Implementing DESTINI Profiler & Adapting a New Budgeting Approach

Matt Solomon, Estimator for McCrory Construction, uses DESTINI Profiler as a business development and cost-creation tool, having mastered the product “during nights and weekends” while traditional estimating job duties filled his days. In this webinar, Matt showcases three projects in DESTINI Profiler — from a relatively simple building to a complex multifamily property. In addition to a database comparison, Matt walks through each project, describing the amount of time spent creating each detailed 3D model and estimate, as well as lessons learned along the way.

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Examining 4D and 5D BIM Software Capabilities

This article was written by Richelle Fosu, a PhD candidate in the Computer Graphics Department of Purdue Polytechnic Institute, and published in the December 2015 issue of ‘The Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences‘. The article compares three software products: Synchro Professional, DESTINI Profiler, and Vico Office Suite.

The Journal of the National Institute of Buildings Sciences - December 2015One of the first projects to successfully link primitive shapes to information stored in databases – considered the beginning of building information modeling (BIM) – was the building description system (BDS) designed by Charles Eastman in 1975. Since then, industry providers have developed various versions of BIM tools, and their continual improvement is evident in the BIM technology available today.

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The Business of Culture

This article was written by Ali Bortolin, Relationship Coordinator at Beck Technology, and published in the February 2016 edition of Marketer.

SMP Marketer FEB16 coverIn my position, I deal with people from different cultures. Most often, I work with professionals in Brazil and South Korea—two cultures that may seem opposite, yet share similar business goals.

My responsibilities include developing partnerships with companies in other countries, managing our international partners, finessing our customer relationships, and selling our technology to people overseas.

Navigating Across Cultures

Managing an international presence from the United States can be taxing, but I enjoy dealing with the mix of cultures. Knowing there are people on the other side of the world that have heard about my company and are interested in our technology is intriguing. Where did they hear about us? What kind of value do they perceive our software to offer their firm? Additionally, it is interesting to notice the speed of information in the world we live.

For me, it is fascinating to discover the nuances between cultures and to be able to navigate those differences. It feels like a dance and, when the message comes across in the right way with the right intonation, the business deal is smooth.  I see how different ideas can become easier whenever we have a variety of cultures involved. People from diverse cultures come up with ideas you would not think of without interacting with them. It is a constant exercise to see the world through someone else’s eyes. Read more

How to Estimate the Cost of A Medical Office Building Using Conceptual BIM

This technical paper was written by Chris Wilson, a Senior Cost Manager with Cumming Construction Management, and published in the February/March 2016 edition of Estimating Today.

ASPE coverWhen someone is considering how to create a budget when they have nothing more than a napkin sketch, the easiest thing to do is go look at their historical data and multiply the area of the building times the average cost per square foot of their benchmarks. But later on, when the building actually has a design and they’re able to create a more detailed estimate, they know that it’s very likely that their budget has missed the mark either high or low by +- 20%. And they don’t have any backup to their budget costs to really know what trades are trending higher or lower. This is where they need to start thinking about different tools they can use to be able to provide detail at a conceptual level.

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Paving the Way for Preconstruction

This article was written by Stewart Carroll and published in the February 2016 edition of Construction Business Owner Magazine.

Walk into any contractor’s office in the United States and you can see immediately that it is definitely not your father’s construction business. On a recent trip to see a customer in Florida, the lobby had total stations, laser scanners, 3-D printers, drones and a hodgepodge of other “toys” greeting guests. The days of manually laying out a project or starting a project with 30-year-old drawings is becoming a distant memory. Unquestionably, our tools and processes are changing.

However, the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry is late to the technology table. The way other industries align design and scope with budget and production is by collaborating from the very beginning of the project. Our industry’s contractual models and business models have historically kept the disciplines apart. However, we have recently seen the contractual models requiring more collaboration, more give and take and more insight into the impact of a change on the scope, schedule and budget before the change in question is actually implemented. Projects are complex, and the logistics of collaboration can be overwhelming. However, the advancements in construction technology have led to innovative solutions. As the value of project insight earlier in the process has become more valuable to project owners, and as design and construction firms react, the role of preconstruction has increased. Read more

Upcoming DESTINI Estimator 2016 2.0 Features

Construction estimating handles a lot of 2D data but the trend of receiving 3D models is increasing.  Beck Technology has increased functionality in DESTINI Estimator 2016 2.0 to work with data from 2D drawings as well as 3D models.  This allows for more transparency, more collaboration, and helps retain new talent in the industry that crave integrated technology.

Stewart Carroll, Chief Operation Officer of Beck Technology, showcases the features of the new release in the video below.

DESTINI Suite 2016 1.0 Means More Robust Preconstruction and Estimating Software

Beck Technology, Ltd. announces the release of DESTINI Profiler 2016 1.0, DESTINI Estimator 2016 1.0, and DESTINI Data Manager 2016 1.0. The three releases are part of the DESTINI suite of products and allow users to take commercial construction projects from preconstruction through construction completion while providing cost and estimate information to manage projects more effectively.

This release includes updates for speed improvements as well as innovative estimating features that give estimators the ability to provide robust information earlier in the project decision making.  “Our suite of software is part of the general contractor’s paradigm shift to being part of the building solution,” said Michael Boren, Chief Technology Officer at Beck Technology. “The most recent new features of the DESTINI suite offer our customers more information, better flexibility, and in-demand functionality.  At Beck Technology, we really listen to what the industry needs in an estimating platform and are able to deliver that vision because it aligns with our goal to make the construction industry more efficient and transparent.” Read more

How to Streamline Today’s Estimating Process

This post was published in the January/February edition of DCD Magazine.

The current generation of estimators is not looking for a “bits and pieces” solution for construction estimating. When estimators use many different programs at the same time, they have a greater likelihood of losing vital information during data transfer between applications.

The ideal estimating solution integrates quantity takeoff into the estimate, whether it is 2D or 3D. This provides a visual path that enables information verification, as well as streamlined comparisons between different versions of estimates and takeoffs. Some of the areas that a solution should have are ease in organizing and managing information, generating estimates, comprehending assemblies and data flow, and updating the database.

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DESTINI Estimator Implementation at Sundt

Sundt Construction showcased how they are using DESTINI Estimator on some of their projects. Brian Parker, Estimator II at Sundt, discusses how he sets up construction estimates in the estimating platform and how flexible the estimates can be for the Sundt team. DESTINI Estimator has allowed Sundt to be within 1.04% of their GMP.

The case studies shown in the webinar include new construction as well as remodels. Brian walks viewers from conceptual phases through bid packages.  Sundt has customized DESTINI Estimator so the software generates reports as needed for the company, their subs, and their clients.

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Healthcare Additions & Renovations in DESTINI Profiler

Korte, with four offices across the country and an original founding member of the Design-Build Institute of America organization, shared four healthcare case studies in our recent DESTINI Profiler webinar. Craig Mulliniks, Director of Visual Construction at Korte, discusses how DESTINI Profiler sets the foundation to create a partnering relationship with project owners early in the decision making process.

The visuals from DESTINI Profiler has allowed Korte to give their project owner’s a better understanding of project scope and budget. At times only having one week to three weeks for a project pursuit, Korte is able to give the owner multiple options for their specific project and within their budget. The owner is able to refine the scope with the project team and expectations are agreed to during the conceptual phase.

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