B2W Software

B2W Estimate

4.5 / 5 157 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Construction Companies Doing Street/Highway - Paving - Concrete - Grading/Excavation -Bridges - Water/Sewer - And More...


Average Ratings

157 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $5,500.00/one-time/user
  • Free Demo
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours
    24/7 (Live Rep)

Vendor Details

  • B2W Software
  • www.b2wsoftware.com
  • Founded 1993
  • United States

About B2W Estimate

B2W Estimate - Estimating & Bidding (Heavy/Civil Construction) Profitability starts here. Feature for feature, it is the industry's most powerful, cost effective estimating and bidding tool. Despite its power and feature-rich functionality, it is intuitive and easy to learn. Estimators can be up and running in days, not weeks or months. By spending more time estimating rather than entering data, you can accomplish more winning bids in less time, and increase your company's bottom line.


B2W Estimate Features

  • Bid Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Building Product Database
  • Calculators
  • Change Orders
  • Contract Management
  • Cost Database
  • Customer Management
  • Job Costing
  • Price Data / Price Books
  • Project Management
  • Quote Management
  • Scheduling
  • Subcontractor Management
  • Takeoff

B2W Estimate Reviews Recently Reviewed!

Good estimating software with many tools

Nov 10, 2017
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
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Comments: 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.

User friendly with great support

Jan 13, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: 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.

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

It's an Estimate pro !!

Dec 13, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: 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

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

Estimates with ease

Dec 13, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: 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

Recommendations to other buyers: Get this product to save time with estimates

Great Estimating Software

Nov 22, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: 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.

Recommendations to other buyers: 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!

Review

Nov 03, 2016
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Not for a small business with less than 3 employees worth the price

Estimate and Track

Sep 07, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The product is user friendly. My rep was wonderful in helping us set it up and to troubleshoot.

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

Best streamline bidding & business management software out there

Sep 07, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I like to workflow from start to finish. By having the workflow laid out it prevents mistakes from happening

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

Recommendations to other buyers: I would recommend that you full understand this software before you can really evaluate it

Estimate and Track

Sep 07, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4.5 / 5
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Pros: 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.

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

Recommendations to other buyers: 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.

All i can say is wow!

Aug 29, 2016
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
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Pros: The speed in which I can prepare and send out proposals.

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

Recommendations to other buyers: 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.

We have been with Paul and Company since 1998

Apr 24, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: 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.

It has allowed me to move thru more projects more accurately

Apr 19, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

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

No cons as of yet, all is well

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

Apr 15, 2016
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: 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.

Cons: 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 to other buyers: 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.

We have utilized B2W daily for the last two years.

Apr 05, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: 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

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

Apr 04, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

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

Best In Class. First Rate Customer Service.

Apr 01, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: 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.

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

Apr 01, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: 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.

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

Apr 01, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: 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.

It has improved our bidding.

Apr 01, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: 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.

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

Apr 01, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: 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.

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

Apr 01, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

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

I have used B2W Estimate since 2003.

Mar 29, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: 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.

Excellent Program & Excellent Customer Service.

Mar 28, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: 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.

Top Notch Customer Service

Mar 28, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: 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!

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

Mar 25, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: 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.

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

Mar 25, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: 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.

Easy to use and saved us time.

Mar 24, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: 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.

Using B2W Estimate has made my job more efficient

Mar 24, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: 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!

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

Mar 24, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: 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.

Never go back.

Mar 24, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: 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.

User friendly, very powerful and flexible.

Mar 24, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

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

I've only been using the software for 5 months, but have found it very easy to navigate and use.

Mar 24, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Have not had much training other than trail and error. But is fairly user friendly and easy to learn. Having a user guide or someother training guide for first time users would be helpfull. One of my first estimates I thought I had made a duplicate copy but did not change the name so I had deleted most of the items to create a sub quote and when I went back to find original it was gone. But after a call to help desk we learned about the recycle button. Great feature was able to get original bid back one item at a time. Took some time but, save hours of rebuilding bid the night before bid was due.

B2W Estimate was easy to set-up and very simple to customize based on our way of doing business.

