Implementing Estimator in a Timberline Shop: The Beck Group Update

Brent Pilgrim, DESTINI Applications Director for The Beck Group, gives us an update on where his firm is in the implementation and training process for DESTINI Estimator. In his previous webinar presented in April 2017 – which was about three months into their transition – Brent went over the initial strategy they chose to take. In this update webinar, we learn what worked well, what roadblocks they hit, and where they are now.

Brent reviews their initial plan of attack for training, deployment, database development, and communication. He then shares with us in each of these categories what actually occurred vs the plan. This is valuable information for others who may be considering a change from Timberline or MC2. Brent’s approach shows how important it is to work with an implementation plan, but to also be able to shift and change as needed along the way to ensure everyone has a full working knowledge of the product.

Each team member brings a different set of skills and experiences to the table. Pilgrim was joined by four of his colleagues from several of The Beck Group’s regional offices that underwent the training and implementation process. These preconstruction professionals all had various expertise in Timberline, MC2, and OST. They candidly share with us their expectations for DESTINI Estimator including their thoughts on the length of training time, the difficulty learning a new software, roadblocks that were hit, and also their greatest success to date in using the platform.

Watch the full webinar here to learn more about how The Beck Group is successfully implementing this change and training their staff as they transition to DESTINI Estimator.

Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: How do I create a WBS breakdown that compares 2 or more estimates?

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 a WBS breakdown that compares 2 or more estimates?

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

In a recent post I showed you how to use a SUMIFS to create a WBS breakdown by a particular WBS category.
https://community.beck-technology.com/becktech/topics/advanced-dashboard-logic-how-to-use-a-sumifs-s…

At the end of that post, I showed how to add additional criteria to break the costs down even further by the System Name. We will essentially be copying and modifying that logic string to point to a new logic source.

The first step to creating a comparison dashboard is to add a comparison estimate into the Comparison View. Once you have done that, navigate to the Dashboard view, and Save As… the blank dashboard. The reason we save the dashboard out right away is this gives us all the data that exists in the estimate, but we can open it in Excel to take advantage of the full tool-set available in that program.

When you open the dashboard, you’ll notice a few new $$ ______ $$ sheets. Specifically, the addition of a comparison estimate led to the creation of the following tabs:
$$Meta Data Comparison$$
$$Direct Cost Comparison$$
$$Indirect Cost Comparison$$
$$WBS Comparison$$
$$Group Level Comparison$$
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Layton Construction Company Selects DESTINI Estimator to Power Enterprisewide Estimating at Fast-Growing Firm

estimating softwareThe national design-build firm Layton Construction Company has selected DESTINI Estimator software to provide intelligent estimating technology for its estimators and team members through a six-year enterprise licensing agreement.

Based in Salt Lake City, Layton Construction first met the Beck Technology team at the Advancing Building Estimation conference in 2016, kicking off a year-and-a-half long software evaluation process. The pre-contract phase of the relationship included two rounds of Beck Technology Exploration, which allowed Layton Construction to “test drive” the software within its existing workflow, provide feedback for future product enhancements, and confirm that DESTINI Estimator was the best fit for the firm’s estimating needs.

“Layton Construction selected DESTINI Estimator as our new estimating platform because we believe Beck Technology has a great vision for future development of the product and they are willing to listen to and respond to our needs,” said Jacob Keith, Director of Preconstruction at Layton Construction. “We look forward to a great relationship in the years ahead, and we anticipate that DESTINI Estimator will help us become more efficient and more effective in providing preconstruction services.”

“DESTINI Estimator will give the estimating department additional bandwidth to look at more projects,” said Jeff Metcalf, Director of Information Systems at Layton Construction. “Compared to our old system this will save us hours per week to do estimating jobs and improve the accuracy as well. This platform is going to significantly streamline our efforts.”

The six-year enterprise agreement will see DESTINI Estimator deployed across Layton Construction’s eight nationwide offices.

“Layton Construction is a large, fast-growing general contractor that has rapidly built a strong national presence and an excellent reputation,” says Stewart Carroll, Chief Operating Officer for Beck Technology. “DESTINI Estimator’s advanced features will give the firm’s estimators a simple yet powerful tool for estimating all sizes of projects across the enterprise, plus unprecedented access to historical cost data to make estimating faster and easier over time. We’re committed to making sure that Layton gets the most out of its software investment by providing hands-on support through implementation and beyond.”

Developed with crowd-sourced input from estimators, features of the DESTINI Estimator platform include:

  • Full-featured, easy-to-use estimating functionality
  • Integrated 2D and 3D takeoff
  • Highly customizable, dashboard-based reporting
  • Estimate comparison views and Microsoft Excel imports

Layton Construction is a nationally ranked commercial contractor with proven experience in virtually every industry, including healthcare, retail, hospitality, manufacturing, distribution, education, office, industrial, detention, tenant improvement, and public facilities. Founded in 1953, the firm has offices in Arizona, Florida, California, Utah, Idaho, Hawaii, and Tennessee.

Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: How do I create estimate specific WBS properties?

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 estimate specific WBS properties?

This is answered in a “how to” video provided by Sr. Implementation Specialist Josh Walker and posted in our community as well as below.

Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: How do I use the bond table?

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 bond table?

This is answered in a “how to” video provided by Sr. Implementation Specialist Josh Walker and posted in our community as well as below.

 

 

Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: What is the best practice for creating WBS properties in 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.

What is the best practice for creating WBS properties in Data Manager?

This answer is provided by Customer Experience Lead Sandy Damasco and posted in our community as well as below.

Data Manager provides the flexibility of associating WBS Properties to line items, assemblies, and collections (DESTINI Profiler). DESTINI Suite products are reliant on this flexibility for sorting and filtering an estimate report in various ways.

It is equally important to have the capability of adding and applying company specified WBS properties that are developed to improve the clarity of operational activities within bid packages.

Here’s a link to the best practice method for adding, modifying or manipulating WBS properties in Data Manager. 

ROI of Estimator for Balfour Beatty Construction

Ray Miller, VP of Preconstruction for Balfour Beatty Construction, discusses in detail how his firm recognized the need for a common estimating platform and their process for selection and implementation of an estimating enterprise solution across their multiple regional locations.

With corporate buy-in and support, Miller and his team of preconstruction leadership from all offices were able to map out their existing struggles and inefficiencies in using many different take off tools and software platforms.  They were able to come to an understanding from the ground up of the varying needs of each office — their specific clients and markets, and how they could efficiently access cost data, capture cost history, build a company-wide database, and utilize a reporting tool that allowed for brand consistency across the country.

Balfour Beatty selected DESTINI Estimator in late 2016 and in under a year has gone through Phase I of Implementation, with database building, tracking work flow, and the reporting requirements of each of their offices. During the summer of 2017, Phase II was rolled out to 90% of their regional offices – with subject matter experts being trained to assist in the deployment in each local office.  The relationship that Beck Technology has established with Balfour Beatty allows for communication of their specific needs, as well as future enhancements they would like to see in the software for releases in the coming year.

Ray Miller also discusses the challenges that were faced – with one of the biggest being change in general – and their Lessons Learned, and Return on Investment. To hear the process that Balfour Beatty Construction went through and how they plan on moving forward in the future, we invite you to view the full webinar here.

Question of the Week – DESTINI Profiler: How do I set up a mixed-use project with proper vertical circulation element interaction?

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 set up a mixed-use project with proper vertical circulation element interaction?

This is answered in a “how to” video series provided by Doug Maiden, manager of professional services, and posted on our community and YouTube channel.

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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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