Vico Training

This morning, we had our first Vico (pronounced Vee-Koh) training session. We finally have an opportunity to work with an architect who works in ArchiCAD, so are using this time to learn the software to leverage the data in their model.

The integration of the software between model geometry, "4D" & "5D" is amazing, even though they consider 4D cost and 5D scheduling.

We will have more training sessions in the future, where I will feel more comfortable to discuss the functionality of the software (today we covered using Constructor & Estimator in 2 hours, so it's still a blur). In the meantime, two things:

One. The name of the company doesn't come from an abbreviation for Virtual Construction. It is named for Giambattista Vico, whose name just so happens to be an abbreviation for Virtual Construction. When people have actually heard of him, Vico is apparently best known for his principle of verum factum, which roughly translates to say that truth is verified through creation (or construction!). Kind of interesting.

Two. This is one of those big little (or is it little big?) issues. One of my complaints about Revit (and perhaps other model authoring tools) is its inability to create realistic walls. For instance, one of the major issues we faced with the conversion of the laser scan data was that the inside face of the exterior walls was not parallel to the exterior face of the exterior walls (follow that?). Today, I discovered that Vico has an answer to that. You can create walls, where the faces aren't parallel.
In the second image, I exaggerated the variation in thickness to make it more obvious.


Scott Davis (Autodesk) said...

How do you determine what part of the wall gets the extra width? Is it applying this by increasing the size of all materials as the wall gains thickness, or can you apply it to just a part of the structure of the wall.

For a single material wall composition, such as a concrete wall, this makes sense. In a wall that has many layers of construction, you would need to determine what part of the assembly is actually causing the wall to gain thickness. Is it the studs? Drywall? Another part of the assembly?

To simply make a wall thicker at one end doesn't really help, especially when one might be expected to do materail take-offs from this wall which may not be accurate if the extra thickness is just spread across all the materials that make up the assembly.

Rafael said...

initial excitement ;)

... makes this simple test: export this kind of wall to IFC, and then import it in Revit ...

now surprise with the result ;)

... that's "in place" ...

Luigi Coletta said...

I read that you would prefer to have each layer of a wall its own wall. If this is a case, you don't need a wall tool, you just need to have a wall. A wall tool is not the only way to make a wall, so you can create your own wall family that has all the properties you want/need in a wall...save it as a wall family (see DoURevit blog for the process) and use that wall family for the walls that need to be angled. I can make a wall look like a 3D star, so a angled wall (in any axis) is easy to create in Revit.