New Technology Links BCBID and BidCentral: Construction Industry and Government Enter New Era of Collaboration and Data Sharing
The British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) and the B.C. government have partnered to connect the BCCA’s BidCentral system with the BC Bid procurement platform for public sector projects. This new link makes it possible for construction owners to post projects onto both platforms simultaneously, improving access, efficiency, and transparency throughout the construction bid process.
“The automatic upload link between BidCentral and BC Bid contributes to a truly fair and transparent public sector procurement process in our province,” says Manley McLachlan, President of the British Columbia Construction Association. “This level of collaboration is unique in Canada, and streamlines processes which benefit the private and public sectors equally.”
The link announcement was made at the Canadian Construction Association Board dinner in Victoria on June 9, in front of construction leaders from across Canada. With predictions as high as $185 billion in construction projects in BC over the coming decade, simplified and transparent processes will make BC a better place to do business.
“Collaboration with the private sector is the key to becoming more efficient. Together, we’ve been able to make the construction tendering process easier to access online and more transparent – and that’s good news for everyone,” says Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services.
“BidCentral and BC Bid are already essential to our business operations,” says Bill Gyles, President and CEO of Kinetic Construction Ltd. “Having industry working together with the B.C. government will make it simpler for owners and general contractors to participate in the procurement process, and will satisfy provincial requirements for internal trade on publicly funded projects. We anticipate there will be increased efficiencies offered by the new data link between the platforms. This shows vision as well as business savvy. We always welcome that from government.”