avatarby Jeff LyonsLast updated April 2, 2024Category: Newsletter

Hello Builterra members,

Welcome to the March 2024 edition of the Builterra newsletter, where spring brings fresh updates and new beginnings. Did you know that 48% of projects are going over budget and schedule? At Builterra, we aim to keep your construction projects on budget and on time! As we embrace the season of renewal, explore our latest features, including Stale Date on Cost Estimating, quick and easy Historic vs Live tender option, the convenient Drag and Drop Tender Builder, and the seamless KML File download option. These updates are designed to rejuvenate your project management approach. Let's bloom together with Builterra this spring!

Table of Contents

  1. Technical Conferences
  2. Live Webinars
  3. Web Portal Updates
  4. Did You Know?
  5. Mobile App Updates
  6. FAQ
  7. Security
  8. Support

Technical Conferences

Ontario Good Roads Association 2024:

Good Roads, formerly known as the Ontario Good Roads Association, has been committed to enhancing municipal roads and related infrastructure in Ontario for 130 years. We are thrilled to announce that Builterra will be showcasing its booth at this year's Good Roads conference in Toronto, Ontario , running from April 21st to 24th. We would like to invite you to visit our booth (#505) and get to know us better. We have a talented team of professionals who are eager to answer any questions you may have. Come and say hello to us at the conference, and learn more about how we can help you with your project management needs.

Aziz Conference Photo

Live Webinar Sessions

We understand that your schedules can get quite hectic, and you might have missed our earlier live sessions. Feel free to access the links below to catch up on the sessions you missed or use them for a quick review of the valuable information shared:

Builterra Updates 2023: Click Here!

Civil 3D - Design Connect: Click Here!

New Builterra Pro Mobile App: Click Here!

Subsurface Utility Engineering: Click Here!

Web Platform Updates

Enable Bidding System:

Enable Bidding System allows you to easily decide whether you want to upload historic pricing or create a tender that's yet to be bid on. By choosing to enable the bidding system, you indicate that your project is live and not historic. If you already have your bidder pricing, you can keep this option unchecked.

Drag & Drop Tender Builder:

We've introduced a new feature to streamline your tender-building process: the Drag & Drop Tender Builder. Now, you can easily create tenders by simply dragging and dropping tables across all catalog sections. This feature includes dynamic table enumeration, making it even easier to organize and customize your tenders. Upgrade your tender-building experience with Builterra's Drag & Drop Tender Builder and try it out today!

Stale Date Override:

We're excited to announce a new feature for Builterra members: Stale Date Override for project Cost Estimation. This feature allows users to manually override the stale date for cost estimation, providing more flexibility and control over the estimation process. Now, you can ensure that your cost estimates remain accurate and up-to-date, even for items with older data!

Real Time Tender Preview:

Builterra now offers a real-time tender preview! This functionality allows members to visualize their tender cost sheet as they build it, providing an unprecedented level of transparency and control. Users can see exactly how each element they add impacts the overall cost, enabling them to make informed decisions and adjustments on the fly. This real-time preview not only enhances accuracy but also streamlines the tendering process, saving valuable time and ensuring that final submissions are error-free and optimized.

1. Open any tender ("Red Pencil")
2. Select any of the tables
3. Click the fly-out arrow on the right-hand side 

Form Configuration Sketch Blocks:

Builterra's DWG sketch blocks feature offers members a convenient solution for Subsurface Utility Locate Forms. With this functionality, users can easily upload DWG drawings directly into Builterra. By integrating DWG drawings, users can accurately map out utility locations and visualize them within the platform. This feature enhances efficiency and accuracy in utility locate documentation, ensuring that all necessary information is captured and documented effectively.

Provisional Pay Items:

We begin 2024 with another impactful implementation. Now, when creating tenders, you have the flexibility to designate pay items as provisional. This enhancement enables your field inspectors to inspect these items, seamlessly integrating them into an existing tender table, all while keeping the overall contract budget intact. It's a game-changer for your workflow!

