Doug Maiden Receives Lawrence A. Wilson Award

Once a year, The Beck Group (sister company of Beck Technology) presents outstanding project teams and individuals with the Lawrence A. Wilson Award in recognition of service above and beyond expectations. On April 19, 2013 Doug Maiden, Manager of Professional Services at Beck Technology, received this award for being a compassionate, talented trainer, mentor and support technician. Doug has led Beck Technology’s training and mentoring programs for several years and has overseen the company’s support help desk.

Owner Proposal Analysis in DESTINI Profiler

One of our goals at Beck Technology last year was to conduct a second comparative analysis of design-build proposals using DESTINI Profiler.  The first time we used DESTINI Profiler to compare contractor proposals, we were asked on short notice by the US Dept. of State to review responses on a MONSTER-sized project.  The job was valued at close to $1 billion and included 25+ existing buildings to be demolished and then replaced in a highly orchestrated fashion in order to maintain operations of a US embassy.  On this project, the Beck Technology team members had 24 hours to take an existing DESTINI Profiler master plan model that they had created during planning and integrate it with the proposed schedules from 2 competing contractors plus the government’s own internal phasing plan.  The results of our analysis were pretty amazing (see video here), but we wanted to see if this process could create value on a smaller, less complicated project.

The opportunity finally came when I met Bruce Rainey with Scripps Health at the COAA conference.  I approached him with the idea and several months later he identified a specific project and connected me with his project manager.  The project is a 175,000 SF outpatient facility in La Jolla, California.  It’s to be connected to an existing hospital on two levels and has six above grade levels and one level below grade. The building would require changes to the roads and surface parking around the hospital complex and this work would need to be done in a phased manner in order to minimize disruption. Two existing buildings also need to be demolished to make room for the new clinic and are a part of the proposal.  The project budget is $68 million. Read more

FutureTech Conference Recap

The Beck Group’s Executive Chairman and Managing Director Peter Beck participated in last week’s ENR FutureTech Conference in San Francisco. Peter was part of the computational design panel and shared his vision with the audience of what technology can do, and is doing, for the built environment.

Paul Doherty, President and CEO of The Digit Group, wrote a recap of the conference for the Construction Executive eNewsletter. Below is his summary of the 2013 FutureTech Conference.

ENR’s FutureTech Conference, held March 14 at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco, hosted more than 300 AEC/FM professionals for a 10-hour conference on the future of the construction industry and the tools and trends affecting this change.To get right to the seminal moment of the entire conference, Gordon Feller of Cisco said, “Every other major industry in the world has had their traditional processes and methods fundamentally changed by information technology, except the built environment. Banking, pharmaceuticals, sports, transportation, government … Now it is the time for the AEC market to undergo these changes. You have not asked for this change, but it is now upon you. It is your task to accept this challenge or be buried by it.” Read more

Snyder Langston Utilizes DESTINI Profiler to Showcase Project Knowledge

Andy Gerlach, Senior Project Engineer with Snyder Langston, shares his experience utilizing DESTINI Profiler.

At Snyder Langston, we recently identified DProfiler as an ideal fit for the way we communicate and build relationships with our clients.  We envisioned that DESTINI Profiler represented an agile software program that could enable us to visually communicate our preconstruction cost and constructability analysis to clients and design colleagues, particularly on difficult site conditions which constitute a large percentage of our projects. Read more

Ecobuild 2012 Recap

The 2012 Ecobuild Conference got off to a fast start for the Federal Design and Construction Outlook track on Tuesday (December 11) morning.  The General Services Administration (GSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and Department of State’s Overseas Building Operations (OBO) gave us a glimpse into their future.  There was a common theme among all of the federal presentations: budgets are shrinking and federal agencies need to do more with less money. Read more

Release of DESTINI Profiler 2013 1.0

Beck Technology, Ltd. announces the release of the latest version of DESTINI Profiler (DProfiler™), its flagship macro level Building Information Modeling (BIM) software. DESTINI Profiler integrates 3D modeling, cost estimating, energy analysis, site topography and sequencing.

Beck Technology prides itself on collaborating with industry leaders to provide the best Macro BIM resource.  The latest version of DESTINI Profiler has incorporated ideas from current software users, needs of the design/build industry and innovative functionality that continues to support an integrated industry approach to projects. Read more

2012 Design-Build Conference & Expo Recap

The 2012 Design-Build Conference & Expo was held November 7-9 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  This annual Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) national conference is a favorite for exhibitors as the expo hall is not open while other conference activities are underway.  The setup allows exhibitors to attend the key note speaker presentations as well as the training sessions. Read more

2012 BIM Texas Alliance Conference Recap

BIM Texas Alliance held their first conference last week in San Antonio.  The two day event allowed attendees to explore the state of Building Information Modeling (BIM) being utilized in the public sector, standards for BIM excellence, and the future of BIM in the built environment. The intimate setting of the conference endorsed conversations from BIM users, experts, and project owners. Read more

SindusCon 2012

In October a team from The Beck Group attended the SindusCon 2012 conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  SindusCon is a construction industry forum focused on the education and promotion of BIM in the Brazilian construction industry.  Currently the Sao Paulo, Brazil construction industry is expanding rapidly with many discovering BIM and its uses.  Over 450 people attended the all-day conference comprised of general contractors, architects, government employees and other BIM users. Read more

2012 BIMFORUM Recap

The 2012 BIMForum was last week in Tacoma, Washington.  The event is always well put together and gives attendees a great pulse on the “state of BIM” in the industry.  The attendees are made up of builders, architects and owners with the event’s format as a full day of speakers on the first day and a half day on second day.  BIMForum mixes in “rapid fire” technology presentations from software vendors to show off new innovations.  There is a growing vendor sponsor area for product info and demonstrations outside of the presentation area.  The event also includes panel discussions around the theme, which for 2012 was “BIM and Facilities Management”.  The panels generally offer ample opportunities for the audience to participate with questions and comments. Read more