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Contractors realizing big benefits by auto generating repair requests from construction equipment inspections

Auto-generating Equipment Repair Requests from Inspection Forms

New video explains how API linking B2W Inform and B2W Maintain enables faster, more efficient equipment maintenance

Early adopters are praising a new ONE Platform capability that allows them to generate equipment repair requests automatically from inspection forms. Danielle Ehler at Zutphen Contractors and Jon Ewart at GW-EX are among users confirming that the new workflow helps them to identify and complete equipment repair work more efficiently. A new video from B2W illustrates the process. Read More


Utility Contractor Webcast

Webcast: Utility Contractors to Discuss Operations Technology Strategies and Advantages

Free session sponsored by B2W Software and Utility Contractor magazine will feature insights from Whitaker Construction and The Vortex Companies

With utility construction growing and poised for a boost from increased infrastructure spending, Utility Contractor magazine and B2W Software are teaming up for a webcast to explore how contractors can complete projects more profitably. Read More


NBA Hall of Famer to Deliver 2021 B2W User Conference Keynote

Bill Walton ready to discuss dismantling the barriers and boundaries to greatness

Claiming with only slight hyperbole that “the fate of the heavy construction world hangs in the balance,” Bill Walton is all in as keynote speaker for the 2021 B2W User Conference. The basketball legend is preparing to share insights into big challenges, world-class performance, great teams and winning and relate them to the construction sector in his presentation on March 2. Read More


B2W Software for Construction Pays Off for Payroll Processing

Two articles highlight how contactors can cut errors, inefficiency and violations

Paying construction employees properly isn’t easy but doesn’t have to be as hard as some contractors make it. Two recent trade media articles explain the advantages of electronic field logs over processes built around paper timecards, spreadsheets and manual data transfer. An article in Building Profits magazine focuses on using technology to eliminate payroll errors and inefficiencies. “When you’re using paper, there are a lot of data issues that arise,” says Eric Sellman, a vice president and general manager at M.A. Mortenson. “Handwriting can be an issue. People can put hours against task codes that maybe they shouldn’t be assigning those hours to.” Patrick Holland, vice president at A.J. Coleman & Son describes the payroll information transfer prior to adopting B2W Track as time-consuming, slow and not very accurate or reliable. “Information was submitted weekly, and there were weekly disputes, depending on the diligence of the supervisor’s input,” he adds. Read More


B2W Software is Taking the 2021 User Conference Online

Event will feature opportunities to improve skills and explore innovative ideas, plus basketball legend Bill Walton

With an in-person event unrealistic, B2W switched gears and redesigned its 2021 User Conference. The result is Innovation Forward, an event featuring unique opportunities for software training and technology exploration. Sessions will run in late February and early March and be set up specifically for online delivery. Read More


Software for Construction Management Beats Spreadsheets

Two new case studies highlight the advantages for equipment maintenance and performance tracking.

Construction fleet management and field tracking are different, but two new B2W case studies show how the move from spreadsheets to specialized software pays off in both workflows. Read More


Keyboard Shortcuts in B2W Heavy Construction Bidding Software

Time Saving Tips for B2W Estimate Users

Bidding faster is the goal of every estimator, and B2W Estimate includes major features and capabilities that speed up the estimating process while ensuring accuracy. However, we have paid attention to some little things too. A keystroke or mouse click might not seem like a big deal in the grand scheme of creating an estimate, but each one takes time. The larger the bid, and the more bids you do, the more they add up. Read More


Five KPI’s to Improve your Construction Fleet Profitability

As every golfer knows, you can’t improve what you don’t measure

Every golfer I know keeps score each round and can tell you several numbers about their game. These include best score ever, target score on home course and, if they are serious, their handicap. Why keep track? As a long-struggling golfer, I can tell you, it is to measure improvement and strive to be better. I recommend that construction managers and executives responsible for their fleets take a similar approach, assisted by construction equipment maintenance software like B2W Maintain. Most businesses track key numbers. In construction, these include annual revenue, gross profit margin and backlog. Refining this with additional metrics tailored to the business called key performance indicators (KPI’s) has become vogue. The intent is to create and track KPI’s that reflect significant aspects of the business, so management can improve them. Think of this as a handicap for each key business activity. Read More


Notifications are another Vital Advantage of Construction Scheduling Software

B2W Schedule makes it easy for contractors to push assignment details and updates by text message or email

