Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: Can I create a collection which will allow me to quantify sidewalks while using the parking?

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Can I create a collection which will allow me to quantify sidewalks while using the parking?

This question was posed recently to Support, so we decided to share the answer for all of our Profiler users.

Collections can be used for Parking Area, but name the collections “Sidewalk” , or whatever is appropriate to locate the collection for mapping (Building Type) and review (Tabular View).

The most important part is the following, divided into two secionts:

1. Create an Evaluation Formula for the Collection and test it against 2 conditions:

IF(((ActualSpaces = 0) & ( ComponentName = “Sidewalk”)) , TRUE , FALSE)

2. Once the collection(s) are setup and mapped in a Building Type users will need to change the Name of the Parking Area from Parking Area to the ComponentName specified in the Evaluation Formula (e.g. Sidewalk)

 

 

 

Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: How do I change the font size, color, or location in a custom report?

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How do I change the font size, color, or location in a Custom Report?

 

Here is a link to a video that introduces users to editing the following report file: 4 level – WBS – drop-down.repx

Note: you will use the Report Designer application to modify fonts.

Changing banded cost report via Report Designer – changing fonts size and location

 

Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: How do I add or remove lines/borders from a custom report?

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How do I add or remove lines/borders from a custom report?

Here is a link to a video that introduces users to editing the following report file: 4 level – WBS – drop-down.repx

Note: you will use the Report Designer application to modify lines / borders.

Changing banded cost report via Report Designer – remove or add lines_borders

 

 

Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: Can I tie existing line items in my estimate template to the takeoff for a new project?

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Can I tie existing line items in my estimate template to the takeoff for a new project?

In the estimate view, we have a command at the top of the view called Map to Takeoff. This command enables a user to tie a line item that already exists in the Estimate View to a takeoff item in the Takeoff View. (works for both 2D and 3D models, this example will focus on 2D)

First, select the takeoff component in the Takeoff View. I will use the Takeoff Summary to capture all of the landscape areas on the page:

This will bring up the same takeoff window you would see in the traditional 2D takeoff workflow:

This results in the original line item now having the proper quantity, and the link has been established.

NOTE: Line items can only be mapped one-by-one. If the template is populated by assemblies, you can dramatically reduce the amount of time required to link the existing items to takeoff (one assembly might handle 5-50 items, for example). a smart workflow for a SOG assembly, for example, would be to answer as many of the questions as possible, but leave the Area / Thickness / Perimeter type variables with a value of 1. The 2D takeoff link would give you the real answers there.

 

 

Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: What are some tips and tricks for takeoff summary?

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What are some tips and tricks for takeoff summary?

The 2017 3.0 release of DESTINI Estimator included some awesome new functionality centered on the Takeoff Summary. This post is to offer some best practices and cool user tips that I’ve learned on my own, and from watching our users do their work in the program.

As an intro, for new users, the Takeoff Summary is our table that shows the sums for each 2D takeoff component that is visible on the active page of the PDF. Just as the components in the PDF Viewer can be filtered using the Filter Tree, the Takeoff Summary reacts to the selected nodes in the Filter Tree. So, to be more precise, by default, the Takeoff Summary sums up the takeoff items that are 1) visible according to Filter Tree and 2) on the active PDF. There is a small button in the upper left of the Summary that tells the Summary to ignore filter and page rules and sum up ALL components on ALL pages. That functionality will provide a useful review tool later in this post.

Takeoff Palette Note – I typically will set up a takeoff palette so that each palette item has a couple of Sort Codes created in the User Properties fields so I’m not stuck looking at a long list of alphabetized-but-unorganized items.

BEFORE

AFTER

Having a structured palette sets us up for success in capitalizing on the strengths of the Takeoff Summary.
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Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: What does the Preferences icon do?

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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

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

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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

 

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”.