3D models made BIM famous.  And for good reason: everyone gets it - visualizing a multi-million dollar project just makes sense.  One of our customers says it the best, "With virtual construction, you get to build the project twice: once on the computer screen and once on the job site."


Choosing which BIM authoring platform makes sense for your firm is a difficult choice.  That's why Vico has partnered with the very best software providers so that once you have your 3D BIM in place, you can take it to the next level with constructability and coordination, 4D scheduling, and 5D cost planning.  This interoperability is a large component of Vico's success with construction software.


So whether you choose ArchiCAD, Revit, or Tekla, you can publish those models to Vico Office.  If you have an IFC file or a CAD-Duct model or a SketchUp model, you can import those to Vico Office.  Once inside Vico Office, it's just a matter of activating the models and then combining them with other models.  Now you're ready for constructability analyses and quantity takeoff.  The quantities then power the schedule and estimate.  It's all one interface, all one workflow, but built in such a way that a change in one model immediately updates the quantities, and therefore, the schedule and estimate.


Having a BIM-neutral platform and an easy way of sharing models means that we can improve our preconstruction process. 




Let's kick 3D BIM up a notch...or two...or three.  Let's take BIM from the pursuit to the trailer and to the field and back again.  Let's make sure BIM isn't just for the marketing; let's actually do the job with 5D BIM.


Here are some interesting resources to help you learn more about 3D modeling:

Blog: All BIM Models Are Not Created Equal

Blog: Coordination Resolution

Product: Vico Office Client FAQs

Services: Building a Modeling Team

Services: Including Seismic Hangers and Bracings in your BIM Model

Webinar: The New Preconstruction