Boulder, CO - November 25, 2008 - Vico Software announced today that its 5D Virtual ConstructionTM solutions and services will be integrated with Autodesk's leading technology and solutions for the AEC industry. With the adoption of BIM accelerating, it is advantageous for General Contractors and Owners to have the combination of Vico's integrated 5D capabilities within the Autodesk solutions environment.
According to Clay Freeman, chief product officer at Vico, the initial focus of the partnership has been integrating Vico's Virtual Construction Suite with Autodesk Revit for Building Information Modeling. "We have a growing number of customers requesting that our virtual construction solutions work in conjunction with an Autodesk Revit model," says Freeman. "Today we are happy to announce that the integrated solution with Revit is demonstrable, and our intent is to support a wider range of capability offered by multiple Autodesk products in the future."
Together the solutions from Vico and Autodesk will enable building owners, general contractors, and construction managers to produce:
>> Constructability and Coordination
>> Model-derived quantities and location-based quantities
>> Optimized project schedules
>> Model-derived cost estimates
Vico has not announced a date for general availability. Freeman adds, "Integrating our virtual construction solutions with Revit is a very high priority, and we will be going to customer beta test soon. Importantly, our internal Virtual Construction Services team is already contracting work on projects using Revit models in conjunction with our software, so we are quite confident in the quality of the integrated solution."
Vico will publicly debut the integration of its Virtual Construction solutions and Autodesk Revit at the Autodesk University Conference next month. To see the Revit-based Virtual Construction in action, visit Vico at Booth 397 at Autodesk University, December 2-4, in Las Vegas.
About Vico Software
Vico Software, Inc. provides 5D Virtual Construction™ software and services to the building construction industry. Building owners, general contractors, and construction managers use Vico's software to reduce risk, manage costs, and optimize schedules on large, complex building projects. Vico's integrated solutions, first released in 2005, pioneered the 5D category. The benefits of our solutions and services have been proven with over three hundred customers and two hundred completed building projects to date.
....According to Clay Freeman, chief product officer at Vico, the initial focus of the partnership has been....
Initial focus - Ok, but there is more to come - What is the next partnership 'focus' going to be? Autodesk Constructor?
Consider very few architectural models accurate enough to even try to "vicofy". The VICO modeller might very well rebuild the whole thing to get the model right. Basically you can put whatever you want in the hand of the VICO modeller, be it an .pln or .rvt or napkin sketch with mustard stains.
Will we have architects and BIM-architects? How many percent of the architects around the globe can produce a valid BIM-model? Is it their task? Does a forced BIM delivery interfere with the design process? What about the flexibility and "lightness" of the architectural model? Is the best way to do the design stuff and then the VICO-user (very highly skilled CAD-operator with a super-solid construction knowledge) totally rebuilds the model to get it right? Exciting future nevertheless.
Djordje wrote: Vico is NOT about ArchiCAD. The Constructor technology, yes - but all else is a very different story.
So how do you see it if Constructor is left out of the equation?
Having 5D presentations/visualizations from Revit models?
Can they generate this without the Constructor model? Or are they creating a Constructor for Revit (if that is possible)?
It's all about the data.
Your average ArchiCAD model is as unusable for VC as is a Revit model, a Tekla model or a SketchUp model. If you take a good look, the architectural model is rarely used for more than reference and geometry in a VC project.
As always ... it is a matter of what you can say where and when. Talk to your representative office, see what they say.
Djordje wrote: No more dangerous than the partnership with Tekla.
They have not been under the wings of Graphisoft for years now. Therefore, Nemetschek has absolutely nothing to do with it.
Many people have many models done in many software. It would be idiotic for a BUILDING SERVICES PROVIDER not to be able to communicate with all on a high level.
Vico is NOT about ArchiCAD. The Constructor technology, yes - but all else is a very different story.
Djordje, I agree with that.
I'm asking for Nemetschek AG because I'm so amazed that they still haven't announced a policy for the future. GS released Vico shortly before NAG's acquisition of GS was officially announced, so I thought there had to be a connection, since NAG has similar, or at least parallel, tools in-house.
But nothing happens. You can see on the NAG page I linked that they brag about the Adobe connection. But there is no Adobe PDF creator within Archicad, is there? There is in Vectorworks. And what about free-form solid modeling? Parasolids, in Vectorworks. They don't even allocate enough resources to get the C4D converter out in time.
I'm perplexed. They have the resources, they have the money, they have the tools, they have the people, they have the user base and the developers. But no consolidation, no effort concentration, no nothing, not even a policy? Everyone's on their own, wastingly developing multiple solutions for common issues. While the huge competitor consolidates . . .
I'm really amazed. I thought Germans had a reputation of being competent and efficient (even if a bit over-precise). Nothing to bee seen here. We just feed the cow enough to milk it for a while. Wolves on the horizon? Well, cows got horns, don't they?