The Beck Group Denver: Costs and Concepts in DESTINI Profiler

Jeff Harrington, Assistant Preconstruction Manager, and Brent Bartels, Architect-Senior Designer with The Beck Group’s Denver office shared how they leverage DESTINI Profiler to benefit the owner, the design team, and the preconstruction team. As project owners request more and more information up front so they can make decisions they are also requiring and expecting accurate estimates early on in the process. The integration between architecture and preconstruction is critical, and is highlighted by The Beck Group’s process. DESTINI Profiler fits perfectly in this early project initiation through the merging of the conceptual and schematic design phases.

For the Denver team, the process aims for continuous alignment for five very specific areas: cost, design, owner requirements, program, schedule. Brent and Jeff use Profiler for all but scheduling. The Pre-construction team specifically finds that Profiler improves efficiency and saves time. There is improved accuracy of estimates and building of the model creates knowledge. Profiler also provides a great visual aid to the project owner – showing the alignment of the architectural and pre-construction teams in front of the owner, and providing models that look fairly close to what the design team is putting together. Then, Profiler takes those models and shows the owner the cost impacts of changes right up front versus waiting for design iterations and then later presenting costs. The teams can work together to put more definition into the scope of work, shifting costs to create value where it is most beneficial.

Jeff and Brent discuss two specific projects, the 15th & Stout Hotel and the Boulder Industry and Arts Center, where they used Profiler to make a 3D model, show estimates, work through all the iterative changes needed, and ultimately win the work. Each project and client are different; however, utilizing Profiler in each instance allows for collaboration and integration, ultimately meeting the design intent, owner requirements, and the budget.

Watch the full webinar HERE for more on The Beck Group’s use of DESTINI Profiler.

 

Customization, Enhancements, and the Wizard in DESTINI Profiler

Messer Construction’s Matt Buddenberg and Tony McDaniel reviewed how their organization utilizes DESTINI Profiler and the Wizard that is available in the software, as well as how they’ve customized it for their specific needs.

Initially becoming Profiler users in 2013, Messer chose to partner with Beck Technology because of a similar mindset: construction-focused and innovative technology that keeps up with the current needs of the industry.  This forged a relationship between Beck Technology and Messer in which collaboration is key.

Messer Construction continues to utilize Profiler because it truly allows for real-time estimating in the preconstruction phase, with on-the-fly changes in front of owners who can see the impact in dollars then and there.  Watch Matt’s demonstration of the Wizard that was developed with Beck Technology for Messer’s healthcare projects – giving them the ability to change systems by answering just a few questions, and have an estimate to present immediately.

When time is money for both the owner and contractor, Messer Construction agrees that it is great to have a tool that enables quicker, more informed decisions – and one that enhances the collaboration amongst the design team and owners.

Watch the full webinar HERE for more on Messer Construction’s utilization of the custom wizard in Profiler.

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)

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.

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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