Self-Perform Contractors Benefit from DESTINI Estimator 2017.2.0 with Enhanced Functionality

Integrated self-perform scope of work estimating eliminates the need for construction firms to buy and maintain separate software to estimate work performed directly, rather than by subcontractors

Beck Technology, leading preconstruction software and service firm for the commercial construction industry, has released a new version of its intelligent estimating software: DESTINI® Estimator 2017.2.0. In addition to several new features and upgrades for general estimating, this release includes integrated self-performing functionality for estimating of “self-perform” work not performed by subcontractors.

The self-perform functionality is a boon to construction firms of all sizes that may perform certain aspects of construction work on their own – such as concrete or drywall – rather than hiring a subcontractor. The new functionality allows estimators to use the same tool for all estimating, no matter who is performing the work, and includes full production rates and rate tables in the integrated platform for takeoff and estimating. This speeds up the estimating process and eliminates the need for a second estimating software product to handle self-perform estimating, providing even greater return on investment of DESTINI Estimator.

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Question of the Week – DESTINI Profiler: How do I model a parking structure? (Part 1 of 4)

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.

Question of the Week – DESTINI Profiler: How do I model a parking structure? (Part 1 of 4)

This is answered in a “how to” video provided by Brent Pilgrim, DESTINI applications manager of The Beck Group, and posted on our Community. The video is below.

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Why You Should Standardize to One “Best-In-Class” Estimating Platform

This article was written by Ray Miller, Vice President of Preconstruction at Balfour Beatty US, and published in the July-August 2017 issue of Design Cost Data Magazine.

As part of an international infrastructure group providing general contracting, at-risk construction management, and design-build services, our team at Balfour Beatty US has a significant amount of internal estimating brainpower. We recently identified the estimating technology that we believe will best leverage our collective brainpower across the country to all our offices, and help facilitate our continued growth.

Having expanded our presence in the United States through organic growth and strategic acquisitions over the course of the last decade, our estimating teams traditionally used legacy estimating systems already in place in our various markets. Last year, when my own team in Georgia was piloting an estimating platform, the folks in California were conducting their own estimating software evaluation, while teams in other geographies continued using their own legacy software and workflows they had been using for several years. Everyone was using their own systems and methods to achieve their estimating goals.

Then, in one meeting, we collectively recognized an opportunity to significantly improve the way we approached estimating on an enterprise-wide scale that could enable our team to work even faster and smarter than ever before.

The Turning Point
In 2016, we brought together our preconstruction leaders to collaborate on how we could work better together and support our company’s long-term growth strategy. It was the first time since I joined the company in 2014 that all our leaders were together, and it didn’t take long to realize that we had an enormous wealth of estimating expertise and data on which we could capitalize.

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2017 Q2 Recap & Updates

The second quarter of 2017 has all but flown by as our team and clients continue to pursue innovation in the A/E/C industry. Below is our quick quarterly update with the latest on the preconstruction and estimating technology front.

What’s Driving Change & Why Care

A Recap on the Need for Change in the A/E/C Industry

The Advancing Building Estimation 2017 conference took place on May 22-24 in Houston, TX. Beck Technology hosted a half-day pre-conference workshop, “Why Do We Need Change?,” where attendees listened as speakers shared their companies’ change story as well as engaged in dialogue focused on the future of the A/E/C industry. We were pleased to hear the insights of client speakers including:

Ray Miller, Vice President of Preconstruction Services, Balfour Beatty Construction Services US

Andy Leek, Director of Virtual Design and Construction, PARIC Corporation

Brent Pilgrim, DESTINI Applications Director, The Beck Group

For those of you unable to join us in person, the following video recording  of the main speeches and Q&A with the audience is below. Or, you may read a written summary here.

 

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A Day in the Life of a Software Engineer III

It’s Tuesday here at Beck Technology, and my week is off to a good start. As a software engineer for Beck Technology, Software Engineer III to be exact, I’m involved in all aspects of software development – everything from design to testing to maintenance.

The first thing on my to-do list most mornings is to check in with Yvonne, a very bright intern at Beck Technology, to see how her morning is going and if she has any problems she needs help with. After this, I move on to my own work.

Today’s Priority: New user stories

One of the most fulfilling aspects of my job at Beck Technology is always feeling like I’m a step ahead in the industry. DESTINI Estimator 2017 2.0 hasn’t been released yet and I’m already working on the next update. Today, I’m going over the details for the new user stories assigned to me for the DESTINI Estimator 2017 3.0 release. A new user story is a high-level breakdown of a new feature that will be developed, including an explanation of how the feature will integrate into the existing product.

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Why Do We Need Change in Preconstruction and Estimating?

Beck Technology facilitated a workshop entitled, “Why Do We Need Change?,” focused on understanding the changing landscape and demands for preconstruction and estimating in the A/E/C industry. The event was held in conjunction with the Advancing Building Estimation 2017 conference.

This video features the three main speakers who shared insights on introducing a common estimating platform in their organizations. Each speaker addressed the:
– Impetus for change
– Overall goals and requirements
– Implementation steps
– Lessons learned

The speakers hailed from Balfour Beatty Construction Services US, The Beck Group, and PARIC Corporation. Beyond the speaker presentations, the three experts fielded attendee Q&As, also included in this video recap.

Question of the Week – DESTINI Profiler: How do I model a building roof overhang?

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 model a building roof overhang?

This is answered in a “how to” video with accompanying text provided by Brent Pilgrim, DESTINI applications manager of The Beck Group, and posted on our Community. The video is below.

 

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Innovating Conceptual Estimates using DESTINI Estimator

Matt Sabatino, principal of Sabatino Construction Group, shared how he first came in contact with DESTINI Estimator while at BRPH and the creative way he utilizes the software in his current role.

After learning of DESTINI Estimator through research and webinars he attended, Matt discovered it was equipped with the capabilities to allow him to estimate in an innovative, efficient way. After a two-day, one-on-one training at Beck Technology, Matt returned to Florida comfortable with his ability to use the software and sold BRPH on Estimator before eventually using it at his own construction company.

Matt noted the challenges of creating a conceptual estimate using traditional means where estimators often work from a hand sketch and have to make many assumptions with little visual information. Additionally, clients usually want a quick turnaround on estimates, which proves difficult when working without visuals and with many different programs that must each be updated as the project progresses.

Matt found a unique way to use DESTINI Estimator to eliminate many of the issues with traditional conceptual estimating. By applying conceptual variables to line items and linking line items to takeoff elements, the various factors of the estimate are interconnected. When project variables are updated, the prices and line items in the estimate will also update. Matt has made his initial estimating process three times faster by employing these techniques in Estimator.

We invite you to learn more about Matt’s experience with DESTINI Estimator by watching the recorded webinar here.

Question of the Week – DESTINI Profiler: How do I create & assign material types to site elements?

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 create & assign material types to site elements?

This is answered in a “how to” video with accompanying text provided by Brent Pilgrim, DESTINI applications manager of The Beck Group, and posted on our Community. The video is below.

 

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Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: How do I search for a specific item in the estimate view?

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 search for a specific item in the estimate view?

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

To search your estimate view for a particular cost item, we use the Search Panel. It can be accessed in two different ways.

 

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