B2W Estimate - Estimating & Bidding Software


 

B2W Estimate from B2W Software (formerly BID2Win) is an application for heavy civil construction estimating and bidding. The system offers the ability to create and pre-populate detailed databases with costs, including default templates of crews and pay items.

B2W Estimate is built on the Microsoft.NET and SQL Server platform, a high-performance architecture that aims to facilitate speed, reliability, and scalability. The interface features estimating logic with a Windows feel.

B2W Estimate integrates with DOT electronic bidding systems and can export bid data directly to industry-leading project management and accounting/ERP platforms including Viewpoint, Oracle, Dexter + Chaney, Foundation, Maxwell Systems and others. As part of B2W Software’s ONE Platform, the application links directly with B2W applications for scheduling, field tracking, equipment maintenance, and business intelligence.

B2W serves clients across the full spectrum of heavy civil construction sectors in the U.S. and Canada, with annual revenues ranging from under $5 million to over $500 million.

 

B2W Estimate - Estimating & Bidding - Estimate screen
 
  • B2W Estimate - Estimating & Bidding - Estimate screen
    Estimate screen
  • B2W Estimate - Estimating & Bidding - Editing an estimate
    Editing an estimate
  • B2W Estimate - Estimating & Bidding - Home screen
    Home screen
  • B2W Estimate - Estimating & Bidding - Estimate details
    Estimate details
  • B2W Estimate - Estimating & Bidding - Costing resources
    Costing resources
  • B2W Estimate - Estimating & Bidding - Quote comparison
    Quote comparison
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows Vista, Windows XP, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 8

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Lars from DW Excavating
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

January 2017

January 2017

User friendly with great support

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Value for Money

We bought the software 4 months ago and it has been a very easy process to set up and start bidding with the program. We paid for the onsite training and while expensive was well worth the money.

Pros

I really like the ease of globally editing the material costs, labor costs, crews, production rates, etc with the global editing feature.

Cons

I haven't been using it long enough to have any real complaints about the product but it would be nice to have some sort of undo button.

Advice to Others

Be prepared to spend some time setting it up but it will be worth it in the long run.

 
 

Karthik from LandMasters Development
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2016

December 2016

It's an Estimate pro !!

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Value for Money

Initial training for the software is not that good! It would be better if the initial trainers had better practice before training somebody!

Otherwise, the software is amazing!

Pros

The changes made in the Estimate will not affect your template or the resources...!

Cons

The service aspects has to be improved

Advice to Others

Don't expect to learn in a go., it takes a while to get to know what it is !!

 
 

Bryab from Generals Home Repairs
Specialty: Home builder - custom
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2016

December 2016

Estimates with ease

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N/A
Value for Money

The software is easy to use. All you have to do is set up your area that you work in. Put in the info you looking for and it gives you back an average of what it goes for in your area.

Pros

It's easy to understand set up guide

Cons

I love everything about it

Advice to Others

Get this product to save time with estimates

 
 

Sean from Mark Cerrone, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Great Estimating Software

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Value for Money

This is a great program for estimating. It can be customized with activities, crews, etc that can be used over and over. Bids can be shared in real time among multiple users. It also exports into multiple programs (Excel, Viewpoint) which makes the transition into a project easier.

Pros

It takes time to build activities and crews, but once done, they can be copied with no effort. There's multiple reports (material, labor, equipment) that is really helpful if the bid is successful. There is effort to learn the software, but it is straight forward. There are simple but effective features like the subcontractor and vendor management that allows you to create groups that then apply throughout the bid - for example, you can make a subcontractor group for concrete and enter the separate contractors and pricing. Choosing a contractor in this group then applies to all concrete items throughout the bid. It makes the work easier, but also helps to avoid missing an item.

Cons

The program automatically saves and there is no undo button, so make sure you think of this ahead of time.

Advice to Others

If you work remotely, you have to check out a license before leaving the office. Don't forget on a weekend, or you'll be driving back to the office!

