B2W Estimate - Estimating & Bidding Software


 

B2W Estimate (formerly BID2WIN) is a construction cost estimating and bid management system for heavy construction contractors. It helps companies calculate material and labor costs, track vendor and subcontractor correspondence, manage documents such as requests for quotations (RFQs) and manage bids. It has an international customer-base with over 5,000 users.

B2W Estimate offers integration with Excel, the Department of Transportation (DOT) electronic bidding system and its sister project management product, B2W Track. It also integrates with several other accounting and project management systems, including Viewpoint, Oracle, Dexter + Chaney, Foundation, Maxwell Systems and more.

B2W Estimate is designed specifically for earthwork, paving, utility and other types of heavy/highway contractors. It is being used on a wide variety of projects ranging from bridges and tunnels, to marine and railroad, to landscaping and golf course projects. It is best suited for midsized and large contractors performing $5 million to over $500 million in revenue annually. B2W Estimate boasts that the system can have anywhere from one to over 1,000 users utilizing the program at the same time.

B2W Estimate is built on the Microsoft .NET and SQL Server platform. They are a Microsoft Gold Partner, Oracle Gold Partner and Viewpoint Development Partner.

 

B2W Estimate - Estimating & Bidding - Homepage
 
  • B2W Estimate - Estimating & Bidding - Homepage
    Homepage
  • B2W Estimate - Estimating & Bidding - Compare quotes
    Compare quotes
  • B2W Estimate - Estimating & Bidding - Create templates
    Create templates
  • B2W Estimate - Estimating & Bidding - Excel integration
    Excel integration
  • B2W Estimate - Estimating & Bidding - Item pricing tab
    Item pricing tab
  • B2W Estimate - Estimating & Bidding - Trucking calculator
    Trucking calculator
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows Vista, Windows XP, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 8

156 Reviews of B2W Estimate - Estimating & Bidding

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

Great Estimating Software

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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!

 
 

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

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

 
 

from MCC, Inc.
Specialty: Paving

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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.

 
 

from MCC Inc.
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor

Best streamline bidding & business management software out there

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

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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

 
 

from MCC, Inc
Specialty: Paving

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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.

 
 

from mcc, inc.
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor

All i can say is wow!

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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.

 
 

from DW Excavating
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating

So far so good

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It has been a pain free process to implement the software. The software seems really easy to use.

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I haven't used it long enough to really say what I don't like.

Recommendations

Do your research to make sure this is what you want/need as it is pretty expensive.

 
 

from Fowler Construction Company Limited
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor

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

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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.

 
 

from B&F Contracting
Specialty: Utility contractor

B2W - Just Starting Out

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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.

 
 

from CAC Industries inc
Specialty: Utility contractor

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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.

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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.

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

 
 

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

Government and Private Estimates

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Subcontractor and Vendor RFQs and management
The professionalism of cover page

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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

 
 

from MCC, Inc
Specialty: Paving

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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.

 
 

from CAC Industries, Inc.
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating

It is very comparible to HCSS.

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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.

 
 

from Harrison Western Construction
Specialty: Other specialty contractor

Swiss Army Knife of estimating

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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.

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

 
 

from Henkels & McCoy
Specialty: General contractor

Still Integrating

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

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

Recommendations

Research several different softwares before deciding

 
 

from Northeast Contractors, Inc.
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating

New to the program but pleased so far

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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.

 
 

from Tepa
Specialty: General contractor

Good civil package

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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.

 
 

from Dufferin Construction Company
Specialty: Paving

Always making life simpler!

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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.

 
 

from Mark Cerrone, Inc.
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor

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The ability to assemble accurate and complete bids in a short amount of time. B2W Estimate is such a universal tool and can do anything that is required of it.

Likes Least

The feature that we are not in love with on this product is the trucking modular and its function in the estimate.

Recommendations

If you are looking for a solid investment this is hands down the best tool to have.

 
 

from BOTHAR Construction, LLC
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor

Overall a great product

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Lets you spend more time breaking down a job and less time building a estimate. Vendor always has an answer right away when there is a problem

Likes Least

Wish I could create my own reports. this would make it easier for me to find what I am looking for faster.

Recommendations

Try them all out equally, you will find that B2W will be the most user friendly and comprehensive software out there for the price

 
 
 
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