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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

I feel like I just want the BIM Lottery. Vico Software is amazing and we're up to 5D and counting

This one's for all the General Contractors out there. I'm proud to officially announce my partnership with Vico Software. My company, CADD Centers of Florida can now provide solutions for every part of the BIM process. We have software, training, implementation and services for Architects, Structural Engineers, MEP Engineers, LEED Consultants, Civil Engineers, Contractors and Subcontractors. Did I miss anyone? Interior Designers, Lighting Consultants, Landscape Architects. We've got you covered as well. Check out my updated list of software at www.BIMCycle.com and forward this to everyone you know.

What is Vico Software? I'm glad you asked. It's geared more for construction, scheduling and costing. It's BIM for Builders. Act 2 of BIM. With this powerful set of tools, the contractors are going to start looking for the architectural firms using Revit. They're going to tell owners and developers what they can do with the schedule and estimating with data they can extract from BIM databases. We've now gone from 2D all the way up to 5D. This changes everything. For all the Revit Architecture firms out there reading this, show this to the contractors you work with. It's the first step towards Integrated Project Delivery.

I coined the phrase a few weeks ago "Design to Build". Today talking to Mark Sawyer, President of Vico, he's the first person to spin it on my and said we need to "Design to Build and Build to Design". Mark, that was brilliant and I look forward to working with you and being the first Autodesk reseller to embrace your technology and expand BIM for Builders.
Virtual Construction

Vico Software, Inc. provides software and services to the building construction industry. Building owners, general contractors, and construction managers use our software and our services to reduce risk, manage costs, and optimize schedules on complex building projects. Vico's 5D Virtual ConstructionTM solutions pioneered the category of BIM for Construction, and they remain the industry's most integrated approach to coordination, quantity takeoff, cost estimation, project scheduling, and production control. The benefits of our solutions and services have been proven on hundreds of building projects to date.

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A Construction-Oriented 5D BIM Environment
The construction industry is changing rapidly. The increased demand for efficiency, shorter delivery times, and higher quality is pushing owners and contractors to adopt new business models and technologies which will give them a competitive advantage. The integration of processes and improved communication throughout the design-to-construction life cycle has proved to be an essential part of this change. Integrated Project Delivery and BIM technology are today’s buzz words, and the necessity of a truly integrated social-BIM platform becomes evident.
Vico’s next generation 5D BIM solution was created for this need. Vico Office™ is purpose-built for construction, and is designed as a tightly-integrated, BIM-neutral platform to which multiple types of BIM models can be published, synthesized, and augmented with cost and schedule information. To maximize efficiency and meet the distinctive needs of the various construction process trades and phases, Vico Office is structured in a modular way, providing you with a tailored, yet expandable solution and a consistent, easy to use environment.
Using Vico Office, building owners and general contractors can collaborate efficiently, improve predictability, reduce risk, manage cost, and optimize schedules on large, complex building projects.

Vico Office consists of a core module - the system's cornerstone - and a set of discipline-phase-specific complementary modules, all tightly integrated in the same environment. Since every Office component shares the same integrated database, total homogeneity of the information is always guaranteed. The unified user interface and the consistent structure ease the implementation of new modules and accelerate the learning process.
The Vico Office Environment

The Vico Office modules support the various functions involved in a BIM project and provide for each function distinct, yet integrated, modules for exploring, planning, controlling, and managing the construction process. Each added module leverages the data, further increasing BIM process efficiency. Vico Office's unified structure perfectly matches the Integrated Project Delivery methodology and enables a truly beneficial social-BIM environment.
Team Collaboration
The Vico Office environment enables internal and external collaboration. The integrated environment, the number of parties involved, and the data ownership issues, require a flexible, collaboration technology.
With Vico Office, project team members can work simultaneously on the same project and benefit from an on-line feedback and up-to-date information.
Virtual Construction Activities
· Try the free 60-Day Evaluation of the software
· Download the BIM Checklist to make sure you’re working towards true 5D BIM
· Become BIM-capable overnight with the Win the Deal service offering
· Review the archived Fridays with Vico webinar series and sign up for new courses
· Read the latest updates in our Blogging Forum
· See what the leaders in Virtual Construction have to say about Vico’s software
and services

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