“It is supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard…is what makes it great.” The goal of deliberate practice is to make things possible that were not possible before. It takes a long time, and it is hard. Bob Morgan, CEO of Quest Construction Data Network (QuestCDN) has been working with this philosophy from the day in the 90s when the plan to eradicate the challenges that haunt the construction bidding arena with digital communication struck his mind. The thought of doing away with the vast amounts of paperwork required for preparing and releasing construction documents, selecting contractors and placing a bid on a project drove him. As time passed by, Morgan and his team automated bidding communication and intertwined all the undergirding processes into a single system.”
“We were among the first to find a way of removing the manual nature of the public bid and establish a digital, automated solution to make processes more efficient and effective,” asserts Morgan. After years of brainstorming sessions and many functional iterations QuestCDN was launched to manage public bid projects collaboratively in partership with the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) community.”Click to download the complete article by CIO Applications.
Way back during the 1968 – 1971 football seasons, Bob Morgan spent numerous early mornings in the office of University of Minnesota football coach Murray Warmath. All the Gopher quarterbacks were in attendance as Warmath spread 22 red and black checker pieces on his desk representing various offensive and defensive football formations. He asked the quarterbacks to identify the various setups and what play should be called. The quaint 20th-century question-and-answer format represented Morgan’s introduction into the art of problem solving.
Three decades later, the fellow who became starting quarterback and captain of the 1972 Gopher team under new coach Cal Stoll, would find himself in engineering offices trying to convince management that he had an innovative solution to the communication problems faced in the bidding of public construction projects.
“Football was good training for many things,” Morgan explained recently as he talked about a “new and valuable functionality” he was adding to his Quest Construction Data Network (QuestCDN.com) bid management software platform, the company he started 18 years ago. “We have added an online bidding functionality where bidders can upload their bids securely from the comfort and efficiency of their own office,” he said.Click to read the complete article as featured in Engineering Minnesota.
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Ward County becomes the first county in North Dakota to use Quest.
The new QuestCDN makes it easier for bidders, project owners and soliciting agents to see the benefits that matter most.
QuestCDN is the construction industry’s premier project bid management system, and now our new website better illustrates why. The website features detailed information on feature and benefits that matter most to project owners/solicitors and to bidders within the construction industry. Pages are broken down specific to your interest including a special section dedicated to our new online bidding tool or vBid.
The website also features an overview video of QuestCDN so that you can see in minutes how our tools can benefit you and your company.
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On November 15, Denver Water, who delivers quality water to 1.3 million people throughout Denver and the surrounding areas, opened their first bid utilizing our newly launched VirtuBid (vBid).
Denver Water has been a partner of QuestCDN’s since 2010 and has taken the next step into the digital world. Since 2010, they have delivered numerous construction plans and specs digitally through our bid management tool, saving them a great deal of time and money.
This spring we launched vBid, the newest component in the QuestCDN system. Vbid gives our partners the ability to receive bids electronically efficiently and effectively through a secure network. Through vBid, our partners are able to build a bid form unique to their bid requirements, accept and verify bid bonds, verify receipt of addenda, accept both qualification information and bid totals, close bids automatically, use automated tools to analyze bids and post automatic bid tabulations.
Denver Water bids several projects a year, which required contractors to either drive their bids in or send them via delivery services. Their choice to utilize Vbid was made to make this process more efficient for them, as well as their bidders.
Maryhelen Iverson, Denver Water’s Engineering Division Office Business Manager, recently said, “ Denver Water benefits from vBid in the following ways; freeing up of valuable conference meeting space that was typically reserved throughout the year to accommodate bid openings, greater quality assurance of bids as we can dictate exactly what we are looking for and not accept bids that don’t have all the correct submissions . There is no chance of receipt of incomplete bids. Speed with which we can carry out a bid opening—less staff time spent escorting contractors, collecting paper bids, contacting bidders through email and phone regarding the bid. Ease of being able to issue changes to the bid form and ensure that all bidders receive the most current versions.
The benefits to bidders using vBid include efficient calculation of final bid totals, verification of bid requirements, immediate access to addenda changes and the ability to submit bids from their own office.
Ms. Iverson noted, “Most contractors will say that they appreciate not having to pay wages to have someone drive to our facility to hand deliver a bid, sit through a bid opening, and wait while documents are being reviewed. There is also the risk that they may miss bid time due to traffic, a train, lack of parking at our facility or delay in visitor badging—all unpredictable things that can slow down a bidder when trying to submit a physical bid.”
If you are interested in learning more about vBid, please contact us for a presentation, 952-233-1632.
QuestCDN is excited to announce the launch of our new Online Bid Submission capabilities – introducing VirtuBid (vBid)!
When QuestCDN was conceived back in the late 1990s our mission was to develop a comprehensive web-based solution to improve the entire construction project bid process. Over the last 15 years we have achieved most of this mark except for one important component… the ability of a bidder to securely submit their bids over the internet from the comfort and effectiveness of their office. Now after year of intense development we finally have it completed – introducing VirtuBid (vBid)!
VirtuBid offer significant benefits to bidders, project owners and soliciting agents. vBid streamlines the bidding process for owners and solicitors, allowing them to effectively and efficiently build and accept bids through a secure online network. With vBid, providers are able to build their bid forms to fit their needs.
For bidders, vBid allows them to submit all qualification information, submit final numbers within seconds of a bid closing, have immediate access to addenda changes, and have access to all previous bids for data mining of future bids.
To see the full functionality of VirtuBid how this innovative system achieves optimal value for the entire bid process community, contact QuestCDN for a demo.