SmartBidNet User Conference 2016 is Here! Watch Keynotes LIVE Online.

The 2016 SmartBidNet User Conference in being held in downtown Austin, Texas July 10-12, and you can watch the keynotes from JBKnowledge, makers of SmartBidNet, CEO James Benham LIVE, being broadcast Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon! Attendees will have the opportunity to interact and learn directly from the highly experienced SmartBidNet Product and Support Teams […]

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New: SmartBidNet VPRN Project Search Feature

Last month, we proudly announced the arrival of SmartBidNet’s integration with the Virtual Planroom Network.  But as you know, here at SmartBidNet, we never stop improving! So, today we’re rolling out ‘Virtual Planroom Network’ project search, from right within SmartBidNet.  Here’s what you can expect from this new feature… Find More Projects Under the Projects […]

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New in SmartBidNet: GFE Reporting & Improved Add Company & Duplicate Contact Check capabilities

Ready to see how the new Add Company feature helps you simplify and organize contact management and Good Faith Effort (GFE) reporting allows easy government-required justification for sub selection?  We’ll walk you through it below. Improved Add Company Feature The improved ‘Add Company’ feature in SmartBidNet can now be accessed in multiple places for convenience. […]

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SmartBidNet Enters Partnership With Virtual Planroom Network

SmartBidNet, a product of JBKnowledge, integrates with Virtual Planroom Network (VPRN) to bring two-way sharing of project news and information to commercial contractors. JBKnowledge’s SmartBidNet and the Virtual Planroom Network (VPRN) have entered an exclusive partnership to help contractors find, publish and bid more construction projects.  As the preferred bid management software for the VPRN, […]

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New SmartBidNet Software Updates May 2016

We’re constantly coming up with ways to improve the SmartBidNet user experience, so we’ve made a few updates to make it even more efficient for our users.  Read on to learn all about our latest features and improvements in May 2016! Notes for ‘Not Invited’ Subs Now you can add notes even for the subcontractor […]

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As a founding member of the Construction Open Standards Alliance, JBKnowledge (makers of SmartBidNet) works with 20+ other construction software providers on developing data exchange standards for the integration of independent software solutions.

By using a software built on COSA standards, you're able to:
- Incorportate all your favorite software into one high-performing, multi-function construction software
- Eliminate errors and omissions associated with faulty integrations.
- Eliminate manual and spreadsheet data transfers between software.

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All SmartBidNet users can utilize the integrated ConsensusDocs 721 form for subcontractor prequalification. Users can further customize those forms with the Prequal Pro add-on module.

SmartBidNet users are able to use ConsensusDocs to:
- Request standard subcontractor prequalification information at the click of a button.
- Keep subcontractors' qualifications up-to-date with easy-to-manage ConsensusDocs forms.
- Keep sensitive information private with ConsensusDocs 721 digital forms.

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The Virtual Planroom Network (VPRN) partnership allows users of SmartBidNet to view, select and bid on thousands of public project opportunities from VPRN – impacting market coverage and ultimately revenue.

The VPRN is a collaboration of builders' exchanges that have been delivering construction data, news and information of opportunities at various stages of the construction process for over a century.

With this partnership, SmartBidNet users can benefit by:
- Publishing public bid projects from SmartBidnet to the VPRN Online Planroom.
- Pulling projects and documents from the VPRN Online Planroom into SmartBidNet for private prequalification and bid management.
- Accessing industry news easily within VPRN that our commercial building clients depend on daily.

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Dun & Bradstreet is collaborating with SmartBidNet to improve the quality of data integrated from the SmartInsight contractor network. D&B solutions assist in data cleansing and verification by running SmartInsight subcontractor data through the world’s leading source of commercial data, analytics and insight on businesses. D&B’s global commercial database contains more than 240 million accurate business records.

Through our integration with Dun & Bradstreet, SmartBidNet users are able to take advantage of verified commercial company data integrated from SmartInsight by referencing a D-U-N-S number for each subcontractor. This integration also gives general contractors confidence in the validity of subcontractor data listed within the SmartInsight network.

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ShareFile, our recommended cloud storage service, integrates into SmartBidNet for a seamless connection between both systems - allowing users to keep their project documents up to date within both platforms.

By integrating a ShareFile account into SmartBidNet, general contractors are able to:
- Upload bid project files and documents from ShareFile directly into SmartBidNet and vice versa
- Quickly add and remove project documents with real-time synchronization
- Always keep your plans within reach for any shared subcontractor in SmartBidNet or ShareFile

 

Our partnership with Plans4Less allows SmartBidNet users to get the most affordable pricing for same day printing and shipping for plans from the SmartBidNet online plan room.

With the option of using the integrated Plans4Less feature, SmartBidNet users are able to:
- Give subcontractors access to the reprographic services offered by Plans4Less as they view plans in the SmartBidNet Online Planroom.
- Take advantage of fixed pricing with no minimum orders required.
- Print & ship daily direct to your office or construction job site nationally via UPS.

 

With the STACK Estimating (formerly Cloud Takeoff) integration into SmartBidNet, all SmartBidNet users can easily open plan files and quickly perform basic quantity takeoffs from your SmartBidNet plan room.

By becoming a STACK Estimating customer, SmartBidNet users can:
- Experience real-time, collaborative estimating takeoff with your project team and subcontractors.
- Use detailed reporting to calculate the cost and quantity of materials to pull back into SmartBidNet.
- Take advantage of STACK’s pre-built catalogs to help you quickly calculate costs for specific trades based on your own rates and historical experience.

 

SmartInsight is an online construction network that helps general contractors find, verify and connect with subcontractors and suppliers. The full SmartInsight database of contractors is integrated with SmartBidNet for general contractors to tap into when sending project communications.

By using the SmartInsight construction network, general contractors in SmartBidNet can:
- Access a quality, up-to-date database of subcontractors for additional bid coverage.
- Locate qualified subcontractors that match your project requirements.
- Access a platform focused on streamlined prequalification with subcontractor scoring available from industry leading risk analysts.

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Cloud Storage Integrations


In addition to our preferred cloud integration with ShareFile, our users’ SmartBidNet online plan room can also integrate with these cloud storage solutions:

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ShareFile

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Box

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Google Drive

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OneDrive

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Egnyte

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SharePoint

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OneDrive
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CMIS

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Alfresco

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AWS S3



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