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Braedon Avants
Thursday, July 30 2015

Government Bids: Addressing National Deficient Bridge Infrastructure

In the United States today, there are well beyond 600,000 bridges. With a little research, we uncovered a startling statistic associated with our bridge infrastructure. Depending on the estimates to which you subscribe, roughly 10% of the bridges are considered to be “structurally deficient”. By the end of 2014, as reported by the Federal Highway Administration, 61,064 bridges in the U.S. have been deemed structurally deficient.

Delving deeper into this subject matter, I questioned, “What does ‘structurally deficient’ really mean?” It is a frequent term used throughout this review, and one of the straightforward answers I found to address this inquiry was from Aspire - The Concrete Bridge Magazine.
“'Structurally Deficient' is the term created by bridge engineers to indicate that a bridge is in need of maintenance, rehabilitation, or sometimes replacement. As a bridge ages, parts of the bridge deteriorate to where it becomes necessary to repair or replace the deteriorated parts or, in some cases, the entire bridge. To check for these conditions, trained bridge engineers inspect bridges every 2 years or more frequently to be sure they are safe for the designated loads. If they are not, the bridges are posted for the restricted loads that they can safely carry or are closed until they can be fixed or replaced.”

Based on the data through EOY 2014 and reports from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the number of bridges considered to be “structurally deficient” or “functionally obsolete” is, in a word, disturbing. As we did in preparing this analysis, refer here for a variety of applicable data reported by states, federal agencies, and tribal governments.

As we approach the somber anniversary of the August 1st, 2007 structural failure and collapse of the I35W bridge in Minneapolis in which there were 13 fatalities, there is still a wide chasm between need and action. In addition to the 2007 tragedy in the Twin Cities, there have been 17 other documented U.S. bridge failures since 2000. With the above information in hand, we had a springboard to researching and analyzing where the U.S. stands today. We will leave it to you to determine if what follows is an adequate reaction to this substantial need.

In more troubling news: according to information from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, there are over 215 million daily crossings on the structurally deficient bridges in need of repair. As you will see below, the problems are not isolated to a specific area, state, or region.

Are you interested in cranking up a heated debate? Bring up the topic of the highway trust fund and/or transportation funding. What is needed to repair the bridges? Reviewing the projections from a variety of sources reveals a price tag in the neighborhood of $1 trillion. The clock is ticking, and some suggest it's time for a little creativity. In today's U.S. News and World Report, Jason Gold, COO for the McGraw Hill Financial Global Institute and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, suggested an approach that combines public and private sector resources. The 60,000 U.S. bridges are spread throughout the nation.
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Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Transportation acknowledged that we have a growing infrastructure problem and time is not on our side. Here is ‘We Must Invest in America’s Transportation Future’.

States with highest number of bridges considered to be “structurally deficient”. Our nation's capital, the District of Columbia has the fewest number (14) of bridges designated.
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States with highest % of bridges considered to be “structurally deficient”. While Texas has the most bridges, it has the third lowest percentage (2.1%) of bridges designated.

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Mr. Geoffrey Anderson, President and CEO of Smart Growth America, pointed out as a guest on InfrastuctureUSA’s, The Infra Blog, that infrastructure needs more than just a band-aid. As you will hear, Mr. Anderson has some compelling opinions on an assortment of topics related to the subject matter.

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Most active states in terms of bid requests submitted.

For more information about this study, related-bids, or any other industry, call us at 1.888.808.5356 or visit BidPrime.
Bill Culhane
Wednesday, July 29 2015

'The Big Bid Theory' - Tops, Tarmac, and Tracking

Jim and Bill wrap up their theme of recognizing some of the best of the best. They identify the current top industries for published government bids and RFPs. In addition, they look across the U.S. and find the states putting out the most public sector opportunities.

The guys have long been frequent fliers. Jim and Bill impart some information and data on the growth in government bids related to airports and aviation. Note: It isn't just airport construction!

Crazy bids, get your crazy bids! Jim continues his hot streak. Jim, aka #1 Texas Longhorn fan, discovered a bid for GPS tracking of student-athletes. As fate would have it, the bid was published by the University of Oklahoma, aka the Longhorn's #1 rival. Ok, the bid isn't for "that" kind of tracking, but interesting nonetheless and Jim gives the analysis a burnt orange colored perspective.

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Bill Culhane
Monday, July 27 2015

Don’t get grounded by missing government bids for airport related solutions and services

In the past two months, I have travelled nearly 5,000 miles via a vast assortment of automobiles, taxis, boats, ferries and, yes, airplanes. My expeditions included both major and not so major airports. Regardless of the size or location, each airport had one thing in common. Every airport I visited was undergoing some degree of construction, expansion, repairs, or other improvements.