 
 

Monique from Jack Frost Heating Cooling/JF Mechan LLC
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

November 2016

November 2016

Review

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Not for a small business with less than 3 employees worth the price

 
 

Sue from MCC, Inc.
Specialty: Paving

September 2016

September 2016

Estimate and Track

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Likes Best

The product is user friendly. My rep was wonderful in helping us set it up and to troubleshoot.

Likes Least

We seem to have the tablets lock up when trying to submit their job sheets; currently one of the newer ipads will not let you copy.

Recommendations

Helps to standardize the bidding process. Can monitor bids won and loss. The reports are very informative.

 
 

Berlin from MCC Inc.
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor

September 2016

September 2016

Best streamline bidding & business management software out there

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Likes Best

I like to workflow from start to finish. By having the workflow laid out it prevents mistakes from happening

Likes Least

There are some glitches and small interface issues but other than that its a great program

Recommendations

I would recommend that you full understand this software before you can really evaluate it

 
 

Alicia from MCC, Inc
Specialty: Paving

September 2016

September 2016

Estimate and Track

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Likes Best

Their customer service is excellent! Very helpful and get back to you right away. We have used the product for a couple of years now and really like it. It's very user friendly and helpful with the information you are able to get from it.

Likes Least

I wish you were able to customize reports more especially in Track.

Recommendations

For track, depending on the amount of users do your homework before getting tablets or iPads. We purchased tablets and are now converting them all over to iPad because of speed issues.

 
 

leonard from mcc, inc.
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor

August 2016

August 2016

All i can say is wow!

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Likes Best

The speed in which I can prepare and send out proposals.

Likes Least

It took a little searching to find the icons I needed after the newest update was installed.

Recommendations

Give it some time, don't give up on it too soon. Give yourself enough time to get acquainted with all of it's features.

 
 

Jan from Fowler Construction Company Limited
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor

April 2016

April 2016

Used Estimate (formerly Bid2Win) for more than 10 years. Very pleased.

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Likes Best

Support is very good. Friendly and knowledgeable. And prompt! Usually you can talk to a support rep right away and get your issue resolved right then and there which is critical when closing a bid.

Likes Least

Because we have been so pleased with Estimate / Bid2Win, I have not personally used other estimating software for more than ten years so I cannot personally provide a detailed comparison to other currently available estimating software.

Recommendations

Talk to others in your industry niche. Join user groups. Find a non-competing company in the same business and discuss their experience. Go to trade shows and get hands-on with other software. Ask for trial versions and do some test bids.

 
 

Bill from B&F Contracting
Specialty: Utility contractor

March 2016

March 2016

B2W - Just Starting Out

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Likes Best

We purchased Estimate to streamline and add consistency to our bidding process. We are in the implementation process and excited to see the results.
B2W as a company has worked with us to put together a schedule to move thing along quickly.

Likes Least

What's there not to like!
The products are not the cheapest on the market.

Recommendations

Call and talk to other B2W customers. Look at other products and see which organization is in the business for the long term relationship.

 
 

Cristian from CAC Industries inc
Specialty: Utility contractor

March 2016

March 2016

New software user

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Likes Best

What I like the most about the product is the interface, how intuitive and easy of use it is,, about the vendor, the customer service.

Likes Least

What I like least was the drag and drop capability, but here at the UC 2016 I just learned you can copy and paste between items just like in any other windows based program.. About vendor, I have a suggestion on coming conferences, you should maybe use one of those programs that helps you follow the cursor when you are watching software tutorials on a screen.

Recommendations

The customer service for this software is second to none. And in comparison to other softwares, this is super friendly.

 
 

Jason from Ajax Paving Industries of FL, LLC
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor

March 2016

March 2016

Government and Private Estimates

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Likes Best

Subcontractor and Vendor RFQs and management
The professionalism of cover page

Likes Least

No undo function
Alternates on cover page can't be manually placed in order of how you want

Recommendations

Excellent way to review and manage bidding opportunities

 
 

John from MCC, Inc
Specialty: Paving

March 2016

March 2016

Estimate Review

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Likes Best

The ability to customize the product for our needs and the willingness of the B2W employees to help with it. Also the tracking and reporting we can get from it.

