better schedule - true differentiators in a hard bid world.


This webinar is for you and your firm if:



Hard bids have become the de facto bidding process in your market;


You want to develop hard bid strategies quickly, but might not have time to develop a BIM;


You know you'll discover change orders during the project, but you want to find them sooner;


You understand that coordination is more than polygonal clash detection;


You want to learn from a Services Team who has run over 300 successful coordination projects, from the first drawing to the final brick;


You understand that good software is critical, but best practices distinguish you from the other bidders; and constructability analysis versus clash detection is key.


Through the Hard Bid Series, we've received some hard-hitting questions:



Is it possible to win with a comprehensive BIM strategy even in a hard bid situation? 


How quickly can an estimator learn model-based estimating? A hard bid is only 3-5 weeks! 


Can GCs do BIM if they only get drawings from an architect?


What's the difference between an architect's BIM and a GC's BIM?


Which project details are better to model in terms of arriving at a competiting schedule, estimate, and potential constructability issues?


We've tried to answer these questions with new blog posts pertaining to Hard Bid situations.  Please browse through the following posts:


Location-Based Management in Hard Bid Contracts


Hard Bids - Back to the Future Construction-Style


Reduce Project Risk with Location-Based Schedules


Does BIM Mean Estimators Are Out of a Job?


Location-Based Scheduling from the Owner's Point of View


Extending Coordination to the Field

Our favorite description of virtual design and construction says that it is a "practice run."  You and your project team get to build the building twice: once on your computer screen and once on-site.  But preconstruction efforts don't end with clash detection.  True coordination extends the BIM, providing real results and efficiencies to the field.


Documentation and Layouting

From the very beginning of the job, the superintendent has a set of paper drawings.  But after many models and coordination, how is that paper updated?


One answer is that after coordination, new bulletins are issued from the design team.  These bulletins reflect the RFIs and Change Orders ironed out during the coordination process.  Now everyone is "singing from the same hymnal."


After the various models are coordinated, they can be augmented with layout points for foundations, walls, hangers, penetrations, bracings, etc.  This information can be quickly fed to the Trimble Total Station and shot with the LM 80 on the jobsite.  (Be sure to check out the Trimble/Vico webinar entitled Bringing BIM to the Field.)


Adding Logic to the Schedule

One way to produce look-ahead forecasts using flowing scheduling is to compare actual to estimated productivity rates for crews.  If one crew is moving faster or slower than they are supposed to, the potential conflict can easily be spotted in the visual flowline schedule and averted by simply balancing the manpower. 


This "crew coordination" can also be examined in the 3D model.  Let's use an example of a large foyer that needs ductwork, drywall, and scaffolding.  By simply adding the scaffolding as a massing model and turning on and off various system models, the project team can quickly see that the scaffolding is in the way of the ductwork.  The sequencing can be resolved at the superintendent's meeting and the tasks can be staggered appropriately so that each crew can move at their appropriate productivity rate.


And if you want to blow the socks off your team, you can also schedule the work based on different installation rates.  For example: at eye level versus overhead!  Terribly cool for the perfectionists on the job!


The Wheel Has Already Been Invented

What's the worst thing about coordination meetings?  Digging up the details about the issue.  Half the meeting is spent locating the corresponding documentation, reviewing past meeting notes about the issue, and getting frustrated in the process.  One advantage of Vico coordination efforts is hyperlinking all the PDF documents to details in the drawing sets, to RFIs, to resolution, to the Control schedule.  The goal is to resolve the issue quickly, not reinvent the wheel.  Simple hyperlinking allows all stakeholders to have all the details at a click.


(And with the new efforts to extend BIM via the agcXML schema, RFIs are persistent throughout the various IT systems.  If an RFI is created in one system, it is available in another.  Nothing is lost and no time is wasted hunting for it.)


Detailing and Fabrication

As more and more subcontractors model to a compelling level of detail, the easier it is to send coordinated models off for detailing and then to fabrication.  As Vico continues to create publishers and importers for Vico Office (currently Revit, Tekla, ArchiCAD, CAD-Duct, IFCs, AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD MEP), more and more of these coordinated models can be elevated to fabrication models.


As a GC looking to deliver even more value to the Owner, extending the benefits of coordination to the field where they can effectively impact the schedule (and therefore, the budget) is a differentiator.  So let's move past clash detection on to true 5D coordination.  Let's make the "practice run" even more meaningful as we move to the jobsite. 




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
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