Engineering News-Record — July 06, 2015 –With margin pressure and job complexity increasing, estimator and project manager Mark Nielsen of Gerber Construction says a standardized, enterprise-class system for estimating and bidding is vital to allowing his firm to produce bids quickly and easily.
The heavy concrete construction specialist based in Utah relies on B2W Estimate’s centralized resources, reusable task and item templates and the fact that any number of estimators can work on the same estimate at the same time with no performance degradation – a major benefit for a large company. B2W Software also provides Nielsen’s team with comprehensive security to control access to each area of the product, as well as limit the amount of information each user can see.
Nielsen says that getting bids put together quickly is the biggest advantage with B2W Estimate. “It has definitely improved our profitability,” Nielsen explains.
He cites one project as an example. “We were bidding an upgrade to a wastewater treatment plan in Idaho, which was to be bid lump sum,” he recalls. “When a job is bid lump sum, we like to break it down into divisions and B2W Estimate makes it very easy to do that and to keep the bid organized. The project also had deductive alternates to go along with the base bid, and B2W Estimate handles alternates very well.”