Tale of the tape:

  • *In the United States, there are well over 15,000 airports and airfields. For educational purposes, know that roughly one-third of those have paved runways.
  • *Since a dip created by the recession in 2008-2009, air passenger numbers are back on the rise.
  • *Four of the world’s top eight busiest airports are in the U.S.
  • *From 2010-2014, the U.S. was by far the world leader with 762,560,000 air passengers carried. This number includes both domestic and international aircraft passengers of air carriers registered in the country.

Now, we have established that air travel in the U.S. continues to grow at a significant rate. As a result, airports have been compelled to improve and expand operations. While this includes the major airports in the U.S., it is assuredly not limited to them. Regional airports are also raising their game. Just one more example of opportunity at a smaller airport.

Here is a look at some of the government bid data we compiled on airport services and solutions.

Here is a sampling of just a few of the current airport-related government bid requests.

Sample Bids / RFPs

Airport Engineering Services CA
Airport Master Plan CO
Austin Airport Fueling System Project UT
2015 Airport Improvement Project OR
Airport Security Enhancements CA
Airport Operations Software TX

For more information about this data, related-bids, or any other industry, call us at 1.888.808.5356 or visit BidPrime.
Bill Culhane
Thursday, July 23 2015

Client Support - The BidPrime Way

Meet the BidPrime Client Support team! Here at BidPrime, helping our clients succeed is something in which we invest a lot of time, resources, and effort. Obviously, you need and expect more than merely a bid service. Along with assisting you in identifying and winning public sector business, personalized client support is one of our top priorities.

As we point out in this short video, we stand ready to help you update and perfect your account, receive training on the features and benefits of the BidPrime system, request bid documents, and much more.

Here is a glimpse at BidPrime Client Support.

For more information about BidPrime’s personalized client support, call us at 1.888.808.5356 or visit BidPrime.
Carli Hinkle
Tuesday, July 21 2015

Things to do in Austin, Texas

There is still plenty of time left in the summer, which means plenty of opportunities to plan a visit to Austin, Texas! While we have other offices in the U.S., the ATX has always been our primary home. If you're planning a visit, let us know! We would love to provide suggestions for your trip to the capital of Texas.

We know you want to enjoy the time that the BidPrime solution saves for you. Here are just a handful of things to do, which are sure to make it a memorable visit to Austin.

Tour the Capitol

The Capitol offers free guided tours, or you can do a self-guided tour with brochure, during business hours M-F, 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat/Sun, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Take a Dip at Barton Springs Pool

An Austin hot-spot, this three-acre, 68 degree natural spring in the heart of Zilker Park is sure to cool you off on a hot summer day. The spring is also home to the endangered Barton Springs salamander, and includes an educational exhibit called “Splash!” where you can learn about the history of Barton Springs! Open April 26-October 31, 5 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, $1-$3 per person.

See the Congress Avenue Bridge/Austin Bats

Every summer night 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge  from their colony under the Congress Avenue Bridge and eat 10-20,000 pounds of insects. Bring a blanket and sit by the shore, or stand along the bridge and take in the sight with other Austinites.

Catch Some Live Music

Austin is the “Live Music Capital of the World,” and you can find live music any day of the week at places like Emo’s, Stubb’s, or The Moody Theatre! Austin is also home to many summer music festivals, including Austin City Limits and Fun Fun Fun Fest.

Visit Zilker Botanical Garden

This beautiful 26-acres of topography is located in downtown Austin at the center of Zilker Park, and is often called the “jewel in the heart of Austin." Open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, $1-$3 per person.

Stand-Up Paddle Board on Lady Bird Lake

An Austin favorite! Visit Rowing Dock or Texas Rowing Center and rent a stand-up paddle board for ~$15/hr. You can also rent a canoe or kayak. Take a friend and catch some rays out on Town Lake!

Have a Drink on Rainey Street

This historic district is home to many bungalow-style homes that have been renovated into businesses, bars and restaurants. This trendy section of Austin is one of our favorites, so be sure to stop by and grab a drink!

Graffiti Your Name on Castle Hill (aka HOPE Outdoor Gallery)

The HOPE Outdoor Gallery (HOG) is a three-story educational art project located at 11th & Baylor Streets in Austin – one of the largest outdoor galleries in the USA." Take a couple of cans of spray paint and create your own mural at this fantastic display!

