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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.
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Greg Norris

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.
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Jeff Pankratz

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.
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Greg Norris

Heavy Construction Meetings

Make post-project reviews a more effective tool for managing construction projects

Access lessons learned by making the information searchable instead of relying on “organizational memory”

Best-in-class heavy civil construction contractors not only excel at estimating, project management and field supervision. They also learn from experience and apply the gained knowledge to future projects. Post-project review meetings are important to accomplishing this, and using an e-forms and reporting tool, like B2W Inform, to document the results of these meetings in a structured manner and make that information easily searchable is a smart move.
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Herb Brownett

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.
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John Sheedy

A Better Way to Track Employee Licenses, Certifications and Training

Check credentials in seconds and get alerts in advance about expiration dates

Credentials are critical in managing construction projects, but keeping track of who is licensed, certified or trained for which activities is a management headache. Many contractors, like RJV Construction in Massachusetts, rely on the ONE Platform to minimize this challenge.
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Elizah Hulseman

Accounting or Field Tracking Software?

Contractors say combining both systems can improve project outcomes

There is no dispute about the importance of tracking actual performance in the field against the estimate and budget for effective construction cost management. Contractors, however, often debate whether to rely on an accounting system or a specialized construction field tracking software option like B2W Track to do it.
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Doug Seyler

The B2W Knowledge Center

Video library puts remote training resources at the fingertips of B2W users

After a contractor purchases B2W construction software, there are a series of steps before they are ready to start using it. The software is implemented, training sessions are completed, and the users are ready to hit the ground running - right? Yes, but as the B2W support team can verify, questions are bound to come up after initial training. Maybe an employee was out that day, or a new employee was hired who didn’t attend training. Even users with years of experience can use a refresher. B2W also adds new features and updates constantly, so there’s always more to learn.
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Kayla Lutz

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.
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Herb Brownett

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.
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Jen Musil

B2W Employee Spotlight

Jennifer Musil, Principal User Experience Designer

When good software is hard to use, it’s bad software. As a user experience designer, Jen Musil plays a key role in the “look and feel” of the B2W elements. That involves a lot of listening to what users need, along with the software expertise to make powerful features easy and intuitive to use.
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Greg Norris

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.
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Herb Brownett

Thanks to Our Clients for Making 2018 a Great Year

Continuous growth, aggressive product development and passionate support were the B2W highlights

On behalf of the growing team at B2W, I would like to thank you for your business and continuous input on ways we can best serve you. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with and learn from so many dynamic contractors on a day to day basis in pursuit of technology that allows you to win more bids and operate more profitably.
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Paul McKeon

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.
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Jennifer Angrisano

For Subcontractors, Estimating Software Does More Than Help Them Win Bids

Running alternate scenarios and adapting to scope changes are areas where spreadsheets can’t keep up when it comes to writing winning bids

Think about heavy construction estimating, and putting together winning bids is probably the first thing that comes to mind. For companies that serve frequently as subcontractors, however, the ability to evaluate and present multiple alternative scenarios for general contractors can be equally important. Adapting bids to changes in the job scope is also an everyday requirement.
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Patrick Reitz

Exploring Holistic Fleet Management at October EquipmentSHIFT Conference

If You Manage Equipment, Look Into Joining the Association of Equipment Management Professional (AEMP)

The EquipmentSHIFT conferences promise insightful information on innovative technology and how it will impact the construction sector, and this year’s event did not disappoint. A wide range of suppliers, contractors and other industry experts made presentations on an equally broad range of equipment related topics.
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John Kane

Tax Incentives for Year-End Capital Expenses

Now Could be a Good Time to buy Construction Software

It’s that time of year. Kids have gone back to school, the leaves are changing color, the air is getting crisp and… Year-end tax planning strategies are front of mind! But seriously, folks, with the fall season upon us, it’s time to revisit or start tax planning for the coming year-end, and  year-end purchase of capital equipment – including software  Read More
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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.
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Doug Seyler

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.
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Mike Morneau

Going from B2W Estimate Pro to Enterprise

5 Reasons it might be time to upgrade to the more powerful edition

Each of the three versions of B2W Estimate provides unparalleled performance and reliability. So why would you take the leap from the Professional edition to the Enterprise edition? If any of these situations apply to you, it might be time to upgrade.
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Greg Norris

New Survey Yields Interesting Results on Technology in Heavy Construction

Data shows awareness of benefits but also missed potential

Heavy construction companies know there’s a lot to gain when their office, field and maintenance operations run efficiently and communicate with each other in real time. Most recognize that they need software and mobile capabilities to make this happen. Still, many stop short of investing and continue to miss out on opportunities technology could provide.
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Greg Norris

Software Adoption for Heavy Civil Construction Companies

5 Big-picture Steps to Ensure Successful Implementation of Construction Software

As technological innovation continues at a breakneck pace, many heavy civil construction companies remain reluctant to move into the era of software-driven business processes. Some fear the unknown. Others have been bitten by experiences with inferior applications, ill-conceived implementations or poor support.
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Greg Norris

New Hampshire CFMA Chapter Addresses Role of Construction CFO

Herb Brownett Guest Speaker at May Meeting

Former CFMA (Construction Financial Management Association) national chairman Herb Brownett led an interactive presentation exploring how the industry’s best CFO’s are transcending the accounting function to help build the value and future of their companies when the newly formed NH CFMA chapter met in May.
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David Flynn

2018 B2W Client Award Winners Announced

American Asphalt and A.J. Coleman & Son epitomize operational, data and ROI advantages

The 2018 B2W Client Awards were presented at the annual User Conference in Boca Raton, Florida from March 25-27, and American Asphalt Company and Alvin J. Coleman & Son walked away with the trophies. American Asphalt of New Jersey was cited for Best Use of the B2W ONE Platform. The award for Best ROI with a single B2W Element went  Read More
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Greg Norris

Talk the Talk:

Top 10 Heavy Civil Construction Technology Terms You Need to Know

Are you considering new software solutions at your heavy civil construction company? Here are some straightforward definitions for the most important software and technology terms contractors need to know. Chances are, these terms aren’t completely foreign. Still, many people have a vague or partial understanding of exactly what they mean. Brushing up will help you sound like a pro, cut  Read More
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Greg Norris

“5 out of 5 Stars”

2-Minute Video: B2W users say ease of use can dissolve resistance to construction software

Stereotypical “old-school” construction workers resisting software at all costs are like flip phones. You come across them now and then, but the sightings are increasingly rare. As construction applications evolve, along with market pressures and employee expectations, the old excuses that “software isn’t for us”, “our existing systems work just fine” or “we’re not ready for software” are dissolving fast.  Read More
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Greg Norris

6 Steps to Implementing Maintenance Software

This article originally appeared in Grading & Excavating Contractor magazine Switching from a fragmented mix of spreadsheets and paper-based processes to specialized software to manage equipment maintenance and repairs can have a big impact on profitability for heavy civil construction companies. The most effective companies leverage software sometimes referred to as a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) to hold maintenance  Read More
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John Kane

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
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John Kane

Top 10 Things You Can’t Do 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
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Elizah Hulseman

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
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Rich Humphrey

Streamlining Key Construction Operations with Software

How to Optimize Critical 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
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Mark Hooks

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
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Tom Willey

B2W Estimate and the Error-check Wizard

Catch Potential Mistakes During the Bidding Process with the Ease of a Spell-Check

For heavy 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.
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Anthony Salvatore

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