While 3D models are an increasingly popular the construction industry, most project designs are still contracted by way of the 2D PDF documents. Vico Office’s Takeoff Pad allows user the best of both worlds, by accommodating takeoff from the traditional 2D drawings, as well as the 3D model.
Takeoff Pad provides the ultimate flexibility within BIM, as it enables estimators and schedulers to augment the 3D information that is provided with additional quantities coming from the standard documents; takeoff can be done in a purely 2D environment, as well as a purely 3D environment (right on the model!) and also in a hybrid view. Performing takeoff in the hybrid view allows users to generate information that would not otherwise exist within the 3D model, while still taking advantage of the bulk quantification that the model does provide.
Takeoff Pad is a detailed extension of Takeoff Manager and provides a more granular way to view and manage individual Takeoff Components. Takeoff components, collectively, form the basis of a Takeoff Item. All work done in Takeoff Pad will automatically roll-up to Takeoff Manager, which helps to automate the quantification of estimates and schedules.
Takeoff Pad was created to allow users maximum flexibility in controlling their quantities, while allowing Takeoff Manager to remain as a streamlined UI specifically for the purpose of linking quantities to the cost plan. An intuitive, streamlined workflow drives efficiencies and precision in creating estimates and schedules.
Information created or manipulated in Takeoff Pad feeds the Takeoff Manager without any additional actions required by the user. This allows users to create detailed breakdowns of 3D elements, or to create their own quantities via custom Takeoff Pads.
Users can manage the display and visibility of each and every element within the Takeoff Pad, allowing for maximum flexibility within these use cases:
Onscreen Takeoff functionality is available in three different ways of using the 5D workflow:
Unit based quantification using document symbols or discrete elements
Distance information between two, or many, points within the project using snap points or discrete pieces of geometry (line selection)
Region based calculations coming from user defined shapes within the project space; areas can be derived from snap points or using discrete pieces of geometry (line selection)
Provides the ability to remove spaces from within an area takeoff
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
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This Building with Trimble focuses on Trimble's progressive approach to model-based estimating; watch Gustav Choto's presentation on how BuildingPoint Pacific is driving model-based estimating:
Whether you need to deliver a top-down conceptual estimate, or a detailed bottom-up estimate, learn how Trimble's approach can be applied to your next BIM project!
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Understanding the scope and cost of early-phase construction projects can be challenging! Furthermore, tracking costs as early-phase design evolves can be very difficult also. SketchUp is a simple modeling tool that can be used in conjunction with Vico Office to easily visualize project scope and cost during concept design and through design evolution.
Watch the recorded webinar and see how SketchUp can be used to easily reflect a concept model and how it can be brought into Vico Office for quantity takeoff and pricing. Mass model pricing can be done on the simplest SketchUp model, with the ability to evolve the project design and estimate with additional iterations. We will also share best practices about how to work with SketchUp and Vico Office to get ideal outputs for this workflow.
Recorded June 28, 2016
Target costing design has continually proven to be one of the most powerful benefits of leveraging Vico Office for BIM. Join us for this episode of Building with Trimble where Matt Zwetzig, of Vega Architecture in Denver, will show us their preferred approach to the target costing workflow.
Within the session you’ll learn how Vico Office can be used to set target pricing with even the lowest levels of design concept; once set, target costs serve as a continual benchmark that can be tracked against each and every iteration of the design. You’ll learn how setting target costs provides for a more predictable project in terms of meeting program requirements and project budget. Afterwards, attendees will have a firm grasp on how to replicate a similar workflow on their own projects by using Vico Office’s model-based estimating approach.
Don’t miss this opportunity to gain hands-on advice about how to make 5D BIM a success on your next project!
Recorded April 26, 2016