Virtual Construction Toolkit - 5D Data Pack

The MPS helps your team plan how to build your project.  The Toolkit contains generic building components for the design and a standard nomenclature which communicates seamlessly with the estimate and schedule. If you take the time and effort to thoroughly plan your virtual construction project with the MPS, each new model version will supply more geometry, scheduling, and costing detail. 


While it is relatively straightforward to define the various levels of detail for the geometry, it can be tricky to define what is needed from the scheduler or estimator.  Hence, the development of Aspects or “information categories” in your BIM.  The Aspect clearly defines what is needed from the estimator and scheduler - even the energy analysis or LEED analysis – in the form of a Class.  So as the Level of Detail increases for the geometry, the Aspects’ Classes increase in detail for the schedule richness and estimate completeness.


Primitives represent the different types of generic building elements such as rectangular solid components, profiled solid components, multi-layered components, and multi-component systems.  (In the video example, we liken Primitives to standard Lego components.  In every Lego box you get enough of these standard components to build any design – and then you can dress it up with special edition Legos like propellers, clear blocks, or even Star Wars or Harry Potter pieces.)  Each Primitive has coordinated model classes, estimate classes, and schedule classes so using these general building elements in your model immediately pre-populates your teammates’ workflows.


To make the MPS process easier, Vico has developed the 5D Data Pack for your Toolkit.  The Data Pack is a jumpstart for your new BIM project which contains a combination of the Vico Standard 5D Library and the Vico Standard 5D Warehouse.  The Warehouse is a collection of coded building elements which can be linked to the Library’s knowledge base for costing, resources, and productivity rates.  This information is ready to go when a new bid is being developed and creates resource-loaded schedules and cost-loaded estimates with element assemblies and activity assemblies, all divided into labor, material, machinery, subcontractors, etc.


Video Caption:  The Vico 5D Data Pack is a collection of information mined from over 400 5D BIM projects around the world. The information includes a collection of standard building elements in both ArchiCAD and Revit, a collection of estimating formulas and codes, as well as standard productivity data for scheduling tasks.  The content of the Data Pack is delivered in three modes: Excel source files, model libraries, and Vico Office reference files. The Excel source files are organized by code levels for the cost plan. The quantity formulas are predefined so that the 3D elements are automatically linked to your cost estimate. Users can add in their own unit prices for their geography and unique project history. The Revit and ArchiCAD content includes standard building elements like slabs, columns, walls, windows, beams, etc. organized by Uniformat category. These elements can be copy/pasted into your new project and automatically link the Revit Family Types and ArchiCAD Layer Name and ID, respectively, to your costing data. The Vico Office Reference Files can be unpacked in your dashboard and users can drag/drop content into new projects.


Whether you develop your own Virtual Construction Toolkit or use our 5D Data Pack, the combination of model geometry, quantity takeoff formulas, and scheduling task data jumpstarts new projects and provides a shortcut to a full 5D BIM project.


To learn more about the MPS, please navigate through these additional resources:


Webpage: The History and Evolution of the MPS

Webpage: MPS Terms and Definitions

Webpage: What is the BIM Level of Detail?

Webpage: The MPS as Sheet Music for an Orchestra

Webpage: What Is a Purpose-Built BIM Model?

Webpage: Who is Authoring the BIM Model?

Webpage: What You Need in Your Virtual Construction Toolkit

Webpage: Rollout the MPS to a New Project

Webinar: Webcor and the MPS

Webinar: Using the Content Plan and MPS

Webinar: The Knowledge Base of Cost and Time Elements

Webinar: Understanding the Model Progression Specification

Webinar: The MPS 3.0

Webinar: Applying the 5D Data Pack to Your New Project

Blog: What Can Be Done to Improve BIM Model Fidelity?

Blog: Why You Need an MPS on Every 5D Project

Blog: The 5D Data Pack Is Your Shortcut to 5D BIM

Blog: Keeping Construction Practices Connected

FAQs: MPS Frequently-Asked Questions

FAQs: 5D Data Pack FAQs