Hike to the 360-Overlook (Pennybacker Bridge)

Located on Capital of Texas Highway (360), you can then take a short hike to the top, which overlooks Pennybacker Bridge and Lake Austin. This is a popular Austin spot for taking beautiful pictures or having a picnic. Hike near sunset to catch an even more magnificent view.

Catch a Round Rock Express Game

The Express are a triple-A team, affiliated with the Texas Rangers organization. Games are played at the state-of-the-art Dell Diamond, and provide a fun, family atmosphere. Catch a Friday game for fireworks after the last out!

So, there you go! We hope you have a safe and fun-filled time in Austin, and let us know about your trip!

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Bill Culhane
Sunday, July 19 2015

Two Ways to Get Government Bid Requests

When was the last time you looked at the way you generate leads? There are so many options available for you to identify and receive government bid requests. Click on the below infographic to look at a couple of those methods.

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For more information about the free trial, or other information about BidPrime, call us at 1.888.808.5356 or visit BidPrime.
Braedon Avants
Wednesday, July 15 2015

IT Security, Cyber Attacks and Hackers - Analysis: Round Two

It would be wildly unrealistic to imagine that the recent reports of cyber attacks on U.S. government agencies would dwindle and go quietly into the night. Based on disclosures back in early June, Bill Culhane published our opening analysis of public sector entities seeking to address the serious issues.

Now, we research and report on what has been happened since our initial study. For a reference, the below data was used in support of our June analysis.

As you likely know, Katherine Archuleta, OPM Director, resigned from her post last week. In large part, this was attributable to the bipartisan call for her removal. As CNN reported, the OPM government data breach impacted 21.5 million. Archuleta's ouster was but another event on the extensive timeline of cyber attacks. For me, this highlights the question, "What comes next?" I'm sure I'm not the only one. Presumably, at minimum, 21.5 million people want answers.

As to be expected, a preponderance of the news has considered the ramifications related to the federal government. However, the execution and/or threat of cyber attacks, hacking, etc., continues to be a reality germane to every level of government. Look at the origin of the below bid requests. It isn't just those inside the Beltway who need to be vigilant.

We returned to our database and established that government bid activity for Information Technology solutions, particularly for network security-related hardware, applications, and support is reaching a zenith. Since our original examination thirty days ago, we have pinpointed 224 government bids and government RFPs that were published in relation to information technology in the month of June 2015.

A substantial number of the requests are for solutions and services specific to data and infrastructure defense. As it has become typical in the realm of government bids, many of these bid requests have a short turnaround from issuance to expiration.

Sample Bids / RFPs

Enterprise Risk Management Consultant Services ND
IT Security Services: Vulnerability and Penetration Test NY
Cyber Security Analyst Services - Computer Network Defense CA
IT Governance, Risk and Compliance RFP. Dept of Homeland Security IL
SCADA Network Security Assessment NY

We are going to continue monitoring this situation. If you have any input, let us know.

For more information about opportunities in Information Technology or Network Security, call us at 1.888.808.5356 or visit BidPrime.
Bill Culhane
Tuesday, July 14 2015

'The Big Bid Theory' - Attach, Attacks, Attacked

Jim and Bill with a special edition of TBBT. The guys raced back to the studio, in part, due to the continuing outcry regarding "that" Burning Man government bid.

The guys weigh in with suggestions on some of the thought leaders in procurement. All-stars, if you will, to attach to your follow list(s). These are just some of the dedicated, brilliant people helping to tell and share the story on procurement. See bottom for full list.

Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. The guys discuss the growth in government bids for AEDs/defibrillators.

Bill gives an update on public sector purchasing of solutions to address the spike in cyber attacks and hackers.

Jim closes down the episode with an update on Burning Man. The festival is being attacked by less than reasonable demands. The clock is ticking and Jim isn't afraid to name names. All of that and more...much more.

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Again, a handful of the people we find particular value in following and have been recommended by others.

