An Automated Database System for Construction Biddingby S. M. AbouRizk, Univ of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada,
S. P. Dozzi, Univ of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada,
A. Sawhney, Univ of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada,
Abstract: A number of probability-based bidding models have been developed to assist a contractor in preparing bids that improve chances of winning over the competition. Models based on utility theory, mathematical programming, decision theory and other statistical techniques are available. Recently expert systems have been developed to assist in the preparation of bids. Ongoing research is aimed at providing a simple tool for bid preparation which captures all the factors that effect the bidding process. Motivated by the aforementioned research, a public domain database management system by the name BidTrack was developed for tracking construction bids on public contracts. The system involves systematically tracking and recording of information about new projects as the information is made available. This procedure reduces the overhead associated with data entry and manipulation as it spreads it out over time. The system is self contained and programmed using the Indexed Sequential Access Method (ISAM).
Subject Headings: Bids | Databases | Construction methods | Mathematical models | Systems management | Tracking | Information management
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