OPBID: Competitive Bidding Strategy Model

by Thomas L. Morin,
Richard H. Clough,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1969, Vol. 95, Issue 1, Pg. 85-106

Document Type: Journal Paper

Discussion: Baumgarten Ralph M. (See full record)
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A discrete probabilistic model of strategy for competitive bidding in the construction industry is formulated and tested. The model is applied to actual past bidding data obtained from a construction contractor. This real-world application of the model verified the thesis that such a bidding strategy can assist contractors in increasing their profit from lump-sum contracts obtained by competitive bidding. A general computer program, OPBID (OPtimum BID), is developed that will enable the contractor to utilize this model.

Subject Headings: Bids | Contractors and subcontractors | Data processing | Computer models | Construction industry | Model tests | Probability

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