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Bill Culhane
Saturday, October 31 2015

Save Time, Avoid Stress - Some of our Favorite Books

We pride ourselves on helping our clients to save time and avoid stress. As a result, our clients can enjoy their hobbies, to include reading their favorite books. Yes, we have it on good authority that people do still read books!
“Books are a uniquely portable magic." - Stephen King


At BidPrime, we have a number of team members who enjoy reading. We took a poll of the team and here is just a small sample of the books we read.


Our list:

Born to Win: Find Your Success Code, Zig Ziglar
Catcher In The Rye, J.D. Salinger
Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin
Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
King Lear, William Shakespeare
No Country For Old Men, Cormac McCarthy
The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
The Pearl, John Steinbeck
The Runaway Jury, John Grisham


We are interested in seeing your reading list. To find out more about "Save Time, Avoid Stress", call us at 1.888.808.5356 or visit BidPrime.
Bill Culhane
Saturday, October 31 2015

Industry Analysis Video Series - Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)

On a daily basis, there are an unbelievable number of incidents requiring Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) services and solutions. As to be expected, government agencies are leading the way in bid requests for EOD. Take note that it isn't Department of Defense (DOD) entities submitting all of the government-related requests.

Our analysis of these EOD requests...




For more information about EOD requests, call us at 1.888.808.5356 or visit BidPrime.
Bill Culhane
Tuesday, October 27 2015

Wildfires - Government Bid Activity Update

Back in July, we completed a thorough analysis of government purchasing activity for solutions and services related to the battle against wildfires. As with this report, the original study included all levels of government in the United States and Canada. In part, as a result of local events, we again referred to our database and news reports to ascertain what has been done since our initial evaluation.

In 2011, as you are likely aware, the nearby town of Bastrop, Texas, endured the most destructive wildfire in Texas history. The toll was devastating on all levels. Two people were killed, close to 34,500 acres were destroyed, and an estimated $325 million dollars of damage occurred. Over the past twenty years, I have frequently visited and driven near Bastrop, before and since the 2011 wildfires. I can attest that it is absolutely numbing to witness how the entire region was forever changed.

Two weeks ago, in an utterly unimaginable series of events, Bastrop was struck again by a wildfire. After the heroic efforts of many, and some needed good luck in terms of weather, this fire was considered 100% contained over the past weekend. As in 2011, but not to that incomprehensible degree, the results were again astounding. See the below for KVUE's graphic, a comparison of the involved area(s) 2011 v 2015.

                                                                                                  Credit: KVUE.com

Thankfully, in part due to effective communication and proactive measures by residents, no lives were lost in the recent wildfire. However, 4,582 acres were burned and 64 homes were destroyed. Here is a recap from KXAN, Austin, 'Widespread rain brings Hidden Pines Fire to 100% containment'.

                                                                                             Credit: KXAN.com

Yesterday, Business Insurance cited one estimate, which projected 2015 U.S. monetary losses will be enormous due to the myriad of wildfires, "insured losses from wildfires could top $1.75 billion." While there are no doubt opportunities for improvement, many government agencies continue addressing the need for additional planning, resources and efforts.

Since our report in July, public sector entities have submitted 232 bid requests. As could be predicted, California has published the most pertinent bids in the United States during this period. Meanwhile, the Province of Alberta was the entity in Canada submitting the most bid requests.


Sample Bids / RFPs - Since Last Report

Wildfires

Sample Plot Measurement to Verify Wildfire Fuel Types BC
Countywide Community Wildfire Protection Plan CA
Web Portal for Wildfire Data UT
Wildfire Investigations - Geomatics AB
Wildfire Response UTV MT

For an analysis of this market and/or more information on all government bids related to wildfire, fire, firefighting, etc., call us at 1.888.808.5356 or visit BidPrime.
Bill Culhane
Friday, October 23 2015

Industry Analysis Video Series - Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

The Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) industry is growing in the United States. Government purchasing of these systems and solutions has served as a significant catalyst.

For example, governments are buying and deploying the following solutions: basic management systems, traffic signal control systems; container management systems; variable message signs; automatic number plate recognition or speed cameras to monitor applications, such as security CCTV systems. In addition, more advanced applications, such as parking guidance and information systems; weather information; and bridge de-icing systems.

Our analysis of the ITS industry...




For more information about public sector requests for Intelligent Transportation Systems, call us at 1.888.808.5356 or visit BidPrime.
Anna Barnett
Friday, October 23 2015

Environmental Services Growth in Public Sector. Government Bids Abound.

