The Beck Group Denver: Costs and Concepts in DESTINI Profiler

Jeff Harrington, Assistant Preconstruction Manager, and Brent Bartels, Architect-Senior Designer with The Beck Group’s Denver office shared how they leverage DESTINI Profiler to benefit the owner, the design team, and the preconstruction team. As project owners request more and more information up front so they can make decisions they are also requiring and expecting accurate estimates early on in the process. The integration between architecture and preconstruction is critical, and is highlighted by The Beck Group’s process. DESTINI Profiler fits perfectly in this early project initiation through the merging of the conceptual and schematic design phases.

For the Denver team, the process aims for continuous alignment for five very specific areas: cost, design, owner requirements, program, schedule. Brent and Jeff use Profiler for all but scheduling. The Pre-construction team specifically finds that Profiler improves efficiency and saves time. There is improved accuracy of estimates and building of the model creates knowledge. Profiler also provides a great visual aid to the project owner – showing the alignment of the architectural and pre-construction teams in front of the owner, and providing models that look fairly close to what the design team is putting together. Then, Profiler takes those models and shows the owner the cost impacts of changes right up front versus waiting for design iterations and then later presenting costs. The teams can work together to put more definition into the scope of work, shifting costs to create value where it is most beneficial.

Jeff and Brent discuss two specific projects, the 15th & Stout Hotel and the Boulder Industry and Arts Center, where they used Profiler to make a 3D model, show estimates, work through all the iterative changes needed, and ultimately win the work. Each project and client are different; however, utilizing Profiler in each instance allows for collaboration and integration, ultimately meeting the design intent, owner requirements, and the budget.

Watch the full webinar HERE for more on The Beck Group’s use of DESTINI Profiler.


Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: Why are my costs showing up in both the Mapped and Unmapped node of the filter tree when I am comparing cost in my BIM360 models?

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When models are created with assemblies, it can be tricky when you are trying to tie cost to that assembly. We have found one of those situations in our BIM360 Comparison Window that our users should be aware of. When you have components (children) making up an assembly (parent), you may see cost showing both the Mapped and Unmapped filter tree of an estimate in the BIM360 comparison window.

This happens because the compare actually works at the assembly level (parent) while the component you selected works at the geometry level (children) in that window. Therefore, if you are associating cost to only one part of the assembly, you might be confused seeing the cost also associated with the other component associated with that assembly when you look at the filter tree.

However, in the estimate window you will only see the line item/s that cost were added to.

Here is a video showing that comparison: BIM360 comparison window cost issue

Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: How do I bulk add line items to the staging area?

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As we continue to improve and upgrade Estimator, we review our enhancements requests list and add some of these to the product. One of the enhancements that we added to this release is the ability to bulk add cost. Estimators now have the option to add entire folders (WBS values) of costs to the staging area allowing for much faster and easier addition of large amounts of related costs to an estimate at one time.

Take a look at this video to see how that can be done for both Line Items and Assemblies.


Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: Can I use a custom formulaic WBS property to calculate a group summary based on a selected meta data field?

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For anyone else trying to accomplish something like this, the attached images provide a good interim solution to solve this particular issue.

Collaboration Is Not a Four-Letter Word

Beck Technology’s CTO, Michael Boren, was honored with the opportunity to speak at this year’s Advancing Building Estimation conference. He discussed the taboo surrounding collaboration in the preconstruction technology industry, and why breaking through that barrier is beneficial for everyone, even software companies. Watch the entire speech below:



Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: Can I edit over-line totals?

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Estimators can now edit over-line totals for any group defined in the Estimate View.  This will automatically back into an escalation for that group of items.  This enhancement further supports Estimators ability to handle sub-contractor bid values and bid leveling.

Check out this video on how that can be done: Overline Editing video


Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: What does Update, Unhook, and Remove mean in the 3D model comparison window?

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Update means the line item stays connected to the component and mapped variables get updated with the new values from the component.

Unhook means the line item stays in the estimate with its current quantity but it is no longer associated with the model component in any way and will not get new values.

Remove means the line item is completely removed from the estimate.

For components that are removed from the model, Update has the same effect as Unhook.



Harper Corporation Chooses DESTINI Estimator as Integrated Estimating Platform

Harper Corporation – General Contractors has chosen DESTINI Estimator as its new enterprise wide preconstruction platform.

Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, Harper Corporation is a 60+ year old full-service construction management firm serving the healthcare, industrial, commercial, institutional, and environmental systems markets throughout the southeastern United States. The need for an integrated estimating system came from the company’s desire to reduce software platforms, streamline processes, and create efficiencies between their general and environmental systems markets.

The multi-year enterprise agreement will provide licenses to all of Harper’s preconstruction teams on projects throughout the southeastern United States.

“DESTINI Estimator will allow us to better respond to customer demands and add additional value to our projects,” said Rob Major, Director of Estimating for Harper Corporation. “The platform will allow us to be more flexible, more forward-thinking, and deliver better products. Beck Technology took the time to make sure Estimator was the right fit for Harper and that thorough process is what will get the implementation effort off the ground and running.”

“Harper Corporation has been ideal to work with as they vetted estimating systems,” said Stewart Carroll, President at Beck Technology. “The team came to the conversation with collaboration in mind and a vision for where they wanted their preconstruction efforts to go. Estimator fits their needs and the alignment between our companies set the stage for a great partnership.”

“Let’s Fix It” Workshop Recap

Trends and challenges are affecting pre-construction departments from coast to coast. Beck Technology’s pre-conference workshop at the 2018 Advancing Building Estimation conference hit on four areas that are affecting pre-construction departments. Over 250 people attended the half-day workshop and participated in conversations with peers on how the industry can begin to solve these problems.

The speakers for the workshop included Matt Hammer of Haselden Construction, Matt Verst of Messer Construction, Jeff Ratcliff of The Beck Group, and Andy Leek of PARIC Corporation.

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Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: How do I set up a default whitelist and share it with other users in my firm?

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The basic idea is that each model will have a specific set of data based on its source (i.e. Navis, Revit, IFC, etc…).

My method is to create a whitelist for each source that I think I may deal with.  I do this by opening the model in BIM 360 proper and opening the properties of the objects in the model.  I make sure I look at a couple different objects (specifically the ones that I plan to use in my QTO) and I see what properties / categories have the information I am interested in and I add them to the whitelist.  It usually takes me about 5 or 10 minutes to create a good whitelist.”

The whitelists are all saved in one single “bulk file” now, a JSON file type, the %appdata% file path.

You can edit any whitelist in Estimator and the changes will be pushed to this file – or you can open this file and work in a notepad environment to accomplish the same. This makes it easy for you, as a super user, to build out the whitelist(s) that work for your people, based on source data type, and push it to their appdata folder.

Sharing this JSON file is as easy as copy/pasting it into their machine. Whether that is manual or via scripting is up to you.