Understanding Changing Skills & Requirements for Construction Estimators

Construction Estimator Skills Evolving to Keep Up with TechnologyEstimating in construction once meant receiving a set of plans and sending back a dollar figure. However, today’s owners want to know, in detail, exactly what’s behind that number. Thus, construction estimator skills have evolved as more demands have been placed upon them.

If an estimate isn’t based on accurate assumptions, then costly change orders and delays are inevitable. Getting the assumptions right requires deeper collaboration not just with owners, but with all key players of a project – including estimators.

“Client expectations are driving estimators to wear new hats,” says Craig Mulliniks, director of virtual construction for The Korte Company, an integrated design-build construction company. Read more

Why You Should Standardize to One “Best-In-Class” Estimating Platform

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.

Construction Estimating Software "Best-in-Class"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.

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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
– Lessons learned Read more

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

Why Do We Need to Change?

Our annual workshop will share who, what, and how leading firms thrive

What is driving changes in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry?  Construction professionals are tasked to do more with less, including mitigating risks and delivering accurate real-time data.

Beck Technology will host a workshop on Monday, May 22 as part of the Advancing Building Estimation 2017 Conference in Houston (formerly named Estimating Technology for Construction). Our half-day event will discuss:

  • Why we need to change,
  • What change looks like,
  • How change is best implemented, and
  • Who is spearheading the effort.

This discussion about preconstruction and construction changes will be led by industry experts, including Ray Miller, VP Preconstruction at Balfour Beatty Construction Services US; Andy Leek, Director of VDC at Paric Corporation; and Brent Pilgrim, DESTINI Application Director at The Beck Group; along with Beck Technology’s COO Stewart Carroll and CTO Michael Boren. Read more