Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: What does the Preferences icon do?

Questions of the Week are asked and answered in the Beck Technology Community. Anyone is encouraged to join the community to discover additional tips and tricks.

What does the Preferences icon do?

The preferences icon allows a user to customize their experience working in DESTINI Estimator. You can access the Preferences menu on the Home tab by clicking the preferences icon (gear symbol) indicated below.
GENERAL
The Automatic save interval changes how often the system will up the backup (.bak) version of your estimate. The user is still required to save their work on a regular basis, but a backup is created every X moves. If an error occurs in the main estimate, the backup can be opened up and you’ll only be X moves behind where you were at the time of the crash. Read more

Peer Introduction Leads Haselden Construction to Select DESTINI Estimator for Preconstruction Solution

Haselden Construction

Haselden Construction, headquartered in Centennial, Colorado, has selected DESTINI Estimator as its enterprise estimating software.

Founded in 1973, Haselden consistently ranks in the ENR 400 list of top national contractors, and in 2017 ranked #6 in ENR’s top Colorado/Wyoming contractors list. The general contractor was named to The Denver Post’s Top 100 Workplaces in both 2017 and 2016. Haselden was looking for a solution to make their estimating process more efficient, as well as handle the influx of 3D models they receive for incorporation with the models they produce in-house in their Virtual Design & Construction Department. .

The multi-year enterprise agreement will serve all of Haselden Construction’s offices, located across Colorado and Wyoming.

“Entering into this multi-year agreement and partnership with Beck Technology allows our preconstruction teams to more effectively support the pursuit and execution of our work,” said Byron Haselden, Chief Executive Officer and President of Haselden Construction. Read more

Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: How Can I Print My Takeoff?

Questions of the Week are asked and answered in the Beck Technology Community. Anyone is encouraged to join the community to discover additional tips and tricks.

How can I print my takeoff?

I’ll start with the low-tech approach, and work up to some other Estimator-specific routes:

(Side Note: How to turn on Legend for 2D —> Click Here)

Screenshot:
You can always use your Snipping tool (Windows application) or another third-party tool like SnagIt, and simply screenshot your view.

 

Takeoff:
A Takeoff Report is installed on any new user’s machine during the initial install of DESTINI Estimator. This will allow you to run a report that essentially the same as your Takeoff Summary.

Print 2D via Reports Menu
You can also export a screen grab of your takeoff using the Reports tab inside the Takeoff View.


 

Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: How can I edit over-line totals?

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How can I edit over-line totals in DESTINI Estimator?

Estimators can now edit over-line totals for any group defined in the Estimate View.  This will automatically back into an escalation for that group of items.  This enhancement further supports Estimators ability to handle sub-contractor bid values and bid leveling.

Check out this video on how that can be done: Overline Editing video

 

 

Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: How do I copy takeoff palettes in 2D QTO?

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How do I copy takeoff palettes in 2D QTO?

As part of our continued effort to improve functionality and features in Estimator, we have now added the ability to copy palette items. This will significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to create, customize, and maintain 2D takeoff palettes.

Here is a quick video demonstrating how that can easily be done. Copy Palette video

 

DESTINI Estimator Fully Integrates with BIM 360! Sneak Peek of Latest Developments

This webinar, led by Michael Boren, Chief Technology Officer at Beck Technology, is a walkthrough of the latest functionality that has been developed for DESTINI Estimator. The R&D team at Beck Technology are constantly improving the performance of the application.

Michael begins by stressing the importance of our Industry Advisory Board (IAB), and how closely we work with these companies. The IAB ensures that we continue to focus on the needs of the industry and the best functionality possible. Regardless of owning a license of the DESTINI software, the individuals who make up the IAB are from the country’s most well-respected general contractors/construction management firms.

Though there are many changes and updates to the product, a few areas of improvement in the application are security and mitigating risk, bulk adding costs, and editing overline totals. In the area of 2D QTOs, our focus in 2017, and ongoing into 2018 will be the “do it on the fly” infinite flexibility of the product.

Most exciting, perhaps, is our integration with Autodesk’s BIM 360. Josh Cheney, Industry Manager – Construction Technology of Autodesk said: “Beck Technology is a long-term partner of Autodesk and bringing that together with listening to their customers – there’s a culmination of that effort here in DESTINI Estimator. It is a full-blown solution… a must-have for anyone in Precon and Estimating… a tight-knit integration – a direct connection to our large model viewer. You are operating in the continuation of a common data environment.”