Mar 24, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: -Very customizable
-Simple to set-up
-Easy to send budgets into View Point
-Great reports for analysis
-Good service and trainings (both online and in person)
-The only thing I'd like is the ability to have the trucking calculator within each material item within the Vendor Management

Overall it's a great product I've been using and teaching for years.

Powerful software with great features

Mar 24, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: B2W Estimate is the best bidding software for site contractors. It allows you to be as simple or as detailed as you want to be. The software is featured packed and yet easy to use. With a press of a button, we can find out information about a bid that would have taken hours to calculate. Integration with accounting or other software was very easy, especially with the help of the support team. On the rare occasion we have a glitch with the software, the support team gets the issue resolved quickly and is very knowledgeable about the software. I would highly recommend the software to any site contractor looking to streamline their bidding process and more accurately estimate their cost and profits.

Third software I have used and exceeds the others.

Mar 24, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Easy to learn and easy and use. Support is outstanding. Could use some additional time saving features, for instance, global edit of trucking hourly rates within an estimate (Hint, hint, hint, hint.......)

Have been using the product for 13 years

Mar 17, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Easy to use, great support and training staff

B2W - Just Starting Out

Mar 08, 2016
4/5
Overall
3.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: 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.

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

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

New software user

Mar 08, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: 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.

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

Government and Private Estimates

Mar 08, 2016
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Subcontractor and Vendor RFQs and management The professionalism of cover page

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

Recommendations to other buyers: Excellent way to review and manage bidding opportunities

Estimate Review

Mar 07, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: 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.

Cons: 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 to other buyers: We have really benefited from the product and got a lot of valuable information from it.

It is very comparible to HCSS.

Mar 07, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: This is very comparible to HCSS (the Cadillac of estimating softwares) but much more user friendly.

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

Recommendations to other buyers: 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.

Swiss Army Knife of estimating

Mar 07, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
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Pros: We are Mining & tunneling contractor, this software adapts readily to our unique bidding styles and forms

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

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

Still Integrating

Mar 07, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3.5 / 5
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Pros: It's pretty user friendly and easy to understand for the average estimator.

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

Recommendations to other buyers: Research several different softwares before deciding

User friendly from day 1

Mar 07, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Very user friendly. It is essentially point and click. The ability to export and then track your field log quantities versus bid quantities is probably one our most informative and useful functions of this software. Let alone, the costs and burdens that are built directly into our bid items. Couldn't be any simpler and , if it can be simpler, B2W would figure out and implement with just a call or email suggestion. The customer service that we receive is second to none.

New to the program but pleased so far

Aug 24, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
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Pros: 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

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

Recommendations to other buyers: 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.

Good civil package

Aug 21, 2015
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4.5 / 5
Customer Support
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
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Pros: Ability to quickly build crews. The vendor has been very good at follow up and support.

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

Recommendations to other buyers: It is good for civil but necessarily vertical construction, so keep that in mind.

Always making life simpler!

Jul 30, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: 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).

Cons: 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 to other buyers: 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.

Project Estimator

Jul 30, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
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Pros: 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.

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

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

Overall a great product

Jul 30, 2015
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: 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

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

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

I was B2W when it was still Bid2Win.

Jul 30, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: B2W does everything HeavyBid does but does it better and in a more user-friendly way. Also, the reports are easier to read. One of the things I like best is the vendor/subcontractor management system.

Cons: Exporting budgets to our accounting software is awkward, but this has more to do with our accounting software than B2W.

Recommendations to other buyers: Give it a try. Interview other current users. Make sure B2W will export budgets easily and correctly into your accounting software. Don't trust blanket promises.

Very helpfull business tool

Jul 30, 2015
4/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: I have been using B2W for five years now, and it was very easy to learn. It is a powerful tool when setting up consistent, precise bids. Every year we get better at using it and the updates always seem to make the product better and more user friendly.

Cons: One problem we come across when using B2W is if you accidently change a production rate or cost, there is no back button to undo the error. There is only the audit view and it would just be easier if there was an undo.