Creating an efficient, effective plan and adjusting it on the fly are big challenges in heavy construction project scheduling. Getting the latest information about assignments to the people impacted shouldn’t be. In addition to providing enterprise-wide visibility into a central schedule, B2W Schedule makes it simple for users to push notifications about assignments by email or text message immediately, accurately and efficiently. This is another big advantage that real-time, online construction scheduling software provides over processes that rely on spreadsheets, whiteboards and the chaotic, disconnected phone calls, emails and texts that many contractors are all too familiar with. Read More


Automating Preventive Maintenance

Automating Preventive Maintenance with Construction Equipment Management Software

A system like B2W Maintain helps contractors do the work on time to cut costs, breakdowns and downtime

The equipment maintenance approach at a mid-size excavation and site work contractor that recently adopted B2W Maintain software was very typical. The owner has a mechanical background, knows every piece of equipment inside and out and takes pride in keeping his fleet in top condition. He was managing a relatively effective maintenance program based primarily on his individual knowledge and supported by some basic spreadsheets and paper-based process. Read More


Construction Safety Management

2020 Dodge Construction Safety Management Survey Takeaways

Electronic data capture and analysis with B2W Inform aligns with emerging trends

The recent Safety Management in the Construction Industry 2020 SmartMarket report by Dodge Data & Analytics provides a comprehensive look at efforts by contractors to improve jobsite safety. Here are three highlights related to technology and the potential safety benefits of replacing paper-based processes for data capture and analysis with a system like B2W inform. Read More


Construction Software at Tradeshows

Investigating Construction Management Software Options at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 and other Construction Tradeshows

Eight tips for deciding which booths to visit and what to look for

Construction management software might not command the attention of heavy machinery at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020. Savvy contractors that visit software suppliers at construction tradeshows, however, could uncover opportunities that rival or even exceed the ROI value of that shiny new hardware. Read More


B2W Cloud

Exploring Construction Technology in the Cloud

5 Key questions about performance, cost and security with B2W cloud based construction management software

Whether they’re looking for performance and cost advantages across essential construction projects in general or specific ways to better use mobile construction technology and desktop applications, more and more contractors are considering the Cloud. These are the most common questions they ask us as they explore options for running B2W estimating and operations elements in a cloud environment. Read More


The University of Notre Dame Football team carrying Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger off the field in 1975.

B2W Software Announces Keynote Speakers for 2020 User Conference

“Rudy” and FMI Corporation’s Russ Young will supplement learning sessions on construction

The unlikely football hero immortalized in the blockbuster film Rudy will be a keynote speaker at the 2020 B2W Software User Conference, and a senior strategist from construction consulting firm FMI will lead a unique panel discussion on innovation and technology. The annual event for B2W users runs March 6-8 in Las Vegas, prior to CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020, North America’s largest construction trade show. Read More


Customer Portal

An Innovative Way for Users to Define the B2W Construction Software Roadmap

Online Community Portal stimulates ideas and feature requests

Any construction management software company can claim a ‘client-driven’ approach to developing new features. The real trick is getting beyond the marketing cliché and backing up that claim. B2W does this with a structured process for encouraging input from users, prioritizing it and taking action. The online B2W Community Portal is a valuable part of this process. Read More


Networking: Another Reason to Attend a Construction Software User Conference

Contractors learn from each other as well as from the software supplier

Training might be the first thing that comes to mind when contractors think about a user conference for construction estimating or construction operations software, but classes presented by the supplier are not the only opportunity to get more proficient and get more out of the technology. Read More


7 Habits of Highly Effective Heavy Construction Estimators

7 Habits of Highly Effective Heavy Construction Estimators

The best practices that keep industry leaders fast and accurate

Individually, each of these habits can improve a contractor’s ability to estimate with maximum speed and accuracy, free up more time to focus on strategy and, ultimately, win more bids at better margins. There is also strong crossover and complimentary effect across all seven, with specialized estimating software and the concept of real-time connectivity playing important supporting roles. Additional details are available in The Ultimate Guide to Heavy Civil Construction Estimating & Bidding Software. Read More


ENR Webinar - Equipment Maintenance

Industry experts will cover construction equipment management and fleet maintenance in upcoming webcast

B2W and ENR sponsoring session to explore strategies for automating processes, improving uptime and cutting costs

“When the yellow iron runs, we make money” is a known adage in heavy civil construction, but complex equipment maintenance, uptime and utilization challenges are a constant threat to profitability. Three leading contractors will share strategies and technologies they have adopted to tackle these challenges in an upcoming webinar sponsored by B2W and ENR magazine on Tuesday, October 22 from 2:00-3:00 PM EST. Read More


