StratusVue New User interface and experience – May 26th 2pm EST

StratusVue is getting ready to release a brand new user experience and I hope you tied your shoes tight because your socks will be blown off.

This learning event is for our Users who want to help us evaluate and provide input into what should be added and or removed to make the experience even better.

Guest Speaker Event – May 18th, 2pm EST – Scheduling with the oracle from Oracle

Scheduling for Success with Guest Speaker, Mark Jenkins – Product Director – Oracle Construction and Engineering

Join StratusVue’s Brian Anson with subject matter expert Mark Jenkins, in their discussion about how to schedule for success within your projects and organization.  This is the second in a six part series focused on how to improve and elevate your business to the next level.

Do you know understand why others have succeeded and failed in tracking their Organizations performance through a schedule.  Find out where the industry is headed and the fundamentals that you need to know.

Schedule us into your life, whether you are new or established, because knowing why you are successful or not is fundamental.

Registration is now open! Event – May 18th – 2pm EST

StratusVue Field Ops App in IOS and Android

The StratusVue mobile app allows you to stay interactive with your team by managing your project documents in a simple manner wherever you are! Mobile apps have become more useful with construction firm owners. Business apps allow more accessibility business owners which makes organization easier. The StratusVue mobile app allows interconnectivity with your team and keeps your documents organized wherever you are.

Switching to mobile apps allows for more efficiency. Mobile Apps allow for more accuracy.The StratusVue app can be found in the Apple App store and the Google play store. You can also scan with your devices a QR code that is available on the StratusVue login page that will take you directly to the app store.

Our app allows accessibility of functions such as Daily Reports, RIFs, Punch Lists, Open Issues, Meetings and Minutes, Construction Plans and Photos regardless of where you are. Moving away from the manual process of paper reliance is one way us at StratusVue are working to get better, and faster results for your proposal.

StratusVue March Madness

Here at StratusVue, March madness means something different than what might first come to mind.  Think less sports and more competition, maybe we should call it March Marketing; no matter what we call it, we have an internal challenge, “tournament ” if you will, to generate new customers and excite our existing base.

We’re kicking off March madness by bringing on a Construction Marketing powerhouse, Tyler Riddell with Peritus Marketing.  On March 9th, we are going to have an information packed discussion about how to be successful in marketing within construction.  To prep before go time, read this article by the Construction Marketing Association, about some simple steps you can take to stay ahead of the game.

We look forward to seeing you there and don’t miss you shot to join in on the learning.

BidVue Case Study: Ragnar Benson Construction

BidVue Case Study: Ragnar Benson Construction

Key bidvue benefits – rbc

    • More bids received from qualified bidders
    • Faster bidding process – by up to 50%
    • Fewer questions from bidders

Background

Ragnar Benson Construction (RBC) is a full-service General Contractor/Construction Manager that has been based in Park Ridge and Chicago, IL, for over 90 years.  RBC’s clientele turn to them for professional, innovative, and collaborative approaches to their construction projects.

In the last few decades, RBC has successfully expanded their business throughout the country, and they have worked to expand the types of projects on which they work.  Their portfolio of completed projects is now made up of a wide range of different types, including everything from hospitals, office buildings, zoos, sports facilities, higher education and rail, to name a few.

Bidding & Document Management Challenges

An increased geographic and project diversity meant that RBC had to work with many unfamiliar and dispersed vendors and subcontractors.  In turn, several key challenges arose when bidding out work, including:

    • Maintaining control over prequalification and evaluation reporting
    • Managing timelines and notifications of pending bid submissions
    • Scaling access for all trades and contacts to the latest bid documentation
    • Standardizing documentation formats and filing methods

RBC had been using a fax-based bidding system that was not meeting these challenges as the company expanded.  In 2006, they began a search for a new tool that would improve their current operations and be scalable to meet their future expansion needs.

The Solution:  BidVue

After a review of the options they had available to them, RBC selected BidVue by StratusVue as their tool for managing the bidding process companywide.

“BidVue offered us all the functionality we were looking for in an easily accessible web-based platform,” said Debbie Eaker, Estimating Coordinator at Ragnar Benson.  “It also offered great value because we didn’t need to worry about per-seat or per-project licensing issues and could maximize our use of the tool.”

Some of the specific features that led to RBC selecting BidVue included:

    • One central, easily accessible repository for current & past documents
    • No file size or file type restrictions
    • Maintenance of an electronic bid book that can be utilized for future work
    • Multiple levels of access to manage call sheets and follow-up communications
    • Role-based environment for managing pre-qualification data

In addition, the services provided by StratusVue offered additional benefits.  Bidders would be able to receive personalized training sessions to ensure they understood how to use the system, and the StratusVue support team would be available to help ensure document quality and proper indexing.

Impact & Results

RBC fully implemented BidVue in the spring of 2009.  They began to see improvements in their bidding process almost immediately.

“It is so much faster and simpler to distribute our bid packages using BidVue,” Eaker said.  “We are able to manage what’s happening all across the country, and with the quality of the product, we consistently reach more bidders and get higher quality responses.  BidVue has made a big contribution towards our growth.”

Since implementation, RBC has used BidVue to manage the bidding process on hundreds of projects across the country.  They have experienced improvements such as:

    • More qualified companies bidding on their projects
    • Shorter bidding timelines
    • Fewer questions from bidders about what to bid on

Thanks to BidVue, Ragnar Benson receives better bid results in a shorter timeframe, and has the ability to continue scaling for future growth.

Key System Usage Statistics (Aug 2012 – July 2013)

    • Projects Bid…………………………………………81
    • Invitations Sent To Prospective Bidders……19,541
    • Bid Responses Received……………………….7,555
    • Plans Accessed Through the System……..183,602