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How do I get started with electronic bidding?
What does it cost for electronic bidding?
This is my first time bidding electronically how long does it take to be completely ready to bid electronically?
Can I submit a paper bid book instead of an electronic bid form?
Is there a guide for electronic bidding?
How can I tell if a project is an electronic bidding project?
What is a .001X, .002X file?
To whom do I send my request for Bidder ID?
What information is required to be on the Bidder ID request?
I have my Bidder ID number, now what do I do?
From where can I download the Project Bids software?
Can multiple people be working on the electronic bid file at the same time?
I am having trouble submitting my electronic bid, whom do I contact?
Can I submit multiple projects at the same time, using one Digital ID?
Can I cancel my Bidx account, and then reestablish my account at a later date?
How do I add my company to the Bidx planholders list?
Where can I find the bid results on the Bidx website?
How do I order a bid book for an electronic bidding project?
How do I put myself on the Bidding Planholders list?
I downloaded my file, but where did the file save to?
Whom can I contact to answer bidding questions?
Can I submit a test bid?
How do I know if my bid was submitted?
How do I acknowlege Addenda?
How can I find out the bid results?
You must first request a Bidder ID number from Caltrans, then you can get a Digital ID from Bidx to begin electronic bidding
There is a one time $100 fee per electronic bidder, $35 per month basic fee, and a $15 per month per agency electronic bidding fee. If the account is temporarily cancelled, a Digital ID will need to be reestablished for $100 each.
It can take 7 days to be completely ready to bid electronically with Caltrans, potentially longer if your company has not been awarded a construction contract by Caltrans. You will first need a Bidder ID number from Caltrans, then you will need to establish your Digital ID with Bidx. The Digital ID is your electronic signature. To complete the Digital ID process you will need to submit notarized paperwork to Bidx.
No, for projects listed as electronic bidding projects, bids can only be submitted to Caltrans electronically through the Bid Express Internet Bidding Service (Bidx).
Training materials, including an electronic bidding guide are available at Caltrans Office Engineer Electronic Bidding website here
On the project advertisement page, project will be labeled as "ELECTRONIC BIDDING PROJECT" and the Order Bid Book link will be labeled as Download Electronic Bid Book.
These are the Electronic Bidding Addenda files (EBSX amendment). Download and save these files in the same location as the base EBSX file to incorporate the Addenda into your bid.
Send your request for Bidder ID to: MS 43, Office Engineer, Department of Transportation, 1727 30th Street, Sacramento CA 95816
Your Bidder ID number request must be on company letterhead, and it must include the full legal name of your company, address, phone number, fax number and an email address to which Caltrans will send the Bidder ID number.
Follow the steps in the Digital ID creation guide to establish your Digital ID
The Project Bids software can be downloaded from Bidx.com
No, only one person can be working on an individual electronic bid file at one time. The Project Bids software does have the ability to export the Bid Item List to multiple formats. This way one person could be working on the Bid Item List, while another is working on the electronic bid file. When the bid is ready to be submitted, the Bid Item can be imported before submitting your bid. Multiple people can work on different electronic bid files at the same time.
Please contact the Bidx help desk at 1-888-352-2439
Yes, multiple projects can be submitted concurrently using one Digital ID and password.
You are able to cancel your Bidx account at any time. When you reestablish your account, you will also need to recreate each of your Digital ID's, at $100 each, before you can electronically bid on Caltrans projects.
Caltrans is not currently using the Bidx planholders list, please add yourself to the bidding planholders list on the Caltrans website by downloading an Electronic Bid Book.
Caltrans is not currently using the Bidx website to display bid results. Bid results can be found on the Caltrans Bid Summary website at here
Select the project from the advertised projects list, click on the "e-bid" link, you will be directed to the Bidx website to download your electronic bid book.
You will put yourself on the Bidding Planholders list by clicking on the "e-bid" link in the project advertisement
When downloading EBSX, or EBSX Amendment files, if you are not given the option for where to download the file to, it will most likely be in your Documents/Downloads folder
You may call the Caltrans Contract Awards unit at (916)227-6299 to ask bidding related questions. Contract specific questions must be asked through the Bidder Inquiry system.
You can submit a test bid, this bid does not have to be complete before you submit it. Any bid submitted after the first bid will override the previous bid. The only bid that Caltrans will see is the last bid submitted. You can also withdraw your bid before the specified bid opening date and time.
You will receive a Bid Submittal Receipt once you have submitted your bid.
Download the EBS Amendment files from the Caltrans Project Advertisement website. These files will be labeled as Contract#.001, 002, 003 etc. depending on the addenda number. Save the EBS Amendment file to same location as the EBS file (Contract#.ebs) When you open the EBS file, you will get a message showing the amendment changes, and the top of the Expedite Bid software will show the number of Amendments incorporated.
You can watch the bid downloading and reading, you can listen to the bid opening by calling the Electronic Bidding teleconference line, or you can view the Bid Summary Reports. All of this information is available on the Caltrans Office Engineer Electronic Bidding website.The Electronic Bidding teleconference number is 888-396-1410 passcode 91726.
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