Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: How can I sum up the total cost of a cost category in my dashboard?

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 sum up the total cost of a cost category in my dashboard?

Jon Bowser, Product Manager, answers this question on our Community.  He walks through which functions to use (SUMPRODUCT) as well as giving detailed instructions on how to customize the function.

Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: How can I configure my estimate to see the aggregate cost sum for different 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 can I configure my estimate to see the aggregate cost sum for different WBS properties?

Mo Black, Technical Solutions Analyst, answers this question on our Community.  He lists out the the steps to see the aggregate cost sum in DESTINI Estimator.  Mo also includes screenshots to help walk through the process.

Part 2 of 2: Sneak Peek of DESTINI Estimator 2017 1.0 Release

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DESTINI Estimator 2017 1.0 is so rich with added functionality that we couldn’t cover all 20+ features in our first preview webinar. We asked Beck Technology’s Chief Technical Officer Michael Boren to hold a second demo to walk through a few more of the product’s features.

In this second preview webinar and in this second blog post, Michael explained the platform’s completely redesigned, enhanced 2D takeoff functionality, including context-driven 2D takeoff functions that make it faster and easier to create and edit takeoff items.

With this new version launching soon, users can now:

  • Set estimate data during the takeoff of line items and assemblies. All database and estimate specific WBS properties can be predefined and adjusted during takeoff.
  • Use user-defined estimate metrics – such as gross building area or cladding area – for quantification of line items in the estimate. Modification of these high-level metrics will result in changes to the estimate. This live connection between the project metrics and the estimate provides simple model-level parametric estimating.
  • Quickly sketch, zoom in and out, and move around the 2D model instantly, in real time, with no lags.
  • Select one or more objects in the 2D model, and easily move, copy, rotate, or mirror them horizontally or vertically.
  • Use a smaller takeoff palette that lets users easily view and organize takeoff items. Users can set up an unlimited number of properties – such as building type or component type – and sort the palette items into those folders, making it easier to find the items they need.
  • Create and tie a custom formula to any property, so that its value changes as other data within the estimate change. For example, for “carpet tile,” users can create a formula that instantly calculates the waste factor, number of cases, and cost required to cover the areas of the 2D model where carpet tile is sketched.
  • Apply formulas to cost properties, such as a zip code multiplier that accounts for geographic cost variations.
  • Use advanced, intuitive copy and paste functionality that not only copies a line item, but all of its associated WBS properties.
  • Create custom fees for specific items and criteria. Read more

Question of the Week – DESTINI Profiler: How can I change room height, create mass from rooms, and model rooms outside of mass?

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How can I change room height, create mass from rooms, and model rooms outside of mass?

Jon Bowser, Product Manager, answers this question on our Community.  To see the full conversation, click on the question above to view in the Community.

A Demising and Plenum room will always fit within the floor to floor height of the slab they are placed on — the only time these room types will use the value defined in Project Properties is if the there is no slab to constrain the height of the room (i.e. the room is modeled on the top most slab) or the room exists outside of a building system. However, you can use a Shaft Room to create any kind of room or space that needs to exist on a specific slab and extend beyond the slab’s floor to floor height.

Part 1 of 2: Sneak Peek of DESTINI Estimator 2017 1.0 Release

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To see Part 2 of 2 click here.

The powerful, flexible new DESTINI Estimator 2017 1.0 is coming, with more than 20 fresh features that make construction estimating faster, easier, and more intelligent than ever.

Focused on improvements in core estimating functionality, the new features and streamlined user interface are based on feedback from Beck Technology’s Industry Advisory Board and our clients, whose practical ideas guided our development team at every step.

In this two-part blog series, we’ll detail the features and benefits as covered during our two preview webinars, led by Beck Technology’s Chief Technology Officer Michael Boren.

During the part one preview webinar for the new version, Michael walked through the following key features, including:

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Taking DESTINI Estimator Companywide, One Power User at a Time

Brian ParkerWhen Sundt Construction’s director of preconstruction services, Don Goodrich, recognized that the firm’s estimating software platform was becoming outdated, he knew it was time to act. He wanted a system that tied in with DESTINI Profiler, so he reached out to Beck Technology.

Having already used Beck Technology’s DESTINI Profiler 3D modeling and estimating software to impress clients and win work, Lead Estimator Brian Parker understood how Profiler and DESTINI Estimator could work together to take the company’s estimating capabilities to the next level. Brian was selected to be the company’s DESTINI Estimator implementer. As a DESTINI “power user,” Parker is now training others within Sundt to make the most of the DESTINI suite of products.

Parker recently took the time to share Sundt’s unique power user strategy for rolling out DESTINI Estimator as its intelligent, enterprise-wide estimating standard.

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Question of the Week – DESTINI Estimator: How are others dealing with alternates?

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How are others dealing with alternates?

Doug Maiden, Manager of Professional Services, answers this question on our Community.

Beck Technology recommends using two WBS Properties named: Alternate Name and Alternate Status. Doug walks through the process of using them.

PARIC Selects DESTINI Estimator & Profiler Suite for Enterprise Agreement

PARIC Corporation has entered an enterprise licensing agreement to implement DESTINI Estimator and DESTINI Profiler.

“We started this process by discussing the challenges we are facing as an organization and the overall direction we wanted to go. Once we gained a better understanding of both solutions Beck Technology was presenting us with today and the direction they are heading in the future, it became clear that these are the best solutions for today and for the future of our business,” said Andy Leek, virtual design and construction director at PARIC Corporation.

Two key reasons PARIC chose to implement these intelligent solutions are the ability to integrate the tools with existing technologies and the efficiencies they will experience in their preconstruction processes by using the software.

According to Tyler Barron, account executive with Beck Technology, “When comparing our solutions to the way PARIC approaches budgeting and estimating, it became clear they will benefit in multiple ways. More specifically, the expedited quantity take-off via the integrated 2D and 3D tools as well as the ability to compare budgets and estimates for design variations will significantly impact PARIC’s ability to understand, evaluate, and communicate with their clients.”

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How do you value client service when evaluating software?

Nicholas Johnson posted the following article on LinkedIn.

My team is on a winning streak. We’ve recently announced a bunch of enterprise wide software agreements with some great companies. Now the technical team is busy helping our new partners get ramped up with new tools and new methods. I’m not part of the technical team but I try to attend as many of the implementation and training engagements as possible because I learn so much more about my client’s needs.  Today in one such meeting I ran into new partner who gave me some very valuable insight.

Manny TeodoroManny Teodoro is a leader in the preconstruction group at Balfour Beatty Construction (BBC), based in their Charlotte office.  Manny and I met back in the spring of this year when we were beginning our business conversations about BBC moving away from many disparate systems for estimating into our DESTINI Estimator solution. For six months BBC has explored our solution and Manny was a big part of that. He has completed projects and in doing so had a great deal of interaction with our team. As soon as we greeted each other Manny congratulated me on our mutual victory, the decision to move forward as partners. And he gave me his answer to the question, “How do you value client service when evaluating software?”

“You guys were awesome to work with. Every step of the way your team was top notch.”

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Question of the Week – DESTINI Profiler: How can I shape a curved roof?

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How can I shape a curved roof?

Casey Wilt, Implementation Specialist, answers this question on our Community.  He walks through the steps to create a curved roof including screenshots from DESTINI Profiler.