Watch the full webinar HERE for more about these exciting features, and the plan for 2018.

Question of the Week – DESTINI Profiler and DESTINI Estimator: Why do my variables have weird Units of Measure during takeoff when I open a Profiler Assembly inside Estimator?

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Why do my variables have weird Units of Measure during takeoff when I open a Profiler Assembly inside Estimator?

This answer is provided by Casey Wilt, implementation specialist, and posted on our community as well as below.

Profiler and Estimator use variables in totally distinct ways.  In formulas intended for use in Profiler, you have access to both Parametric and User-Defined Variables. When you add an assembly in Profiler, there is no “takeoff” window, and the Parametric variables quantities used in the formulas are automatically populated and you can then tweak your UDVs in the “Contributing variables” tab. (Area, Perimeter, etc. – already known and accepted in Profiler).

Estimator, however, has no concept of the parametric variables that Profiler uses. Therefore, if you use a Parametric (Area, Perimeter, etc), it is seen as a pseudo-UDV and assumes the UoM of the line item it is used to quantify. For this reason, I make sure that any variable I use in an Estimator formula is first created in the Variables tab in Data Manager.

In sum, Estimator assemblies and formulas should all use UDVs, and Profiler assemblies and formulas can use both Parametric and UDVs. Still, a Profiler assembly can be opened in Estimator and used just fine, the takeoff window is just slightly “messy”.

Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: How do I see total columns for Labor, Material, Sub, Equipment, and Other cost categories in the Estimate View?

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How do I see total columns for Labor, Material, Sub, Equipment, and Other cost categories in the Estimate View?

This is answered by Brent Pilgrim, DESTINI applications manager of The Beck Group, and posted on our community.

For those that frequently work with LMSEO categories in their estimates, it is helpful to be able to view totals for these individual cost categories and at the line item (row) level of detail.  This is in addition to the general “TOTAL” column for a given line item.

In order to do this, a user simply needs to create a few additional WBS Properties that are “formulaic” and add them to the estimate.  NOTE:  If this is a regular need for your organization, it is best to set this up in your Estimate Template, to save time.

Step 1:  Go to the WBS Properties command on the Estimate ribbon.

Step 2:  Select “Add WBS Property” Read more

Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: How do I update a logo on a Custom Report – 4 Level – WBS?

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How do I update a logo on a Custom Report – 4 Level – WBS?

This is answered in a “how to” video provided by Doug Maiden, manager of professional services, and posted on our community.

Here is a link to a video that introduces users to editing the following file: reportlogo.png with their company logo in preparations to replace the logo in the following report file: 4 level – WBS – drop-down.repx

Note: you will use the Report Designer application to update the logo.video

BRPH Adds DESTINI Software Suite to Design Expertise

BRPHThe international architecture and engineering firm, BRPH, has selected the DESTINI suite of software to provide end-to-end conceptual design costs and estimating services.

Based in Melbourne, FL, BRPH is a 53-year-old, employee-owned firm with offices across the U.S. The firm was previously outsourcing estimating services but decided to bring these responsibilities in-house to develop their own cost database as well as provide clients with intricate estimating details for early project milestones. BRPH chose to purchase the DESTINI suite comprised of DESTINI Estimator and DESTINI Profiler to enhance their Owner Management service offerings with detailed information on conceptual designs as well as realistic costs moving forward in the project.

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“We recognized that we needed to have a centralized database from a design standpoint so we could cross reference past projects and costs as we look at new work,” said Jason Dunn, Director of Project Management for BRPH. “We can also utilize the DESTINI suite as a marketing tool to discuss design concepts with owners at the earliest stage to help them visualize their budget. Having the design team talking about the budget gets the owner’s trust really early, and we’re excited to now have a way to present the data.”

“BRPH understands design affects costs and costs affect design,” said Stewart Carroll, COO for Beck Technology. “They realize that design cannot be done in a vacuum and DESTINI Profiler will be the platform to help them associate their expertise in design with their project cost history. Their Owner Management services will be greatly enhanced with the use of DESTINI Estimator as BRPH will be able to share project costs throughout the life of their project. This is a major game changer for any design service firm.”