Automation with Vico Office
Not only does Ross want to improve project quality and productivity with BIM, but also collect data to automate and accelerate many manual processes. He says:
“In the construction industry, there are a lot of manual processes where we keep doing the same thing over and over again. Despite a lot of repetition we still start from the beginning – for example with offer lists. It may well be that we are copying the latest offer list, but there is a lot of manual work to adapt it to the new project, which is not only a waste of time, but also involves a high risk of manual errors. It is necessary to automate. We have to create templates and standards instead of starting from scratch each time. And then we have to learn from our mistakes. We need to create checklists that correct the typical mistakes so that we can get around them the next time. We need to collect, systematize and analyze historical data so that data and experiences do not disappear in the minds of individual project managers. That will improve the quality and productivity of construction in the future.”
At COWI, they use the Vico Office BIM tool – and this tool helps them reuse calculations and other project structures from project to project. It’s intended to save previous calculations in Vico Office to link them to new projects that are somewhat similar to a previous project.