ROI of Estimator for Balfour Beatty Construction

Ray Miller, VP of Preconstruction for Balfour Beatty Construction, discusses in detail how his firm recognized the need for a common estimating platform and their process for selection and implementation of an estimating enterprise solution across their multiple regional locations.

With corporate buy-in and support, Miller and his team of preconstruction leadership from all offices were able to map out their existing struggles and inefficiencies in using many different take off tools and software platforms.  They were able to come to an understanding from the ground up of the varying needs of each office — their specific clients and markets, and how they could efficiently access cost data, capture cost history, build a company-wide database, and utilize a reporting tool that allowed for brand consistency across the country.

Balfour Beatty selected DESTINI Estimator in late 2016 and in under a year has gone through Phase I of Implementation, with database building, tracking work flow, and the reporting requirements of each of their offices. During the summer of 2017, Phase II was rolled out to 90% of their regional offices – with subject matter experts being trained to assist in the deployment in each local office.  The relationship that Beck Technology has established with Balfour Beatty allows for communication of their specific needs, as well as future enhancements they would like to see in the software for releases in the coming year.

Ray Miller also discusses the challenges that were faced – with one of the biggest being change in general – and their Lessons Learned, and Return on Investment. To hear the process that Balfour Beatty Construction went through and how they plan on moving forward in the future, we invite you to view the full webinar here.

Pricing Your QTO with DESTINI Estimator 2017 3.0

Quantity takeoff improvements are in DESTINI Estimator 2017.3.0! Michael Boren, CTO of Beck Technology, walked through some of the advancements built into the upcoming software release.

Through industry feedback and working closely with Beck Technology’s Industry Advisory Group, Estimator 2017.3.0 is the solution for the construction industry’s estimating frustrations. In the software, it will be easier to modify assemblies and streamline estimates which reduces file sizes and provides estimating teams with ideal reporting. Additionally, the ability to see project components that have been mapped in quantity takeoff versus the items that have yet to be mapped is made easier to pinpoint visually. This allows the user to see what has been added to the project estimate but not associated with quantities.

The development of 2017.3.0 includes several user friendly and intuitive updates thanks to the input from the Industry Advisory Group. Some of those features include quantity takeoff from 2D and 3D can be deconstructed allowing easier workflows, estimates can be filtered from quantity takeoff items, better WBS property descriptions in assembly takeoff, as well as rate and resource tables allow for editing based on effort needed or quantity required.

We invite you to view the full webinar here.

Pre-setting Variable Values for Each Building Type (Yes, it’s possible)

Heather Kossila, BIM Manager for Kraus-Anderson, discussed her method for creating new projects in DESTINI Profiler pre-populated with variables based on building type.

Users access a batch file created with different building types for the user to choose from. After a selection is entered, Profiler automatically opens. The user then selects a few further preferences and Profiler opens a blank model for a new project. The variables specified for that particular building type will already be in place.

As Kraus-Anderson prepares to implement Profiler within its preconstruction team, Kossila’s method decreases training time needed and, from the beginning, situates projects closer to the final estimate.

We invite you to learn more about this method, including cautions and walk-through examples, in the full webinar here.

2017 Q2 Recap & Updates

The second quarter of 2017 has all but flown by as our team and clients continue to pursue innovation in the A/E/C industry and our “Best-in-Class” construction cost estimating software, DESTINI Estimator as well as the DESTINI Profiler platform. Below is our quick quarterly update with the latest on the preconstruction and estimating technology front.

Best-in-Class Construction Cost Estimating Software, DESTINI Quarterly Review & Update

What’s Driving Change & Why Care

A Recap on the Need for Change in the A/E/C Industry

The Advancing Building Estimation 2017 conference took place on May 22-24 in Houston, TX. Beck Technology hosted a half-day pre-conference workshop, “Why Do We Need Change?,” where attendees listened as speakers shared their companies’ change story as well as engaged in dialogue focused on the future of the A/E/C industry. We were pleased to hear the insights of client speakers including:

Ray Miller, Vice President of Preconstruction Services, Balfour Beatty Construction Services US

Andy Leek, Director of Virtual Design and Construction, PARIC Corporation

Brent Pilgrim, DESTINI Applications Director, The Beck Group

For those of you unable to join us in person, the following video recording  of the main speeches and Q&A with the audience is below. Or, you may read a written summary here.