In our role in delivering Client Support, our CS team interacts with many people, over a myriad of industries. In this role, one of our focuses is a persistent vigilance on public sector purchasing activity. Our company has detected an extraordinary consistency in the total of government bid requests for Environmental Services work. By the nature of their mission, Environmental Services solutions and services providers contribute a serious benefit to our governments and communities, everywhere, at all levels.

What are the services and solutions at the height of this flow of requests? Environmental services, conservation, pollution, site assessment, remediation, asbestos, duct cleaning, PCB testing, mold remediation, lead testing, decontamination, and demolition.

As my unit has recognized the steady stream of bid requests for these services, we are reminded of the origin of many of these requirements and resulting requests. Here is a partial list of Executive Order and Laws, pertinent to this article, serving to remind us why governments are so attentive to requirements for environmental services.

Atomic Energy Act (AEA), Clean Air Act (CAA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), Energy Policy Act, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA), Pollution Prevention Act (PPA), Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), etc...

The below infographic, developed by our Marketing team, includes specific details on the bid request response to government needs.



Sample Bids / RFPs

Environmental Services

Environmental Services TX
Water Conservation Consultant CA
Upgrades to the Pinole-Hercules Water Pollution Control Plant CA
Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments at Priority NY
Term for Abatement and Remediation MA
Asbestos & Lead Base Paint Abatement SC
Annual Contract for Asbestos-Lead-Mold Assessment and Consultant Services TX
Lead Hazard Control Program - 3 Units IL
Emergency Decontamination NY

For more information about bid request activity for Environmental Services, call us at 1.888.808.5356 or visit BidPrime.
Bill Culhane
Thursday, October 22 2015

'The Big Bid Theory' - Art of Procurement and Procurement of Art

Jim and Bill are back in studio and again have The Big Bid Theory Band along for the ride. Special guest, procurement, light art, and more music. This episode has it all.

Our special guest is Mr. Gage Loots, Corporate Purchasing Manager with the City of Austin Purchasing Office. Gage discusses his role, why the Austin economy is doing so well, and tips for businesses looking to do government work. Visit http://austintexas.gov/purchasing for more tips and info on doing business with the City of Austin.

Jim dives back into government requesting, purchasing, and using Art. In this episode, JW gives some background on the evolution of light art and looks at a #CrazyBids...err….#CrazyTenders for light art. Special Note: Tip of the cap to Dan Flavin.

The Big Bid Theory Band wraps up the show with the TBBT Anthem v2.0.

All of that and more. A lot more!

Please share, download, and/or follow!

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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
Tuesday, October 20 2015

Advanced Metering Infrastructure & Automatic Meter Readers for Government

As far as emerging technologies and automation go, many governments and public works entities have gone hi tech, or have feasibility studies in process, associated with water metering processes. The relatively recent technologies introduced by manufacturers includes radio-frequency identification (RFID), residential ultrasonic, fluidic oscillator, residential magnetic and others. These words seem like they should be linked to a science-fiction flick, not water meters/utilities!

Rare is the day I do not come across an article, anecdote, or opinion about, 1) utility billing errors, 2) government X purchasing and deploying a new technology. In partnership with these developments, we located a number of government bid requests for these newfangled solutions.

Why are governments changing? Prevention of inaccurate readings which lead to billing errors, decreased frustration of consumers and staff, revenue increase, fewer missed leaks, detection of outages, decreased tampering, automation of meter reads. The new technology has been tested, is real world proven.

What are the costs? Of course, there is an investment in replacing the old, installing the new, educating consumers, and training staff. Estimates suggest that the new systems will pay for themselves in a few years. What have you heard?

What is in a leak? To make the math easy, nobody said there would be math! A single leak in one meter, a 0.10 gallon per minute (GPM) leak, is 4,320 gallons in a month, 51,840 gallons in a year, ... You get the idea...uh, and no more math. Mechanical meters are incapable of detecting flows (leaks) < 0.05 GPM. Dried up lakes Batman!

Most estimates I have seen contend that an average person uses 80-100 gallons of water per day. For a little more perspective, an Olympic-sized swimming pool holds ~660,430 gallons of water. In sum, leaks are not good.

U.S. and Canadian governments are acting to the tune of 753 associated bid requests in the past twelve months. 753 in one year! Today, this second, there are 21 active bid requests with "water meters" specifically in the bid request title. Contact us at the below to review these bid requests and bid documents.

Thanks to Sensus, here is a helpful Advanced Metering Infrastructure diagram.



Sample Bids / RFPs

Advanced Metering Infrastructure, Automatic Meter Readers...

