Archived Webinars

Manage Your Data Better with Vico Office

Are you ready to get serious about managing your model-based estimating and scheduling data? BIM adoption has grown significantly in recent years and practitioners are relying more heavily on models to convey important project data.

Trimble Vico Office is the integrated platform where construction estimating, scheduling and design management all come together.  Our latest update to Vico supports information-rich content coming from all authoring applications. Users are now empowered with maximum flexibility so model-based estimating and scheduling feel like a natural extension to working with 3D models.

Watch this Building With Trimble webinar to learn more!

Presenters: Duane Gleason, Trimble

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Developing the Model-Based Estimate

Model-based estimating is one of the most powerful workflows that BIM has automated - using 3D models or 2D plans to rapidly quantify projects enables you to focus on the project scope and coordinating subcontractors.
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:

  • Leveraging 3D models for element takeoff and location-based quantities
  • Augmenting missing 3D information with 2D and/or onscreen takeoff
  • Developing a ‘living detail estimate' to unite both design and constructability

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!

Recorded on August 30, 2016

Presenters: Gustav Choto, BuildingPoint Pacific, Duane Gleason, Trimble

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Efficiency in Estimating with Trimble GCEstimator Software Suite

It’s no longer necessary to use more than one takeoff application to support 3D and 2D inputs. Trimble GCEstimator Suite provides a single takeoff solution for both 3D BIM models and 2D plans. You have the flexibility to use BIM models for 3D quantity extraction as well as perform a digitized takeoff from 2D PDF files.  

Trimble GCEstimator Suite incorporates best-of-breed estimating and takeoff solutions designed to increase efficiencies, win more work, and maximize the profitability of projects before, during and after construction. With all the tools needed to streamline productivity in a single system, GCEstimator eliminates unnecessary complexity.

Watch this recorded webinar and learn how GCEstimator can:

  • Reduce your need for multiple systems to manage your estimates
  • Promote efficient use and maintenance of data
  • Use both 2D and 3D data to drive costs and estimates
  • Keep your estimate in lock-step with the model, regardless of how often the model changes

Recorded on August 2, 2016

Presenters: Steve Watt, Trimble

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Streamline Early-Phase Estimating

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


Presenters: Duane Gleason, Trimble, Chad Thelin, Trimble

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Modelogix: Conceptual Cost Estimating at Your Fingertips

This webinar focuses on how easy it is for contractors, owners and designers to create accurate conceptual estimates and become more efficient in the process. You will learn the top three benefits Modelogix provides:

  • How to quickly and easily create cost models from your own rich data.
  • How simple it can be to organize and manage historical data from the beginning to the end of a project's life cycle.
  • How to quickly present and document accurate conceptual budgets for presentation to clients or internal customers using powerful reports.

Recorded June 2016


Presenters: Gustavo Choto, BP Pacific, Mike Maylone, Trimble

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The Budget is the Bank

Adolfson & Peterson’s use of Prolog Converge to manage and forecast budget and cost.

Managers at Adolfson & Peterson (A&P) state that each project is paid for by budgets that are defined at the beginning of the project: a series of bank accounts that contain the money that is allocated to the various construction phases. Exceed the budget and you overdraw - something we all want to prevent, and Prolog can help.

Watch this webinar to learn how A&P’s Kevin Lind and Rick Poston analyzed and solved the challenge of cost status and predictability. Explaining the steps their organization went through to put a highly accurate system in place, our guest speakers will (re)introduce you to Prolog’s powerful budget and cost management features.

We will also introduce you to the latest version of Prolog, another great release with new productivity enhancing tools.

Recorded May 24, 2016


Presenters: Kevin Lind, Adolfson & Peterson, Rick Poston, Adolfson & Peterson, Marcel Broekmaat, Trimble

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Target Costing with Trimble Vico Office

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


Presenters: Matt Zwetzig, Vega Architecture

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Is GNSS Technology Appropriate for Your Next Layout or QA/QC Project?

With the addition of the Trimble R8s to our building construction lineup, contractors can now tap into the convenience of satellite positioning while still using the same proven workflows of Trimble Field Link. When vertical accuracy does not require sub-centimeter tolerance, GNSS technology is the smart way to expedite layout and QA/QC tasks. Unlike existing total station workflows with GNSS, all you need is a clear view of the sky to get the positions you need on site. Eliminate dozens of trips back to the tripod and repeated set-ups and break-downs.

Watch the recorded webinar where we introduce the Trimble R8s and Trimble Field Link software to see if GNSS technology has a place on your job site.

Recorded on March 29, 2016

Presenters: Bryan Williams, Trimble

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Leveraging Trimble Connect for More Effective Construction Workflows

Everyone knows that Building Construction is a tough business. At Trimble, we've been focused on making substantive improvements to workflows with improved collaboration. Effective implementation of round trip workflows (Office to Field to Office) requires connected solutions, coordinated teams, and anytime access. For layout tasks, as-built assessments and structural components, Trimble is streamlining workflows with seamless, real time updates to reduce rework and improve overall team efficiency.

Today Trimble Connect, combined with Trimble office and field solutions, is simplifying the process of connecting teams, coordinating efforts and improving timely access to important project data.

In this edition of Building With Trimble, we'll show that reducing or eliminating manual data transfer is not only feasible today, it's a mandate for many progressive construction firms today. Watch the webinar to see how your round trip workflow might be transformed in the near future.

Recorded on February 24, 2016

Presenters: Jim McCartney, Trimble

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Prolog Integration Series: Data-Driven Decisions

For years, construction companies have been implementing an ever-increasing array of technology to plan and build safer and smarter. While all this technology has helped companies to run more efficiently and effectively, the full potential of the accumulated data continues to go unrealized. Scattered across various spreadsheets, systems, databases and applications, access to and integration of this wealth of information remains expensive, slow and cumbersome.

Lantern Data Systems is a Trimble partner that is helping customers to bring projects and information together to enable more informed, data-driven decisions. With single, intuitive platform, Harnessing the power of project data, Lantern is enabling contractors to be more competitive and ultimately, save time and money.

Recorded January 26, 2016


Presenters: Marcel Broekmaat, Trimble, Marc Krichman, Lantern Data Systems

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