Design information is coming into construction projects from increasingly diverse sources; project designs may include thousands of drawings and dozens of models, each of which may revised multiple times before a project is completed. Document Controller is Vico Office’s gateway for storing and managing design information of all types.
Within Document Controller, estimators and schedulers can store and manage as many models, drawings or files as they wish, each of which is exposed to the built-in versioning system. Every new version of a content source is imported adjacent to its predecessor and change analysis is automatically performed; users can see from an intuitive color-coded system what has changed and what has remained the same.
Once content is imported and basic changes are identified via the register layout, users can dig in deeper to see exactly what has changed. 2D drawings can be analyzed via a slider mode, highlight mode and overlay mode, each of which provides a different perspective on finding changed content. Similar functionality can be run on 3D models to quickly see what elements have been added, removed, modified or left unchanged.
Document Controller enables you to establish an authoritative source of truth for document control. Design inputs from PDF, IFC, Tekla, SketchUp, ArchiCAD, Revit, CAD-Duct and Trimble Connect can all be managed within a centralized repository. The intuitive color coding of the UI and intelligent layout features provide immediate insight into what has been released, what is missing or what might have changed within any given design update. Once inside the system, 2D drawings can be overlain onto 3D models to confirm consistency across inputs.
Issue tracking is built into Vico Office’s integrated system and allows users to quickly and easily provide detailed reports of changes which can be exported out of the system. Using clouding tools, text annotations and freehand markup all allow users to hone in on exactly what information may need to be conveyed to non-Vico Office users. Reports can be output in PDF, XLS or HTML format to ensure that the design analysis information is available to all who may need it.
Using Document Controller you can easily see all of your project PDF files in a single view. The program layout provides immediate insight into what has changed, while advanced tools are available for digging into the details:
3D content is the heart and soul of Vico Office; using Document Controllers design management tools, users can dig more deeply into their 3D designs than ever before! Designs produced from IFC, Tekla, SketchUp, ArchiCAD, Revit, CAD-Duct and Trimble Connect can all be analyzed using:
With the industry's growing adoption of BIM, designers, builders and owners feel the pain of construction projects hovering in two worlds: 2D drawings which are contractually binding and 3D models that drive coordination and quantification efforts during the build.
How can we better manage the 2D/3D hybrid world we live in?
Document Controller Standard automatically maps 2D documents to coordinated 3D models in an intuitive visual interface to allow easy comparison of documents. Now you can identify clashes between plans and models early, report and collaborate with project teams, and resolve issues quickly to shorten schedules, eliminate re-work and reduce costs.
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.
Cost workflows: have been improved by adding a few new features, including conditional formatting of data and the ability to bring parent hierarchies from a reference estimate.
Both changes will make working in cost planner for long durations easier, as hierarchy adjustments will automate estimate creation and conditional formatting has the ability to draw user’s attention to specific data within the estimate.
Time planning workflows: have been improved with some nice new features, including the ability to create tasks without cost components and a significant increase in the amount of production control data to web services for an increased ability to do analytics tracking around install performance data.
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.
Let us show you how Document Controller Standard can help your team!
Recorded on June 20, 2014