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Step by Step VICO Guide

Step by Step VICO Guide

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Published by Tu Nguyen
BIM, Autodesk Revit, Construction
BIM, Autodesk Revit, Construction

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Published by: Tu Nguyen on Jan 09, 2014
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Step-by-Step Vico Office Guide for Individual Project 1.

Installation a) Make sure you have installed Revit Architecture 2011 or 2012. b) Download the following packages from the course website: i. Vico Office R3.3 ii. Vico installation guide ReadMe.pdf iii. Vico Client Utility c) Install Vico Client Utility. d) Read the installation instruction ReadMe.pdf page 16 (you do not need to read other pages because most of them are related to the installation and configuration of a license server). e) Install Vico Office R3.3 and make sure you select the first two items (Vico Office and Vico Project Server) as indicated by the picture showing in page 16. In this way you will have all project data stored in your personal computer not anywhere else. f) Install the Vico Office Client license by double clicking the .liu file received from the course instructor. 2. Setup your project a) Run Vico Office. b) Enter the IP address in the file of VLM Server (do not need to click the Select Server button). The IP address is Make sure the parameter Port has a value of 2764. c) Check the name of Vico Project Server, it should be the computer you are currently working on. d) Create a new project i. Click the New Project button in the ribbon. ii. The project will be automatically opened after being created. When you quit Vico Office and run it again, you may need to open the project before working on it. e) You can unpack the sample project House3.vico as your reference project i. Click the Unpack Project button in the ribbon 3. Publish 3D model into Vico Office a) Open the 3D model in Revit Architecture b) Go to Add-ins menu and click the External Tools button in the ribbon, then click Publish to Vico Office c) Click the plus sign in front of your own project in the pop-up window, then select Create New Model, click Publish button, you will have your model published to your project in Vico Office. 4. Manage takeoff a) Right click the header of the left palette, select “03 Takeoff Manager”. b) Click Manage Models, then click the plus sign in front of the model obtained from Revit Architecture, you will see an deactivated model. c) Right click on the model, select Activate. d) Deselect Family and Mark in the pop-up window, make sure the Family Type is selected, also make sure “Import floor levels as Locations” is selected, then click Activate button,





you will see the model is shown in the 3D View window. e) Click Takeoff Model in the left palette, check the Takeoff Items (TOIs) and their Takeoff Quantities (TOQs) of your model. Make sure a TOI has been assigned to each and every component in your model. Refer to the Vico Office Help file for more details. Check locations a) Right click the header of the left palette, select “06 LBS Manager”. b) Click Define Locations, modify locations as desired. If you want to define zones under locations, work it out here. Plan cost a) Right click the header of the left palette, select “04 Cost Planner”. b) Enter cost items line by line in the spreadsheet-like window. You can also use reference project to quickly create cost items. c) Remember every time you create a subcomponent under a cost item, that cost item becomes an assembly. In order to have the components effective, you need to activate the assembly by right clicking the blank circle in front of the cost item, then select Activate Assembly. Activated assembly has a solid circle (a half solid circle indicate the cost assembly has some component deactivated). d) If you just want to create 4D simulation, you can create simple cost items for each component in the 3D model, for example, for foundation walls, you just assign a cost item to the foundation walls using unit price per cubic meter/yard, i.e. no need to use assembly to include more details about labor, material, and equipment. Manage tasks a) Right click the header of the left palette, select “07 Schedule Planner”. b) Click Manage Tasks c) Create tasks in Task Manager window, then assign building components to tasks by dragging cost items to tasks. Manage schedule a) Click Open Schedule, by default you will see the Flowline View. b) Click the icon of Gantt View from the left menu to open the Gantt View. c) Expend all hierarchy of the tasks, remove subtasks which is dummy (no work at a certain location). d) For tasks which have multiple locations, split it into subtasks i. Double click the task (shown in bold font) ii. Click Advanced button at the bottom of the pop-up window iii. Click Split button at the top of the window iv. Select the last task and then click OK, then click OK again, you will see subtasks created (there will be a same code for the subtask but in normal font, not bold font). v. Double click a subtask to check the location information for that subtask, be careful about the name automatically generated for the subtask and the location associated with that task, make sure which subtask is the work of what location. e) You can schedule tasks by editing parameters in Edit Task window (open Edit Task window by double clicking a task or subtask), or by dragging the bars in Gantt chart. f) You can define task dependencies in Edit Task window (you need to click Advanced button then find Dependencies tag)

9. 4D simulation a) Click Define 4D Simulation b) Define task groups in 4D Task Groups windows i. Create a new 4D group set by clicking the New 4D Group Set button in the ribbon. ii. Give a name of the new 4D group set then click OK. iii. Create a set of 4D task groups, that may or may not be the same of the tasks you created in Task Manager c) Populate 4D task groups by dragging tasks created in Task Manager (the window on the right) to 4D Task Groups window. d) Click Explore 4D e) Define parameters of 4D simulation such as the transparency by clicking Simulation Settings button in the ribbon. f) Run simulation by clicking the media control button at the bottom of the main window. 10. Pack a project a) Make sure everything is good then go back to the dashboard by clicking View Dashboard in the left menu. b) Close the project to be packed. c) Click Pack Project button in the ribbon. d) Save the .vico file to your hard drive. This is the file you need to submit. e) Unpack the .vico file in your system and review all aspects to make sure all data are packed correctly and the instructor can unpack your project without any problem.

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