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.

Watch the full webinar HERE for more on Guido Construction’s unique project expertise.

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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:

 

 

“Let’s Fix It” Workshop Recap

Trends and challenges are affecting pre-construction departments from coast to coast. Beck Technology’s pre-conference workshop at the 2018 Advancing Building Estimation conference hit on four areas that are affecting pre-construction departments. Over 250 people attended the half-day workshop and participated in conversations with peers on how the industry can begin to solve these problems.

The speakers for the workshop included Matt Hammer of Haselden Construction, Matt Verst of Messer Construction, Jeff Ratcliff of The Beck Group, and Andy Leek of PARIC Corporation.

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Customization, Enhancements, and the Wizard in DESTINI Profiler

Messer Construction’s Matt Buddenberg and Tony McDaniel reviewed how their organization utilizes DESTINI Profiler and the Wizard that is available in the software, as well as how they’ve customized it for their specific needs.

Initially becoming Profiler users in 2013, Messer chose to partner with Beck Technology because of a similar mindset: construction-focused and innovative technology that keeps up with the current needs of the industry.  This forged a relationship between Beck Technology and Messer in which collaboration is key.

Messer Construction continues to utilize Profiler because it truly allows for real-time estimating in the preconstruction phase, with on-the-fly changes in front of owners who can see the impact in dollars then and there.  Watch Matt’s demonstration of the Wizard that was developed with Beck Technology for Messer’s healthcare projects – giving them the ability to change systems by answering just a few questions, and have an estimate to present immediately.

When time is money for both the owner and contractor, Messer Construction agrees that it is great to have a tool that enables quicker, more informed decisions – and one that enhances the collaboration amongst the design team and owners.

Watch the full webinar HERE for more on Messer Construction’s utilization of the custom wizard in Profiler.

Update: PARIC + DESTINI Estimator + BIM 360

PARIC Corporation, an ENR Top 200, St Louis-based firm that started back in 1979, has leveraged technology throughout its growth. Andy Leek, Director of VDC for PARIC, says, “The A/E/C industry continues to evolve technology at a rapid pace, and our estimating tools must keep pace with the demanding nature of projects.”

During his first webinar in 2017 (https://youtu.be/-N5lk-Vg7d4), Andy went into detail about the selection process and developing their implementation plan. Now, one year into the implementation, PARIC has made great progress in their use of DESTINI Estimator. The webinar details the steps that PARIC’s implementation team took to get where they are today – the speed bumps, the reviewing, evaluating and purging of existing databases, time commitments and training, entering and managing data, and so much more.

Though a change like this can be stressful, PARIC has maintained a consistent partnership with the Beck Technology team. This allows Beck Technology to understand PARIC’s needs through the established open-line of communication, and also utilize suggestions for future development of the DESTINI Estimator software. The long-term goal of PARIC was always to have fully-integrated Autodesk’s BIM 360 and that is now available in DESTINI Estimator, for all Estimator clients. Starting in January of 2018, PARIC has put together a plan to keep their team fully invested in DESTINI Estimator as they phase out their old legacy product. This includes general conditions refinement, database tweaks, expanding into more of their core markets as new projects start, and leveraging BIM 360 for 2D and 3D QTO.

Watch the full webinar HERE for more on PARIC Corporation’s implementation of DESTINI Estimator.

The Beck Technology Community: Everything You Want to Know

This webinar, led by Mo Black, Technical Support Analyst at Beck Technology, focuses on the Beck Technology Support Community and getting users acclimated to all the resources that the community has to offer.  However, the Beck Technology Community is also useful for those companies that might be looking at the DESTINI suite of products for potential use in their firm.  There are FAQs, how-to videos, and tips and tricks for Beck Technology’s products.

Monitored by the Beck Technology staff, the community is a place to get proactive support.  It is a participation community, where staff and other users work together to assist each other in the day-to-day use of DESTINI Profiler and Estimator.

You are encouraged to join the community! In so doing, you will be notified when there are updates, new features in DESTINI applications, and new uploaded video content.  It’s a great way to learn more about the products, as well as helping other users.  Beck Technology also encourages users to post their ideas for product enhancements which are reviewed by staff and developers for possible inclusion in a future release.

How do you access our community?  Go to our website:  https://www.beck-technology.com/support_/ and use the link there.  Or, head right over to the community:  https://community.beck-technology.com/becktech to ask questions and get registered!

Watch the full webinar HERE for more about navigating the community.

DESTINI Estimator Fully Integrates with BIM 360! Sneak Peek of Latest Developments

This webinar, led by Michael Boren, Chief Technology Officer at Beck Technology, is a walkthrough of the latest functionality that has been developed for DESTINI Estimator. The R&D team at Beck Technology are constantly improving the performance of the application.

Michael begins by stressing the importance of our Industry Advisory Board (IAB), and how closely we work with these companies. The IAB ensures that we continue to focus on the needs of the industry and the best functionality possible. Regardless of owning a license of the DESTINI software, the individuals who make up the IAB are from the country’s most well-respected general contractors/construction management firms.

Though there are many changes and updates to the product, a few areas of improvement in the application are security and mitigating risk, bulk adding costs, and editing overline totals. In the area of 2D QTOs, our focus in 2017, and ongoing into 2018 will be the “do it on the fly” infinite flexibility of the product.

Most exciting, perhaps, is our integration with Autodesk’s BIM 360. Josh Cheney, Industry Manager – Construction Technology of Autodesk said: “Beck Technology is a long-term partner of Autodesk and bringing that together with listening to their customers – there’s a culmination of that effort here in DESTINI Estimator. It is a full-blown solution… a must-have for anyone in Precon and Estimating… a tight-knit integration – a direct connection to our large model viewer. You are operating in the continuation of a common data environment.”

Watch the full webinar HERE for more about these exciting features, and the plan for 2018.