SpecScope Product Insights
The Blue Book Network cements leadership position in construction analytics at the World of Concrete with the launch of SpecScope Business Intelligence
Anyone who has attended the World of Concrete (WOC) knows first-hand that the number of exhibitors offering products, services, and equipment, seems endless. Finding the right solutions for your projects is not just a matter of identifying reliable products, it depends on establishing lasting relationships with the right people. New solutions from SpecScope drew a crowd at the WOC conference demonstrating an easy way to find the product manufacturers, suppliers, and sub-trades that represent your best opportunities to build those important relationships. Let’s take a look at some of the concrete-related information shown at WOC, beginning with product and manufacturer searches through the plans and specifications.
Hollow Core Planks
Precast prestressed concrete products are often used to reduce construction costs and schedules. Hollow Core Planks offer solutions for floor and roof decking with panels that are engineered off-site and delivered to the site at installation time, and can be installed quickly regardless of weather conditions. In addition, Hollow Core Planks offer sound proofing, fire rating, and reduced weight with voids running the length of the planks. These voids can also be used for channeling plumbing and electrical runs.
One of the most commonly found products on any job-site are joint sealants. Concrete and masonry, curtain walls, EIFS, glazing, and metals all depend upon joint sealants for air and water protection. Sealants comes in a variety of colors and performance characteristics so they can be matched to the exact conditions under which they will be used. While many different materials are used in the manufacturing of sealants, latex, urethane and silicone are among the most common.
In projects where the concrete joints must prevent the flow of liquids, such as water treatment plants, dams, tunnels, and even foundation walls, PVC Waterstop is installed. In addition to straight joint runs, PVC Waterstops are prefabricated into common joint intersections such as L, T, and cross shapes offering complete solutions that are superior to site-build waterstop installations.
Searching the plans and specs is an excellent way to find opportunities and will provide you with the contact information you need to reach the right people and develop ongoing relationships. Finding new contacts by identifying the active bidders in the right sub-trades is also an important part of building your network.
Below are tables listing the most active Nationally ranked companies, based on number of bidding opportunities pursued, for Precast Concrete suppliers, Concrete Additive Suppliers, and Concrete Polishing sub-contractors. This information is available through The Blue Book Network and SpecScope at a regional level, or for the entire U.S.
Visualize your opportunities
Here’s an example demonstrating the power of seeing not only who is actively bidding, but where they are located. The example to the right is for Precast/Prestressed specialty contractors based in Florida. The companies are shown on the map of Florida by location. The size of the bubble is proportionate to the number of bidding opportunities they pursued over the past year. The United States map shows the location of the projects they bid.
Whether you are a manufacturer seeking to educate Owners and Architects on the value of your products, or you supply materials, services, or equipment to General Contractors and Subs, identifying your best opportunities and knowing who to contact, and at the right time, is essential to growing your business. New business intelligence tools from The Blue Book Network make it simple to see where to focus your efforts and who to contact to strengthen your relationship network.