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.

Supported Operating System(s):
Windows Vista , Windows XP , Web browser (OS agnostic) , Windows 8

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  • Mo from Turner & Townsend

    Specialty: Other specialty contractor

    Number of employees: 10,000+ employees

    July 2018

    Powerful and Functional

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    Value for Money
    Pros

    It is one of the best estimating software specifically for heavy-civil, large scale projects. Ability to identify and manage a resource file, transferring the WBS from excel to the software and utilizing the best reporting system to come up with the cost breakdown based on labor, equipment and material are some pros of this software.

    Cons

    Considering the cost of the software, it fits the large-scale projects. It doesn't seem, it can be a right choice for small-size projects or buildings.

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  • Shane from PDC

    Specialty: Other specialty contractor

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    July 2018

    B2W is very professional and customer focused, and the software is robust and easy to use, although it is still a legacy product in many ways.

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    I think it is the best available estimating software for site work contractors (although any contractor or subcontractor can use it). It can handle very large projects and has many elements that make it so useful, especially for Unit Price projects. It is clean and simple to use considering how robust it is. Adding some workflows, checklists, custom fields and making it web-based eventually would be great.

    Pros

    Easy to learn
    Logical process flow for the most part
    Stable
    Saves time once you get some data accumulated
    RFQ module works well

    Cons

    Not as "smart" as I hoped (e.g., work flows, checklists, custom fields, etc)
    Not web-based
    Lots of mouse clicks required
    Legacy elements (e.g., search functions not as robust as modern web-based software)

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  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    June 2018

    Continues to perform as expected. Easy to navigate around after becoming familiar with interface.

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    Standardized bidding and job set up process across the company. Also provides place for easy review of bids at all levels of management in various locations across the group of companies.

    Pros

    Level of control over all aspects of the bids. Also the ability to break down information in various formats for easy review and analysis. Conditional formatting allows to catch anything that may be an issue at a quick glance. Numerous reports built in to cover a lot of aspects of the bids.

    Cons

    Inability to create custom reports in house. Also with concurrent licenses not having the ability to pull a license back from a user has been a challenge. The user may have remained logged in even though they are not using the software preventing others ability to access.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Doug from lakeside Industries

    June 2018

    Overall it is great software riddled with terrible reporting and some ease of use issues

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    Pros

    Document management is okay. Could use some better tagging
    Windows interface is user friendly. user folders are a great benefit to organize information

    Cons

    Sub Payable is terrible. works fine as long as you don't make a mistake or need to add anything on the fly.
    Reporting is terrible.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Kevin from American Asphalt Company, Inc.

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    June 2018

    Solid tool with an ever growing list of valuable features

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    Value for Money

    We are able to drive our goal of industry leader with the tools being afforded to us by B2W. We find new ways of use daily, we are able to get information to our field personnel quickly. Responding in minuets to issues not days and weeks. it is a platform we plan on building upon aggressively for a long time.

    Pros

    I truly appreciate the integration among the entire product line. It truly streamlines our approach to doing business

    Cons

    While I enjoy the integration, I do feel it could be better, the limited functionality of certain parts of the programs limit its full potential.

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • Travis from Fermar Paving Ltd.

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    June 2018

    Experience using B2W has been phenomenal and useful.

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    I am able to easily and effectively perform my job as an estimator.

    Pros

    B2W ease of use and ability to update costing on materials, labour and equipment simply.

    The Item history lookup option on an item is an effective tool.

    Cons

    It's in ability to create phases within phases on B2W estimate.

    When it crashes it crashes numerous times that day. Does not happen very often, but when it does, it does not simply crash one time.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Raymond from Columbia Asphalt & Ready Mix (a CRH Company)

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    June 2018

    Its user friendly, the program gets better as data basis are built for functionality for our use

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    Estimate quality, functional bid quotes

    Pros

    Once the data basis is built with tasks and material it will be easier to build an estimate quicker, this will take time. It's hard to accomplish through the season now, we will be working on it through the winter months.

    Cons

    It would be nice to see within the estimate that you are working on that will show you all of the material you have imported for your estimate in one screen whit a push of a button.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Karrie from Ocean Contractors Limited

    June 2018

    Overall a great experience. Enjoyed the interactive classes and found it very helpful.

