How to Use Technology to Stay Competitive in Preconstruction

Taimoor Khan has worked in preconstruction for nearly 20 years working his way up from estimator to Director and now Vice President of preconstruction and is also an adjunct professor at the University of Houston. He is a master user and champion of DESTINI Estimator estimating software and has introduced multiple companies to the DESTINI suite of preconstruction tools 

In 2015, Beck Technology provided Taimoor with a free license to the first version of DESTINI Estimator to test and provide feedback as the software was developed. Our partnership with him was essential in creating the best construction estimating software.  

Throughout his career, Taimoor has always been technologically minded. He says that every 2 to 3 months, we see something new in the industry, and general contractors, as well as technology creators, must keep innovating.  

The world of construction and preconstruction is incredibly fast-paced, and estimators have to provide a lot of information quickly. To keep up, preconstruction teams must be as efficient as possible. Using multiple outdated tools creates time deficiencies and data silos that hold the team back from handing over high-quality deliverables.  

To stay competitive in preconstruction, Taimoor says you must implement new technology to improve the efficiency of your preconstruction process, which in turn improves the quality of your estimates and the project as a whole.  

For example, when using Excel for estimating, the information is totally disorganized. You aren’t able to use it for future benchmarking. Data is the key to benchmarking and utilizing cost history to improve the overall quality of your estimates. Taimoor says when you are using multiple tools, your information is all spread out. You want a seamless process so the whole project data lifecycle stays within the same database so you can pull it out easily.  

Taimoor has calculated the difference between using other tools and then using DESTINI Estimator and says that before implementing DESTINI Estimator, his team took 2 to 3 weeks to produce an estimate. After implementing DESTINI Estimator, they have cut down their time to create an estimate to 1 to 1-1/2 weeks. In certain cases, he’s been able to cut his estimating time by 50%. This has enabled Taimoor’s preconstruction team to double the number of estimates they can create.  

The DESTINI suite of preconstruction software provides seamless communication and visualization tools so project teams and owners can solve problems proactively before they arise.  

When your team can produce an accurate, defendable estimate on time and within budget, and still have time to pursue new projects, your company will soon gain the reputation of providing an experience that owners will want to give you repeat work.  

In the following webinar, we discussed the importance of implementing new technology and the benefits of the DESTINI suite of products with Taimoor.  

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