Advanced Metering Infrastructure System AZ
Ultrasonic Water Meter TX
Advanced Metering Infrastructure System and IT Integration FL
Radio Read Water Meter Procurement NM
Residential Automated Water Meter Replacement VA

For more information and details about these bid requests, call us at 1.888.808.5356 or visit BidPrime.
Anna Barnett
Friday, October 16 2015

Stadiums, Arenas, Courts, Fields, Turf, Lighting - Bid Requests as Governments are Getting in the Game!

It's well known that Americans enjoy and have a passion for sports and recreation activities. This year, governments in the U.S. are projected to spend roughly $42.4 billion on 'recreational and sporting services'. Of this total, a cool, crisp $33.8 billion will be spent by 'local' governments.

Canadians and their governments also have a deep appreciation for the tangible benefits sports and recreation. As just one example, last year the government in Ontario, while facing a tough budget situation, spent $7.2 million on community recreation programs.

Certainly, governments at all levels and their constituents understand the undisputed value in investing in these programs. Among the benefits for communities are improved health, disease prevention, community pride and image, economic development, etc...
John Wanamaker was quoted, "People who cannot find time for recreation are obliged sooner or later to find time for illness."

Disregarding the money spent on sports and recreation equipment in the public and private sector, we investigated the latest public sector procurement action for stadiums, arenas, courts, fields, turf, and lighting. As you will notice, the government bid request activity has been compelling for those providing applicable services and solutions. When it comes to sports and recreation, governments are definitely getting in the game.




Sample Bids / RFPs

Stadium, Facilities, Arenas...

Prairie View A&M University New Soccer Complex TX
Perry Stadium Phase II Renovations OH
Renovations of Softball Stadium OK
Sullivan Arena Owner's Seating Installation AK
Design-Build Services for Adams Stadium Improvements GA

Fields, Courts, Turf...

Athletic Field Turf Replacement, Clarkstown High School NY
Synthetic Turf Installation CA
Pat Best Athletic Field Improvements NC
Athletic Field Maintenance for High Schools - Program Specifications SC
Tennis and Related Sports Courts AZ

Lighting

Baseball Field Lighting Installation CA
Athletic Field Lighting MO
Indoor Arena Lighting CO
Furnish & Install Athletic Field Lighting at Childs Park FL
Sports Lighting Repairs/Maintenance GA

For more information about these bid requests, or the numerous other opportunities, call us at 1.888.808.5356 or visit BidPrime.
Bill Culhane
Tuesday, October 13 2015

Assistive Technology, Equipment, Solutions Bid Requests by Government

“How a society treats its disabled is the true measure of a civilization." - Chen Guangcheng

Long overdue, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted in 1990 by the U.S. Congress. As you likely know, the legislation is a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability. For the purposes of this research and analysis, our team examined government bid requests for services and solutions that are specifically intended to "assist" those with disabilities.

As we learned and you will see, many public sector agencies and communities throughout the United States, and Canada, are addressing and assisting those with disabilities. Included in these bid requests are assistive technologies, equipment, solutions and services. It is our contention that these people are acting upon these needs, not because they're required to do so, see ADA, but because it's the right thing to do.

Many are aware of how much you can learn from your children. I have a sense of caring for others and have a deep appreciation for the kindness and compassion shown by others. I give back, have volunteered for various organizations, worked in healthcare for many years and seen firsthand the benefits of caring for those in need. In addition, it is my eldest son, a Special Education teacher and coach, who has served as an example for me, increasing my awareness and certainly having that effect on others. Since he was quite young, he has exemplified reaching out and caring for others. I am proud of him.

Among the many articles we read in support of our research, we reviewed this article in State Tech Magazine by Heather B. Hayes. An established author on technology, business and education, Heather covers how "assistive technology and mobile devices help people with disabilities regain their independence and live without limits".

We identified 454 bid requests submitted by U.S. and Canadian government agencies, specifically for assistive technology, equipment, services, and programs. We drilled down and looked more closely at this data from the past twelve months. The following charts and actual bid requests reflect our inquiry.


United States





Canada




Active Sample Bids / RFPs

Services and Programs

Assistive Technology Grants OH
Assistive Technology and Transportation Loan Guarantee CA
Braille Transcription Service MB
Deaf Access Program Services CA
Mental Health & Behavioral Interventions For The Deaf & Hard Of Hearing HI


Equipment and Systems

Hearing Aids and Accessories Statewide LA
Emergency Response Systems - Aging and Disabilities Program DE
Portable Wheelchair Lift FL
ADA Improvements VA
New Sidewalk and ADA Ramp Installation WV


For more information about this research, these bids and others, call us at 888.808.5356 or visit BidPrime.
Bill Culhane
Friday, October 9 2015

Government Procurement Blog - State of Dams in the United States

Earlier this year, National Geographic published a story on the removal of dams in what can best be categorized as a troubled dam infrastructure in the United States, "Movement to Take Down Thousands of Dams Goes Mainstream". In the past year, federal, state, and local governments in the U.S. have submitted a total of 450 bid requests related to dams.