Likes Least

I wish there were more selection of custom reports. We utilize some of the reports but it would be beneficial to be able to run more custom (specific) reports of what we are looking for with in estimate.

Recommendations

We have really benefited from the product and got a lot of valuable information from it.

 
 

Stewart from CAC Industries, Inc.
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating

March 2016

March 2016

It is very comparible to HCSS.

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Likes Best

This is very comparible to HCSS (the Cadillac of estimating softwares) but much more user friendly.

Likes Least

I cannot honestly think of what I like least. This software is easy to use.

Recommendations

In construction, HCSS is considered the estimating software to have. But I have used HCSS for over 10 years and in the nearly 3 years I've been using B2W, to me, it performs the same task but on a easier to use platform.

 
 

Dan from Harrison Western Construction
Specialty: Other specialty contractor

March 2016

March 2016

Swiss Army Knife of estimating

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Likes Best

We are Mining & tunneling contractor, this software adapts readily to our unique bidding styles and forms

Likes Least

Some of the help items are not so helpful. It takes time to sift through the items. They are not always clearly defined.

Recommendations

Make sure you can customize it to you business. We are a specialty contractor and our bid forms are typically one offs.

 
 

Rich from Henkels & McCoy
Specialty: General contractor

March 2016

March 2016

Still Integrating

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N/A
Likes Best

It's pretty user friendly and easy to understand for the average estimator.

Likes Least

Certain feature requests not available yet like "unit" sale pricing on the WBS/Item Pricing tab

Recommendations

Research several different softwares before deciding

 
 

John from Northeast Contractors, Inc.
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating

August 2015

August 2015

New to the program but pleased so far

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Likes Best

The speed of putting together a bid. I reduced my bid time by 25% and I know I will do better than that once I have more experience with B2W

Likes Least

Building the library. This is time consuming. Make sure you ask questions to be certain you are setting it up properly.

Recommendations

I recommend that you use this program immediately. You should perform the first couple of bids your old way and compare to your bids created in B2W to give piece of mind.

 
 

Lee from Tepa
Specialty: General contractor

August 2015

August 2015

Good civil package

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Likes Best

Ability to quickly build crews. The vendor has been very good at follow up and support.

Likes Least

Would like the ability to calculate margin in addition to markup.

Recommendations

It is good for civil but necessarily vertical construction, so keep that in mind.

 
 

Franco from Dufferin Construction Company
Specialty: Paving

July 2015

July 2015

Always making life simpler!

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Likes Best

The ease and functionality of the program. The way in which it is built makes bids a breeze. The vendor is great because of their service. When you do come upon a road block, they always have an answer for you, and the answer is always to your favour (it's never that they can't not figure out how to help you).

Likes Least

Nothing comes to mind! I honestly can't think of a time when I've thought anything other than positive thoughts about this program and vendor.

Recommendations

Attend a user conference, call the help line. These things help you to gain new experiences with the program and will make the bidding process much more efficient once you learn the little tricks and tips of what the program can do.

 
 
 
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Bobby from Superior Construction Company SE

April 2016

April 2016

We have been with Paul and Company since 1998

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Software is by far the best estimating software available in the heavy/highway industry. Very intiuative to learn, not something that uses a "code book" for navigation. We as a company have grow with B2W and there are just a hand full of improvements this product needs to make it number 1.

Source: Capterra
 

Shane from (912)538-7967

April 2016

April 2016

It has allowed me to move thru more projects more accurately

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One of the pros for me has been the added copy and paste feature.

No cons as of yet, all is well

Source: Capterra
 

Rick from Tucker Paving, Inc.

April 2016

April 2016

We have utilized B2W daily for the last two years.

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The B2W Program is really simple to navigate.
This is really a big deal to me as I am not the Most Gifted of Computer Users.
The vast amount of Reports that can be generated is a big help in Estimating but also as tools for the Production team.
We researched several different estimating programs before we decided on B2W, we definitively feel we made the right choice.
We have and will continue to recommend B2W

Source: Capterra
 

Mark from Legacy Water Group

April 2016

April 2016

This program is excellent for bidding unit price projects. We have been very pleased with the produc

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Pro's = Intuitive and powerful enough for all our needs

Source: Capterra
 

Joe from SiteWORX

April 2016

April 2016

Best In Class. First Rate Customer Service.

