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deciding on which to bid. The idea caught
on, and plan rooms mushroomed until North
America was chockablock with them; at least
in the construction community.
It wasn't until 1997 before the plan room
moved into cyberspace. Today's plan rooms
are websites which offer a list of job proposals. Each proposal comes with a compressed
file of its blueprints. It's as simple as that.
Access for this is free. Where it becomes more
complicated is the dizzying array of benefits
that come with paid membership to the plan
room. This has left the aforementioned chasm
in the market.
Enter Dodge Data & Analytics with a product they hope will fill that space in the market
between the rudimentary and the deluxe. They
are betting that there will be a healthy demand
for the service.

open a space between the very basic and
very deluxe.
Now Dodge Data & Analytics, formerly
McGraw Hill Dodge, has created a product
to fill that middle niche in the virtual plan
room market. The product's name evokes
its streamlined no-nonsense efficiency:
Dodge PlanRoom.
From Brickspace to
Cyberspace in 137 years
Before we look at Dodge's new offering,
let's first have an expeditious refresher on
plan rooms in general.
Plan rooms go back to 1860 when someone
in Nova Scotia came up with the idea of providing a public space where contractors could
leave job notifications and their plans. Anyone
was free to visit the room and browse the
various jobs and their attendant plans before

Thinking Locally
"The market space was quite real," notes
Cliff Brewis, vice president operations at the
Clayton, Calif.-based Dodge Data & Analytics.
"For just plans, there was always Drop Box.
But Drop Box isn't really for the construction
industry. On the other hand, there were players
like BizNet, iSqFt, or Builders Exchange. While
these are tailored to the construction industry, they are more robust programs." And it
wasn't just a matter of more bells and whistles.
According to Brewis, when virtual plan rooms
supplanted their hard copy counterparts, there
was a shift away from community participation
on the local level.
Think of the Dodge PlanRoom as a local
plan room without the brick, mortar and hard
copy blueprints; a traditional local plan room
brought online. The operative phrase here
is, local. Dodge PlanRoom is intended to be
used in cooperation with local contractor
associations.
The Dodge PlanRoom concept debuted on
the ides of December 2016. It actually evolved
from an existing service called the Dodge
Global Plan Room. The Dodge Global Plan
Room allowed its 1,000-strong membership
to exchange documents written on their own
private networks.
Users of the Dodge PlanRoom can still
exchange documents, of course, but it is
essentially a cooperative program. That is,
you use the service in collaboration with a
local contractors association. For instance,

ASSOCIATIONS WITH PLANROOMS
POWERED BY DODGE
➥  A
  ssociated General Contractors (AGC)
* AGC CO
* AGC LA
* AGC WA
* AGC UT
* AGC OK
* AGC CA
* AGC MO
* AGC KS
➥  B
  uilders Exchange of Central Ohio
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  hio Valley Associated Builders
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if you are located in Ohio, you would access
the program through the website of the
Builders Exchange of Central Ohio. The
Builders Exchange of Central Ohio's website is undergoing a renovation to reflect
its new use. You could also access the
local site through Dodge's main site which
will, in turn, link you to the local Builders
Exchange site.
So far, there are local organizations in 13
locations across the country, now integrated
into the Dodge PlanRoom; and there may soon
be an additional nine. The organizations
include AGCs, Builders Exchange, Ohio Valley
Associated Builders and Contractors, and
Northeastern Subcontractors Association
(see blue box above for a complete list).
At its most basic, Dodge PlanRoom is a
highly functional plan room. It is open to the
public, and it is aligned with a local contractor's organization. As such, it enables
a contractor or fabricator to browse jobs
and plans. It also allows for integration with
such programs as On Center Software or
PlanSwift. Plans can be pulled out by section
and marked up and resent for estimates. You
can then send the plans to anyone along with
an accompanying cover letter.
The Dodge PlanRoom also offers a subscription level of service. This is more interactive. For example, a general contractor would
be able to send a prospective subcontractor an
email with either the entire job plan or simply
the part of the plan that is relevant. Up to five
projects at a time may be sent in this way,
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of O&MM Fabricator - March/April 2017

President’s Letter
NOMMA Network
Nomma Education Foundation
Dodge Planroom
The Hossfeld Bender
Common Challenges With Cable Railing Installations – and How to Overcome Them
2017 Top Job Winners Showcase
Skilled Employment Practices
Financing Acquisition Growth and Profits
Supplier Members
New Nomma Members & Iron Club Members
People
Products
Gargantuan, Pet-Inspired Fountain Center Stage in Canadian Park
Index of Advertisers
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O&MM Fabricator - March/April 2017 - President’s Letter
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O&MM Fabricator - March/April 2017 - NOMMA Network
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O&MM Fabricator - March/April 2017 - Nomma Education Foundation
O&MM Fabricator - March/April 2017 - Dodge Planroom
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O&MM Fabricator - March/April 2017 - The Hossfeld Bender
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O&MM Fabricator - March/April 2017 - Common Challenges With Cable Railing Installations – and How to Overcome Them
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O&MM Fabricator - March/April 2017 - 2017 Top Job Winners Showcase
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O&MM Fabricator - March/April 2017 - Skilled Employment Practices
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O&MM Fabricator - March/April 2017 - Financing Acquisition Growth and Profits
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O&MM Fabricator - March/April 2017 - Supplier Members
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O&MM Fabricator - March/April 2017 - New Nomma Members & Iron Club Members
O&MM Fabricator - March/April 2017 - People
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O&MM Fabricator - March/April 2017 - Products
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O&MM Fabricator - March/April 2017 - Gargantuan, Pet-Inspired Fountain Center Stage in Canadian Park
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