Alternative bidding is an effective tool which enables a public project owner to craft a contractual scope of work which fits its budget. Alternative bidding is also a tempting means for owner manipulation of the outcome of the bidding process.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently urged Congress to approve legislation that would guarantee local governments the right to establish clean energy programs through Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) bonds. In mid-July, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) introduced PACE legislation (S. 3642) in the Senate, and Rep. Mike Thompson introduced a comparable measure (H.R. 5766) in the House.
Trimble has acquired the assets of privately held Concord, Ont., Can.-based Accubid Systems, a provider of estimating, project management, and service management software and services for electrical and mechanical contractors. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Accubid's family of software products allows electrical and mechanical contractors to analyze their estimates in detail, including CAD-based estimating and takeoff and then export the data into project management, accounting, and procurement applications. The acquisition of Accubid broadens Trimble's "BIM to field" solutions for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing contractors to automate project estimating and management, modeling, detailing, layout, and construction.