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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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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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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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

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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