Recommendations to other buyers: Evaluators need to use the product for a year or more to understand the full potential of the estimating tool.

B2W Estimate

Jun 06, 2015
4/5
Overall
3.5 / 5
Ease of Use
3.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4.5 / 5
Customer Support
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
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Pros: Streamlined system for estimating. The technical ability to control certain key portions of an estimate, with as much detail as I want.

Cons: The initial screen for creating a new job estimate. I would prefer one screen with all the questions.

Recommendations to other buyers: The task and crew templates save much time and effort.

B2W Estimating is straight forward, user friendly, great reports

Jun 01, 2015
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
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Pros: Easy to implement with new estimating staff. Tech training is effective.

Cons: I wish it was more cost effective in a cloud based software, but I do know that the privacy of our pricing needs to be protected.

Recommendations to other buyers: This seems to do what the other competitive softwares do at a lessor cost, and my feeling is that other companies are underutilizing the more powerful, expensive software.

It is the best!

May 12, 2015
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: B2W is very user friendly. I love the reports and the way it allows you to set your bid up different ways.

Cons: I wish there was a way to globally change the trucking rates.

Recommendations to other buyers: I recommend getting this software. I have worked with a few other competitors, and B2W definitely is the best I have used.

B2W Review 4-25-15

Apr 25, 2015
3/5
Overall
3.5 / 5
Ease of Use
3.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
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Pros: Provides a complete orderly bid with minimal effort.

Cons: Difficulty syncing program with printers and devices.

Recommendations to other buyers: Do a lot of research on the front end. It is very hard to change once you have begun using a program.

Review of B2W estimate

Apr 17, 2015
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4.5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: The product is very user friendly, when we have used customer support, for the most part they have been very helpful.

Cons: We use custom reports that always seem to be a problem with updates to the software.

Recommendations to other buyers: Make sure to look at all the software options. Do not by the software with the most bells and whistles, but the one that is going to be most user friendly to your business.

Review of bidding software

Apr 17, 2015
4/5
Overall
3.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3.5 / 5
Customer Support
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
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Pros: Ability to match our old accounting system's layout with custom reports.

Cons: Quite a bit of IT issues working with Citrix client.

Recommendations to other buyers: Check on what the system support is and how accessible support is. Look for user friendly platforms, Bid2Win is much more user friendly than others.

A Great Time Saver

Apr 01, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Product: The time saving elements of putting an estimate together. Vendor: Our vendor rep is always available and knows B2W form top to bottom. At this point in my career, I wouldn't consider going back to pencil and paper.

Cons: Not being able to change font or highlight while typing up terms & conditions. Not being able to sort quickly by category. B2W does not like to work with negative values (Scrap credit on demolition projects)

Recommendations to other buyers: You need to be familiar with both your historical and current costs. Keep your database current. Be very careful when using the DELETE button. Use common sense when reviewing your estimate.

First time user

Mar 26, 2015
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: I'm new to the product and I don't have experience with other bidding software, so it's hard for me to say what I like best about the product. What I can speak to is the experience I've had interacting with the crew at B2W. They have been nothing short of amazing!

Cons: What I like least about this product is the Estimate Tree View. It's not easy to visually discern two different tasks quickly. I'd like to see the ability to highlight different items/tasks in different colors.

Recommendations to other buyers: If you think there is some function that is missing, give support a call. It's probably there somewhere. If it's not there, the folks at B2W will be receptive to any suggestions for improvement.

Great Bidding Software

Mar 24, 2015
4/5
Overall
3.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
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Pros: Bid2Win makes it relatively easy to produce quality bids in a short amount of time. We value the ability to distribute indirect costs and make specific adjustments. Also the ability to adjust costs globally is of great value.

Cons: It has been somewhat of a learning experience to export bid estimates to our accounting and job costing software. I'm sure if we were to work with support on this we could figure it out better.

Recommendations to other buyers: Make sure the software fits what your end goal is. The software should make your job more feasible.

