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Labor Department Provides Davis-Bacon Videos for Contractor Reference

April 9, 2015

Are you a contractor who is confused about how to participate in the Davis-Bacon Act wage survey, and what that survey means to you? The AGC might be able to help. 

The Associated General Contractors of America announced this week that the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage & Hour Divison (WHD) recently provided two video presentations regarding the Davis-Bacon Act. One presentation, titled Davis-Bacon Wage Survey Process, explains how Davis-Bacon Wages are established and gives insight into the importance of participating in the wage survey. The other, Completing WD-10, shows the process of completing the wage survey form. 

The Davis-Bacon Act and related acts, first established in 1931, states that contractors and subcontractors working on contracts worth more than $2,000 in which the U.S. is a partner must pay workers employed on the site no less than the locally prevailing wages and fringe benefits paid on similar projects in the area. The US Secretary of Labor determines the local prevailing wage rates based on the WD-10 survey completed by contractors each year. 


HCSS Estimating Survey Shows Companies are Optimistic about 2015

March 19, 2015

It appears the skies may be brightening for the construction industry. After several slow years during the economic downturn, HCSS found companies are starting to be optimistic about their business again.

The findings come from the annual HCSS Heavy Civil/Infrastructure Estimating Survey, which the construction software company sends out to all companies in our database.

The 26 questions are compiled in collaboration with members of our Advisory Board, and most of the questions were similar to those in 2013 in order to analyze trends.

We received 359 responses from 51 states and provinces in the U.S. and Canada. No state represented more than 9 percent of the respondents, and 7 percent of the responses were from Canadian companies.

What we found this year was that our customers, in general, are hopeful about 2015.


Williams Construction Wins First HeavyBid Estimate by $3K

March 12, 2015

What do you do when you’re confident in the new estimating system you’ve purchased, but your staff is still skeptical?


Update Your Estimating Skills with HCSS Training Classes

February 25, 2015

Some skills are just like riding a bike -- once you learn how, you can always do it, no matter how long it's been since you hopped on two wheels.


Pavers Win First Bid with HeavyBid Before Finalizing Implementation

February 10, 2015

Sometimes, HCSS HeavyBid can prove its worth before you’re even done setting it up.

That was the case for Oregon Mainline Paving, LLC, who implemented the estimating software program in August 2014.

While HCSS trainer Gary Kercher was at the company’s office in McMinnville, Oregon, for four days of training, they decided to test the program using actual estimate the company was working on and submitting it in real-time. They quickly found out just how well HeavyBid worked when they actually won the job.


HCSS HeavyBid Bid News for Winter 2015

January 23, 2015


HeavyBid users noted in BOLD. 

Pennsylvania (PA) - Betsy Ross Bridge Interchange

Driscoll Const Co., Inc/Richard E. Pierson Const. (JV).........$160,296,564.41
Buckley and Company, Inc. ................................................$161,915,906.85
A.P. Construction, Inc. ........................................................$162,762,183.00


Contractor Saves 100 Man-Hours by Exporting Bids to Accounting

January 23, 2015

It’s no secret that HCSS HeavyBid can help you bid more work in less time. 

But even after you win, HeavyBid can speed things up by allowing you to export your estimate directly to your accounting system to set up a starting job budget.



Win More Construction Work by Adjusting Fuel Prices in HeavyBid

December 31, 2014

By now, your wallet has no doubt noticed the falling price of gas

The national average price for a tank of regular unleaded fuel is $2.257/gallon, down from $3.317 at the same time last year, with diesel at $3.153/gallon, down from $3.869 a year ago. 

But did you know the price at the pump can do more than just ease the cost of your travel this holiday season?


Top 10 Largest Jobs Won with HeavyBid

December 3, 2014

HCSS asked HeavyBid customers to brag. We wanted to know the largest jobs our clients have won using our estimating software. So we put a banner on our HeavyBid home page asking for the biggest success stories. Here's what we got.

10. I-10 Bridge Over Lake Pontchartrain, LADOT.....BOH Bros. Construction, LLC..... $379,054,544


Speed and Accuracy: VanCon Wins More Bids with HCSS Estimating Software

August 27, 2014

VanCon General Engineering Contractors based in Springville, Utah, have been using HCSS's estimating software HeavyBid for close to 8 years.  With 5 users currently on the system we were interested in learning from start to finish how HeavyBid has impacted their company. We spoke to VanCon Controller Ryan Parker to find out more about the biggest advantages of being a HeavyBid user.