I an in Canada and use MERX which is the site for most public tenders and some private tenders. I also use BIDDINGO which has many local municipalities and private tenders listed.
IPVMU Certified | 02/26/13 11:55pm
As an integrator, I subscribed to FindRFP, and trolled FedBizOps on a daily basis. After a period of time, you get to learn the buying habits of certain agencies. Some agencies push big projects at certain times of year, while others string out work throughout the year. Some issue an RFP because they really need a cheap design, others only issue a buy after they have the design completed. Knowing these habits helps to plan work and weigh the 'winning viability' of opportunities.
For example, the US Social Security Administration released a series of buys over two years for what was essentially the same surveillance system for their regional offices. It was easy enough to follow potential buys just by keying on certain words in the description. Once you do the design work once, what better prospect than to potentially bid it several times?
On the 'new construction' side, we often hit up 'Dodge Reports' or 'iSQFt' filtered by CSI Division for surveillance work. It seemed like a lot of surveillance work was given in addenda or Division 28.