Construction Information Technology Blog

Surveyed Trades give PlanSource an A+

Posted by Dave Robertson on Aug 24, 2009 3:24:00 PM

Electronic document distribution is quickly becoming the norm for the construction industry.  The advantages of distributing documents electronically are numerous including time savings, cost savings,  improved staff efficiency and not the least environmental sustainability.  There are a several options available to contractors contemplating the installation of an "online planroom".

A recent survey of more 1,000 trades currently using PlanSource showed that 92% of respondents found PlanSource to be equal to or better than competitive system such as reprographers' online planrooms and Company FTP Sites.  Ease of secure access and the easy to use built-in tools for viewing, downloading and ordering documents, online take-offs are some the features that differentiate PlanSource from the others.

"Of all the programs I use, your site is the easiest to manoeuvre around in and the most logical."

                        - Electrical Mechanical Contractor

Of those who responded to the survey, 83% said that they like PlanSource so much that they would recommend it to the General Contractors they work with that are not currently using it.

 "Out of all the sites I've downloaded from or viewed documents, PlanSource is the best.  It's quick, easy and well organized.  I've even recommended it to some of our clients who currently use other servers."

                        - Drywall Contractor


Topics: Online bidding, Environmental impact, On screen takeoff, Analysis report

How Competitive is it today?

Posted by Dave Robertson on Jul 16, 2009 2:49:00 PM

Our business gives us a unique opportunity to monitor what is happening in the construction marketplace. We have recently completed a reportabout bidding activity and patterns in the construction industry. It will come as no surprise to anyone active in the industry that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of bidders involved in competitive bidding these days.

It is very interesting to actually be able to measure that change and to see how quickly the competitive landscape changed. In our study we looked at over 2000 publicly tendered projects in British Columbia that closed over the last 5 years. We are only part way through 2009 and the average number of bidders has skyrocketed by close to 40% over the 2007 average of 3.2 bidders per project. We regularly see projects with 10 or more bidders. If there is any doubt among purchasers of construction that these are great times to be seeking competitive tenders for their proposed projects, this is proof positive that there is a buyer's market today. For the bidders, the message is also clear - If you really want the work you need to do all that you can to ensure you are getting the most competitive bids you can from your Trades and Suppliers. Online tools like PlanSource preconstruction software tools help give you more time to focus on the details of getting your bid right and will also give you broader reach to make sure you have the best possible Trade coverage included in your bid.

         average bidders chart                       

 Download a copy of the full report here.

Topics: Construction documents, Online bidding, Electronic document management, Analysis report

Bidding patterns of successful bidders

Posted by Dave Robertson on Jul 3, 2009 12:19:00 PM

We recently updated a study we first did in 2004 that analyzed the bidding patterns of successful bidders. The new report is available here (Bidding Pattern Report).

bidding pattern reportIn the course of reviewing the data, a practice I first learned from an old time estimator came to mind. Of the 2135 bids that are part of this study, 10 of them had two bids with exactly the same number. When I first started estimating the ‘rule' I learned from an old time estimator was to never submit a bid with the exact final number your calculations total up to. When we finally came to a total our practice was to deduct a few dollars to make sure we were submitting a slightly lower number if someone else had by chance come to the same number. Given the results of this study, it only happens once in every 200 or so cases that bids are identical but when it does it might be worth the $2 or $3 to gain that very slight advantage. The results of the new study will be released soon and will take a much more detailed look at what is happening in the competitive tendering market.

Topics: Construction bidding, Analysis report