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B2W Estimate Features
Robust, enterprise-class performance
Heavy construction estimating software that provides an infinitely scalable, high-performance platform to run advanced features reliably at high speed and to accommodate future development. B2W Estimate is designed from the ground up to take advantage of the very latest .NET and SQL Server tools from Microsoft.
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. Additionally, 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. Lastly, estimates can be configured to support pay items, WBS levels, or both together.
Synchronized mobile estimating and bidding
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 from the job site 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 bid at the same time – a big advantage for larger construction 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.
Heavy construction estimating software that 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.
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 construction companies to compare their bid to that of their competitors. The total process can be compared, or the bid can be broken down to compare bid items by total price or unit price.
Export estimate details 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.
Customizable 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.
Integrated Change Order Management
B2W Estimate makes it fast and easy to create, manage and track change orders within an original base bid. This allows change orders to appear as independent nodes in the B2W menu structure. Estimators can add items and activities from the B2W Estimate database or they can copy, paste and adjust information from the base bid.
Step Up from Spreadsheets
As challenges intensify, relying strictly on spreadsheets puts construction companies at a competitive disadvantage. Here are the top six reasons more and more heavy construction contractors are stepping up to B2W Estimate software for estimating and bidding.
- Accuracy – avoid calculation and formula errors
- Standardization of the bidding process
- Ease of Use
- Speed – complete bids faster
- Integration – with accounting, field and DOT systems
- Enhanced bid analytics
Integration is Essential
Bidding is not an isolated activity and 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 cost 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