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1993

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B2W Software provides construction management platform for estimating, planning, scheduling, field tracking, equipment and maintenance. It is based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

B2W Software Headquarter Location

Martingale Wharf 99 Bow Street

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 03801,

United States

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Apr 20, 2022

Photo provided by Fiore & Sons Inc. Up to speed Estimating and field tracking solutions from B2W Software help simplify operations for civil contracting firm Fiore & Sons Inc. In an industry where timeliness and efficiency are a priority, new technology and software innovations can make a world of difference for contractors looking to enhance their operations. One aspect of construction, in particular, where software can help speed up processes is through field tracking and estimating during the bidding process. For Denver-based Fiore & Sons Inc. , a need for more integrated tracking solutions led them to B2W Software , a Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based developer of specialized estimation and bid management software for heavy construction contractors. High-performance estimation The family-owned company, which provides a wide range of civil contracting, heavy equipment and management services for general contractors, property owners and developers in the Rocky Mountain region and surrounding areas, had previously used software from another supplier for estimating and field tracking until 2019. However, Fiore & Sons employees familiar with B2W at companies where they worked previously initiated discussions about a switch. The switch to new software was primarily prompted by B2W’s ease-of-use advantages, according to the contracting company. By adopting B2W’s One Platform, Fiore & Sons has access to advanced, unified applications to manage estimating, scheduling and dispatching, field tracking, equipment maintenance, and forms, as well as business insight “Building the estimating database and pulling in data for a bid is easier with B2W,” says Rob Slauson, senior estimator and project manager for Fiore & Sons. “We’re faster and much more efficient, so we have more time for strategy versus building the bid.” At Fiore & Sons, six estimators are supported by two people working on takeoff (the process where contractors determine how much of each material they will need to complete a project). Their win rate is roughly 25 percent. Deadlines for building bids can vary, but the company says a two-week window is typical. “You can’t afford to sit idle waiting for an answer in this business, so the outstanding tech support from B2W is important,” Slauson says. “As good as the software is, it’s unavoidable that you will run into questions or have something that doesn’t seem right or work right once in a while. We send an email, and they get back to us right away to resolve it.” A better way to handle change orders Scope changes once a project is underway are common for Fiore & Sons. Previously, the company managed them with Excel spreadsheets. With B2W Estimate, a construction estimating software, the team can process time and materials (T&M) work and change orders faster and more efficiently, while also getting accurate documentation back to owners. “Pricing a change order with B2W Estimate as its own module within the original estimate is a great feature that has really streamlined the process,” says Slauson. “The quicker you get the information processed, the better chance you have of recouping costs. “When you wait 30 days, it’s easy to forget or for owners to dispute what was done. The B2W feature also allows us to spread our indirect and general condition costs just to the items that are specific to that change order,” he adds. Project managers (PMs) at Fiore & Sons use bid data from B2W Estimate to set up field logs for new projects, adjusting for how they will complete the jobs. Most are involved in the estimating and operations sides of the jobs and see the benefit of easy data transfer between the two applications. Foremen will then use the electronic logs to track labor hours, productivity and equipment utilization. Logs are submitted by the following morning. “The lag in getting this information back from the field is much better now,” Slauson notes. Photos can be easily taken with an iPad to be included in daily logs. Accuracy has also improved, as the B2W logs are set up to allow foremen to choose only cost codes active on that particular job. Designed for the field “We look at summary reporting from B2W Track daily to see where we stand versus where we should be and we drill down as needed for details on specific tracking accounts,” explains Brandon McMorran, project manager for Fiore & Sons. Crews in the field are now tuned into this process, and McMorran says having PMs and foremen look at the same data is a conversation starter that shapes how they adjust operations. “The field reporting lets us see trends and resolve issues before a week or a week and a half go by,” Slauson says. “I can get a cost code report today and see how that cost code performed yesterday.” Seeing labor in relation to production is particularly important, Slauson adds. “We could be exceeding production goals but, if we’re also over on labor, we want to analyze how to do it with a smaller crew,” he explains. Bid data at Fiore & Sons moves electronically from B2W Estimate to Viewpoint and to the B2W Track field tracking application. The workflow ensures accuracy and eliminates redundant data entry. Daily performance reporting from B2W Track field logs is reconciled monthly with the accounting system. “Organizing our cost codes in B2W Estimate and Track so they would map to Viewpoint took a little bit of time and trial and error but, once we got it nailed down, the process became seamless,” says Slauson. Incorporating data from construction takeoff software into bids built with B2W Estimate takes about 20 minutes, he adds. “We simply export from Bluebeam and OnCenter to Excel, map the data to B2W Estimate and then import with the B2W import wizard.” The White House issued guidance to federal agencies April 18 that outlines obligations to use domestic materials for infrastructure projects under the Build America, Buy America Act, which was part of the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act ( IIJA ). The Buy America provision applies to all taxpayer-funded infrastructure and public works projects. The guidance , released by the Office of Management and Budget, also aligns with the “Made in America” executive