The Beck Technology Community: Everything You Want to Know

This webinar, led by Mo Black, Technical Support Analyst at Beck Technology, focuses on the Beck Technology Support Community and getting users acclimated to all the resources that the community has to offer.  However, the Beck Technology Community is also useful for those companies that might be looking at the DESTINI suite of products for potential use in their firm.  There are FAQs, how-to videos, and tips and tricks for Beck Technology’s products.

Monitored by the Beck Technology staff, the community is a place to get proactive support.  It is a participation community, where staff and other users work together to assist each other in the day-to-day use of DESTINI Profiler and Estimator.

You are encouraged to join the community! In so doing, you will be notified when there are updates, new features in DESTINI applications, and new uploaded video content.  It’s a great way to learn more about the products, as well as helping other users.  Beck Technology also encourages users to post their ideas for product enhancements which are reviewed by staff and developers for possible inclusion in a future release.

How do you access our community?  Go to our website:  http://www.beck-technology.com/support_/ and use the link there.  Or, head right over to the community:  https://community.beck-technology.com/becktech to ask questions and get registered!

Watch the full webinar HERE for more about navigating the community.

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.

Korte is Changing Construction Estimating

Today’s webinar was led by Brian Marks, Senior Estimator with The Korte Company. He gave us an in-depth review of his company’s decision to change their current estimating software (MC2). This included: the factors that led to the decision; the process that Brian underwent in reviewing multiple software solutions; the length of time that The Korte Company devoted to the process of selection; and ultimately what top priorities the estimating team at his company wanted in their solution. Once DESTINI Estimator was selected, Brian gives a detailed and concise walk through of Beck Technology’s implementation plan. He discusses where they are at in the process today as well as their future strategy to enhance the usage of their DESTINI Estimator and DESTINI Profiler software, working them together as a means to show their clients how their costs have changed from schematic design through construction.

Watch the full webinar here to learn more about The Korte Company’s evaluation and implementation of DESTINI Estimator.

Implementing Estimator in a Timberline Shop: The Beck Group Update

Brent Pilgrim, DESTINI Applications Director for The Beck Group, gives us an update on where his firm is in the implementation and training process for DESTINI Estimator. In his previous webinar presented in April 2017 – which was about three months into their transition – Brent went over the initial strategy they chose to take. In this update webinar, we learn what worked well, what roadblocks they hit, and where they are now.

Brent reviews their initial plan of attack for training, deployment, database development, and communication. He then shares with us in each of these categories what actually occurred vs the plan. This is valuable information for others who may be considering a change from Timberline or MC2. Brent’s approach shows how important it is to work with an implementation plan, but to also be able to shift and change as needed along the way to ensure everyone has a full working knowledge of the product.

Each team member brings a different set of skills and experiences to the table. Pilgrim was joined by four of his colleagues from several of The Beck Group’s regional offices that underwent the training and implementation process. These preconstruction professionals all had various expertise in Timberline, MC2, and OST. They candidly share with us their expectations for DESTINI Estimator including their thoughts on the length of training time, the difficulty learning a new software, roadblocks that were hit, and also their greatest success to date in using the platform.

Watch the full webinar here to learn more about how The Beck Group is successfully implementing this change and training their staff as they transition to DESTINI Estimator.

ROI of Estimator for Balfour Beatty Construction

Ray Miller, VP of Preconstruction for Balfour Beatty Construction, discusses in detail how his firm recognized the need for a common estimating platform and their process for selection and implementation of an estimating enterprise solution across their multiple regional locations.

With corporate buy-in and support, Miller and his team of preconstruction leadership from all offices were able to map out their existing struggles and inefficiencies in using many different take off tools and software platforms.  They were able to come to an understanding from the ground up of the varying needs of each office — their specific clients and markets, and how they could efficiently access cost data, capture cost history, build a company-wide database, and utilize a reporting tool that allowed for brand consistency across the country.

Balfour Beatty selected DESTINI Estimator in late 2016 and in under a year has gone through Phase I of Implementation, with database building, tracking work flow, and the reporting requirements of each of their offices. During the summer of 2017, Phase II was rolled out to 90% of their regional offices – with subject matter experts being trained to assist in the deployment in each local office.  The relationship that Beck Technology has established with Balfour Beatty allows for communication of their specific needs, as well as future enhancements they would like to see in the software for releases in the coming year.

Ray Miller also discusses the challenges that were faced – with one of the biggest being change in general – and their Lessons Learned, and Return on Investment. To hear the process that Balfour Beatty Construction went through and how they plan on moving forward in the future, we invite you to view the full webinar here.

Pricing Your QTO with DESTINI Estimator 2017 3.0

Quantity takeoff improvements are in DESTINI Estimator 2017.3.0! Michael Boren, CTO of Beck Technology, walked through some of the advancements built into the upcoming software release.

Through industry feedback and working closely with Beck Technology’s Industry Advisory Group, Estimator 2017.3.0 is the solution for the construction industry’s estimating frustrations. In the software, it will be easier to modify assemblies and streamline estimates which reduces file sizes and provides estimating teams with ideal reporting. Additionally, the ability to see project components that have been mapped in quantity takeoff versus the items that have yet to be mapped is made easier to pinpoint visually. This allows the user to see what has been added to the project estimate but not associated with quantities.

The development of 2017.3.0 includes several user friendly and intuitive updates thanks to the input from the Industry Advisory Group. Some of those features include quantity takeoff from 2D and 3D can be deconstructed allowing easier workflows, estimates can be filtered from quantity takeoff items, better WBS property descriptions in assembly takeoff, as well as rate and resource tables allow for editing based on effort needed or quantity required.

We invite you to view the full webinar here.

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.

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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Why Do We Need Change in Preconstruction Planning and Estimating?

Preconstruction Planning WorkshopBeck Technology facilitated a workshop entitled, “Why Do We Need Change?,” focused on understanding the changing landscape and demands for preconstruction planning and estimating in the A/E/C industry. The event was held in conjunction with the Advancing Building Estimation 2017 conference.

This video features the three main speakers who shared insights on introducing a common estimating platform in their organizations. Each speaker addressed the:
– Impetus for change
– Overall goals and requirements
– Implementation steps
– Lessons learned Read more

Innovating Conceptual Estimates using DESTINI Estimator

Conceptual Estimates using DESTINI EstimatorMatt Sabatino, principal of Sabatino Construction Group, shared how he first came in contact with DESTINI Estimator while at BRPH and the creative way he utilizes the software for conceptual estimates in his current role.

After learning of DESTINI Estimator through research and webinars he attended, Matt discovered it was equipped with the capabilities to allow him to estimate in an innovative, efficient way. After a two-day, one-on-one training at Beck Technology, Matt returned to Florida comfortable with his ability to use the software and sold BRPH on Estimator before eventually using it at his own construction company.

Matt noted the challenges of creating a conceptual estimate using traditional means where estimators often work from a hand sketch and have to make many assumptions with little visual information. Additionally, clients usually want a quick turnaround on estimates, which proves difficult when working without visuals and with many different programs that must each be updated as the project progresses. Read more