Document Controller

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Total Project Control Starts with Better Document Management 

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.  

 

Single Trusted Source for Design Inputs

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.

Integrated 2D and 3D Change Management

Design Management
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.

2D-to-2D analysis:
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: 

  • Slider mode:  A geometric face can run back and forth between each version, quickly letting you see what has been changed juxtapose with the previous design version.
  • Highlight mode: Identifies new, deleted, modified and unchanged content via a user defined color-coding system.  Users have the ability to go in and revise colors and transparency relating to the highlighting color scheme as they wish; additionally users can control the overall display (turn on, turn off) according to any of the mentioned option. 
  • Overlay mode:  Similar to old fashioned light tables, overlay mode shows multiple versions of a given drawing on top of one another; version colors can be changed for more clear identification of each design iteration.
  • Align and Scale:  Functionality is included for handling cases when different design prints do not align on the paper space.  Users can simply go in and pick two corresponding points from each design version and automatically shift the page layouts as necessary for a successful overlay comparison. 

3D-to-3D analysis:
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:

  • Slider mode:  A geometric face can run back and forth between each version, quickly letting you see what has been changed juxtapose with the previous design version.
  • Highlight mode: Identifies new, deleted, modified and unchanged content via a user defined color-coding system.  Users have the ability to go in and revise colors and transparency relating to the highlighting color scheme as they wish; additionally users can control the overall display (turn on, turn off) according to any of the mentioned options.
  • Align-and-scale: Allows users the ability to map their 2D PDF drawing directly onto the model; by choosing two points on the 2D drawing and two points in the corresponding 3D model, users can map the blueprints right onto the BIM.  Hybrid analysis allows for quick and easy scope comparison across the two design mediums. 

A Range of Analysis Tools at Your Command

Issue Manager

  • Used for identifying and documenting design variances in any of the supported formats
  • Creates detailed records of design variances that can be populated according to use case
  • A list view for displaying lengthy reports, as well as a card view for detailed documentation
  • Issues include 25+ possible fields for reporting to non-Vico Office users
  • Constructability reports can be output to PDF, XLS or HTML for anyone to consume

Clash Detection

  • Element-based clash detection is included for 3D model analysis
  • Clash sets can be created, saved and manipulated for reuse
  • Tolerances can be set for precise inclusion/exclusion rules

2D/3D Hybrid Analysis

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.

  • Organize and manage multiple pdf drawings and 3D models in a secure structured project registry – one source of truth for all design inputs. Ensure everyone on the project team is working on the latest and greatest.
  • Map 2D/3D inputs in a consolidated hybrid environment to easily compare and analyze documents as a final accuracy check before prefabrication and installation drawings are generated. 
  • Flexible and customizable reporting capabilities enable export to PDF, XLS and HTML formats to improve communication and collaboration with non-BIM users in the field.
  • Basic clash detection, tolerance settings and issues resolution/coordination enable teams to identify constructability issues in the planning stage, before they occur in the field. Persistent markup capability ensures that issues are effectively communicated and tracked throughout the design-build-operate (DBO) lifecycle.
  • Easily track, compare and visualize changes with automatic change detection, overlay capabilities and color coding. Maintain a history of changes thorough out the project.  Assign priority status to issues and automatically generate a collaborative report to resolve issues quickly. 

 

What's New
What's New: 

Trimble Vico Office R6.5 is now available

June 2017

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 6.0

December 2016

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

  • Selective quantification

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