Construction Technology Companies Partner to Streamline the Preconstruction and Risk Management Process for General Contractors and Subcontractors

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Virtual Builders Exchange and JBKnowledge, makers of SmartBidNet, solidify a partnership that will integrate processes used by both general contractors and their subcontractors alike.

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In partnering with Virtual Builders Exchange, we are able to integrate with premium, locally generated and managed industry data and news that our commercial building clients depend on daily

Virtual Builders Exchange, LLC (VBX) has solidified a partnership with JBKnowledge, Inc. allowing the integration of VBX’s products for online plan distribution, construction news, and competitive bid reporting services into JBKnowledge’s industry leading construction software solutions: SmartBidNet, SmartCompliance and SmartInsight.

According to VBX CEO Michael Tollette, this partnership will provide added value for clients of both organizations. “VBX provides a service to help sub-contractors find up-to-the-minute bid opportunities, while SmartBidNet provides a state-of-the-art web-based platform to help prime contractors manage the bid process,” said Tollette. “We are combining these core strengths to streamline the bid process for our mutual contractor clients. JBKnowledge and VBX share a commitment to process innovation and client satisfaction, so there is a lot of synergy between our two organizations that we can build on for future development.”

Under the agreement, VBX will retire the organization’s current private bid management platform VBX Prime and provide access directly from the VBX Virtual Plan Room into the SmartBidNet platform for prime contractors who need to send bid invitations, prequalify sub-contractors and manage document distribution. In addition, SmartBidNet clients will be able to access VBX’s Virtual Plan Room, Virtual Leads and Virtual News products, as well as related support services directly from their dashboard. “Contractors will be able to move between our two platforms easily to find and leverage bid opportunities quickly and efficiently,” said Tollette.

“In partnering with Virtual Builders Exchange, we are able to integrate with premium, locally generated and managed industry data and news that our commercial building clients depend on daily. SmartBidNet serves tens of thousands of general contractors and their subcontractors and we’re excited to provide them with the option of accessing VBX from within the SmartBidNet system they already know and trust,” stated James Benham, President of JBKnowledge.

The integration will give clients who use both platforms the ability to import and bid projects from VBX’s Virtual Plan Room into SmartBidNet and the power to publish projects from SmartBidNet into the Virtual Plan Room when greater coverage is desired by the contractor. The integration and partnership work are currently in progress and expected to go live in 2015. “We have great respect for JBKnowledge, Inc. and its President, James Benham, and we look forward to collaborating with such a dynamic team,” stated VBX CEO, Michael Tollette.

About Virtual Builders Exchange
Founded in 1900 as the Builders’ Exchange of Texas, Virtual Builders Exchange (VBX) is the oldest construction news service in Texas. Recognized as a pioneer in the Builders Exchange community with the launch of the Virtual Plan Room in 1997, VBX continues to serve non-residential contractors with detailed information about competitive bidding opportunities along with online access to bid documents during the bid cycle. VBX provides up-to-the-minutes reports for over 14,000 competitive bid opportunities each year. Learn more at

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About JBKnowledge
Founded in 2001, JBKnowledge specializes in enterprise applications and databases, electronic data interchange, strategy consulting, mobile solutions, and web development for the construction, risk management and insurance industries. Makers of SmartBidNet, SmartCompliance, SmartInsight and SmartReality, JBKnowledge is based in Bryan/College Station, TX, and serves construction clients across the U.S., Canada, Caribbean and Middle East. Learn more at

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