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.

Question of the Week – DESTINI Profiler: How do I set up a New Project using Wizard?

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 New Project using Wizard?

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

Guest Post: National Benchmarking Study and DESTINI Profiler Model Brings Clarity

Guest post authored by Steve Loneman, Director of Preconstruction at LeChase Construction

ProfilerLeChase Construction recently completed preconstruction services for a municipal building in Durham, North Carolina that faced budgetary challenges.  To support definition of these issues, LeChase utilized DESTINI Profiler.  The project consisted of a 125,000 square-foot building and an 180,000 square-foot parking garage on a 5 acre urban site.

The project had been in planning for a number of years, was the largest building project the municipality had performed to date, it was controversial within the community, and it represented a very large percentage of the municipality’s capital expenditure budget. Read more

Question of the Week – DESTINI Profiler: How can I navigate around a model using common camera controls?

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 navigate around a model using common camera controls?

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

Question of the Week – DESTINI Profiler: How can I obtain quantities from the model?

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 obtain quantities from the model?

Brent Pilgrim (Director of Services), Casey Wilt (Implementation Specialist), and Mo Black (Technical Solutions Analyst) tag team on this question on our Community.  To see the full conversation, click on the question above to view in the Community.

Brent provides a video showing how to obtain quantities, Casey follows it up with screenshots, and Mo lists out the steps on how to achieve this exercise.

Working Backward From a Budget With Target Value Design

This article was written by Julie Huval, Director of Marketing and Communications at Beck Technology, and published in the January-February 2017 issue of Construction Executive Magazine.

It’s rare to encounter a project in which the budget doesn’t weigh heavily on design decisions. But when construction firms help owners get the absolute most out of every dollar of their investment, they can not only win the work, but also earn a client for life.

Rather than letting design drive the budget, which often results in the need to “value engineer” later in the process, target value design is an approach in which the budget drives design decisions, occurring very early in preconstruction. The concept allows the entire preconstruction team to begin with a validated, estimated cost in mind and then work backward from that amount to maximize the owner’s budget. Read more

Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: What is the recommended method for utilizing databases with DESTINI 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.

What is the recommended method for utilizing databases with DESTINI Estimator?

Becky Shires, Sr. Implementation Specialist, answers this question on our Community. She discusses four database strategies: National, Regional, Individual, and a Hybrid.

Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: How does the Set Escalation feature work?

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 does the Set Escalation feature work?

Mo Black, Technical Solutions Analyst, answers this question on our Community. He walks users through the feature using an example coupled with screenshots of the feature.