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I have been using Estimate off and on for nearly a decade. I have demo'd countless competitors programs and I know two things to be true there is no solution that is perfect to every companies specific situation however, B2W's Estimate is the best in the class. The Ease of Use of software is relative to the commercial category for which its application is being used. Civil and Heavy Highway Estimates are difficult and complex undertakings in a lot of cases so while Estimate is not intuitive, none are, the use of Estimate in our company has increased the amount of work we bid, by nearly 40% compared to our previous Excel based system. More accurately, Estimate Check Wizard is an amazing feature. I cant say that it has made us more profitable but it has eliminated human error that would of resulted in losses. Additionally I haven't had a single dealing with any employee that hasn't gone out of there way to answer any question I have I had. Lastly, B2W's tech support is unrivaled you won't know that until you need them but you will after.

Source: Capterra
 

Brad from Building Crafts, Inc.

April 2016

April 2016

Overall, the project has helped BCI increase the speed, efficiency and quality of our estimating.

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Pros - Fairly easy to use and quick to get new users trained to a productive level. Flexibility is great as the software allows the estimator to organize estimates in a way that is either consistent with a corporate strategy or unique to his own needs.

Cons - There is a lack of user customization of reports. B2W will tell you that you can use Crystal Reports to generate custom reports but that is too cumbersome and time consuming. There needs to be a way to simply choose data field you want to print and allow you to organize them on the page. Also, after 6+ years with the software, we have found that customer service is great but B2W is very slow to implement fixes or modifications.

Source: Capterra
 

Michael from Jon M Hall Company

April 2016

April 2016

My estimating department and I utilize the sofware on a daily basis.

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Pros:
easy to use.
manages vendors & subcontractor quotes.
excellent all-in-one database to manage all contacts.

Cons:
program lags when switching tabs.
cannot manage subs and vendors through the same tab.
select "show level 1-whatever" by default when clicking on a pay item in the tree view of the detail tab.

Source: Capterra
 

David from Kelly Road Builders, Inc.

April 2016

April 2016

It has improved our bidding.

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We like the use of tasks to breakdown pay items and the ability to change pay rate for labor.
We work through out the Southeast which means we have a lot of different rates.

Source: Capterra
 

Phil from Danbert, Inc.

April 2016

April 2016

I prefer B2W estimating software to HCSS Heavybid for heavy civil estimating.

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I had used HCSS HeavyBid software for my heavy civil estimating for many years before using B2W estimating software. I was then exposed to B2W and prefer B2W because of it's intuitive setup and ease of use.

Source: Capterra
 

Rick from C. Lee Construction Services, Inc.

April 2016

April 2016

I've used a competitors estimate in the past. By far B2W blows away them away!

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Very simple to use.
Easy to make changes at a moments notice.
Customer support is phenomenal.

Source: Capterra
 

David from Sanders Brothers Construction Company, Inc.

March 2016

March 2016

I have used B2W Estimate since 2003.

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I had previous experience with crew/production based estimating prior to starting with B2W Estimate 13 years ago so the concepts were easy to pick up. The way we use Estimate has evolved over the years to help integrate the project budgets into our accounting and production tracking systems. B2W Support has been helpful when we needed to resolve issues. The software is flexible and adaptable to our needs. The 4 stars for ease of use is only because B2W has so many features packed into the system. I'm sure it does things that we don't even know we need. The Best Practices sessions at UC16 were very informative. Working through a sample estimate with a trainer and then discussing "tips and tricks" with other users is of great value to be able to use the software to its fullest potential. We are looking forward to the enhancements coming in future releases. B2W is to be commended for the culture of always wanting to improve the product--and basing those improvements on the needs and desires of their customers.

Source: Capterra
 

Justin from Morgan Asphalt, Inc.

March 2016

March 2016

Excellent Program & Excellent Customer Service.

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Estimate is the industry standard for bidding. The software allows you to put pricing together efficiently, and it with the structure it helps eliminate errors in the bidding process.