B2W Estimate

Mar 24, 2015
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4.5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Custom Reporting feature made it possible to customize the reporting and views to the old way we were used to seeing it. It does a really good job of computing all the numbers in a bid item fashion. Tons of ways you can tackle different tasks or multiple items within one parent bid item, phases, alternates, etc. The subcontractor compare tab is a great way to compare item by item, apples to apples of multiple sub quotes. Then with a click of a button it will push them in to your actual bid. Huge time saver!

Cons: Sometimes on larger bids with hundreds of bid items that are very complex it seems to have a slight lag when doing data entry. That could also be part technical on our side as well. But I need to address this. I guess I'm always shooting for "Very Efficient" in everything I do.

Recommendations to other buyers: Trial and error, You will be able to demo the software and have there staff walk you through the "how to's" on using the software before you actually purchase a license. Get your feet wet and just start producing better complete bids more efficiently.

Time saving when setting up similar bids week in week out.

Mar 24, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4.5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: It used to take me a day or two to set up a new bid now I can have it done in about and hour.

Cons: I wish sometimes there was a back button like in excel so if changes were made accidentally then they could easily be corrected.

Recommendations to other buyers: I would like to see this program run on the Mac platform in the future.

Great Product!!!!

Mar 24, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3.5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: The ease of creating a bid for multiple users. The data is clean and allows us to bid more projects due to the time it saves.

Cons: It is not 100% customizable. I think there should be more options for the users to change to organize the data as needed.

Recommendations to other buyers: Look deeply into the software. It is a great product that is compatible for many different exports as needed.

Signed up with this product a couple years ago. Love it. Keep it up

Mar 03, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: The support staff is great. It's very simple and easy to use software. It's the way estimating should be.

Cons: I didn't like that it was developed without spellcheck, but that is resolved. We need a takeoff software in bid 2 win.

Recommendations to other buyers: Know how they want to job cost their jobs before building a database (as well as build the database correctly). Keep it simple.

Project Manager/Estimator

Mar 03, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: I like the ability to bid, win, and track all features as an estimate.

Cons: I don't like the fact that there is no undo button. Plus, the idea that we are unable to take subcontracted items and cross compare them between industries, for example a landscaper does the same work an excavator does.

Recommendations to other buyers: This is simple software to use once set up. I highly recommended it.

B2W is great

Mar 03, 2015
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I like the ease of use and strength of the program. The support is unmatched.

Cons: I have no real complaints. There will always be little things that you wished were different. However, I like this program.

Recommendations to other buyers: Put a lot of thought into how you develop your resources. I had to rebuild mine after I fully understood the program.

New user of enterprise level B2W

Mar 03, 2015
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I like the ability to detail out cost and keep one central database to review of other bids. I also like RFQ's and vendor management.

Cons: So far our offsite connections have been slow. I think that is more a problem on our end though.

Recommendations to other buyers: It's worth the money to spend a little more for the enterprise version.

B2W estimate, chaging from hard dollar

Mar 03, 2015
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
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Pros: They had a great location from training conference. I'm a new user. The big draw was track and transferring costs to Viewpoint.

Cons: I have no complaints so far. I have less than two months experience using the software. Having used hard dollar, I've been able to draw similarities between the two that have helped switching over.

Recommendations to other buyers: Consider more than just estimating when comparing software.

Easy to use

Mar 03, 2015
4/5
Overall
3.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: It's easy to use, and there are minimal steps to get the end results. It's one program for multiple purposes.

Cons: There's lots of background set up. However, it leads to a better result, so it's not really a bad thing.

Recommendations to other buyers: Spend as much time as you can setting up your database - garbage in, garbage out. Stay on top of it.

Works great but still need to get the most out of it

Mar 03, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Support and how easy it is to navigate the software.

Cons: Compared to what we used to have, there is really nothing not to like.

Recommendations to other buyers: Once you tailor it to your needs, it will speed up estimating twentyfold.

Caveman. For 20 years, I used a pencil and a estimating work sheet.

Mar 03, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: The ease of use use once the concept was only somewhat understood. I have been using B2W for close to two years now and enjoy working with it every day, because I learn something new every day.