Recent events in the southeastern part of the U.S., fueled by historic rain levels, have raised this topic in the consciousness of many. Hopefully, this includes governments throughout the country. In particular, rain in South Carolina has resulted in numerous fatalities and widespread devastation. The failure, or lack of adequate dams, has contributed to the problems. CNN filed just one of the reports on these events, "South Carolina flooding: Dams breached, more trouble ahead".

I mentioned there are governments appearing to take proactive measures to repair, enhance, and make additions to the dam infrastructure within their areas of responsibility. Our research compiled some of the data on the associated government bid requests.

Bid Requests - Dams in the U.S.

Leading U.S. regions


Leading Categories

Sample Bids / RFPs

Dam Engineering and Inspection Services GA
Long Pond Dam Rehab NY
Bushong Dam Removal PA
Rock Island Dam Powerhouse 2 Governor Controls Installation WA
Donner Dam Repairs NV


For more details about government requests regarding dam projects, solutions, and services, call us at 888.808.5356 or visit BidPrime.
Bill Culhane
Thursday, October 8 2015

Industry Analysis Video Series - Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Since its early days, the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) industry has seen dramatic growth. Not just isolated to the technological improvements, but the significant rise in numbers of systems worldwide is prodigious. In part, this growth is attributable to government, public sector procurement of these systems.

How active have government healthcare facilities and agencies been in regards to MRI? As a matter of fact, governments are averaging around 150 related requests per quarter over the past year.

Here is our overview of the MRI industry and government's role in the success.




For more information about government bids for MRI, or other healthcare-related bid requests, call us at 1.888.808.5356 or visit BidPrime.
Anna Barnett
Wednesday, October 7 2015

Uniforms: Public Sector Bid Requests for Employee, Police, School, Inmate, Athletics, Healthcare, Etc...

The uniform industry took a hit as unemployment numbers increased and businesses scaled back or closed. Those days have changed. With the increase in employment and more favorable economic indicators, everything from business to food service, healthcare, and hospitality provide more of a demand for uniform service. In addition, government needs for uniform solutions continue and are on the rise in some areas.

As we looked at all levels of government in the United States and Canada, it became apparent that U.S. state, local, and education agencies are submitting a significant majority of the bid requests for uniforms. In fact, over the past twelve months, SLED have represented 451 of the 497 specific requests for "uniforms".

Here is a brief review of our findings.

United States

The majority of the bid requests have come from: State of California (CA) 13, City of Columbus (OH) 10, Central Auction House (LA) 10, State of Tennessee (TN) 9, and Broward County (FL) 7.


As far as U.S. regions go, the following should be a focus for uniform providers: New York (48), Florida (45), Virginia (44), Texas (42), and California (34).


The most active U.S. Federal Agencies:

Department of Labor (7), Department of the Army (5), Other Defense Agencies (5), Department of the Air Force (4), and Department of the Treasury (4).

Canada

The most active Canadian Agencies:

Province of Saskatchewan (2), Province of New Brunswick (2), Province of Newfoundland and Labrador (1), Ontario Public Buyers Association (1), and Health Shared Services BC (formerly BCHASSO) (1).

Sample Bids / RFPs

Police Uniforms FL
Uniform Rental TN
Sports Uniforms and Apparel MD
Uniforms - Prison Enterprises LA
Middle School Uniforms TX
Uniforms for Forestry Commission SC
Fire Department Uniforms FL
Laundry Services & Uniform Rentals DC
Uniform Rental Service VA
Youth School Uniform Garments and Accessories OH


For more info about the government bid request activity in the uniform industry, call us at 888.808.5356 or visit BidPrime.
Bill Culhane
Wednesday, October 7 2015

'The Big Bid Theory' - Marijuana Legalization Debate Continued, TBBT Band is Born

Jim, Bill, and the TBBT team continue to make history.

As a tie-in to our last episode, David Boyer, Campaign Manager for the 'Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol' in Maine, provides his expertise, opinions, and insight into the legalization of marijuana for recreational use.

You can connect with the 'Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol' in Maine via Twitter, @regulatemaine, or on Facebook, Regulate Marijuana in Maine.

Jim, who has written about the marijuana legalization topic, adds his comments and the latest #CrazyBids with a connection to the marijuana legalization debate.

How many procurement podcasts have their own in house band? Yep, not many. Well, the TBBT Band debuts on this episode.

Please share, download, and/or follow!

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For more information about the podcast, or any industry info, call us at 1.888.808.5356 or visit BidPrime.