Progress Payments in PDF:

If you've been converting your excel Payment Certificate to PDF after exporting it out of Builterra, you no longer have to! You can now export Payment Certificates using PDF format. Simply click on the PDF icon in the PC Portal and you're all set! 

Ad-Hoc Pay Item Tracking:

We're thrilled to introduce our new Ad-Hoc Report Object for Contract Items! Builterra members can easily set up automated reports and alerts to track inspected contract item quantities throughout the project life-cycle. Stay on top of your game and never miss a beat with our user-friendly solution.

Full Project Template:

If you need to make mass edits to project details, then this update is for you! Using Builterra's full project template, our users can now adjust project details across all projects using our CSV export/import options. Take advantage of this feature to streamline your project management efforts!

Tender Analysis:

Prior to submitting your tender for review, make sure to click on our newly implemented Tender Analysis button! This option will let you know if you have tables with missing quantities, units, long descriptions and much more. If you require help with this feature, reach out to your friendly support member at Support@Builterra.com

Did You Know?

Old Web Portal UI Phased Out:

As you may already know, we've officially switched to the latest and greatest portals for both projects and inspections. All feedback from our amazing Builterra members are welcomed!  

Project Theming:

We're thrilled to announce a dynamic feature that empowers users to set their preferred project themes locally without the need for an account-wide update. At Builterra, we understand the importance of personalization, and this enhancement is designed to offer you a more tailored and flexible experience.

AutoCAD Extensions Supported:

We're excited to announce our latest capability of allowing AutoCAD files to be opened in our Document Repository. Users can now access AutoCAD files directly within our platform, allowing you to host all your files in one, centralized location. This includes, but not limited to the following formats; DWG, DWS, DWT, DXB, DXF, etc. Furthermore, you can share or send these files through the appropriate workflows. Try it out for yourself and see how it can benefit your construction administration workflows. For more information, reach out to Support@Builterra.com!

Tender Spec Editing:

Our latest Tender implementation allows users to edit specification local to the project and tender. With this feature, you can avoid global specification edits, and only update the specification where needed, depending on project variables. If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to Support@Builterra.com


Change Order Workflow:

Builterra is excited to introduce our newly implemented Change Order workflows, designed to enhance project efficiency and streamline the change management process. With our platform, you can now set up project-based Change Order workflows, allowing for a seamless transition from change identification to approval and implementation. Our intuitive interface enables you to easily manage and track Change Orders, ensuring clear communication and accountability among project stakeholders. Additionally, we have added a new feature that allows you to request a quote on Change Order items directly from contractors, providing greater transparency and cost control. For guidance on this topic, reach out to Support@Builterra.com

Cost Sharing:

Builterra's cost sharing capabilities are mostly unnoticed by majority of our users. Our cost sharing system allows for greater flexibility and control over project finances. With the ability to set up responsible accounts for payment of specific tendered line items, project managers can more easily track and manage project costs. This feature is particularly useful for larger projects where multiple stakeholders are involved, as it ensures that each party is responsible for their respective costs. If you want help setting up your cost sharing accounts or have any questions or concerns, kindly reach out to your friendly Builterra support representative via Support@Builterra.com.

Workflow Portal:

Perhaps the most powerful yet underrated and underutilized aspect of Builterra is our Workflow Portal. The workflow portal allows users to ask other individuals for approvals in our new and updated portal style. The approver can also add comments to their answer of accepting or rejecting an approval. To utilize the portal, you will now need to add requestees to the workflow item; these are the individuals you need approval from to continue the items' progression. If you have any questions or concerns, kindly reach out to your friendly Builterra support representative via Support@Builterra.com

Mobile App Updates

Builterra Pro Training Videos:

Get ready for an adventure in learning with our Builterra Pro training videos! We've tailored these lessons to supercharge your understanding and usage of our new mobile app. See training video links below and jump right in!

Create and review multi-visit report:
Video Link: Click Here!
How to configure the Builterra Pro app:
Video Link: Click Here!
Create template in web portal, Import Items in the Pro App:
Video Link: Click Here!
Create, edit, and mark tasks as complete:
Video Link: Click Here!
Upload Documents to the portal and app:
Video Link: Click Here! Favourite projects and inspection forms overview of Pro App interface:
Video Link: Click Here!
Create and review single-visit report: 
Video Link: Click Here!

