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Of all the construction software packages we reviewed, B2W Estimate is one of the most comprehensive. This application is designed specifically for highway construction but has the ability to handle the majority of large civil and industrial projects. It is designed to run on a Microsoft SQL server database. This allows multiple workstations to access and adjust the data.

Every aspect of the estimating process is covered by B2W Estimate's features. We were surprised at the granular detail this software allows you to manipulate. This level of control is realized in B2W Estimate's customization options, wherein you can delineate every resource according to specific quantities and costs. The system allows you to integrate multiple electronic databases to utilize realistic prices and increase the accuracy and efficiency of your bids.

B2W Estimate's system updates in real time. This enables you to instantly see how each aspect affects the final bid amount. Another innovative feature included in the B2W Estimate system is the capability for mobile bidding. Estimators can input information while they're onsite or on the go and easily synchronize the information when they reconnect to the server. Furthermore, B2W Estimate utilizes advanced security tools to limit access to and securely store and back up your bid information online.

The software's interface is similar to Microsoft applications, so the system has a familiar look and feel. It offers a centralized database where you can store all the information about crews, labor, equipment and materials in one location. We also appreciate the drag-and-drop functionality, which allows you to transfer information within and between bids easily. An estimate check wizard is included with the application. This useful tool automatically proofs your estimate to locate several of the most common estimating mistakes.

Considering the level of detail this application offers, B2W Estimate is still easy to use. We are impressed with the streamlined interface. B2W Estimate also provides detailed and personalized training. This instruction ranges from onsite training and classroom coaching at an independent learning center to instruction at the B2W Estimate headquarters in New Hampshire. Continued training is also available online. You can also receive personalized assistance over the phone and contact the company by email.

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B2W Estimate Summary:
8.5/10

Overall, B2W Estimate is an impressive heavy-duty highway construction estimating and bidding application. It includes many essential features and a streamlined, user-friendly interface. The software integrates well with other essential software, such as accounting and project management applications. Plus, it accommodates a remarkable level of detail. Combining the right tools and the right functions, B2W Estimate is a great application for precise construction estimates and successful bidding.

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B2W Estimate 2011

Pros
B2W Estimate provides a centralized database for your material, labor, equipment and other cost information.

Cons
This software is designed to run on a server, not on a single workstation.

The Verdict
: 8.53/10

B2W Estimate has a massive feature set and advanced technology, which make it a good choice for heavy-duty projects such as highway construction.