Cost Data Available for a 3-D Modeling Application

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff November 15, 2006

Beck Technology, Dallas, Texas, a developer of 3-D modeling applications for the A/E/C industry and Norcross, Ga.-based and Reed Construction Data (RCD) last month announced the general availability of DProfiler with RSMeans, the first 3D modeling application that ties directly to RSMeans cost data.

The announcement came at 2006 Design-Build Conference & Expo, Oct. 18-20 at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville.

“DProfiler with RSMeans combines the power of computer-aided 3D modeling with the intelligence of a room full of cost estimators and business planners into one, easy to use, software solution,” said Eric J.Kutche, MHA, MBA, AIA, of HMC Architects.

Beck Technology’s DProfiler with RCD’s RSMeans allows building team members to make decisions based on more complete cost information. Through this complete view of the project including 3D models, sketches and cost analysis, owners are better informed about project feasibility. By having accurate cost data early in the project lifecycle, contractors limit cost overruns and architects limit change orders. With DProfiler and RSMeans, risk is reduced and projects proceed more smoothly.

“DProfiler with RSMeans is a powerful new BIM software package that will support my firm’s efforts to promote and achieve successful projects on behalf of our clients,” said Vincent E. Bendinelli, President, Program Venture Management, Ltd.

The DProfiler 3D modeling component is full featured with the ability to add floors, cut sections in any shape, view the interior and accurately measure the model. Integration with RSMeans data provides instant access to over 18,000 assembly cost databases, so that interactive cost estimating can be done on the fly while modeling the concept.

“I am so glad that someone has finally combined an easy to use 3D modeler with accurate costing. A lot of talk has been put into solving this problem and now Beck Technology has actually done it,” said Leon LaJeunesse, Custom Contracting, Ltd. “For contractors, increasing accuracy of estimating while decreasing time is really valuable and that’s what DProfiler does.”

DProfiler with RSMeans includes tools to automate tedious aspects of modeling and increase accuracy. For instance, the automated parking tool instantly determines the spaces in a designated parking lot. Integration with Google Earth, assures the design is modeled in the context of the actual site.

“As a company with nearly a century of experience in the AEC industry, Beck was in an excellent position to identify industry needs. RSMeans is the undisputed market leader and authority on costing data. Through this union, DProfiler was created to help architects, owners and contractors very quickly establish project scope and budget, ultimately reducing project risk,” said Stewart Carroll, COO, Beck Technology.