Hal Good:
@hal_good. Has his fingers all over the pulse of procurement. Definitely a procurement and contracting expert. Has a LinkedIn group: Procurement Pros.
Jeff Ashcroft: @jeffashcroft. He is a thought leader on Marketing, Supply Chain & Retail logistics. He also has input on green-related topics.
Sherrie Miller: @jeffashcroft. Her interests are in SCM, strategy, innovation, CRM, BPM.
Jim Tompkins: @jimtompkins. He is the CEO of Tompkins International. As his bio reads, is an international authority on supply chain strategy and operations.
Steve Hall:
@thestephenhall. He is based in London. Is the editor of Procurement Leaders.
Jon Hansen: @piblogger1. A guy who isn’t afraid to investigate and discuss the difficult topics. Jon is the editor and lead writer for the PI Social Media Network’s Procurement Insights Blog, and host of the PI Window on The World Show on Blog Talk Radio.
Mark Perera: @markperera. He has many interests. CEO of @oldstlabs, founder of @procurementmag, and curator @procurement #SaaS #Enterprise.
Mickey North Rizza: @mnorthrizza. Mickey is a supply chain, procurement and sourcing excellence guru. She is definitely a guru.
Kevin O'Meara: @logisticsexpert. His bio speaks to the breadth of his interests: Logistics Expert | Supply Chain Guru | Thought Leader | Strategist | Futurist.
Bob Ferrari: @bob_ferrari. Bob is a global supply chain influencer, thought leader, consultant, blogger and Independent Industry Analyst.
For more information about the podcast, or any industry info, call us at 1.888.808.5356 or visit BidPrime.
Bill Culhane
Monday, July 13 2015

Industry Analysis Video Series - Parking Technology

The government bids for parking technology-related solutions being released by public sector entities are numerous and varied in scope: parking management software, mobile payment solutions, paid parking systems, parking database, parking access and revenue control software, permit and citation management systems, and many others.

Available parking space continues to be at a premium. We now see that more and more public sector entities outsource, or partner, to manage or purchase tools for managing their valuable inventory.

Here's a more detailed look at the current $60 million market for global parking systems that is expected to reach $360 million by 2020.

For more information about opportunities in Transportation or Parking Technology, call us at 1.888.808.5356 or visit BidPrime.
Bill Culhane
Wednesday, July 8 2015

Sharks, Government Bids - Don't be afraid to go into the database.

Carefree, oblivious, twelve years old, as far as going into the ocean water off of nearby Ocean City, Maryland or the Chesapeake Bay, I never gave anything approaching a second thought.

Then, it happened. Hot summer night, 1975, I went with a group of friends to see the original Jaws. Alright, I do now acknowledge that the shark doesn't look entirely realistic. (Of course, this was the original movie and not to be confused with Jaws versions two through, what is it now, twenty, thirty?)

We all understand the chances of encountering a shark are lower than miniscule. Over a not to be revealed period of time, I did return to the pool, then the beach, followed by the water, and finally, the waves. Assuredly, I have never gone purposely searching for these creatures, insert credit to Steven Spielberg.

As a matter of fact, I have only come upon sharks twice in my life. Both occurrences were while scuba diving around Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea. The sharks weren't interested in me and I was only interested in steering clear of them. Win, win for all involved.

While there is the odd chance you could cross paths with a bull or river shark in freshwater, that sounds thrilling, the United States has 89 thousand statute miles of tidal shoreline. Recently, it seems like you hear more instances of shark to human contact.

Compared to other industries the numbers are smaller, but government agencies certainly do procure shark-related services and solutions.

In honor of "Bruce", Shark Week, and our continuing effort at BidPrime to research and analyze public sector procurement activity, below is a glance at just a handful of the applicable government bids and government RFPs. Duh, duh...Duh, duh...

Sample Bids / RFPs

Shark Tags, VA
Coastal Shark Survey, RI
Shark Survey, VA
Size and Spatial Structure Surveys, HI
Estimates of Shark Capture Rates, HI
Charter for Longline Survey of Thresher Sharks, WA
Shark Pupping Surveys, FL
Shark Bait, MA
Inoculate Sharks with Recombinant Vaccinia Virus, MD
Elemental Analysis of Blacktip Sharks, MO
Conduct Age Validation in Sharks, WA

For more information about these or other opportunities, call us at 1.888.808.5356 or visit BidPrime. Safe swimming!
Carli Hinkle
Tuesday, July 7 2015

Time for a Tex-Mex Party!

Here at BidPrime, we understand your time is very important. Wouldn't you much rather invest your valuable time (and money!) in things other than searching for government bids and documents?

BidPrime saves you energy and time so you can have more hours in the day for things like Tex-Mex! Here's a rundown of some of the recipes we put to good use at a recent company party.

What would you do with time saved and stress avoided? Do you have a favorite Tex-Mex recipe? Let us know! Click on the infographic and enjoy!

Stop by BidPrime for more information about us, or call us at 1.888.808.5356.
Bill Culhane
Tuesday, July 7 2015

'The Big Bid Theory' - Hurricanes, a Hill, Burning Man

Jim and Bill have emerged from the studio with a variety of intel and a crazy bid for the ages!