order that President Biden issued shortly after coming into office. Under the Build American, Buy America Act, by May 14, the head of each covered federal agency must ensure that projects receiving federal funds use iron, steel, manufactured products and construction materials that are produced in the United States. “This guidance applies to all federal financial assistance as defined in section 200.1 of title 2, Code of Federal Regulations12—whether or not funded through IIJA—where funds are appropriated or otherwise made available and used for a project for infrastructure,” according to the guidance. Under the Buy America Act, all iron and steel used in projects that receive federal financial assistance must be produced in the United States. According to the guidance, “This means all manufacturing processes, from the initial melting stage through the application of coatings, occurred in the United States.” Manufactured products used in federally funded projects must be “manufactured in the United States, and the cost of the components of the manufactured product that are mined, produced or manufactured in the United States” must be “greater than 55 percent of the total cost of all components of the manufactured product, unless another standard for determining the minimum amount of domestic content of the manufactured product has been established under applicable law or regulation.” All manufacturing processes for construction materials used in these projects must take place in the U.S. According to the guidance, the IIJA defines “infrastructure” as public projects that include “at a minimum, the structures, facilities and equipment for, in the United States, roads, highways, and bridges; public transportation; dams, ports, harbors and other maritime facilities; intercity passenger and freight railroads; freight and intermodal facilities; airports; water systems, including drinking water and wastewater systems; electrical transmission facilities and systems; utilities; broadband infrastructure; and buildings and real property." Additionally, "Agencies should treat structures, facilities and equipment that generate, transport and distribute energy—including electric vehicle (EV) charging—as infrastructure,” under the guidance. The head of a federal agency can waive the application of a Buy America preference if he or she finds that “applying the domestic content procurement preference would be inconsistent with the public interest (a 'public interest waiver'); (2) types of iron, steel, manufactured products or construction materials are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities or of a satisfactory quality (a 'nonavailability waiver'); or (3) the inclusion of iron, steel, manufactured products or construction materials produced in the United States will increase the cost of the overall project by more than 25 percent (an 'unreasonable cost waiver')," according to the guidance. Kevin Dempsey, president and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), Washington, supports the guidance, saying, “We appreciate the commitment of the Biden-Harris administration to ensure that all federally funded infrastructure and public works projects use iron, steel and other products that are made in America. As some federal programs do not apply Buy America requirements for the procurement of iron and steel products, we are pleased that [Monday’s] initiative begins the process to remedy this situation by providing clear guidance to federal agencies for adopting appropriate Buy America requirements for all federally funded infrastructure projects. “This announcement is an important first step toward ensuring the fullest possible implementation and enforcement of Buy America domestic procurement preferences by all federal agencies. But this represents just the beginning of a process, and we look forward to working in partnership with the administration and Congress to continue to ensure the use of cleaner American steel in all federally funded infrastructure projects.” However, at least one organization that represents the construction industry does not support Buy America guidance. The CEO of the Arlington, Virginia-based Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Stephen E. Sandherr released a statement that reads in part: “AGC of America supports sensible efforts to effectively incentivize the growth of America’s domestic manufacturing capacity. Instead, the Biden administration is doubling down on failed procurement policies with its new Buy America mandate. This is the kind of red tape initiative that undermines Americans' confidence in the federal governments’ ability to effectively use their tax dollars.” Sandherr adds, “It makes no sense to place unrealistic limitations on firms’ ability to source key materials at a time when prices for those products are skyrocketing and supplies are limited. Supply chain shortages are already prompting firms to avoid bidding on new projects, as the Army Corps of Engineers discovered on a recent project that received zero bids because of concrete scarcities in parts of the country.” He adds that the requirement to run waivers by the White House “is like asking the U.S. Department of Education to verify every child’s permission slip to miss a day of school. Instead of improving infrastructure for the benefit of communities across the nation, firms will have to spend more time waiting for federal officials to decide whether a project is in compliance with the administration’s latest layer of red tape.” Sandherr continues, “Whatever minimal gains in domestic construction material production this new mandate might temporarily generate will be offset by the increased cost of constructing new projects, slower schedules to build those projects and the fact some key projects could be hamstrung from moving forward.” 1. The construction industry is booming, driving the demand for metal recycling. The construction industry is a major driver of demand for metal recycling. Buildings and infrastructure are constantly being built and upgraded, which requires huge amounts of metal. This creates a constant need for recycled metals, which helps ]sustain the recycling industry. The construction industry is responsible for 40 percent of the world’s consumption of iron, steel and aluminum. There are more than 1 million active construction sites in India alone. This number has been growing steadily since 2010, which means that more metals will be required to keep up with this growth. 