As pioneers of the Design-Build construction method, efficiency has been at the heart of what we do for decades. Thanks to our implementation of an innovative estimation program, we’re making preconstruction more efficient and more collaborative.
The program is called DESTINI Estimator from Beck Technology. Developed with crowd-sourced input from experienced estimators, the platform includes the following features:
- Full-featured, yet easy-to-use estimating functionality.
- Integrated 2D and 3D takeoff.
- Highly customizable dashboard-based reporting.
- Estimate comparison views and Microsoft Excel imports.
“One of our business requirements was to gain a support system that would listen, change, and grow with us, providing the product that will make us the most efficient we can be as technologies and systems change,” Jason Mantle, Chief Operating Officer of The Korte Company, said. “As a truly integrated Design-Build firm, we also need to take advantage of the 3D modeling that our design department gives us. With DESTINI Estimator, I think we will see increased utilization of the information that we have today in our design department, as well as a more efficient takeoff and estimate setup method.”
Beck Technology is no stranger to us. We’ve been using their companion software for 5D modeling and estimating, DESTINI Profiler, since 2015. Using DESTINI Profiler to conceptualize and estimate projects in the early preconstruction phase, we’re positioned for improved communication with owners that helps us win more work.
“With both DESTINI Profiler and DESTINI Estimator on board, Korte can now significantly reduce the number of steps and time taken to align a project vision with the project cost,” said Stewart Carroll, Beck Technology’s Chief Operating Officer. “The world is moving to more lean methods, and Korte’s use of the DESTINI suite supports both the target value design approach and more traditional preconstruction methods in a single platform. Because DESTINI products are designed to work seamlessly together, Korte will have a much more integrated design and bid process. That’s a win for their preconstruction team, as well as Korte’s clients, who will get more value out of the preconstruction process at every stage.”
The innovation behind Beck Technology stems from DESTINI: design estimation integration initiative. DESTINI Profiler and DESTINI Estimator share a common cost database schema, allowing companies to manage a single database platform for both conceptual and detailed estimating. DESTINI Profiler outputs can be opened in DESTINI Estimator and form the basis of the downstream estimating process. Alternatively, DESTINI Estimator can be used from the beginning of the project through project completion.
When we began the process of replacing our previous estimating software, DESTINI Estimator was one of several products we had our eye on. We sent team members to Beck Technology’s Dallas office for a hands-on, intensive exploration, which included a demonstration of Estimator along with hands-on training.
“The success that Korte has had with Profiler provided a high level of trust with their executive team, and they agreed to move forward into the implementation planning phase,” says Tyler Barron, Account Executive with Beck Technology. “(We) introduced an innovative, collaborative approach to implementation planning to help Korte ensure a seamless rollout and take full advantage of Estimator’s extensive capabilities. We were also happy to coordinate client-specific terms in the agreement to better meet Korte’s needs.”
By implementing cutting edge collaborative estimation software that fits our needs, we’re more poised than ever to deliver the Design-Build solution that best fits the needs of our customers.
There’s no substitute for combining the right people, the right materials and lots of hard work to build something special. That will always be true in this industry. But the opportunity to build better relationships before ground is ever broken is something we can’t pass up.
About the author
As Director of Virtual Construction, Craig Mulliniks is responsible for working with owners and our Healthcare Team to understand project solutions through virtual construction. He will work to develop the project from initial planning and conceptual design to contract execution. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the construction industry. Mr. Mulliniks specializes in acute healthcare construction and conceptual estimating. He is highly experienced in advanced technology software including Macro BIM/DProfiler Modeling