Published in Rebuilding American Infrastructure
“We are seeing a lot more BIM qualifications demanded by general contractors and owners,” says Benham, company president. “Financial bondability is still the number one concern for owners, but BIM qualifications are getting more stringent. We’re seeing more customers demanding you know how to work in 3D just as a qualification to bid.”
Last November, version 12 of SmartBidNet was released with a new open standards-based user interface (based on HTML5 and OpenXML) with a drag and drop dashboard and customizable widgets. The entire web application is now available in Spanish and French without outside translation software, as well. Time to load, a key issue for both general contractors and bidding subcontractors, decreased by 75 percent. As more customers are moving to mobile devices for daily tasks, SmartBidNet is now device-agnostic, thanks to its HTML5 codebase and its cloud capabilities. In 2010 SmartBidNet migrated its customer data to the secure Microsoft Azure cloud platform to ease sharing and file storage. That integration was completed with the release of version 12. Moving to a cloud-based system for sharing data is a move many engineering and construction companies are considering for their own internal systems to simplify data-sharing for their personnel.
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