Summary: For Balfour Beatty’s construction estimating software, VP of Preconstruction Ray Miller, chose what he described as “Best-in-Class” – Beck Technology’s DESTINI Estimator.
This article was written by Ray Miller, Vice President of Preconstruction at Balfour Beatty US, and published in the July-August 2017 issue of Design Cost Data Magazine.
As part of an international infrastructure group providing general contracting, at-risk construction management, and design-build services, our team at Balfour Beatty US has a significant amount of internal estimating brainpower. We recently identified the estimating technology that we believe will best leverage our collective brainpower across the country to all our offices, and help facilitate our continued growth.
Having expanded our presence in the United States through organic growth and strategic acquisitions over the course of the last decade, our estimating teams traditionally used legacy estimating systems already in place in our various markets. Last year, when my own team in Georgia was piloting an estimating platform, the folks in California were conducting their own estimating software evaluation, while teams in other geographies continued using their own legacy software and workflows they had been using for several years. Everyone was using their own systems and methods to achieve their estimating goals.
Then, in one meeting, we collectively recognized an opportunity to significantly improve the way we approached estimating on an enterprise-wide scale that could enable our team to work even faster and smarter than ever before.
The Turning Point
In 2016, we brought together our preconstruction leaders to collaborate on how we could work better together and support our company’s long-term growth strategy. It was the first time since I joined the company in 2014 that all our leaders were together, and it didn’t take long to realize that we had an enormous wealth of estimating expertise and data on which we could capitalize.