Cons: When I work up cost groups and want to view my crew days, I need to count them. Unlike a task when all you have to do is click on the task and your total crew days are shown.

Recommendations to other buyers: Since I'm fairly new to the program, my only recommendation is to use it.

Easy to Use and Powerful

Mar 02, 2015
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I found this program to be very easy to learn with just the smallest amount of training.

Cons: It can be easy to miss selecting Subcontractors or Vendors, but that is fixed by the Check Wizard Feature. It also has a habit of crashing.

Recommendations to other buyers: This software is very simple to use and has the ability to do so many different things. It also works hand in hand with other B2W products to help utilize the software to its full extent.

I have been using estimate for the last 10 years

Mar 02, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: This software is easy to learn and very functional in Earthwork and Utility work. The support group is both timely and knowledgeable and eager to hear the customer's opinion.

Cons: I am colorblind and have a difficult time seeing the red text.

Recommendations to other buyers: The more you utilize it, the easier your bidding becomes!

Because I'm happy...

Mar 02, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: First, I like how responsive this vendor is towards user concerns and input towards a better product. Each employee is very willing to help and answer questions, or record any input to be evaluated for future updates. Second, I like how much this product continues to evolve. When I started using the software three years ago, I only used the estimate portion. Now we have evolved to using it for job cost tracking, dispatch, forms, etc., it is much more convenient being able to use one software to handle a lot of our needs.

Cons: The only thing I do not like is not having an "undo" button, one like those seen on the Microsoft office softwares. I greatly appreciate the recycle bin feature to help restore items that I've deleted, but I also make many small mistakes or changes that I would easily like to undo.

Recommendations to other buyers: I would tell others to remember the ease of functionality with this program. Make sure to remember all of the different features and options that the program offers (estimate, dispatch, track, wbs, etc), and how encompassing everything into one program is a great relief. Instead of having three different programs to handle operations within the company, B2W has allowed us the luxury of only needing to use one.

Implementation of B2W

Mar 02, 2015
5/5
Overall
3.5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Pros: I like the ease of implementation and look and feel of product.

Cons: The lack of 3rd party Excel takes off the software integration.

Recommendations to other buyers: Have your coding and item database updated for ease of implementation.

B2W Estimate - overall product review

Mar 02, 2015
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: It is very versatile with what you can do with the program. Also, it is very user-friendly, which makes it easier to train new estimators. B2W is also constantly listening to their customers and upgrading the product continually, which is addressing the customer ideas

Cons: I'm still waiting on a couple of recommendations, but I realize it takes time to produce and implement them.

Recommendations to other buyers: It is an excellent product, which we have been using for 10 years.

B2W Estimate review

Mar 02, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3.5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: It's easy to implement and very customizable. It's very user-friendly.

Cons: It's very pricey and the add-on components do not meet the same quality standards of Estimate.

Recommendations to other buyers: Figure out if you need the power of this program. If yes, this is a great product.

Great Program

Mar 02, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: The software is very easy to use and the staff at B2W offer great support throughout the integration process and afterwards with any advice you may require. Once integration is complete, B2W sends someone to your office to help train at your own pace in a one on one environment for your company.

Cons: I do not have anything bad to say about the product or vendor.

Recommendations to other buyers: Make sure you get a program that can adapt to your needs. This software definitely has that capability.

Hit the ground running

Mar 02, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: It's easy to use from the start. You can click and drag from one area to another and have global estimate controls.

Cons: The print window can not be expanded to show the full names of print reports.

Recommendations to other buyers: It's easy to use and drag and drop without recoding the estimate detail.

The Greatest

Mar 02, 2015
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: I like the easy setup and the quick way someone can understand the fluid process.

Cons: The lack of keyboard shortcuts to navigate through the software.

Recommendations to other buyers: I would recommend that keyboard shortcuts be implemented in the software to make the estimator more efficient.

B2W Estimate is the best!

Mar 02, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Windows-based. Ease of use. Updated and enhanced features 2-3 time per year. Always evolving

Cons: I love everything about the software. There are no negative statements I could make regarding the software.

