An Automated Database System for Construction Bidding

by S. M. AbouRizk, Univ of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada,
S. P. Dozzi, Univ of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada,
A. Sawhney, Univ of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil and Building Engineering


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 management | Automation and robotics | Construction methods | Mathematical models | Contracts and subcontracts | Expert systems

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