Bidding process goes digital
The Blue Book of Building and Construction launches a digital document viewer.
The Blue Book of Building and Construction has announced a new, free service designed to help advance the bid communication process for construction professionals. Vu360 is a universal digital document viewer that enables users to easily view plans, specifications, and other documents in TIFF and PDF formats, take measurements, and add comments to the documents. Markups can be shared among the project team, facilitating viewing and response to RFIs (request for information).
Vu360 works with any online plan room (that supports TIFF and PDF files) as well as offline with files on a CD or saved to a computer. The Blue Book designed and developed this complete document viewer specifically for the commercial construction community. Vu360 is integrated with The Blue Book's search tools so users can easily find and spec products, materials, and equipment as well as message vendors.
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.