Locations hold the key to a better organized project, both in preconstruction and on-site. Element quantities broken down per location provide tighter schedules, more accurate estimates and help mitigate risk. Having accurate locations is critical to providing detailed BIM information and Vico Office is the only solution to incorporate them into the 4D and 5D workflow.
Vico Office LBS Manager lets you define floors, zones, and optimized location systems per the trades who will build and actual site requirements. These physical breakdowns drive the location-based quantity takeoff which is the starting point for accurate schedules and estimates. Multiple location breakdowns can be created within the same project and users may decide which quantity set they’d like to use; even better, the location creation process in Vico Office is non-destructive, meaning the users do not have to go back and make any modifications within the authoring software. The cost and schedule modules within Vico Office will then use the detailed quantities to accurately calculate labor, material and equipment with an extremely high degree of specificity. Precise schedules. Accurate estimates. Better outcomes.
LBS Manager makes it possible create and change project locations (floors and zones) inside Vico Office, without having to go back to the authoring BIM application. Quantities are calculated according to the preferred breakdown and automatically update within the downstream workflows of Vico Office; doing so makes it possible to analyze and optimize the phasing and sequencing of a project, such that harmony can be achieved during on-site project execution.
Vico Office LBS Manager lets you:
Defining location breakdown structures for BIM models allows you to add new depth and insight into your estimate and schedule calculations; Vico Office LBS Manager gives you the tool needed to do the job.
There are two key components to Vico Office when applying location breakdown structures (LBS): Physical locations and the construction-caliber quantities (derived from BIM model geometry) that come from each location. It is these locations and quantities which drive the schedule and estimate.
Using LBS Manager, schedulers can start with a phase, floor, or zone of the building and break it down into the physical area that will be built. Elements can then be further delineated into location systems to accommodate for non-standard breakdowns. This allows all trades to be scheduled in their optimal breakdown for the ideal sequence and continuous flow. No stops and starts for the crews means better productivity.
By organizing the project locations with these options, an optimal sequencing logic can be applied with Vico Office Schedule Planner, the model-based scheduling solution that helps you utilize flowline theory for optimizing schedules, in terms of both cost and time. GCs and subs on the project can review the simulation produced by Vico Office 4D Manager and make suggestions for improvements.
With an optimal sequence and schedule in hand, Superintendents can now use Vico Office Production Controller to record real-time activity rates and produce look-ahead schedules, status reports, and even generate weekly work plans for the project.
Trimble Vico Office is the first solution to provide both location-based quantities with intelligent geometry splitting. And it is non-destructive – we keep the original elements so you don’t need to keep returning to the original BIM application to make tedious changes inside the model. All the locations are persistent in Vico Office LBS Manager and can be applied to new versions of the model as they are published.
Define Location Breakdown Structures (LBS) for Your BIM Models
Define Alternate Location Structures - as required for trade-specific work sequences
Calculate Quantities Per Location
Maintain Persistent Location Structures - no matter how many times the design is updated
With this release we’ve made some enhancements to benefit design/cost/time workflows:
Design workflows: have been improved via the introduction of rebar takeoff support for Tekla models. Users can now publish their detailed concrete models into Vico Office and get full quantity analysis and change management capabilities on rebar models. Additionally, users will be pleased to experience even more 3D performance enhancements to help support the increasingly larger models that come with support of such high volume elements.
Further improvements to support the design workflow include the support of BCF integration for communicating constructability issues outside of the Vico Office application.
Model-based schedules are now easier and quicker to create, with the production control information available to anyone who has a web connection.
Vico Office release 6.0 is now available to help you harness the power of models for estimating and scheduling.
The latest release of Vico Office is all about the user. We listened carefully about how to improve the workflow and made several enhancements to simplify and improve the quantity extraction process. Users now have more access to information, as well as control over how that data is managed. We put users first and designed a workflow that makes it faster and easier to get project quantities.
Vico Office is leaner - the installer has been optimized and is nearly half the size as before.
Vico Office release 6.0 includes an overhaul of Takeoff Manager module. Users will find many new features that give them the flexibility to cultivate their project content and quantities in any way that suites their workflow. This includes:
Element import selection
Access to all BIM parameters, including ‘user-defined’ fields
Support for CAD quantities
Templated imports and content grouping
Brand-new: Takeoff Items Builder
There are quite a few options available when your project team is looking for a solution that can open, view, and analyze the drawings that you receive throughout the course of your projects.
The question is how confident are you that this labor intensive work helps you find the actual changes between drawing versions? Is your tool of choice capable of pinpointing which lines have been deleted, or which BIM elements have been added?
Additionally the “BIM Revolution” has resulted in an ever growing reliance on Building Information Models during all phases of a project. From coordination (clash detection, 4D simulation) to model-based quantity takeoff and cost planning, project teams have started to rely on BIM deliverables for downstream processes more and more.
This creates an emerging challenge for contractors, 2D drawings are your contract document and the 3D models drive your coordination efforts. Significant project risk can be introduced by assuming that the 2D drawings and 3D models are in sync.
Oftentimes designers and engineers run out of time and only modify 2D drawings derived from 3D models, but not the 3D models themselves! Discrepancies introduced between the two sources of information can have far reaching consequences that may be as serious as an incorrect location of an elevator shaft in the 3D model that is used for coordination.
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Recorded on June 20, 2014