Recommendations to other buyers: Take the time to talk to other users! They will all talk up the support and ease of use.

Peter Baker Review

Mar 02, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: It's easy to use. It allows you to get as detailed or as simple as you want.

Cons: Maybe be able to enlarge the fonts in estimate detail.

Recommendations to other buyers: I would say B2W is at the leading edge of bidding software.

B2W is helping us to make a long overdue transition

Mar 02, 2015
4/5
Overall
3.5 / 5
Ease of Use
3.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4.5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I like the data management, database, and structure in general. B2W is helping us to make a transition to where we need to be in terms of estimating.

Cons: What I like the least is management reports and some screen visuals. The way the information is arranged is not friendly to first users. "Hide zeros" is not established across all menus.

Recommendations to other buyers: Consider how much executive support you have to make the change. What hardcore talent do you have in your estimating team to make this change? You will need a culture of deadlines to make this happen. How will you manage resistors at all levels to make the change?

Effective software

Mar 02, 2015
4/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
3.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I really like the communication between the vendor/subcontractor links and the bid estimate.

Cons: There is no way to create company specific reports and imports. Also, not being able to back up an estimate.

Recommendations to other buyers: Create a junk estimate and just explore as much as you can. Don't be afraid to call help desk.

B2W Estimate

Mar 02, 2015
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I am able to estimate projects the way I think, support is second to none, and it's always evolving and improving based on the user's feedback.

Cons: They don't have software for everything we do, simply because they do it so well.

Recommendations to other buyers: Talk to actual users, and they will tell you how good it is.

A great product overall

Mar 01, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Ease of use and versatility. Reports are very useful. Ability to save tasks and use them from one estimate to another.

Cons: Not being able to save views without buying the upgrade.

Recommendations to other buyers: If considering the entire suite, start with only Estimate to begin, and then add others as necessary about one year later.

BTW estimate is by far the most useful and user-friendly program

Feb 28, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: The tech support is alway quick and well versed. It's very user-friendly.

Cons: Not being able to print a detail billable report, like the cost detail.

Recommendations to other buyers: Look at B2W Estimate, and you will want to buy it. It's definitely worth the price.

Fast, easy, accurate, and reliable

Feb 26, 2015
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: The customer support is great if we ever need help.

Cons: I don't have any complaints. Good product and great service.

Recommendations to other buyers: Having a system to take your information from the bid, to the build, and beyond in construction is a huge advantage.

Great product backed by an awesome team

Feb 25, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Comprehensive solutions that integrate well among themselves and other software. Great support team.

Cons: The price is high, but the returns are worth it.

Recommendations to other buyers: Spend time in the webinars, and take advantage of a live demo.

B2W Review

Feb 23, 2015
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: The software is intuitive and allows you to build your database while estimating (essentially, your programming for future estimates while you estimate).

Cons: The UI needs pop-up help. This will make it much easier for brand new users to get up to speed faster while avoiding errors on the learning curve, which is steep. That's a great thing.

Recommendations to other buyers: Consider the upfront programming time of others vs B2W. Most others take hundreds if not thousands of upfront programming.

B2W Review

Feb 23, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I like the abilities it has for importing and exporting. The ease that it allows for importing into P6 is really nice.

Cons: I dislike the little quirks that will hold a file from being exported.

Recommendations to other buyers: Look at the whole picture. This software incorporates several processes seamlessly behind the scenes that would be very tedious if you had to do them separately every time.

Quite Happy

Feb 17, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: There is support 24/7 for any issue. B2W always comes through with their promise of best in class. Since 1998, the company has refined the estimating program. Each year brings great new features based on user feedback. The program just keeps getting better!

Cons: There is nothing I dislike about B2W Estimate. Having used B2W since 1998, I say their estimating module is bulletproof.

Recommendations to other buyers: Try the competitors out for a week. And, call them at 2:30 AM with a support question. Then, do the same with B2W. You'll see the difference.

Extremely helpful creating DOT estimates

Dec 19, 2014
4/5
Overall
3.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: The ability to import items and save item templates helps to expedite the bidding process.

Cons: You can't cut or copy crew templates between items.

