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The Blue Book of Building and Construction joins Forces with Quest Solutions to Streamline the Bidding Process.

WESTCHESTER, N.Y. -- The Blue Book, in conjunction with its affiliate partner Quest Solutions, has taken another significant stride towards bridging the gap between buyers and sellers in the construction industry.

Beginning immediately, users of BB-Bid, The Blue Book's FREE, online bid management system, have direct access to a customized version of Quest Takeoff 2.0 directly from BB-Bid.

When general contractors post their plans in the BB-Bid Private Online Plan Room, their invited vendors will be able to quickly and easily transfer documents directly to this customized version - which has all the take-off functionality of the premiere version, but works exclusively with documents downloaded from plan rooms hosted within BB-Bid.

For contractors and suppliers, this on-screen take-off tool will eliminate time-consuming travel to plan rooms and the expense of ordering plans. Quest Takeoff 2.0 will enable BB-Bid users to calculate quantities more accurately, which will allow them to prepare more competitive bids.

"The Blue Book is always looking for new and innovative ways to improve communication between buyers and sellers in the construction industry. Allowing BB-Bid Users to complete a digital take-off directly from the plan room, without having to pay for, or order plans will provide them with a definite competitive edge. We are proud to be working with Quest Solutions, a leader in estimating software, " explained Rich Johnson, General Manager of The Blue Book.

"The integration between Quest's digital takeoff product and BB-Bid's plan room users continues to solidify the relationship between Quest and The Blue Book, providing contractors with the highest quality products and services," said Michael Gillum, Quest's Director of Research and Development. "The overall goal was to create a seamless online experience for BB-Bid users, to give them the ability to perform detailed digital take-offs."

For more information on this integration or the BB-Bid online bid management system, please call Product Manager, Ed Haege at 1-800-431-2584, ext. 3307 or via e-mail at ehaege@mail.thebluebook.com.

About The Blue Book...

Since 1913, The Blue Book of Building and Construction has provided the industry's most comprehensive database of general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers working within the building and construction industry. This year, over 750,000 copies of The Blue Book will be distributed - free of charge - to buyers of construction-related products and services throughout the United States. Online, thebluebook.com features over 1,000,000 company listings, display ads and profiles in 560 'Industry Classifications' and is searchable by keyword or company name. BB-Bid, the company's free online bid management system delivers over 250,000 project messages weekly.

About Quest Solutions, Inc...

Quest Solutions has been providing automated takeoff and estimating systems to the construction industry for two decades. Contractors around the world and in every specialty have used Quest's products to streamline their estimating processes, win more bids, and make more money. For more information about Quest Solutions and their product line, call 800-452-2342, or visit Quest online at www.questsolutions.com.
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