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after which there would be a monthly charge. Or, if the prospective
contractor is also a member, up to 15 projects may be sent without
additional charge.
A Virtual Tour
So how, exactly, does it work? Let's say you're a fabricator in
Cleveland. Let's say you're not too badly back-logged and are thinking about taking on some new projects. You would log on to Dodge's
local affiliate contractor association's website. In this case, OVABC
(Ohio Valley Association of Builders and Contractors).
Near the top of the web page, you'll notice a field that reads
"Membership." Hover your cursor over it. Don't click. This will drop
down a side menu. Now slide the cursor to "Current Membership"
(don't click yet) which will further reveal a field called "Discount
Programs." Click on this and the OVABC web page will come up.
Near the middle of the page you'll see the Dodge logo. Click on the
logo and you'll be linked to the sign up process for the plan room.
Prompts will ask you to enter your email, contact information, set
your password, and voila!, you can now launch the plan room. Here,
you'll see any number of projects with pertinent details including
bid deadlines. As a member of your local affiliation, OVABC in this
case, access to the plan room is free. You can also select up to five
projects for marking up or sharing. To do this, you simply move them
to the field titled "My Projects." Beyond five, there is a monthly
fee. If you have a Dodge Data membership, the allowable number of
projects for interactive use goes to 15, after which there will also be
a monthly fee. You would access any of the other 21 affiliate sites by
using essentially the same procedure as described above.
So what are the pros and cons of this type of virtual plan room?
On the plus side, you don't get data overload. You don't have to sift
through thousands of listings to find the ones that are geographically germane to your business. With the exception of all but the
largest shops, most fabricators aren't interested in jobs that must
be shipped any significant distance. As you tot up the mileage, the
logistics and cost of a job increase. Then, there is the quality control
you can maintain by keeping things local. This is what sailors call
'local knowledge.' It always beats theoretical knowledge about
sub-contractors or installers.
The fact that the plan room is streamlined is a plus. It's economically efficient. There's nothing fancy here. You only pay for
the services that you know you'll use; marking up, file compression
and sharing.
Of course, the downside of the plan comes courtesy of the same
reason for its upside. Regionality is a major criteria for a new job
prospect for most medium and small shops, but large shops want a
large customer base. For that matter, there is a smattering of small,
and even one-man, shops that ship their jobs to far flung locales. For
these, the Dodge PlanRoom may not be the best fit.
But for the most part, Dodge is betting that there is a large market,
as yet under-addressed, for its new PlanRoom. It seems like a pretty
good bet.
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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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