I have been a "user" for the past 10 years and have always loved the progression. With any program there will always be something that needs "fixed" or that you need help with a task, but with the support teams at B2W it is a painless process.

Source: Capterra
 

John from James D. Morrissey, Inc.

March 2016

March 2016

Top Notch Customer Service

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The systems work very well, this should be no surprise in this day and age of technology. The Estimating to Construction transfer works as well as other programs. The main advantage to the systems is having the knowledge, support and friendly service that you receive from the entire B2W Staff. This is priceless, and after 25 years in the Construction Industry, have never encountered this type of customer service. No matter what you need when you need it, B2W is always a phone call away and minutes from a phone or web connection to help solve a problem. Truly Amazing!

Source: Capterra
 

Bob from American Asphalt Company

March 2016

March 2016

I bought Bid2Win about 15 years ago and it was a wise investment, and has helped my company grow suc

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The software is easy to understand, intuitive and easy to use. Bid2Wuin gives us control of our estimating, using costs and markups, allowing us to surgically construct our bids. This keeps our company knowledgeable about cost of work, profit margins, risks, and able to win the kinds of work we want.

Source: Capterra
 

Brandon from Staker Parson

March 2016

March 2016

I used B2W Estimate daily for the past 5 years and really enjoy it!

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I like the updates that consistently take place with B2W, I enjoy the ease of use and like all features within B2W, I would like to see a few more export features that included taking any typical estimate and export out by pay item for import in a scheduling software. I use this program every day and have for the past 5 years and I believe this is easier to use than others and continue to improve. I would like to have a simpler way to enter a material calculation factor. Overall very pleased with the use of B2W and would recommend when updates are created a short video be posted to the B2W website showing the features and how to utilize them.

Source: Capterra
 

Doug from Kaskaskia Engineering Group LLC dba KEG Build

March 2016

March 2016

Easy to use and saved us time.

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The estimating software was intuitive to follow making it easier to use.
Due to conflicts with scheduling training we used the software for several months without training. The few questions we had were answered promptly by the customer service staff.
Changing from spreadsheets to B2W, our estimating time was significantly reduced.
The reports seem easier to read versus other estimating software.

Source: Capterra
 

Jason from EPCOR Technologies

March 2016

March 2016

Using B2W Estimate has made my job more efficient

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Coming from spreadsheet estimating to B2W Estimate has been a very smooth transition. The ability to manipulate an estimate in many ways gives me the ability to find multiple cost savings on projects. B2W Estimate has saved me so much time!! The initial building of the database has been fairly difficult but the support of the B2W staff is second to none. I would recommend this software to anyone who wants to greatly impact their bottom line!

Source: Capterra
 

Tammy from Haskell Lemon Construction Co.

March 2016

March 2016

We have been very pleased with the ease of using this software and the documents that are produced.

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We love the ability to build templates for items that are routinely used. This saves a lot of time when preparing the estimates/bids.
The customer service and online help menus are amazing. Everyone is willing to work with us to generate specific reports based on our company needs.
There is a wide variety of tools available. Each portion of the software works well with each other and we are constantly surprised by the new releases and features available.

Source: Capterra
 

Eric from Benton-Georgia, LLC

March 2016

March 2016

Never go back.

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Using B2W Estimate is a must for me now. I'd never go back to using Excel and manually doing bids. When we first started using B2W Estimate, we were actually running bids both in Excel and B2W. I found a few mistakes that would have never made it through the bidding process while entering a couple bids into B2W after the fact. I found a couple formulae errors in Excel which cost us quite a bit of money. It is much easier to reorganize your bid, or make changes in B2W than Excel as well. Alternate bids, which we are requested to do sometimes, are a lot easier to do by just duplicating the bid and re-organizing it.

The tools incorporated into B2W to check the bid for errors are very useful as well. With large bids the Estimate Check Wizard is a must.

I can't think of any reason not to use B2W.

Source: Capterra
 

Dennis from Woodruff and Sons, Inc.

March 2016

March 2016

User friendly, very powerful and flexible.

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It would be nice to be able to turn the bond table on and off for alternates.

Source: Capterra
 
 
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