Builterra Pro Updates:

We greatly appreciate your invaluable feedback, which has driven enhancements to various features and settings within the Builterra Pro mobile app, all aimed at significantly elevating your user experience!

If you have any feedback, do not hesitate to reach out to support@builterra.com
If you wish to report a bug, kindly use the button below to access the form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Project Sub-Folders: "How do I create a project within a specific sub-folder?"

If you find yourself struggling to figure out how to create projects and place them within a specific sub-folder, read on to find the simple solution to your dilemma. First, start by locating the Project Portal. You can find it on your log-in screen, if previously set as a favorite, or from the main menu by hover over 'Portal', then 'Project', and clicking on 'New Project.' From there, locate the drop down menus titled "Major Group" and "Minor Group." Sub-folder structure can be setup by an individual with the appropriate permission levels. Look out for a future update allowing you to rename this sub-folder structure!

Password Reset: "How can I reset my password?"
With all the passwords we create, forgetting one is commonplace and bound to happen. If you need help resetting your password, the following videos will do the trick, depending on your permission level. You can also avoid creating a new password by logging in with your Microsoft account (video link below):

  1. Resetting password as an Account Admin
  2. Resetting password as a Builterra User
  3. Connecting Microsoft Account

Security Alert

SOC 2 Type II Audit:
Builterra completed its SOC 2 Type II audit for 2023, performed by KirkpatrickPrice. This attestation provides evidence that Builterra has a strong commitment to security and to delivering high-quality services to its clients by demonstrating that they have the necessary internal controls and processes in place.

A SOC 2 audit provides an independent, third-party validation that a service organization’s information security practices meet industry standards stipulated by the AICPA. During the audit, a service organization’s non-financial reporting controls as they relate to security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy of a system are tested. The SOC 2 report delivered by KirkpatrickPrice verifies the suitability of the design and operating effectiveness of Builterra’s controls to meet the standards for these criteria.

2FA - Two-Factor Authentication Enforcement:

As an added measure of security, we've recently implemented a 2FA(Two-Factor Authentication)! This security measure is currently optional but will be enforced in late 2023. More details on the exact date will be provided in the next few months. If you haven't done so already, enable this feature right from within your Manage Profile section, as shown below. There are two options for this measure; an email or text with 1 time code. In order to set up the text option, your phone number must be added to your profile page. Keep in mind, this feature does not affect users using their Microsoft Login for logging into Builterra. For more information, reach out to Support@Builterra.com!

Phishing is an attempt by cybercriminals posing as legitimate institutions, usually via email, "Smishing" (a.k.a. phishing texting), and "Vishing" (a.k.a. phishing phone calls) to obtain sensitive information from targeted individuals. In other words, you receive an email which claims to be from Builterra asking you to reset your password. This is an example of a 'phishing attack.' Keep in mind, we will never ask you for your account password over email or phone. If you do receive such emails asking for sensitive account information, it is not from us, so do not respond, and contact our support team to let us know. Be on the lookout and stay safe! 

We Want To Hear From You!

Client Success:

We consider our clients' success as our top priority. In order to better serve you, your feedback is crucial in our development and quality control. Furthermore, most of our implemented features have come by way of our amazing clients. With that said, we love hearing your feature recommendations! If you have any features in mind, please reach out to our support staff at 1-833-289-8600 ext.1 or by e-mail at support@builterra.com 

Need Support?

For technical support, please email support@builterra.com for any questions or to organize training from Builterra Technical Support.

We highly recommend you watch the Builterra Introductory video to learn more about what the platform can do for you. Feel free to skip to the part that applies to your job role. 

You can also benefit greatly from Builterra's Training Modules. Check out the videos therein for more information.

We’re always updating the Builterra app based on feedback from users like you. Make sure you update your app often for the latest and greatest. 

Welcome to your new and improved job, 
-The Builterra Support Team


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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