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Trimble's New Vico Office R5 Offers Integrated BIM Workflow for Construction Management

Trimble recently released the latest version of Vico Office version R5, a purpose- built integrated BIM workflow solution that extends basic 3D models to 4D, 5D and beyond.

BIM-based estimating and quantity takeoff drives certainty in cost, design and constructability to speed project delivery, reduce risk and create better projects with sustainable profits. However, applying BIM to estimating has been challenging at best because of the longstanding divide between owner, architects, GCs and subs, and technical challenges due to lack of integration between multiple, disparate software platforms used for each phase of the design-build-operate lifecycle.

Vico Office addresses this challenge by transforming 3D BIMs into data models and intelligence that integrate construction-caliber quantities by location, 4D scheduling data, and 5D cost estimating data. The result is a live construction management model that empowers users to accurately and rapidly assess the schedule and cost impact of changes, whether those changes occur during preconstruction planning or during the project's build phase. Vico customers include AECOM, Klorman, Turner, Hensel Phelps and many others.

Vico Office is the first purpose-built construction management software designed as a tightly-integrated, BIM-neutral platform to which multiple types of Building Information Models can be published, synthesized, and augmented with cost and schedule information. Vico Office is used by many top general contractor and construction management firms around the world

Latest update, Vico Office R5 streamlines project data workflow throughout the design-build-operate lifecycle, improving communication and collaboration between general contractors, architects and owners to enable accurate and rapid assessment of schedule and cost impact of changes, before and during construction.

New capabilities include enhanced 2D- and 2D/3D-hybrid takeoff capabilities, sophisticated running modes visualization, cost add-on and markup capabilities, new web services, and expanded IFC import capabilities improve predictability, reduce risk, better manage cost, and optimize schedules on large, complex building projects.

For General Contractors, owners, architects, subcontractors and all project stakeholders to truly benefit from BIM, efficient, accurate and intelligent use of data about what is being designed and how it will be constructed must be managed.

Vico Office delivers an integrated BIM workflow for construction projects. Vico Office extends the basic 3D model with constructability analysis and coordination, quantity takeoff, 4D location-based scheduling and production control, 5D estimating, and layout. Using Vico Office, building owners, architects and general contractors can collaborate efficiently, improve predictability, reduce risk, manage cost, and optimize schedules on large, complex building projects. Augmenting 3D modeling, 4D (scheduling) and 5D (costing) tools with clash detection capability enable management and analysis early in the design process, rather than in the field during construction. Automated quantity takeoff based on 3D models makes estimating more efficient and accurate as projects evolve.

What's New in Vico R5?
How can you manage and efficiently combine the standard information that comes from contractual 2D drawings while efficiently leveraging BIM? Introducing Vico Office R5! R5 is a true game changer, as it continues to shrink the gap between the traditional 2D world and the rapidly evolving 3D world!

Here is an overview of the key features in Vico R5.
2D Takeoff and Takeoff Pad
Vico R5 extends Vico's estimating capabilities with the addition of 2D Takeoff along with additional Takeoff Pad functionality. The Takeoff Pad displays a collection of takeoff quantities that can be uniquely manipulated according to user preference and input. While 3D models are an increasingly popular and powerful way of supporting the estimating workflow in construction, the contracted design remains in 2D PDF drawings. Takeoff pad is bridging the gap that exists for estimators when they need to quantify inputs coming from both 2D and 3D.

Add-Ons and Markups
Advanced add-ons and markup have been included to add flexibility for GC/CMs who require multiple markups and additions to the base estimate in order to get to a gross total for submission - necessary additions can vary greatly from company to company.

Running Modes
Running modes have been introduced as a way to better interact with the model and as a visual presentation supplement. Companies adopt model-based estimating to facilitate improved communication of cost/budget status to the owner. Prior cost-model integration only highlighted the elements associated with a cost item, which is not always easy to see. Running mode solves this problem by offering multiple viewing modes, facilitating improved communication back to the Owner.

Vico Office Web Services (VOWS)
Vico Office Web Services (VOWS) has been added to the product installer to help extend Vico functionality into other systems. Vico Office Web Services provides access to the Vico Project Server database via a WCF service through a unified interface. It can be used to read from and write to the Vico Project Server to extract data, or to connect to other applications.

IFC Properties
Important for the European market, IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) is intended to describe building and construction industry data. It is a platform neutral, open file format specification with a data model developed by buildingSMART to facilitate interoperability in the AEC industry, and is a commonly used collaboration format in BIM-based projects.

Publisher Support
* Vico R5 will have support for the following:

* AutoCAD 2015

* Revit 2015

* ArchiCAD 18

* SketchUp 2014 (free) w/IFC Classifier tool

* Tekla 20

* Bentley AECOsim platform