Game Changer

This article was written by Stewart Carroll, COO of Beck Technology, and published April 2017 on Construction Today.

In an industry built on blueprints, clipboards and spreadsheets, the move to databases and 3-D modeling systems has been nothing short of a revolution. Change may have been slow in coming, but make no mistake – it’s here. And as more construction technology moves to the cloud, the biggest changes of all are on their way.

Astonishing advances have been made in every step from preconstruction estimating to 5-D modeling, and layered on top of it all is the cloud, which houses software and data on the Internet rather than your desktop. This centralization of data will be a game changer for today’s construction businesses, and how they adapt to it will be a deciding factor in their future ability to win work.

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Question of the Week – DESTINI Profiler: How do I add a screenwall to a building, so that material quantities will properly aggregate?

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 add a screenwall to a building, so that material quantities will properly aggregate?

This is answered in a “how to” video and accompanying text provided by Brent Pilgrim, Director of Services, posted on our Community as well as below.

 

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Question of the Week – DESTINI Profiler: How do I delete and recreate a new database transaction log file using Management Studio?

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 delete and recreate a new database transaction log file using Management Studio?

This answer is provided by Mourace Black, Technical Solutions Analyst, posted on our Community as well as below.

When a database log file gets too large, it will impact the performance of the database and may affect backing-up/restoring or copying that databse in DataManager. When issues like this happens we can recreate a new log file by deleting  the old one creating a new one.

Before that is done the database should be backed up and saved.

Follow the steps below to recreate a new log file:

1. Select the database that have the large log file, right click > Task > Detatch

 

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2017 Q1 Recap & Updates

The Beck Technology team, as well as our clients, launched into 2017 with so much vigor and drive that the first quarter flew by at what felt, a record pace. Please find below our quick quarterly update with relevant news on the preconstruction technology front.

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Beck Technology Joins Forces with Advancing Building Estimation 2017 to Present a Pre-Conference Workshop on Driving Change

Registration is open for the Advancing Building Estimation 2017 conference (formerly Estimation Technology for Construction) scheduled for May 22-24 in Houston at the Westin Houston, Memorial City.

Beck Technology is hosting a half-day pre-conference workshop “Why Do We Need Change?” that will explore the factors driving changes in the A/E/C industry. Our team and client speakers will discuss topics from mitigating risks to the expectation of accurate real-time data in a dialogue focused on why we need to change, what it looks like, and who is spearheading the effort.

We are pleased to share the podium and conduct tabletop discussion groups with client speakers including:

  • Ray Miller, Vice President of Preconstruction Services, Balfour Beatty Construction Services US
  • Andy Leek, Director of VDC, Paric Corporation
  • Brent Pilgrim, DESTINI Applications Director, The Beck Group

The workshop will run from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Monday, May 22. Information on the workshop and full conference may be found on the conference website. Early bird registration ends Friday, April 21.

As a reminder, this workshop format replaces our Beck Technology Roundtable this year to enable clients to bundle greater learning and networking as part of a larger conference.

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Question of the Week – DESTINI Profiler: How do I center an opening in the face of an exterior wall and utilize the reference command?

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 center an opening in the face of an exterior wall and utilize the reference command?

This is answered in a “how to” video with accompanying text provided by Brent Pilgrim, Director of Services, posted on our Community as well as below.

 

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A Day in the Life of a Quality Assurance (QA) Manager

Stephanie Greene, a Quality Assurance Manager at Beck Technology, spends her days ensuring DESTINI products perform at the highest standard of preconstruction software.

What does a quality assurance (QA) manager do? If I answer sarcastically, I would say that I spend my days assuring the quality of Beck Technology products. The actual answer is that to ensure our products are operating as they should, I spend my days exterminating software bugs and testing new product features, working with a variety of departments and an international team daily. Read more

Implementing DESTINI Estimator in a Traditional Timberline Shop

Brent Pilgrim, DESTINI Applications Director at The Beck Group, shared the story of his company’s decision to switch to DESTINI Estimator after more than 10 years with Timberline as their primary estimating software.

The practical reasoning behind this decision included increased continuity with DESTINI Profiler, which The Beck Group is currently using, ease of use, and financial savings. Brent also identified the less apparent, yet very compelling motive: Estimator is forward-thinking in its use of modeling estimation, making it the ideal tool for an innovative firm like The Beck Group.

Brent and his team are currently working through a detailed implementation plan to get DESTINI Estimator off the ground at all locations within six months. The process includes training preconstruction teams at each regional office on functionality, followed by ongoing support and database development simultaneous with the integration of Estimator. Estimators will access the database in real-time on a secure network and even directly recommend changes to the master database.

For Brent, a successful implementation should come from both the top-down and the bottom-up and is a focus he has included throughout the assessment, planning, and ultimately, implementation process.

We invite you to watch the recorded webinar here.

Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: How do I navigate the new DESTINI Data Manager?

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 navigate the new DESTINI DataManager?

This is answered in a “how to” video provided by Mourace Black, Technical Solutions Analyst, posted on our Community as well as below.

 

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Guest Post: Which “Tech Toys” Will Affect Your Bottom Line

This article was written by Brian Gallagher, Director of Marketing at O’Neal, Inc., and published in the March-April 2017 issue of Design Cost Data Magazine.

 

New tech advances are poised to affect jobsite practices – and project costs – in ways that seemed like science fiction just a few years ago. The biggest change is the way that individual technologies are now synergistically working together and giving rise to emergent processes; the biggest challenge is to choose the technologies that are right for you and your company. The tech processes go beyond stand-alone solutions, which have typically been acquired and used by individual contractors, and are creating systems that will require high level buy-in and strategic implementation.

Investing in tech for tech’s sake and hoping for a return on investment doesn’t usually lead to optimum outcomes. Large-scale construction projects that have made the most extensive, and integrated, use of technology have shown verifiable improvements in total costs and completion time, as well as in quality and safety.

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Question of the Week – DESTINI Profiler: How do I use the Tabular and Property View for simple quantity 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 do I use the Tabular and Property View for simple quantity takeoff?

This is answered in a “how to” video provided by Brent Pilgrim, Director of Services, posted on our Community as well as below.

 

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