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    Pros

    Overall I find the program to be very user friendly. I am intrigued by all of the different reports that it can generate.

    Cons

    I find at times the software can be slow. A feature that would be nice is for it to have a multi-delete function (rather than only being able to delete one item at a time).

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • Ivan from JR Merit

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    June 2018

    It works well for it's purpose.

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    I think it helps provide more accurate and competitive estimates.

    Pros

    I think the building of crews and layout is easy to understand. The RFP process is very functional and easy to use.

    Cons

    It doesn't work well for mechanical takeoff. Also, the building of resources can be clunky. I also would like to see a feature where you can award a scope of work to a sub or supplier as "FREE" for comparison purposes.

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • Gerhard from Steed and Evans Limited

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    June 2018

    Makes closing a tender a breeze.

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    Value for Money

    Increased success in obtaining work and peace of mind.

    Pros

    The flexibility. I have three estimators who utilize the functionality that allow them to work in their own unique ways. It's intuitive, uses windows-like logic. The 'crew based', subcontractor based, vendor based, systems allows for quick tendering.

    Cons

    The system requires annual maintenance fees that are somewhat costly. I am utilizing the system to the maximum amount of users (paid for) and would have pay more if I were to add more users.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees

    June 2018

    I am new to the product, but it seems like a good software program.

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    It's easy to use as an estimator.

    Pros

    Ease of use and functionality. I like the various windows for different functions, and the icons are getting better to differentiate various functions. I do like how I am able to have many number of tasks in a tree, in lieu of only having the ability to have 3 or 4 tasks per item.

    Cons

    Lacks some features I am used to. I am not a huge fan of the different reports, but we are working with B2W about customizing various reports to suit our company needs. I am also not a fan of how slow the inputs can be. We are working off an off-site server, and sometimes in can bog down.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Joel from Advanced Quality Plumbing

    Specialty: Plumbing

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    June 2018

    No longer having to do takeoff by hand

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    Pros

    I love not having to do my takeoff by hand any more. This program saves me so much time and money it was worth every dollar we spent on it. If you are still doing your estimates by hand you are way behind the times.

    Cons

    As someone else stated, they just changed the emailing feature and you can no lnger copy other which needs to be fixed. Otherwise great product.

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  • Mazen from Saudi Naval Support Co.

    Specialty: General contractor

    Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees

    May 2018

    Estimation & Biding got Better

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    Pros

    Reliable Software, provides all requirement for a successful & wining Bid preparation and cost estimation, it helps to get your business bigger

    Cons

    Nothing much, small adjustment might provide more efficiency and allow to have a better biding results, by taking into consideration all risk factors

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  • nicole from paving

    Specialty: Paving

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    March 2018

    An in depth software geared towards professional construction

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    Pros

    Estimate provides multiple levels of items and tasks, including labor, materials and trucking. This makes it extremely simple as a business to break down all of your costs and make sure you are pricing out jobs accordingly.

    Cons

    The method of emailing an estimate recently changed and now does not allow you to copy other employees.

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  • Kristen from Paving

    Specialty: Paving

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    March 2018

    B2W Excellent Estimating Software

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    Pros

    This software has the ability to hold a great volume of customers and estimates without the system getting bogged down.

    Cons

    It would be nice if it had a scheduling feature within the same program to allow for ease of job progression from quote to finished product.

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  • Sean from Mark Cerrone, Inc.

    Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    November 2017

    Good estimating software with many tools

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    N/A

    This program works very well with Viewpoint and makes setting up a job in Viewpoint much easier.

    Pros

    The program is straight forward to learn, however, there are many features so there is a learning curve. The vendor and subcontractor RFQ is a great feature that makes analysis much easier. There are many reports available. Very helpful software.

    Cons

    There is no undo button, so be very careful before you take action. It is somewhat laborious to set up an estimate, a drag and drop feature of tasks or components would speed things up greatly.

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  • Lars from DW Excavating

    Specialty: Earthwork/excavating

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    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.

  • Karthik from LandMasters Development

    Specialty: Construction manager

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    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

  • Bryab from Generals Home Repairs

    Specialty: Home builder - custom

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    December 2016

    Estimates with ease

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    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

  • Sean from Mark Cerrone, Inc.

    Specialty: General contractor

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    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.

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