Incorporation by PENNDOT
of the new system was initiated in 1997 by an "Electronic Bidding Task Force," which included, among others Dave Azzato
, Chief, Contract Management Division, Bureau of Design
, in partnership with BearingPoint, Inc.
, the system's developers."In the past, contractors had to purchase hard copy proposals and plans," Azzato
said, "but we had trouble getting proposals into contractors' hands in a timely fashion.Also, some contractors left some lines on their proposals blank.Now we post it on our website and we also post bid awards and keep bid tabulations on the website."
said, "We've seen lines left blank on paper bids and bid items that don't add up.The ECMS software can run error checks."Electronic bidding also gives contractors the opportunity to change their bid proposal as close as seconds before the bid opening, and to amend it as many times as desired right up to closing.When the DOT opens the bid proposal, it sees only the latest one.For security, the submitted bid is stored on a secured server and the software ensures that only authorized personnel can open the bids - only at the scheduled bid opening time.The PC requirements to get started are an Intel pentium PC; memory:16 MB RAM for Windows 95 or newer; or 32 MB for Windows NT or 2000; 3.5î floppy drive; 20 MB disk space; and a printer.Internet connection requires a modem, cable, DSL or Network; Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher; TCP/IP Protocol.