2017 Q1 Recap & Updates

The Beck Technology team, as well as our clients, launched into 2017 with so much vigor and drive that the first quarter flew by at what felt, a record pace. Please find below our quick quarterly update with relevant news on the preconstruction technology front.

Register for Workshop

Beck Technology Joins Forces with Advancing Building Estimation 2017 to Present a Pre-Conference Workshop on Driving Change

Registration is open for the Advancing Building Estimation 2017 conference (formerly Estimation Technology for Construction) scheduled for May 22-24 in Houston at the Westin Houston, Memorial City.

Beck Technology is hosting a half-day pre-conference workshop “Why Do We Need Change?” that will explore the factors driving changes in the A/E/C industry. Our team and client speakers will discuss topics from mitigating risks to the expectation of accurate real-time data in a dialogue focused on why we need to change, what it looks like, and who is spearheading the effort.

We are pleased to share the podium and conduct tabletop discussion groups with client speakers including:

  • Ray Miller, Vice President of Preconstruction Services, Balfour Beatty Construction Services US
  • Andy Leek, Director of VDC, Paric Corporation
  • Brent Pilgrim, DESTINI Applications Director, The Beck Group

The workshop will run from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Monday, May 22. Information on the workshop and full conference may be found on the conference website. Early bird registration ends Friday, April 21.

As a reminder, this workshop format replaces our Beck Technology Roundtable this year to enable clients to bundle greater learning and networking as part of a larger conference.

DESTINI in Action

DESTINI Estimator 2017 1.0 is Live

Released simultaneously with Data Manager updates in February, Estimator 2017.1.0 includes more than 20 new features and functionality aspects including faster, better 2D quantity takeoff; simplified line item and assembly takeoff; and more intelligent estimates.

What makes this release special and more relevant for estimators in the field is that we tapped our Industry Advisory Council to review suggestions, provide input, and prioritize features based on what they value and need most for preconstruction success. You could say that we crowd-sourced the best ideas from leading industry executives, both clients and non-clients.

We’d love to schedule a demo of the platform and show you what’s new.

DESTINI Profiler: Providing Clarity and Confidence for LeChase Construction

Size or cost miscalculations that arise during design and budget planning have the potential to kill a project, especially for controversial municipal building projects involving city officials and members of the community.

Steve Loneman, director of preconstruction for LeChase Construction, and his team used DESTINI Profiler to redesign, re-estimate, and save a large, publically scrutinized municipal project that was already running 34 percent over budget at the preconstruction phase…and upon review, would not even fit on the proposed site as designed. The challenge was large, but Steve and his team rose to the task and brought the project to fruition.

We invite you to watch Steve’s recent webinar about the project to learn about their approach and results.

 

In the News

It’s Time to Join the Information Revolution (DCD Magazine, Jan-Feb 2017)
In Design Cost Data (DCD) Magazine, Snyder Langston’s Technical Service Manager Andy Gerlach explains how the DESTINI suite has enabled Snyder Langston to evolve with advancing technology and integrate processes.

Read the article here.

Working Backward From a Budget With Target Value Design (CE Magazine, Jan-Feb 2017)
Julie Huval with Beck Technology penned an article for Construction Executive (CE) Magazine in which she explains the value of utilizing pre-construction software to implement a target value design approach. The article includes case profiles on how Yates Construction and The Beck Group have implemented such projects.

Read the article here.

Ask The Thought Leaders: What’s the Future of Construction? (Future of Everything, March 16, 2017)
Stewart Carroll, COO of Beck Technology, was featured in the Future of Everything, where he provided his thoughts on the future of construction. For Stewart, the key is integration of processes and teams.

Read the article here.

A Day in the Life of …
At Beck Technology, we understand the value of transparency. Each month in 2017, we are featuring one of our own with their insights on a day with Beck Technology to outline the roles, contributions, and even personal hobbies and quirks of our team. We invite you to browse through our Q1 profiles:
A Day in the Life of a Beck Technology Account Executive
A Day in the Life of a Director of Marketing & Communications
A Day in the Life of a Quality Assurance (QA) Manager

Here to Help

As always, we’re here to assist you with macro BIM questions, business cases, demos, and/or troubleshooting. Happy estimating and modeling!

We hope to see you at our workshop in May as part of the Advancing Building Estimation conference.