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?

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.

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”.

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.”

Question of the Week – DESTINI Profiler: How do I set up a mixed-use project with proper vertical circulation element interaction?

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 do I set up a mixed-use project with proper vertical circulation element interaction?

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

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Question of the Week – DESTINI Profiler: How do I extend slab areas of a massing out beyond its cladding?

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 do I extend slab areas of a massing out beyond its cladding?

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

Question of the Week – DESTINI Profiler: How do I manipulate imported topography, sites, and building massings?

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 do I manipulate imported topography, sites, and building massings?

Brent Pilgrim, DESTINI applications manager of The Beck Group, and Casey Wilt, implementation specialist with Beck Technology, explain how to manipulate model components within a Site Boundary instead of the imported topography.

 

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Pre-setting Variable Values for Each Building Type (Yes, it’s possible)

Heather Kossila, BIM Manager for Kraus-Anderson, discussed her method for creating new projects in DESTINI Profiler pre-populated with variables based on building type.

Users access a batch file created with different building types for the user to choose from. After a selection is entered, Profiler automatically opens. The user then selects a few further preferences and Profiler opens a blank model for a new project. The variables specified for that particular building type will already be in place.

As Kraus-Anderson prepares to implement Profiler within its preconstruction team, Kossila’s method decreases training time needed and, from the beginning, situates projects closer to the final estimate.

We invite you to learn more about this method, including cautions and walk-through examples, in the full webinar here.

Question of the Week – DESTINI Profiler: How do I model a parking structure? (Part 2 of 4)

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BIM 5D Modeling: How do I model a parking structure? (Part 2 of 4)

This is answered in a “how to” video provided by Brent Pilgrim, DESTINI applications manager of The Beck Group, and posted on our Community. The video is below.

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Question of the Week – DESTINI Profiler: How do I model a parking structure? (Part 1 of 4)

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 do I model a parking structure? (Part 1 of 4)

This is answered in a “how to” video provided by Brent Pilgrim, DESTINI applications manager of The Beck Group, and posted on our Community. The video is below.

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2017 Q2 Recap & Updates

The second quarter of 2017 has all but flown by as our team and clients continue to pursue innovation in the A/E/C industry and our “Best-in-Class” construction cost estimating software, DESTINI Estimator as well as the DESTINI Profiler platform. Below is our quick quarterly update with the latest on the preconstruction and estimating technology front.

Best-in-Class Construction Cost Estimating Software, DESTINI Quarterly Review & Update

What’s Driving Change & Why Care

A Recap on the Need for Change in the A/E/C Industry

The Advancing Building Estimation 2017 conference took place on May 22-24 in Houston, TX. Beck Technology hosted a half-day pre-conference workshop, “Why Do We Need Change?,” where attendees listened as speakers shared their companies’ change story as well as engaged in dialogue focused on the future of the A/E/C industry. We were pleased to hear the insights of client speakers including:

Ray Miller, Vice President of Preconstruction Services, Balfour Beatty Construction Services US

Andy Leek, Director of Virtual Design and Construction, PARIC Corporation

Brent Pilgrim, DESTINI Applications Director, The Beck Group

For those of you unable to join us in person, the following video recording  of the main speeches and Q&A with the audience is below. Or, you may read a written summary here.

 

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Question of the Week – DESTINI Profiler: How do I model a building roof overhang?

Building roof overhang modeling using DESTIN Profiler

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 do I model a building roof overhang?

This is answered in a “how to” video with accompanying text provided by Brent Pilgrim, DESTINI applications manager of The Beck Group, and posted on our Community. The video is below.

 

Modeling a building roof overhang using DESTINI Profiler

Use this link for more information on DESTINI Profiler or to request a demo. DESTINI Profiler is an industry acclaimed building information modeling technology that helps facilitate more informed decision making, target value design, integrated project delivery, and lean methodology.