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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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey