Estimating Life with McHugh

You’ll definitely want to hit the play button on this month’s webinar. Doug Maiden, Manager of Professional Services for Beck Technology, sat down to talk with Dave Bartolai, Vice President of Preconstruction at McHugh. Dave shared his team’s experiences in transitioning from a primarily Excel-based estimating system to a database-driven system, some of the challenges they encountered during that implementation, and how they were able to collaborate with Beck Technology to overcome those challenges. Dave also gave some tips for successfully implementing a new estimating system, as well as where he sees technology taking preconstruction in the future.

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Estimating Life with Sundt

This month’s webinar is definitely one you won’t want to miss, so if you couldn’t attend, click the link below to watch the full interview. Stephen Stoltz, Manager of Implementation Services for Beck Technology, took a few minutes to sit down with Melissa Love, Senior Estimator for Sundt Construction, to talk about some of the ways using DESTINI Estimator has impacted them as a company. Melissa gave some background behind the collaborative relationship between Sundt and Beck Technology, as well as where they see Estimator taking their company in the future.

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Estimating Life with PARIC

You definitely don’t want to miss this month’s webinar, so if you couldn’t attend, click the link below to watch the full interview. Mike Boren, CTO of Beck Technology, sat down with Andy Leek, VP of Technology & Innovation at PARIC, to talk about some of the highlights of the session they taught at Autodesk University. Specifically, they dive deep into 3D quantity takeoff, and why technological developments in this area are so crucial to the future of the construction industry. As an established thought leader on emerging  construction technology both at PARIC and in the A/E/C industry in general, Andy also shared his company’s approach to innovating with new software, and some of the successes and challenges they have encountered along the way.

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Estimating Life with The Beck Group

This month’s webinar kicked off with a great conversation between Stewart Carroll, President of Beck Technology, and Brent Pilgrim who previously worked for Beck Technology before transitioning into his role as DESTINI Applications Director for The Beck Group. Brent talked about how new technology is something contractors should try to embrace and invest in as much as possible, but always with a good plan in place. Brent explained that onboarding DESTINI Estimator to The Beck Group was such a success because they had a solid implementation plan and kept teams accountable by holding weekly meetings for those using or training in Estimator.

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Estimating Life with Balfour Beatty

Missed this week’s webinar? Catch up at the link below! Doug Maiden, Manager of Professional Services at Beck Technology, sat down with Balfour Beatty’s Senior Estimator, Landon McQuestion, to talk about his role in teaching the other offices at his company about the ins and outs of DESTINI Estimator. Landon shares how he would walk through Estimator tutorials by utilizing conference software as well as in-person visits. He also talks about the challenges of balancing his full-time job as a senior estimator with the responsibilities of onboarding other offices onto Estimator.

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Sneak Peek of Latest Developments: Estimator 2018 2.0

The R&D team at Beck Technology is constantly improving the performance of DESTINI Estimator, and the latest version about to be released is no exception. Michael Boren, Chief Technology Officer at Beck Technology, gives a sneak peek of the most recent developments for Estimator 2018.2.0 in this webinar.

Michael kicks off the webinar by noting that there are so many features and updates to Estimator 2018.2.0 it is impossible to cover them all in the short amount of time given. Additionally, he focuses on the fact that some of the more critical features were pushed out early in order to better understand what clients wanted to see the most in this update. Developing features with the customer’s feedback at the forefront has always been at the center of Beck Technology’s software creation.

Though there are a multitude of changes and updates to Estimator, some of the key areas highlighted include modifying line items, moving costs from one estimate to another, and simplified logic in assembly takeoff.

Watch the full webinar HERE for more about these exciting new features!

Estimating Life with Guido Construction

If you missed this week’s webinar, you’ll definitely want to check out this recording. Stewart Carroll, president of Beck Technology, takes a moment to talk with Ted Zimmerhanzel, Director of Preconstruction for Guido Construction Company. They discuss everything from the unique challenges Guido has encountered on certain projects to finding good regional subcontractors in this 20-minute interview.

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Haselden’s Approach to Successful Implementation

Haselden Construction is a family-owned regional General Contractor out of Denver, Colorado that has been in business for 45 years. Matt Hammer, Chief Estimator, led his team in transitioning from their legacy product (MC2) to DESTINI Estimator, and shares the challenges and the process that he and the Haselden team used to make the change. Developing a matrix system they called “Choosing By Advantages”, Matt and his team were able to narrow down their selection process and determine the best fit for them by ranking features and benefits of each software solution. Once Haselden decided to move forward with DESTINI Estimator, the next step was implementation. Matt stresses the value of the cultural alignment between your company and your chosen software vendor.  With a long-term and close working relationship that will take you from implementation through support and updates, it is important that your teams align.

How did Haselden ensure a successful implementation? They created an internal job description and sought out people to be the implementation leads. As most new software will not operate like a legacy system, there’s a learning curve to get through.  It is important that at the end of the implementation, there’s a firm foundation to what’s been set up within the software that fits the needs of the whole team. One key piece of advice Matt gives is having open and honest discussions and getting feedback from all involved – the user group, the field team, management, IT, accounting.  Do not work in a vacuum. Anyone who may be impacted by the change should be involved in the discussion to ensure the product and implementation is useful and usable for everyone. Matt recommends working with the end in mind as it relates to both the timeline for implementation completion and “Go Live” to begin, as well as what you want the product to look like as you “Go Live”. Know your needs as much as possible by working with downstream departments and be creative.Transition is difficult, so approach it systematically, with an open mind to keep it as pain-free as possible.

 

The Beck Group Denver: Costs and Concepts in DESTINI Profiler

Jeff Harrington, Assistant Preconstruction Manager, and Brent Bartels, Architect-Senior Designer with The Beck Group’s Denver office shared how they leverage DESTINI Profiler to benefit the owner, the design team, and the preconstruction team. As project owners request more and more information up front so they can make decisions they are also requiring and expecting accurate estimates early on in the process. The integration between architecture and preconstruction is critical, and is highlighted by The Beck Group’s process. DESTINI Profiler fits perfectly in this early project initiation through the merging of the conceptual and schematic design phases.

For the Denver team, the process aims for continuous alignment for five very specific areas: cost, design, owner requirements, program, schedule. Brent and Jeff use Profiler for all but scheduling. The Pre-construction team specifically finds that Profiler improves efficiency and saves time. There is improved accuracy of estimates and building of the model creates knowledge. Profiler also provides a great visual aid to the project owner – showing the alignment of the architectural and pre-construction teams in front of the owner, and providing models that look fairly close to what the design team is putting together. Then, Profiler takes those models and shows the owner the cost impacts of changes right up front versus waiting for design iterations and then later presenting costs. The teams can work together to put more definition into the scope of work, shifting costs to create value where it is most beneficial.

Jeff and Brent discuss two specific projects, the 15th & Stout Hotel and the Boulder Industry and Arts Center, where they used Profiler to make a 3D model, show estimates, work through all the iterative changes needed, and ultimately win the work. Each project and client are different; however, utilizing Profiler in each instance allows for collaboration and integration, ultimately meeting the design intent, owner requirements, and the budget.

Watch the full webinar HERE for more on The Beck Group’s use of DESTINI Profiler.

 

Collaboration Is Not a Four-Letter Word

Beck Technology’s CTO, Michael Boren, was honored with the opportunity to speak at this year’s Advancing Building Estimation conference. He discussed the taboo surrounding collaboration in the preconstruction technology industry, and why breaking through that barrier is beneficial for everyone, even software companies. Watch the entire speech below: