The Beck Technology Community: Everything You Want to Know

This webinar, led by Mo Black, Technical Support Analyst at Beck Technology, focuses on the Beck Technology Support Community and getting users acclimated to all the resources that the community has to offer.  However, the Beck Technology Community is also useful for those companies that might be looking at the DESTINI suite of products for potential use in their firm.  There are FAQs, how-to videos, and tips and tricks for Beck Technology’s products.

Monitored by the Beck Technology staff, the community is a place to get proactive support.  It is a participation community, where staff and other users work together to assist each other in the day-to-day use of DESTINI Profiler and Estimator.

You are encouraged to join the community! In so doing, you will be notified when there are updates, new features in DESTINI applications, and new uploaded video content.  It’s a great way to learn more about the products, as well as helping other users.  Beck Technology also encourages users to post their ideas for product enhancements which are reviewed by staff and developers for possible inclusion in a future release.

How do you access our community?  Go to our website:  http://www.beck-technology.com/support_/ and use the link there.  Or, head right over to the community:  https://community.beck-technology.com/becktech to ask questions and get registered!

Watch the full webinar HERE for more about navigating the community.

Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: What does the Preferences icon do?

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 does the Preferences icon do?

The preferences icon allows a user to customize their experience working in DESTINI Estimator. You can access the Preferences menu on the Home tab by clicking the preferences icon (gear symbol) indicated below.
GENERAL
The Automatic save interval changes how often the system will up the backup (.bak) version of your estimate. The user is still required to save their work on a regular basis, but a backup is created every X moves. If an error occurs in the main estimate, the backup can be opened up and you’ll only be X moves behind where you were at the time of the crash. Read more

Peer Introduction Leads Haselden Construction to Select DESTINI Estimator for Preconstruction Solution

Haselden Construction

Haselden Construction, headquartered in Centennial, Colorado, has selected DESTINI Estimator as its enterprise estimating software.

Founded in 1973, Haselden consistently ranks in the ENR 400 list of top national contractors, and in 2017 ranked #6 in ENR’s top Colorado/Wyoming contractors list. The general contractor was named to The Denver Post’s Top 100 Workplaces in both 2017 and 2016. Haselden was looking for a solution to make their estimating process more efficient, as well as handle the influx of 3D models they receive for incorporation with the models they produce in-house in their Virtual Design & Construction Department. .

The multi-year enterprise agreement will serve all of Haselden Construction’s offices, located across Colorado and Wyoming.

“Entering into this multi-year agreement and partnership with Beck Technology allows our preconstruction teams to more effectively support the pursuit and execution of our work,” said Byron Haselden, Chief Executive Officer and President of Haselden Construction. Read more

Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: How Can I Print My 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 can I print my takeoff?

I’ll start with the low-tech approach, and work up to some other Estimator-specific routes:

(Side Note: How to turn on Legend for 2D —> Click Here)

Screenshot:
You can always use your Snipping tool (Windows application) or another third-party tool like SnagIt, and simply screenshot your view.

 

Takeoff:
A Takeoff Report is installed on any new user’s machine during the initial install of DESTINI Estimator. This will allow you to run a report that essentially the same as your Takeoff Summary.

Print 2D via Reports Menu
You can also export a screen grab of your takeoff using the Reports tab inside the Takeoff View.


 

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

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 edit over-line totals in DESTINI Estimator?

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

 

 

Come Together

This article was written by Michael Boren, CTO of Beck Technology, and published February 2018 on Construction Today.

Problem solving is one of my favorite activities. Recently, I’ve gotten into creating custom cabinetry as a weekend hobby. Sketching designs, calculating the amount of material needed, and making sure all the tools are nearby is a regular occurrence around my house. However, I’m a hobbyist at this art form. Often, I ask other people on how to best approach a specific nook or cranny detail.

When I first started out, my projects were pretty basic but as I learned from others and shared ideas about designs and tactics, my weekend hobby has turned out some great work. I’ve come to realize when people are really passionate about something they are willing to help others regardless of whose name is on the final product. Why do we collaborate on hobbies but not in our professions? Competition is fierce within the AEC industry, so it’s easy to make the people who work for your competitor into the bad guys. Maybe you think their approach isn’t as good as yours, or they’d steal your clients or trade secrets in a heartbeat. But if we spend our entire careers keeping ideas bottled up and kept for ourselves then who are we benefiting? We would both be missing out on a chance to make our industry better for each of us, both of our companies, and the communities we serve. Read more

Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: How do I copy takeoff palettes in 2D QTO?

