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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Why Do We Need to Change?

Our annual workshop will share who, what, and how leading firms thrive

What is driving changes in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry?  Construction professionals are tasked to do more with less, including mitigating risks and delivering accurate real-time data.

Beck Technology will host a workshop on Monday, May 22 as part of the Advancing Building Estimation 2017 Conference in Houston (formerly named Estimating Technology for Construction). Our half-day event will discuss:

  • Why we need to change,
  • What change looks like,
  • How change is best implemented, and
  • Who is spearheading the effort.

This discussion about preconstruction and construction changes will be led by industry experts, including Ray Miller, VP Preconstruction at Balfour Beatty Construction Services US; Andy Leek, Director of VDC at Paric Corporation; and Brent Pilgrim, DESTINI Application Director at The Beck Group; along with Beck Technology’s COO Stewart Carroll and CTO Michael Boren. Read more

Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: How can I change my WBS Cost Report to print a different color for odd or even lines?

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 can I change my WBS Cost Report to print a different color for odd or even lines?

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

The WBS Cost report can be modified to print different colors for odd or even lines for an entire row or for just selected cells. This can be done by using the Style field in the Property grid of the individual field or that entire row.

1. In Estimator, open the Report Wizard then click Next > Modify an existing custom report > Next > click the ellipsis and select the Cost report from the specified folder > Open > Next >Finish. If the report didn’t open in the Designer then select the Open folder tab from the Report Designer and navigate to the report folder location (C:\ProgramData\DEstimator\CustomReports) and select the report to be modified.

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Question of the Week – DESTINI Profiler: How do I import site information from Google Earth?

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 import site information from Google Earth?

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

 

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A Day in the Life of a Beck Technology Account Executive

Nicholas_HeadshotNicholas Johnson, an Account Executive at Beck Technology, partners with potential DESTINI suite users and assists their teams in structuring implementation.

Last night, I flew from Atlanta to our company headquarters in Dallas. Today, I will accomplish my most important business responsibility: getting to know our clients and potential clients. For me the absolute most important business principle is modeling and living the value of partnership.

The people I do business with will tell you that I often use the term “client-partner” in our meetings and correspondence. It’s an intentional practice to emphasize what I believe our relationship should be. I don’t just want clients; I want to become partners with the firms, estimators, and preconstruction teams that rely on our software.

Partners look out for each other, not just themselves. What is good for me is good for you, what is bad for me is bad for you, what harms you harms me, etc. Clients are simply those who I do business transactions with on a somewhat regular basis. Business transactions are good in and of themselves, but building relationships—partnerships–is fulfilling at a much deeper level. Read more

Question of the Week – DESTINI Profiler: How do I complete a Project Summary to capture project information?

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 complete a Project Summary to capture project information?

This is answered in a “how to” video provided by Brent Pilgrim, Director of Services, that Sandy Damasco, Customer Experience Lead, posted on our Community. Watch the video below.

 

The Power of DESTINI Profiler – Providing Clarity & Confidence

Steve Loneman, director of preconstruction for LeChase Construction, shared how he used DESTINI Profiler to reprogram and save a large municipal project that faced public scrutiny and a potential 30% budget increase (aka project killer) due to a flawed existing plan and cost model. LeChase’s team knew the proposed project, a 162,000 square foot building with a 450-car garage and $44 million budget, would not fit the approved budget or even physically the proposed site.

The team used DESTINI Profiler to create a visual presentation and cost model of the building, which quickly showed the building as designed would extend into the street and would cost some $57 million as designed. As a further step, the team conducted benchmarking to evaluate average square foot costs for similar municipal projects, some $357 per square foot. The effort validated that the original $266 per square foot budget was unrealistic; however, the city’s capital budget could not sustain the increase. Using Profiler, the LeChase team was able to reprogram the building to make sense and manipulate the model and budget to bring the project in at a more-reasonable $47.3 million.

We invite you to watch the recorded webinar here.

DESTINI Estimator 2017.1.0 Elevates Preconstruction Technology

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Crowd-sourced input from Beck Technology’s Industry Advisory Group creates an estimating platform with today’s demands in mind while focusing on the future

A new version of intelligent estimating software DESTINI Estimator 2017.1.0 has been released. The platform includes more than 20 innovative features – developed with input from leading top general contractors – that make construction estimating faster, easier, and more intelligent than ever. The version is being released simultaneously with an upgraded version of our cost information software, Data Manager 2017.1.0, which integrates with and supports Estimator as well as other Beck Technology software.

To determine exactly which new 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 new software features were a direct response to input from our Industry Advisory Group, which is comprised of select general contractors from the ENR Top 400 General Contractors in the United States. This group’s feedback, combined with client input, provided valuable guidance that helped us narrow down which improved features would best contribute to Estimator 2017.1.0’s intelligent estimating experience for users.

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Question of the Week – DESTINI Profiler: How can I draw a site without using Google Earth?

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 can I draw a site WITHOUT using Google Earth?

This is answered in a “how to” video provided by Sandy Damasco, Customer Experience Lead, posted on our Community as well as below.