Creating Successful Bid Proposals
This course begins
with considering various methods of measurement used to pay for work and how
this choice may affect inspection staff and the contractor. Method of payment
options are then explored along with some typical consequences. The engineer
typically is required to determine if a bid is balanced. Therefore a brief section
follows on reviewing for balanced bids, and how methods of measurement and payment
may have affected that bid. Change Orders are then covered, focusing on how
the original payment choice may simplify the Change Order, shorten the time
for the contractor to receive payments, and can lead to further flexibility
for the engineer. The benefits of using Line Item Extensions rather than Negotiated
Extras, and how they are tied to the engineer's original choice of method of
payment, are explored. Finally the importance of creating more win-win conditions
between the engineer, the owner and staff, the contractor and the contractor's
material suppliers is discussed.
The course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.
At the conclusion of this course, the student will:
This course will have relevance to any engineer that creates bid documents. The examples in the course relate to earthwork construction, but most any work that can be expressed for bidding purposes can be substituted into this material.
Benefit to Attendees
When this course is completed the student will have learned multiple alternatives to use when creating future Bid Proposal Forms and will recognize how each choice may affect the final bid results. The student will also learn why various techniques have beneficial effects within their organization, as well as during execution of the work by the contractor.
investigate and then design projects that are to be bid for construction. These
bid documents not only describe the work to be done, but how the contractor
will be compensated. The contractor's bid, placed on what is typically termed
the Bid Proposal Form, becomes a major factor in the tone for the working relationship
between the engineer/owner and the contractor. By considering how items are
to be measured and paid prior to finalizing the bid documents, the engineer
may create more win-win conditions between the owner and staff, the contractor
and the contractor's material suppliers.
The course content is in Creating Successful Bid Proposals (PDF File). You need to open or download this document to study this course.
This course focused
on how to develop a win-win operation through your Bid Proposal. How you structure
your initial bid package has ramifications throughout the life of your project.
Building in simplicity of measurements will insure your inspectors can perform
their job. How the method of payment is defined should assure all parties involved
that fair compensation for acceptable work is a priority. Once bids are received,
all the bidders should know that acceptance of unbalanced bids are not an option,
thereby prompting bids that are reasonable along a line-item basis.
During construction a good contractor and engineer need to work together. The engineer (and some contractors) wants to insure the best product is produced. The contractor (and some engineers) wants appropriate compensation in a timely manner. By making use of existing contract items, payments for completed work may be received much faster. Many contractors who recognize efforts are being made on their behalf will reciprocate during the construction process.
Finally the owner
of the project could be impressed by the engineer's reduction of negotiated
extras, which leads the owner to be viewed in more favorable light by outside
Developing a good working relationship with a contractor is recognized by all parties to save time, money and reduce stress in the workplace. If the owner, engineer, contractor, material supplier and even inspectors have issues with one of the other members of this group, the engineer's work will be made more difficult. Setting the normal working environment as win-win between engineer and contractor will go a long way to having smoother projects.
Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.