Too Easy to be BIM?

Recently, I've been learning a bit about Vico, mostly through their Friday webinars. The amazing thing about Vico is that is works. You model the project in Constructor, then export it to Estimator to produce a budget and to Control to produce a schedule. Vico has other products that integrate cost & schedule, facilitate change management and cost tracking. And it all just works together. Pretty much out of the box (from what I understand; although, I'm sure there is a bit of setup!).

So why aren't we using Vico?

Well, first of all, we work with architects that use Revit. So at this point, we couldn't use any of Vico's tools for those projects. Also, our accounting & budgeting system is set up using Timberline - switching to Vico would be problematic.

Whenever I meet people who work at companies that utilize Vico, they seem much calmer about BIM. Implementing is no big deal. For some reason, that always bugs me. I feel that BIM/VDC is supposed to work. It is hard. There are issues. It shouldn't be easy or seamless. And for some reason, if it is easier for someone else, something must be wrong, right?

Realistically, I'm sure that Vico users have their share of issues, and I am only seeing the marketing gloss. I know if I were using Vico, I would find issues with it. But their serenity about BIM/VDC still bugs me...

7 comments:

Dan K said...

someone wants a free license...

mfk said...

I saw through the bling with Vico pretty quickly. I felt they really did not understand the preconstruction process. Using 2d to grow 3d is counter intuitive, especially since I get more and more high quality Revit models from designers. If i have to price a project as many as ten times, I want to leverage as much of my designers data as possible. With Vico you dumb your data, then make it smart again. It just does not make since to me.
Wish I could have talked to you at AU, I could have saved you an hour of your time on a Friday.

Miguel Krippahl said...

That's the feeling you get when you realize you bet on the wrong horse :)

Laura Handler said...

Please Dan. If I wanted a free license, I think I would have one. :)

As for betting on the wrong horse, going with Autodesk is more of a long term investment...I hope.

John said...

I'm with Laura... I don't see autodesk going away anytime in the near future.

Miguel Krippahl said...

Me neither, although it would not be the first big company to go under in a jiffy.

What I meant was, constructor's BIM, for Autodesk, is just one of a hundred or more softwares, and not even the most lucrative one (understatement of the year).

VICO, on the other hand, is VICO. The software is their sole provider, so it is expected they get heart and soul into it.

There are plenty of examples in the software industry where the small guy gets the lion share of the market, while the big one stands still under his own weight.

In a race, it is not the biggest horse that wins, but the fastest.

SP said...

MFK...I think you've heard or developed a serious misconception to what Vico's understanding of the preconstruction process is. I'd be happy to set up a meeting with you to clarify. Here's my e-mail.
shaun.penny@vicosoftware.com