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Virtual Construction software offers tighter control

VICO Software, in conjunction with regional partner atOne, conducted a virtual construction seminar for project management professionals in Manama, Bahrain, last month.

VICO Software, in conjunction with regional partner atOne, conducted a virtual construction seminar for project management professionals in Manama, Bahrain, last month.

The company, which is a provider of Virtual Construction 2007, claims that it is set to revolutionise the construction industry over the next few years, with the Middle East being one of its first stops.

Virtual Construction contains architectural, structural and MEP modelling functions, which are used to create a true virtual build (3D model).

The solution also maintains a project database, which is custom built for each project, containing model-based information used for estimating and scheduling. Project estimation is calculated by processing the database's model-based quantities with material costs, while a project schedule is created using sequencing tools to organise construction zones.

The user can analyse constructability, cost control and coordination problems between disciplines, in addition to integrating both design and cost estimate, as well as being able to view design-change implications.

The 5D model (3D model + cost + schedule) is finally placed into an animation that brings the project to life by showing the building stage and building cost of the project on any point in the project schedule.

Sofyan Almoayed, Virtual Construction's regional representative, said: "Virtual Construction cannot stabilise material costs or the skill and productivity of labour, but it can keep the most accurate project information by using very intricate links between the estimation and scheduling information, updated information based on market trends."

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