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.