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Software Optimization

Why You Should Attend a User Conference

Software user conferences can often seem hard to justify. Between the registration fee, travel costs, and time not working, it can be tough to commit that time each year away from the office or jobsite. It’s important to remember how much the benefits of attending a user conference can outweigh the challenges. Here are a few reminders when you’re considering  Read More

Lauren Wilson

Estimating

Take the Guesswork out of Hiring a Great Estimator

Estimators are the cornerstone of any successful heavy civil construction company. Without a talented estimator, the possibility of creating and maintaining a feasible project budget goes out the window. Good estimators are self-starters who are capable of making important decisions surrounding budget costs with limited information. They need to work well individually as well as on a team, and communicate  Read More

Jen Caesar

Estimating Software Optimization

B2W Estimate Case Study – EPC Services

“You could try to compete with pens and paper or Excel, but for how long?”

Glen Smith has a lot of experience with just about every solution for heavy construction estimating – from pencils, to spreadsheets to several specialized software applications. The general manager at EPC Services says four vital capabilities put B2W Estimate at the top of the list: Completing bids faster Minimizing mistakes and risk Collaboration among multiple estimators Ease of use and  Read More

Greg Norris

Mobile Technology

The Costs of Paper Forms and Some Benefits of Going Mobile

Paper forms have consistently been the most common method of data capture within the construction industry for decades. However, as technology plays a bigger and bigger role within companies, and business processes become more complex, paper forms are a growing threat to efficiency and profitability. Most companies cannot rely on these slow and inefficient data processes. The following facts will  Read More

Elizah Hulseman

Construction Operations Software Optimization

Preventive Maintenance Planning & Scheduling

Best practices to drive equipment uptime, utilization and profitability

Preventive Maintenance is the backbone of a productive, profitable heavy civil construction company. As a matter of fact, keeping assets in the field running and maximizing utilization is, in large part, the Shop Manager’s main focus and a large piece of the profitability puzzle. The modern Shop Manager must analyze the fleet and the capabilities of Mechanics and put the  Read More

John Kane

Construction Operations Software Optimization

Top 10 Benefits You Can’t Get With Paper Forms

Paper forms and the headaches that accompany them are all too familiar in the construction industry. For many years, paper forms were the most effective solution for capturing data in the field, as digital, mobile solutions were unavailable, not user friendly, or cost prohibitive. However, this has changed significantly in the last ten years with the increased availability of tablets  Read More

Elizah Hulseman

Industry Trends

Suicide Awareness and Prevention

September is Suicide Awareness Month, and with more focus being given to mental health across the board, it is important to understand its role and impact within the construction industry. Unfortunately, construction has the highest total number of suicides, and is ranked second highest for suicide rate in comparison to other industries. The overall U.S. suicide rate is 13.26 per  Read More

Jen Caesar

Industry Trends

Defining World-Class Software Support

We treat you like a person and help you like a friend – 24/7/365

Any computer user who has ever placed a call to a support hotline knows the difference between a quality support experience and, well, the opposite. But what does quality support really mean?  Let’s start by talking about what it isn’t. How many of us have… called a support line, only to be greeted by an automated attendant which forces us  Read More

Jeff Pankratz

Construction Operations Mobile Technology Software Optimization

The Value Proposition for Mobile in Heavy Civil Construction

Heavy civil construction projects need to carefully manage logistics in order to ensure success. Project complexities are driven by large amounts of resources over huge geographic regions, with three key resources needing optimization so projects are efficient and successful: People Equipment Materials The rise of mobile technology is well aligned to address the field operations requirements associated with optimizing people,  Read More

Rich Humphrey

Construction Operations Mobile Technology

Technology to the Rescue

Mobile is the Technology Platform for the Heavy Civil Jobsite

Heavy Civil Infrastructure projects are getting larger and more complex, and as a result, over 50% of projects fail to meet budget and schedule. This increasing complexity is driven by many factors including… No two projects are the same. Each project has its own unique set of existing circumstances. Conditions on the job are always in flux, and often the  Read More

Rich Humphrey

Construction Operations Mobile Technology

Digitizing Your Holistic Safety Program on the Construction Job Site

3 Pronged Approach to Construction Safety Management

Working in the construction industry comes with its fair share of risks: roughly 20% of all worker deaths occur at construction jobsites, with the top four causes of these fatalities including falling, being struck by an object, electrocution, and getting caught/compressed between two objects. In order to help keep workers risk-free and jobsites compliant, a holistic safety program needs to  Read More

Jen Caesar

Construction Operations Mobile Technology

B2W’s Guide to Managing Construction Costs

Managing Construction Project Costs Where They Occur – in the Field

Heavy construction costs occur in the field, and that’s where collaboration and insight can give contractors better cost tracking and cost control. The problem is, many contractors continue to rely primarily on financial or ERP systems to tell them how they are performing versus plan. Now, operational software and mobile capabilities are paving the way for a more effective field-centric  Read More