Job Costing

Get Accurate Labor and Equipment Hours to Improve Construction Cost Management

How electronic field logs help contractors achieve valid, error-free reporting

Accurate job cost reporting is essential for successful financial management but, in my experience, many companies not using electronic field logs in construction are plagued by their inability to capture two essential data points from the field. Labor hours and equipment hours, key building block of what are typically the two highest job cost items, are frequently inaccurate. This is because many contractors still rely on paper for construction time tracking and to record equipment hours. Read More


B2W Apps Keep Mobile Construction Software Working Online or Offline

Data capture, fleet maintenance and resource management continue regardless of connectivity

Anytime, anywhere connectivity for mobile devices may seem like a given in modern society, but contractors know the reality. Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity is not always available where heavy civil construction takes place. Even when it is, it may not be the most efficient way for some companies to use essential construction management software in the field. Read More


Construction Payroll Processing Advantages with B2W Track

Eliminating redundant, manual data entry into accounting systems pays off

M&M Excavating used to refer to it as a “dreaded, day-long Monday ritual”, and the experience is all too familiar at heavy civil construction operations of all sizes and specialties. Two or three employees at that company used to spend most of the day pouring over job reports and time cards for work performed at each job sit the previous week.  Read More Read More


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 Read More


Turn Employee Competitiveness into an Advantage

B2W Tools Can Make Daily Performance Data a Powerful Motivator in the Field

Heavy construction employees tend to be competitive by nature, and a growing number of managers are using performance data to turn that trait into performance improvements. Relying on tools like B2W Track and B2W Inform, allows them to capture data electronically and use it to populate timely reports and dashboards, which are easy to produce and extremely valuable as motivators  Read More Read More


Want Best-in-class Fleet Maintenance for Your Heavy Civil Construction Business?

Keep track of these key performance indicators

In addition to personnel, equipment is essential to heavy civil construction operations. Keeping a fleet on the job and in safe, working order is a challenge with considerable financial risks and rewards. Add maintenance and repair costs to the impact that out-of-commission equipment has on productivity, and the bottom line can suffer significantly. The logical solution is to put systems  Read More Read More


A Better Way to Track Time and Materials Work

B2W Track Allows Contractors to Track and Differentiate on a Single Electronic Field Log

Whether it’s called “time and materials”, “cost plus”, or “force account”, the work done outside of a fixed price contract presents challenges on most heavy construction projects. B2W Track provides a more effective, automated way to track this work and ensure that it is accounted for and billed correctly.                        Read More Read More


B2W Maintain Users Confirm: Strong Preventive Maintenance Requires Software

Automation replaces guesswork, oversight and missed service intervals

Recent comments from equipment experts using B2W Maintain sum up a simple truth about fleet maintenance and management. Preventive maintenance is essential to keeping maintenance costs low and uptime high, and heavy construction contractors will struggle to sustain a strong PM program without specialized software like B2W Maintain. Read More


You Can’t Do That with a Whiteboard

9 Benefits of specialized software for scheduling and dispatching covered in new eBook

Getting crews, equipment and materials to the right place at the right time isn’t easy in the ever-changing construction environment. Doing it effectively goes a long way towards keeping projects on schedule and under budget. Read More


Stopping the Hidden Profit Killer

Unplanned downtime is costly, but construction equipment maintenance software can help you hold it to below 5%.

The profit killer lurking for many contractors is unplanned downtime. This is the time, outside of scheduled maintenance, when breakdowns or emergency repairs knock a machine out of service. However, contractors with best-in-class maintenance processes supported by software like B2W Maintain can change the equation by taking unplanned downtime rates to five percent or lower. Read More


Costing Construction Equipment Accurately with B2W Software

Without accurate rates and a way to assign them, you never really know if you’re making – or losing – money on a job.

Best-in-class heavy construction contractors accurately cost their equipment. Doing this requires two things: an efficient method for tracking equipment utilization time on the job and an accurate calculation of what it costs to operate that equipment. The B2W Software ONE Platform can help with both. Read More


Daily Field Log

Daily Field Logs: Faster, Easier, Better

Video highlights clever user interface features that make life easier in the field

Once the estimating and bidding are completed, the daily logs for construction projects become cornerstones to effective management. Foremen and supervisors know timely, accurate data is vital, but let’s face it. There are more productive things they would rather do than record labor, productivity, materials and equipment utilization. Read More


Production Targets: What They Are and Why You Should Use Them

Setting daily expectations more accurately to improve job management

Timely, data-driven decision making is a key to successful heavy construction operations, and contractors can’t make good decisions without gauging actual performance in the field against the expectations established in the estimate. That comparison on a daily basis provides supervisors with the means to address job issues and make corrections days or even weeks before reports can be generated through their company’s accounting/job cost systems. Read More


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