Recommendations to other buyers: Try it out. Once you get used to the program, it becomes a very powerful tool.

Earthwork Estimates

Dec 18, 2014
4/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
2.5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: The software is easy to use and is very functional. Most of the features I look for in putting together a bid are included in the software.

Cons: There is one issue I have with the vendor management. It is difficult to spread my HDPE pipe fittings out among different items. The software works, but the way we price and spread our fitting cost generates a lot of custom material codes within the resources. Another item that would be nice would be to be able to use formulas in some of the cells in the same way you can use formulas to calculate quantities in Excel.

Recommendations to other buyers: There are features in the software that you don't even know you need until you find them. I felt our old pricing software was complete, but this goes well beyond and does everything very efficiently and effectively. I would highly recommend B2W to others.

Excellent bid platform and training

Dec 18, 2014
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: B2W Estimate is a great resource organizing from top-level bid items down to the materials that the crews require to get the job done.

Cons: For material and equipment, it would be nice if B2W estimate had a platform where material vendors and equipment rental houses could submit an Excel spreadsheet that could be imported in order to update pricing information for materials.

Recommendations to other buyers: Don't let yourself get discouraged when first evaluating this software. As with everything else, practice makes perfect. Attend some webinars and conferences to learn some of the tricks that the vet's use, and with every bid, you will become more and more confident in the software's abilities.

Joe Foertsch BID2WIN review

Nov 21, 2014
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
2.5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I like the ease of duplicating and creating new estimates from similar projects.

Cons: I wish I could edit the bid items (i.e. bold, color) to make it so I can be aware of unfinished bid items.

Recommendations to other buyers: Speak your mind so the software can continue to improve to the client's wants/needs.

Very long process to get an estimate

Nov 19, 2014
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
2.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I like that the software is very user-friendly and pretty straightforward.

Cons: A lot of data entry is required for the estimates. Even if you link an Excel spreadsheet to the estimate, the process of adding a comment for each cell you want to link is tedious, and it doesn't really work for a lot of things, like the equipment quantity. Also, I am not a big fan of the reporting. Most of the reports are confusing, and when presenting the estimate to upper management, it is always hard to explain that it is that way in the reporting, but if you do a multiplication for example, that is the correct number. I just think the reports should show the actual numbers, or maybe we are just using the wrong product for the kind of work we do, and that is why the reporting in the software does not meet out needs.

Recommendations to other buyers: There is a lot of extra work that is required to be done outside of B2W before the data can be entered in the software. Sometimes, it feels it would be faster to just create a spreadsheet and work from it.

Excellent Review

Nov 11, 2014
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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Pros: I like the ease of use and the flexibility it has for different types of projects. I also like being able to replicate new estimates from old estimates easily and quickly.

Cons: There really isn't much I do not like about Bid2Win. After using various other programs, this is by far the one I like the most.

Recommendations to other buyers: Strongly consider Bid2Win before making a decision. Analyze everything that it can offer.

B2W Review

Nov 07, 2014
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: B2W is very easy to learn and use. Estimators that have field experience but limited experience with B2W can quickly and easily learn MHR production rates simply by looking at the crew size and duration and then comparing that with the associated production rate.

Cons: If I have to say something, it would be helpful if you could adjust the font and color of bid items, tasks, and crews at all levels.

Recommendations to other buyers: The ease of use needs to be a consideration. There may be other estimating software on the market that has a lot of unique takeoff features, but these features can be very cumbersome and, for the most part, aren't even utilized. B2W gives you the necessary tools to compile estimates in a quick and organized fashion that is very easy to learn and use.

Bid2Win Estimate

Nov 06, 2014
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: The software is easy to use for anyone who is familiar working with Microsoft Windows and Microsoft products. They are constantly updating and adding features based on user feedback.

Cons: Resource databases can get flooded with too many versions of the same item based on slight differences in the way they are entered. A feature that notifies you of a similar entry prior to creating a new one would help solve this issue.

Recommendations to other buyers: Ask Bid2Win to include helping you set up your databases so that you are starting off on the right foot.