Advancing Building Estimation Workshop Summary: Why Do We Need Change?

Change is a constant in the construction industry. The ability to recognize changes, and pinpoint solutions to adapt to them, allows forward-thinking companies to stand out from their competitors. Talking about the subject of change, without taking action, doesn’t help construction companies or the industry actually advance.

During the opening workshop of the “Advancing Building Estimation” conference in Houston on May 22, Beck Technology posed the question, “Why do we need change?” A panel of speakers who have real-world case studies of tough, actionable change shared their stories, and small group discussions provided attendees valuable peer-to-peer time to discuss this important topic.

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Question of the Week – DESTINI Profiler: How do I add cost to site features?

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 add cost to site features?

This is answered in a “how to” video with accompanying text provided by Brent Pilgrim, Director of Services, posted on our Community. The video is below.

 

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Question of the Week – DESTINI Profiler: How do I create a site retaining wall, dumpster enclosures, utility lines, etc?

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 site retaining wall, dumpster enclosures, utility lines, etc?

This is answered in a “how to” video with accompanying text provided by Brent Pilgrim, Director of Services, posted on our Community. The video is below.

 

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The Beck Group Selects DESTINI Estimator to Further Integrated Architecture-Construction Project Delivery Effort

National construction and architecture firm The Beck Group has selected DESTINI Estimator software to provide a comprehensive estimating platform for its estimators and team members through a three-year enterprise licensing agreement.

Beck Technology initially grew out of an internal, client-focused technology initiative at the design-build firm The Beck Group. Despite the historical connection between the two companies, The Beck Group conducted a comprehensive, year-long software exploration process to evaluate all options and identify the right software product for its estimating needs as well as focus on integrated project delivery. After thoroughly assessing multiple estimating platforms, The Beck Group chose the product that would best complement its existing preconstruction software, DESTINI Profiler, and give the company a powerful avenue to develop a comprehensive historical cost database.

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PARIC Corporation’s Approach to Selecting DESTINI Estimator

PARIC Corporation’s Director of VDC, Andy Leek, discussed the company’s decision to replace their legacy estimating software with DESTINI Estimator and the process behind the change.

One of the top 70 privately-held companies in St. Louis, with no fear of technology, PARIC knew it was time to adopt estimating software that would keep up with their biggest projects and integrate well into their current system. More than finding an option with greater capabilities, PARIC went in search of a platform that would evolve with the industry and a partner to help roll out the software and maintain ongoing support.

Throughout the decision process, PARIC made certain the best interest of their preconstruction teams was a top priority. After extensive research, key representatives met with the developers of each option and scored them based on the company’s wants and needs for their new software. In a roundtable vote, DESTINI Estimator was chosen almost unanimously as the best fit for PARIC.

Key steps of implementation included an initial face-to-face meeting between key members of Beck Technology and PARIC, an item-by-item transfer of PARIC’s current database to “clean house” while integrating, and piloting projects through a six-person team. Beck has worked alongside PARIC throughout the entire process, offering support and guidance. Currently, PARIC is preparing to train all employees on functionality in order to adopt DESTINI Estimator companywide.

We invite you to watch the recorded webinar here.

A Day in the Life of a Customer Success Advocate

Sandy DamascoSandy Damasco,  Beck Technology’s customer success advocate, focuses on guiding and helping clients achieve maximum value and optimal utilization of their DESTINI Suite product investment. 

Engagement, engagement, engagement. That’s all I think about the moment I step off the DART train at St. Paul Station in downtown Dallas.  My daily mind-set is to establish meaningful engagements with our clients, perpetuate our “client-partner” culture, and add credence to our new customer success advocacy.  At Beck Technology, we believe that our clients are more than accounts, they are our partners. And together, we can revolutionize the architecture, engineering, and construction (A/E/C) industry. As a customer success advocate, I’m our clients’ internal spokesperson and am immediately available to them to support their efforts and needs. This role fits the engineer in me, who is constantly seeking to promote innovation and create efficient processes that lead to consistent results.
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The Korte Company Selects DESTINI Estimator from Beck Technology for Enterprisewide Estimating

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

The Korte Company is an industry leader and advocate of design-build project delivery, a project environment proven to require a more collaborative toolset when working with both the owner and the design team. As The Korte Company moved to this model, workflow challenges emerged that the firm’s legacy estimating technology was unable to address. Workflow bottlenecks occurred when moving from the conceptual phase to a more detailed phase of estimating, and Korte’s estimating team was under pressure to respond more quickly to design changes from owners. Although The Korte Company had been using its existing system for the past decade, the firm recognized the value in moving to a more collaborative toolset that will allow the company to enhance its growth.

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Game Changer

This article was written by Stewart Carroll, COO of Beck Technology, and published April 2017 on Construction Today.

In an industry built on blueprints, clipboards and spreadsheets, the move to databases and 3-D modeling systems has been nothing short of a revolution. Change may have been slow in coming, but make no mistake – it’s here. And as more construction technology moves to the cloud, the biggest changes of all are on their way.

Astonishing advances have been made in every step from preconstruction estimating to 5-D modeling, and layered on top of it all is the cloud, which houses software and data on the Internet rather than your desktop. This centralization of data will be a game changer for today’s construction businesses, and how they adapt to it will be a deciding factor in their future ability to win work.

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Question of the Week – DESTINI Profiler: How do I add a screenwall to a building, so that material quantities will properly aggregate?

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 add a screenwall to a building, so that material quantities will properly aggregate?

This is answered in a “how to” video and accompanying text provided by Brent Pilgrim, Director of Services, posted on our Community as well as below.

 

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Question of the Week – DESTINI Profiler: How do I delete and recreate a new database transaction log file using Management Studio?

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 delete and recreate a new database transaction log file using Management Studio?

This answer is provided by Mourace Black, Technical Solutions Analyst, posted on our Community as well as below.

When a database log file gets too large, it will impact the performance of the database and may affect backing-up/restoring or copying that databse in DataManager. When issues like this happens we can recreate a new log file by deleting  the old one creating a new one.

Before that is done the database should be backed up and saved.

Follow the steps below to recreate a new log file:

1. Select the database that have the large log file, right click > Task > Detatch

 

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