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Why Do We Need Change in Preconstruction Planning and Estimating?

Preconstruction Planning WorkshopBeck Technology facilitated a workshop entitled, “Why Do We Need Change?,” focused on understanding the changing landscape and demands for preconstruction planning and estimating in the A/E/C industry. The event was held in conjunction with the Advancing Building Estimation 2017 conference.

This video features the three main speakers who shared insights on introducing a common estimating platform in their organizations. Each speaker addressed the:
– Impetus for change
– Overall goals and requirements
– Implementation steps
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Innovating Conceptual Estimates using DESTINI Estimator

Conceptual Estimates using DESTINI EstimatorMatt Sabatino, principal of Sabatino Construction Group, shared how he first came in contact with DESTINI Estimator while at BRPH and the creative way he utilizes the software for conceptual estimates in his current role.

After learning of DESTINI Estimator through research and webinars he attended, Matt discovered it was equipped with the capabilities to allow him to estimate in an innovative, efficient way. After a two-day, one-on-one training at Beck Technology, Matt returned to Florida comfortable with his ability to use the software and sold BRPH on Estimator before eventually using it at his own construction company.

Matt noted the challenges of creating a conceptual estimate using traditional means where estimators often work from a hand sketch and have to make many assumptions with little visual information. Additionally, clients usually want a quick turnaround on estimates, which proves difficult when working without visuals and with many different programs that must each be updated as the project progresses. Read more

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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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.

2017 Q1 Recap & Updates

The Beck Technology team, as well as our clients, launched into 2017 with so much vigor and drive that the first quarter flew by at what felt like a record pace. Please find below our quick quarterly update with relevant news on the preconstruction technology front.

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Beck Technology Joins Forces with Advancing Building Estimation 2017 to Present a Pre-Conference Workshop on Driving Change

Registration is open for the Advancing Building Estimation 2017 conference (formerly Estimation Technology for Construction) scheduled for May 22-24 in Houston at the Westin Houston, Memorial City.

Beck Technology is hosting a half-day pre-conference workshop “Why Do We Need Change?” that will explore the factors driving changes in the A/E/C industry. Our team and client speakers will discuss topics from mitigating risks to the expectation of accurate real-time data in a dialogue focused on why we need to change, what it looks like, and who is spearheading the effort.

We are pleased to share the podium and conduct tabletop discussion groups with client speakers including:

  • Ray Miller, Vice President of Preconstruction Services, Balfour Beatty Construction Services US
  • Andy Leek, Director of VDC, Paric Corporation
  • Brent Pilgrim, DESTINI Applications Director, The Beck Group

The workshop will run from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Monday, May 22. Information on the workshop and full conference may be found on the conference website. Early bird registration ends Friday, April 21.

As a reminder, this workshop format replaces our Beck Technology Roundtable this year to enable clients to bundle greater learning and networking as part of a larger conference.

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Implementing DESTINI Estimator in a Traditional Timberline Shop

Brent Pilgrim, DESTINI Applications Director at The Beck Group, shared the story of his company’s decision to switch to DESTINI Estimator after more than 10 years with Timberline as their primary estimating software.

The practical reasoning behind this decision included increased continuity with DESTINI Profiler, which The Beck Group is currently using, ease of use, and financial savings. Brent also identified the less apparent, yet very compelling motive: Estimator is forward-thinking in its use of modeling estimation, making it the ideal tool for an innovative firm like The Beck Group.

Brent and his team are currently working through a detailed implementation plan to get DESTINI Estimator off the ground at all locations within six months. The process includes training preconstruction teams at each regional office on functionality, followed by ongoing support and database development simultaneous with the integration of Estimator. Estimators will access the database in real-time on a secure network and even directly recommend changes to the master database.

For Brent, a successful implementation should come from both the top-down and the bottom-up and is a focus he has included throughout the assessment, planning, and ultimately, implementation process.

We invite you to watch the recorded webinar here.