2. Automobiles are becoming increasingly complex, requiring more metal parts. The automobile industry is a huge consumer of metal. It takes a lot of metal to build the frames, engines and other parts of cars and trucks. This means the automotive industry is one of the biggest drivers of demand for recycled metals. In fact, a vehicle today is reused and recycled at an average rate of 80 percent by weight. Of that, 65 percent to 70 percent corresponds to its metallic components while the rest (10 percent to 15 percent) corresponds to the parts that are dismantled and reused or recycled. Aluminum prices are up nearly 50 percent since 2009, while steel prices are up about 25 percent. This has helped increase profits for recyclers, as well. 3. Consumer electronics contain a high percentage of precious metals that can be recycled. With the increasing global population, the metal recycling industry is constantly growing due to the demand for consumer electronics. Most people are unaware of the number of metals that are used in these devices and the amount of discarded materials they produce. Cell phones, laptops, tablets and other gadgets contain a variety of metals, including gold, silver, copper and aluminum. When these devices reach the end of their life cycle, it is important to recycle them properly to avoid harming the environment. Recycling centers process electronic scrap by breaking it down into component parts. Perhaps only 12.5 percent of e-scrap is currently recycled globally. For every 1 million cell phones that are recycled, more than 35,000 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered. 4. Green energy initiatives are increasing the demand for recycled metals. With the growing demand for green energy, recycling companies can increase their bottom line by selling metal and other materials to local and global markets. There are many benefits associated with recycling your old products, such as reducing waste, saving space in landfills, reducing air pollution from incinerators and providing jobs for people who would otherwise be unemployed due to lack of work opportunities or poor economic conditions. There’s also an environmental benefit because less raw material needs to be extracted,  which means fewer trees need to be cut down. By using recycled materials, industries can help keep valuable resources out of landfills while also reducing their emissions. 5. Defense and aerospace also are driving metal recycling demand. The recycling of metals is becoming more important in the defense and aerospace industries as they work to reduce their environmental impact. The defense and aerospace sector is finding new ways to use recycled metal in its planes, jets and other products. The demand for recycled metals in the aerospace sector is increasing at a rapid pace due to a rise in global air traffic, a growing focus on reducing carbon footprints and stringent government regulations. According to recent reports, more than 40 percent of new aircraft models are designed with at least 50 percent secondary aluminum content. This helps manufacturers reduce costs, as well as their environmental footprint. It is estimated that if all aircraft built in 2020 used 50 percent secondary aluminum content, it would save over 320,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. With continued innovation and growth in this sector, we can expect to see even more benefits in the years to come. The author is the founder of New Delhi-based Nupur Recyclers . Investing momentum continues to move forward for decarbonization efforts, according to panel discussion participants at the 2022 CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (CESG) event. The investment growth rate may be tested by inflation or recession, but the consensus reached at the Paris Accord and subsequent COP meetings was identified as permanent. Dr. Yasmine Fouad, an Egyptian delegate to the upcoming COP-27 conference on climate change, said the process is moving from the dialog to the implementation stage, requiring the efforts of “all stakeholders, starting with financial institutions. It’s imperative.” Panelist Pang Yee Ean of Singapore-based Surbana Jurong Capital said such implementation is underway. He said in the previous full nine years, investments tied to corporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) programs rose from $25 billion in 2013 to $1.6 trillion in 2021—increasing by a multiple of 58. “Money talks,” said Pang. “We need the money to be there before [sustainability-linked] projects can launch,” he continued, adding that rising corporate ESG budgets are “tilting the scale.” Oliver Tonby of McKinsey said that $1.6 trillion figure has room to grow, saying studies have identified some $6 trillion that can go “into something more sustainable.” Corporations must continue to “shift their investments,” remarked the consultant, since rising carbon dioxide levels continue to yield droughts and the likelihood that more places in the world will become “too hot to work outdoors.” Decarbonization efforts are tied to materials recycling, a panelist at a later session noted, and also to green building efforts and manufacturing facility proposals, according to Pang and fellow panelist Grace Fu of Singapore’s Ministry of the Environment. “Investors are being very clear about managing their climate risk,” stated Fu. Added Pang, “If your investment is non-sustainable, you can’t even raise any money. That’s already the case.” Rajeev Menon of Marriott International said that while the hospitality sector was particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, “Sustainability is now right back at the center” of the company’s plans and goals. He said it affects “how we build hotels,” such as adhering to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) scorecard, to procurement to how food waste is handled. On the materials front, Menon said Marriott has been phasing out its use of small plastic amenities (soap, shampoo and conditioner) bottles in favor of refillable dispensers in its rooms. Looking at the blend of positives and negatives, Tonby said because of the amount of carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere, conditions “will get worse” for some people. More encouraging, he said, is that as emissions-reduction investments reach the trillions of dollars, “We can move the needle more rapidly than we have.” The majority of companies, he said, are not playing defense but “are on the offense” seeking opportunities to invest in sustainability. CESG 2022 was held in mid-April at the Marina Bay Sands Singapore Convention Centre.

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  • When was B2W Software founded?

    B2W Software was founded in 1993.

  • Where is B2W Software's headquarters?

    B2W Software's headquarters is located at Martingale Wharf 99 Bow Street, Portsmouth.

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