Tech Titans 2017 Corporate CTO Michael Boren

Winning the 2017 Tech Titans Corporate CTO Award is a great honor and our Chief Technology Officer Michael Boren received this accolade in August. We recently sat down with Michael to talk about winning the award.

What does winning the Tech Titans Corporate CTO Award mean?

Validation of our team’s efforts and work. It is a nice recognition that what we have worked on as a team is innovative and that our work is not typical and something that others look to. Internally, it is a good nod to the team. Keep doing what we are doing. Beck Technology is on the right track.

Externally, the award validates the company more. Especially for what I was nominated for: Industry Advisory Board, leadership, teams. If I’m on the outside looking in this seems like the type of company I want to do business with because they’ve got a good team, they are listening to their clients, and their processes are being reviewed by a team of peers (other tech companies).

For our clients, it means they made the right choice. One of the reasons Beck Technology won the award was because of our efforts in crowd-sourcing good ideas. The Industry Advisory Board helps us solve problems and make a difference in the construction industry. We didn’t just win it internally but our clients won this award, too.

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Industry Feedback Molds DESTINI Estimator 2017.3.0 to be Solution for Construction Estimating Frustrations

Beck Technology crowd-sourced feedback and direction from construction estimators to enhance and create features in the estimating platform which provides construction firms a realistic estimating tool

Beck Technology, leading preconstruction and estimating software firm for the commercial construction industry, has released a new version of its intelligent estimating software: DESTINI Estimator 2017.3.0. The platform includes more than 20 new innovative features – developed with input from leading top general contractors – that make construction estimating faster, easier, and more intelligent.

To determine exactly which features would deliver the most value to construction estimators, Beck Technology used a crowd-sourcing approach to target its development efforts, seeking input from current Estimator users as well as a select group of industry experts. The software enhancements were a direct response to guidance from Beck Technology’s Industry Advisory Board, which is comprised of select general contractors from the ENR Top 400 General Contractors in the United States. This group’s feedback provided valuable direction on 85 percent of the features introduced in Estimator 2017.3.0.

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Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: How do I use a SUMIFS Statement?

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 a SUMIFS Statement?

This answer is provided by Casey Wilt, implementation specialist, and posted on our community as well as below.

First, a definition:

SUMIFS functions will sum up the selected cells if all criteria in the equation, whether ONE or MULTIPLE, are met.
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Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: How do I use a “References” tab to avoid broken formulas in the dashboard?

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 a “References” tab to avoid broken formulas in the dashboard?

This answer is provided by Casey Wilt, implementation specialist, and posted on our community as well as below.

Most Excel formulas are hard coded to a specific cell or range of cells. Examples….

=B1
=SUM(A1:A10)

These simple formulas are acceptable when you are working in a static data environment. However, the DESTINI Estimator dashboard is a dynamic environment, and we are live-linking to ever-changing data on a separate sheet.
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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.

Flying High

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

As many parents have learned in the last couple of years, the fastest way to a tween’s heart is to give him the freedom of flight, packaged in a cardboard box from Amazon. Cheap, mass-produced drones are always a welcome kid gift, but the higher-tech versions of this burgeoning technology are much more than just a “hot toy.” Advanced drones have given countless industries – from gaming to moviemaking to real estate – a fresh perspective on the world. And for the construction industry, the possibilities are as limitless as a clear blue sky.

Construction firms are using drones to capture aerial footage of existing building conditions, and to accurately document the contours of undeveloped land. They’re feeding three-dimensional data maps into software to form a basis for 3-D construction models, quickly catching errors and translating construction drawings into constructed buildings. They’re sending robotic cameras into dangerous areas, instead of human beings.

These construction pioneers are making known the previously unknown by using drones for mapping and modeling, documentation and inspections, and engaging clients.

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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.

Transparent, Hands-On Implementation Planning and Support for a Seamless Software Rollout

An award-winning ENR top 400 contractor and top 100 Design-Builder, The Korte Company helped pioneer the design-build construction method and was an early adopter of BIM estimating technology. Since 2015, Korte has used DESTINI Profiler’s 5D modeling and estimating capabilities to conceptualize and estimate projects in the early preconstruction phase. In 2017, Korte decided to take the next step toward streamlined, collaborative estimating by implementing DESTINI Estimator as its nationwide estimating platform.

“As a truly integrated design-build firm, we need to take advantage of the 3D modeling that our design department generates. With DESTINI Estimator, I think we will see increased utilization of the information that we have today in our design department, as well as a more efficient takeoff and estimate setup method,” says Korte Chief Operating Officer Jason Mantle. “One of our business requirements was to gain a support system that would listen, change, and grow with us, providing the product that will make us the most efficient we can be as technologies and systems change.”

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How Beck Technology’s CTO is Powering Software Into a Reluctant Industry

This article ran in the August 15, 2017 edition of the Dallas Business Journal and is authored by Shawn Shinneman, DBJ staff writer.

Michael Boren, Tech Titans FinalistWhen it comes to adopting the latest technologies, construction companies haven’t exactly been ahead of the curve.

But persistence has paid off for Dallas-based Beck Technology, a spin-off of the long-running construction and architecture company The Beck Group. Current Chief Technology Officer Michael Boren has seen the company through its various stages – from a secret Beck division built to give the company a competitive advantage to its own company, with a suite of construction software products and boasting 100-percent growth over the last three years. Beck Technology started selling products commercially in 2006.

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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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