avatarby Jeff LyonsLast updated February 12, 2024Category: Blog Post


In the dynamic world of heavy civil construction, staying ahead of the curve is crucial for success. As technology continues to evolve, innovative tools like Builterra are transforming the way civil engineers and public owners approach design quantity takeoffs (QTO), cost estimating, and bid preparation. This blog post will explore the various use cases of Builterra, shedding light on how it empowers contractors to streamline their processes and achieve greater efficiency.

Design Quantity Takeoffs (QTO)

Builterra plays a pivotal role in simplifying the design QTO process. Its advanced features allow contractors to seamlessly extract accurate quantities from design models, reducing the risk of errors and ensuring precision in project estimation. With Builterra, users can easily generate detailed takeoff “Bid Tabs”, providing a comprehensive listing of bid items with or without historic bid item cost estimates. This not only saves valuable time but also enhances the overall accuracy of project engineer’s estimates.

Bid Table w/ Road Materials

Cost Estimating

Accurate cost estimating is at the heart of successful construction projects. Builterra's user-friendly interface and powerful capabilities enable civil engineers and public owners to create detailed and precise cost estimates with ease. By integrating design models and quantity takeoffs, Builterra ensures that all relevant information is seamlessly incorporated into the estimating process. This not only enhances the accuracy of cost projections but also facilitates quick adjustments in response to design changes, helping contractors stay on budget and on schedule.

              Design Connect w/ Pipe Details

Bid Preparation

Preparing detailed bid item tables is a laborious task that demands precision and efficiency. Builterra simplifies the bid preparation process by centralizing standard bid item catalogs and attached item specifications providing a collaborative platform for internal public owner engineers and external consulting teams. Bid Preparers can easily organize and manage bid documents, ensuring that all stakeholders have access to the latest design contract documents to streamline eprocurement. This collaborative approach fosters better communication among team members and enhances the overall quality of bid preparation, submissions and post-procurement analysis.

Bid Section Editor w/ Cost Estimating

Integration and Compatibility

Builterra's versatility extends beyond its standalone features. It seamlessly integrates with various industry-standard tools and software, allowing consultants to leverage their existing workflows. Whether it's connecting with project management software or incorporating data from Building Information Modeling (BIM) systems, Builterra ensures a smooth and integrated construction ecosystem.

BIM Project Layout

Real-time Updates and Collaboration

One of the key advantages of Builterra is its ability to provide real-time updates and foster collaboration among project teams. Contractors can access the latest project and bid information, track bid table changes, and collaborate with team members from any location. This not only accelerates decision-making processes but also enhances transparency and accountability throughout the project bidding and procurement process.

Bid Comparison Table


Builterra is more than just a tool; it's a game-changer for consultants looking to elevate their design QTO, cost estimating, and bid preparation processes. By combining advanced technology with user-friendly interfaces, Builterra empowers construction professionals to work smarter, faster, and more accurately. Embracing Builterra means embracing a future where construction projects are executed with unprecedented efficiency and success.


Jeff Lyons

With over 20 years of experience in the municipal and land development sector, Jeff Lyons is dedicated to creating innovative civil engineering software solutions. As a founding partner and Director of Platform Innovation at Builterra, Jeff is a sought-after instructor and guest speaker who regularly engages with clients and associations to share insights that drive the industry forward. Jeff received his diploma in mining engineering technology from the Haileybury School of Mines (Northern College), and his diploma in geological technology (geophysics) from Sir Sandford Fleming College.


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