DESTINI Estimator is an on-premise solution designed to help businesses from the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry manage estimation data and teams for streamlining preconstruction processes. Key features include what-if analysis, accounting integration, building information modeling and a historical database.
Teams using DESTINI Estimator can create as well as sort fields based on individual requirements for improving operational efficiency. The solution supports 2D takeoff, enabling enterprises to import data from 2D files and determine costs. Additionally, it lets organizations generate reports for comparing current projects and estimates with previous ones to facilitate decision making.
DESTINI Estimator allows integration with BIM 360 and Navisworks, letting businesses keep track of changes in the pipeline and reduce operational errors. Support is extended via phone and email.
Rob M. Branche: Bau Mitarbeiteranzahl: 201-500 Mitarbeiter
We have streamlined a previously disconnected process.
This brought all of our estimating functions into one software package.
Takeoff tool could be better. They have committed to upgrading.
Antwort: Beck Technology 2.3.2020
Thank you for the 5-star rating, Rob! We have made significant enhancements on the quantity takeoff feature inside DESTINI Estimator in 2019 and are currently working on some new enhancements for 2020. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact us at [email protected] .Thanks again for your continued support!
Melissa L. Branche: Bau Mitarbeiteranzahl: 1.001-5.000 Mitarbeiter
Our overall experience with Beck has been fantastic. We started using DProfiler about 10 years ago and have worked closely with the company to develop the features within Estimator. They are a company who listens to their costumers needs and have dedicated themselves to further enhancing the software.
The greatest pro of Estimator is the ability to easily sort and display pricing, allowing for changes and updates to made easily. The database our company works with includes preset coding for CSI, Procurement Packages, Systems Format, etc. to allow an Estimator to quickly export information into whatever format an Owner or team member may prefer. This preset ability to sort line items, also allows an Estimator to easily access any project within the company and have the ability to easily sort or find information to their preference.
A con would be the updating of software. This con comes with a pro, in the sense that Beck Tech has listened to the market and our needs and are frequently updating the software to meet the ever-changing market and technology upgrades. However, the added con is the updating of unit pricing and database information as well as someone managing the software updates to be able to use the software to its fullest potential.
Jeff C. Branche: Bau Mitarbeiteranzahl: 201-500 Mitarbeiter
Great, we are very pleased with Destini Estimator.
-Easy to use, intuitive
-Constantly updated & improved
-Targeted to preconstruction, not a suite of software products
-Good customer service & training
-Involved software setup period
-User interface can be tricky sometimes
Blake S. Branche: Bau Mitarbeiteranzahl: 1.001-5.000 Mitarbeiter
I think estimator is a great program that will be great once certain features are introduced to assist overall workflow.
I like that it has estimating capabilities incorporated into the program. Took me awhile to figure out how to connect costs, but once I did it was helpful.
There are several features missing that would create an easier workflow.
I would like to see the program include a drop-down list of some kind for organizing drawings and be able to click on them and jump directly to pages. It would also be helpful to have some sort of indication next to the pages that shows which have takeoff in them.
It would also be nice to have some sort of shared file storage so that a network of people could have access to projects and be able to work and see a variety of projects.
Another feature that would be helpful is to have a way to turn layers on and off to eliminate clutter in the takeoff sheet. Maybe be able to turn bid tab's on and off.
Jason C. Branche: Bau Mitarbeiteranzahl: 501-1.000 Mitarbeiter
I have a background as an extensive MC2 and Timberline user. Estimator seems to have the ease of use and robust sorting capabilities of MC2, which I have really enjoyed. Adding/creating line items is easy. My experience with the 2D takeoff tool is that it's not robust enough for me to use on a regular basis and needs significant improvement to be a contender with OST, especially for larger projects that require QTO to be broken out into different zones. I have extensive experience creating takeoff assemblies inside the program and have been pleased with the ease with which it can be done. Creating reports seems non-user friendly. However, that was a challenge in MC2 as well with its Crystal Reports plug-in. Timberline isonly slightly easier in that respect.
The ease of creating WBS codes and the user friendliness of sorting estimates is its strongest attribute. The ability to program assemblies is also strong. The ability to link the estimate directly to quantity takeoff can be beneficial.
The 2D takeoff tool lacks some critical functionality that keeps me from using it as my primary takeoff tool. (zones/layers) I'm accustomed to using a QTO tool as a record of an estimator's takeoff that can be accessed by others. The Estimator 2D takeoff tool doesn't seem to allow that functionality.