Manitoba’s Electronic Bidding Initiative update
July 29, 2016 By Dustin Booy Manitoba Infrastructure
July 29, 2016 – Manitoba Infrastructure (MI) is proceeding with its first step toward electronic bidding (or e-bidding).
In the coming months, MI in conjunction with our procurement service provider MERX, will begin to implement e-bidding, starting with MI’s larger bonded construction and maintenance contracts on www.merx.com.
E-bidding is a completely paperless process which will allow contractors to place bids online, directly to www.merx.com, eliminating common mathematical errors or administrative oversights in the bidding procedure.
While the bidding process may be conducted online, bonding will, for the time being, remain a paper-based process. Electronic bonding, or e-bonding may be considered in the future, but in order to simplify initial stages of implementation MI is focusing on e-bidding only.
As part of the initiative, MI and MERX will reach out to industry for targeted feedback/input on implementation and to provide training. The Go Live Date is yet to be set, but we ask for your patience and understanding in advance, recognizing that things may change slightly based on stakeholder feedback as we work toward implementation.
Stay tuned for future communications from MI and/or MERX regarding this very important initiative.
Source: The Heavy News Weekly, Manitoba Heavy Construction Association
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