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 copy takeoff palettes in 2D QTO?

As part of our continued effort to improve functionality and features in Estimator, we have now added the ability to copy palette items. This will significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to create, customize, and maintain 2D takeoff palettes.

Here is a quick video demonstrating how that can easily be done. Copy Palette video

 

DESTINI Estimator Fully Integrates with BIM 360! Sneak Peek of Latest Developments

This webinar, led by Michael Boren, Chief Technology Officer at Beck Technology, is a walkthrough of the latest functionality that has been developed for DESTINI Estimator. The R&D team at Beck Technology are constantly improving the performance of the application.

Michael begins by stressing the importance of our Industry Advisory Board (IAB), and how closely we work with these companies. The IAB ensures that we continue to focus on the needs of the industry and the best functionality possible. Regardless of owning a license of the DESTINI software, the individuals who make up the IAB are from the country’s most well-respected general contractors/construction management firms.

Though there are many changes and updates to the product, a few areas of improvement in the application are security and mitigating risk, bulk adding costs, and editing overline totals. In the area of 2D QTOs, our focus in 2017, and ongoing into 2018 will be the “do it on the fly” infinite flexibility of the product.

Most exciting, perhaps, is our integration with Autodesk’s BIM 360. Josh Cheney, Industry Manager – Construction Technology of Autodesk said: “Beck Technology is a long-term partner of Autodesk and bringing that together with listening to their customers – there’s a culmination of that effort here in DESTINI Estimator. It is a full-blown solution… a must-have for anyone in Precon and Estimating… a tight-knit integration – a direct connection to our large model viewer. You are operating in the continuation of a common data environment.”

Watch the full webinar HERE for more about these exciting features, and the plan for 2018.

Implementing Estimating Software? Don’t Do These Five Things

This article was written by Brian Marks, Senior Estimator of The Korte Company, and published in the January/February 2018 edition of DCD Magazine.

Last year, The Korte Company undertook a major software implementation: We upgraded to a new estimating platform across all of our nationwide offices. The transition was kicked off in April 2017, and by November, all 20 of our estimators across the country were trained and ready to use our new software, DESTINI Estimator by Beck Technology, on every project. During the eight months of hands-on work in between, we learned just how much a solid implementation plan matters.

We knew before we started that a nationwide software transition would require extraordinary effort, and it did. We even mapped out ahead of time a list of top things to avoid as we built our implementation approach. At the end of a seamless roll out, it was clear that we apparently had done a lot of things right. To help you learn from our experience, I’ll share how we carefully avoided five major pitfalls along the way.

1. Don’t start implementing new software without a plan, ideally a phased plan
There’s no sense in investing in technology if you’re not 100 percent committed to maximizing every penny of your investment, and it’s important to be realistic about exactly what is needed to achieve that. At Korte, we locked down every step of our phased implementation approach before we even bought the software. We decided to move forward only when we were confident that we would be able to follow through on the next phase of our plan. Note here as well that I say “phased implementation” as our approach; we were very methodical on how, when, who was involved, and at what stage. Read more

Question of the Week – DESTINI Profiler and DESTINI Estimator: Why do my variables have weird Units of Measure during takeoff when I open a Profiler Assembly inside Estimator?

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.

Why do my variables have weird Units of Measure during takeoff when I open a Profiler Assembly inside Estimator?

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

Profiler and Estimator use variables in totally distinct ways.  In formulas intended for use in Profiler, you have access to both Parametric and User-Defined Variables. When you add an assembly in Profiler, there is no “takeoff” window, and the Parametric variables quantities used in the formulas are automatically populated and you can then tweak your UDVs in the “Contributing variables” tab. (Area, Perimeter, etc. – already known and accepted in Profiler).

Estimator, however, has no concept of the parametric variables that Profiler uses. Therefore, if you use a Parametric (Area, Perimeter, etc), it is seen as a pseudo-UDV and assumes the UoM of the line item it is used to quantify. For this reason, I make sure that any variable I use in an Estimator formula is first created in the Variables tab in Data Manager.

In sum, Estimator assemblies and formulas should all use UDVs, and Profiler assemblies and formulas can use both Parametric and UDVs. Still, a Profiler assembly can be opened in Estimator and used just fine, the takeoff window is just slightly “messy”.