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B2W Estimate provides centralized cost data and structures along with specialized functionality for heavy civil construction estimating and bidding. Leveraging the intuitive, easy-to-use application, a contractor utilizing B2W Estimate can maximize accuracy and speed, standardize estimating processes, focus more attention on strategy and win more bids at better margins.
B2W Estimate delivers powerful, intuitive features and functionality that are unmatched for heavy civil construction project bidding and bid management.
- Central resource database with up-to-date labor, tasks, materials and equipment costs
- Specialized functionality for creating bids from databases, templates and cost structures
- Easy to learn and deploy, with familiar, intuitive user interfaces and construction estimating logic
- Scalable, enterprise-class performance for fast, reliable operation
- Automated DOT bidding with pre-populated pay items and import/export of bid forms for civil work
- Export to project management, accounting and field tracking systems
B2W ESTIMATING SOFTWARE FOR CONSTRUCTION FEATURES
Robust, enterprise-class performance
Designed from the ground up to take advantage of the very latest .NET and SQL Server tools from Microsoft, B2W Estimate provides an infinitely scalable, high-performance platform to run advanced features reliably at high speed and to accommodate future development.
Central database – resources, crews, tasks and cost items
A core advantage with B2W Estimate is the ability to create and pre-populate detailed databases with costs – including default templates of crews and pay items – that can be easily updated. With these building blocks in one place, construction estimators work faster, more accurately and with the same, consistent data.
Flexibility – pay item, work breakdown structures (WBS) or hybrid bidding
In addition to traditional pay item bids, B2W Estimate supports Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) bidding. This allows companies to organize and develop estimates in an unlimited hierarchical form, with visibility into how costs are rolled up and the level of detail at which costing is done. Estimates can be configured to support pay items, WBS levels, or both together.
Synchronized mobile estimating
Estimators can work – with access to resources and items – even when disconnected from the office server. Reconnect, and the new estimates or changes are added on the server. This is a big advantage for companies that want the flexibility to work remotely or download a bid locally for closing during bid day.
Simultaneous use by multiple estimators
With B2W Estimate, multiple estimators can work on the same estimate at the same time – a big advantage for larger companies and those working from multiple locations.
Automated DOT bidding
The ability to download a DOT electronic bidding system (EBS) file, conform the estimate automatically to match the required DOT format and then upload it for submission is a huge time saver. B2W Estimate even comes with a built-in database, including pay items for each state DOT.
B2W Estimate tracks additions, modifications and deletions, recording the date, time and user. When values such as unit costs or production rates are modified—either at the component level or via global edits— B2W Estimate records the previous values, creating a detailed event log for each portion of your estimate.
This integrated feature scans estimates automatically for dozens of common errors and then takes estimators step-by-step through each problem so they can resolve them.
Auto-save & auto-recalculate
B2W Estimate saves the work automatically after every task is completed, and updated cost and price information are visible instantly on screen when bid prices and cost information are entered.
Export to project management and accounting/ERP systems
By integrating seamlessly with industry-leading project management and accounting/ERP systems, B2W Estimate increases accuracy and saves hours of re-work and re-keying of data.
Integration with B2W operational applications
Bid information can be pushed directly and seamlessly from B2W Estimate to the B2W operations applications, including field tracking, to enable comparison between estimated and actual costs.
Vendor and subcontractor RFQ management
B2W Estimate can automatically send RFQs to subcontractors and vendors, perform powerful analysis on submitted quotes and then select the lowest bidder—or split RFQ groups among multiple bidders—to get to the lowest possible package price.
Compare your bids against the competition
For public projects, the Market Analysis feature allows companies to compare their bid to that of their competitors. Total process can be compared, or the bid can be broken down to compare bid items by total price or unit price.
Cross-bid and cross-division management reporting
The browser-based reporting feature can analyze any number of past estimates and deliver a wide range of business intelligence data such as trends in cost items or win-loss ratios and margins over time. Reports can be sent on a subscription basis to selected users at defined times.
Customizable private bid forms
Users can easily customize detailed unit-price or lump-sum bid forms or RFQs with grouping and subtotaling options, as well as advanced text formatting. This feature allows content flexibility and a professional appearance.
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STEPPING UP FROM SPREADSHEETS IS EASIER THAN YOU THINK
As challenges intensify, relying strictly on spreadsheets for estimating puts heavy construction companies at a competitive disadvantage. Here are the top six reasons more and more of them are stepping up to B2W Estimate.
INTEGRATION IS ESSENTIAL
Estimating is not an isolated activity. B2W Estimate delivers seamless integration advantages that improve accuracy and save time.
- Import Excel tables and other cost databases
- Connect with electronic bidding programs, including DOT systems
- Incorporate and manage input from vendors and subcontractors
- Export bid data directly to industry leading project management and accounting/ERP platforms
- Communicate with the B2W Operational suite to transfer bid information and compare it against actual performance