California has moved FI$Cal to a December 2015 start.

Governments are securing solutions and services in response to hurricanes, tsunamis, and wildfires. Included, is a hill in Oregon. Don't miss Jim's update.

Bill reviews the incredible number of government bids for intelligent transportation systems. The data is unbelievable.

Jim closes down the show by educating everyone on Burning Man. There's the craziest of crazy bid requests related to the upcoming festival. This crazy bid is sure to leave you scratching your head...and possibly wanting ice cream or licorice.

The Big Bid Theory is on iTunes, Spreaker, Tunein and SoundCloud. Please subscribe and follow the podcast.

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For more information about the podcast, or any industry info, call us at 1.888.808.5356 or visit BidPrime.
Bill Culhane
Friday, July 3 2015

Wildfires - Government Bids

A friend of mine, whom I met through my wife's friendship with a fellow nurse, is a firefighter in the Denver area. Jon is trained in wildfire fighting and has spent over two decades in this dangerous, demanding field. Jon has a substantial history participating in these important missions. As a result of my relationship with him and for other reasons, I keep an ear out for wildfire activity. Unfortunately, due to drought and other factors, 2015 has seen a particularly grim start to wildfire season.

Earlier this week, I watched a news report on wildfires out west and that moved me to undertake this analysis. Our research on wildfire-related systems and solutions demonstrates that a number of government agencies, throughout the United States and Canada, have purchased and are pursuing a notable number of relevant systems and solutions. In this study of government bid requests and government RFPs, we focused on the past twelve months of activity.

What others are saying...

Climate Central, by Bobby Magill, May 5th, 2015, "Intense Wildfire Season Expected in West".
"With drought showing signs of worsening across the West and Upper Midwest, the Forest Service anticipates that it may spend up to $1.6 billion fighting wildfires in 2015, in a fire season that is expected to be worse than normal."

The Atlantic, by Alan Taylor, Jun 30th, 2015, "Tinder Dry: An Early Start to Wildfire Season in the West".
"Wildfires have already burned more than 1.6 million acres in Alaska this season, and blazes in Washington, Oregon, and bone-dry California have scorched thousands more, taking a number of houses and other structures with them."

Predictive Services, July 1st, 2015, "National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook".
"The July, August, and September through October 2015 significant wildland fire potential forecasts included in this outlook represent the cumulative forecasts of the ten Geographic Area Predictive Services Units and the National Predictive Services Unit."

Carli Hinkle
Thursday, July 2 2015

Government Bids versus Mother Nature - Hurricanes and Tsunamis

The National Hurricane Center records that the hurricane season in the Atlantic begins June 1st and ends November 30th. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15th and also ends November 30th. On that note, now is a good time to examine the government bids and RFPs submitted, which are related to hurricanes. In addition, we’ve analyzed corresponding intelligence concerning tsunamis.

Of course, it isn’t much of a revelation that coastal states have submitted the sweeping majority of associated bids. The front runners, in terms of the most bids submitted by specific regions, are New York, Louisiana, Rhode Island, and Texas, in that order.

Department of the Army, Department of the Interior, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of the Commerce are the federal agencies most active in presenting hurricane-related bids for consideration.


Hurricanes - Associated Bid Types:

Supplies, Debris Removal, Dune Restoration, Resistant Shutters, Repairs, Frames and Doors, Demolitions, Evacuation Services, Print and Distribute Guides, Barrier Landscape, Removal of Damaged Trees, Preparedness Construction, Reconstruction of Boilers, Loss Projection Model, Roof Damage

Sample Bids / RFPs

Hurricane Supplies TX
Hurricane Sandy Properties for Redevelopment NY
Demolition of the Operation Building in Connection With Hurricane Sandy NY
Bridge Approach Repairs Construction of the Hurricane Isaac Work Orders MS
Hurricane Loss Mitigation Program, Residential Construction Mitigation Program FL

Tsunamis - Associated Bid Types:

Data Collection and Analysis, Detection System, Risk Perception Report, Buoy Detection System, Strong Motion Accelerometer, Forecast Model, Hazard Analysis, Debris Search, Safety Booklet, Evacuation Maps, Ocean Wave Glider, Land Use Guidance, VSAT Communication Circuits, Incident Command Systems Training

In summary, it follows that many government agencies are embracing the National Hurricane Center’s instruction,“Be prepared - Get A PLAN!”. What about your community?

Useful references:

National Hurricane Center
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

For more information about this data, related-bids, or any other industry, call us at 1.888.808.5356 or visit BidPrime.