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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A Day in the Life of a Software Engineer III

Software Engineer Duties explained by Mario RosalesMario Rosales, software engineer III for Beck Technology, is part of the Research & Development team and works on new features and functionality of the DESTINI suite products. See how software engineer duties vary greatly in A Day in the Life of a Software Engineer III at Beck Technology.

Software Engineer Duties

It’s Tuesday here at Beck Technology, and my week is off to a good start. As a software engineer for Beck Technology, Software Engineer III to be exact, I’m involved in all aspects of software development – everything from design to testing to maintenance.

The first thing on my to-do list most mornings is to check in with Yvonne, a very bright intern at Beck Technology, to see how her morning is going and if she has any problems she needs help with. After this, I move on to my own work.

Today’s Priority: New user stories

One of the most fulfilling aspects of my job at Beck Technology is always feeling like I’m a step ahead in the industry. DESTINI Estimator 2017 2.0 hasn’t been released yet and I’m already working on the next update. Today, I’m going over the details for the new user stories assigned to me for the DESTINI Estimator 2017 3.0 release. A new user story is a high-level breakdown of a new feature that will be developed, including an explanation of how the feature will integrate into the existing product.

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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