Greg Norris

Construction Operations Mobile Technology Software Optimization

Streamlining Key Construction Operations Processes:

Heavy Equipment Inspections, Fleet Repair Requests and Maintenance Work Orders

Equipment inspections, repair requests and maintenance work orders are essential, every-day processes within heavy construction operations. Let’s take a look at: How contractors typically complete these process and the challenges they face with current workflows. How they could complete them more effectively with connected workflows and a unified construction software platform. Problems with Paper and Disconnected Processes For inspections, contractors  Read More

Mark Hooks

Construction Operations

B2W Case Study: Bluebird / Trotter & Morton

Leveraging B2W Inform, Including the Alerts and Notifications Feature

Scott Adams attended the B2W User Conference in 2015 and was intrigued by an upcoming addition to the B2W platform being previewed for the first time. Fast forward two years, and B2W Inform was a pivotal asset in his employer’s to move toward paperless field data collection. Forms at Bluebird Contracting and the Trotter & Morton Group of Companies were  Read More

Greg Norris

Construction Operations Mobile Technology

Going Paperless: The Benefits of e-Forms in Construction

Video case studies illustrate the advantages of electronic forms for two core heavy civil processes

Going “paperless” is an increasingly popular goal, as contractors look to escape the inefficiencies, lag time and errors that paper forms bring, while better leveraging the data those forms contain. At Barriere Construction in Louisiana, safety meetings and equipment inspections are two processes where dramatic improvements have been achieved via the B2W Inform solution for data capture and analysis. “We  Read More

Elizah Hulseman

Construction Operations Software Optimization

B2W Welcomes Herb Brownett

Industry Expert Assisting Contractors as Consultant

Having worked closely with Herb Brownett over many years when he was a B2W client at Pennsylvania sitework and excavating specialist Brubacher Construction, two things are clear. He has an in-depth knowledge of our platform and he knows how to deploy our applications to enhance bidding, operations and profitability. That’s why we’re so pleased that Herb, who recently retired as  Read More

David Flynn

Construction Operations Mobile Technology Software Optimization

Did You Know? – B2W Track Tips & Tricks

3 Big Time Saving Tips for Field Log Data Entry

We’re all pressed for time and trying to “do more with less”. This blog post highlights little-known and underutilized features in B2W Track to help recoup some time each day. Over the years, B2W Software continuously adds great features, and more than a few go unnoticed – including these overlooked gems. Exclude Zero Cost Labor Types Auto-Add Foreman Auto Add  Read More

Tom Willey

Construction Operations

Automated Warranty Tracking

A Powerful Addition to Maintenance Management

Contractors maintaining a few dozen or a few hundred pieces of equipment know that keeping track of warranties and optimizing coverage are real challenges. Tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars can be lost by not knowing which repairs and replacements could be covered and when. In this article in Construction Executive “Tech Trends”, John Kane explores how maintenance  Read More

John Kane

Construction Operations Estimating

B2W Case Study: Kitsaki Projects

Improving Estimating, Field Performance Tracking and the Link Between the two

Improving estimating, field performance tracking and the link between the two “B2W Estimate and Track have had a profound impact on our company,” says Benson Thoudsanikone, general manager of Kitsaki Projects. The company has close to 200 employees and focuses primarily on utility-based construction projects in Saskatchewan. Kitsaki implemented the B2W Estimate and Track solutions in tandem, with the goals  Read More

Greg Norris

Estimating Software Optimization

Did You Know? – B2W Construction Estimating Software Tips and Tricks

B2W Estimate Error-check Wizard Catches Potential Mistakes During the Bidding Process with the Ease of a Spell-Check

For heavy civil construction cost estimators juggling multiple bids on a tight deadline, every second counts and – if they aren’t careful – so can every error. That’s one reason why the B2W Estimate software application includes a unique and powerful tool: the Estimate Error-check Wizard. The wizard not only checks for red flags in a final draft, but guides  Read More

Anthony Salvatore

Industry Trends

Horizontal vs. Vertical Construction

Construction Software Requirements Vary

For those that follow the construction software and technology market, there is a noticeable uptake in technology among construction firms. VDC, BIM, mobile project management apps and the Internet of Things (IoT), top the list. This has not gone unnoticed by software firms and venture capital. Both have been investing heavily over the last few years. Most of this investment,  Read More

Rich Humphrey

Construction Operations Estimating Mobile Technology

Field-centric cost management at M.A. Mortenson Company

B2W Client Video

An accounting or ERP system is the go-to tool for managing project costs at many heavy construction companies, but those systems are specifically designed for recording and reporting after costs occur. The limitation is that they are not very effective at helping contractors stay on top of project costs where and when those costs actually occur – in the field  Read More

Jeff Russell