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Formation of Partnerships of Small Contractors Through the Internet

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013467D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a system and method for forming partnerships of small contractors through Internet communications. Small contractors often find it difficult to compete on publicly offered contracts since they do not have sufficient resources and credit to carry out big projects by themselves. On the other hand, it could be feasible for several small contractors to pool resources for the purpose of executing a big project, and the profit from big projects can be larger for each contractor than from small ones. Small contractors usually do not know very many available contractors like themselves, so the internet can be used for coordinating partnerships through a special purpose system. The invention is a system and method that provides several functions for the small contractors. a. Searching and analyzing projects. The system monitors government and other databases where contractors are invited to submit proposals to carry out projects. The system attempts to analyze each project in terms of a standard list of required resources. Examples of such resources are: skills of workers, machinery, materials, storage facilities and vehicles. The analysis is done in two phases: first automatic and then a review by a person possibly consulting with an expert.

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Formation of Partnerships of Small Contractors Through the Internet

Disclosed is a system and method for forming partnerships of small contractors through Internet communications.

       Small contractors often find it difficult to compete on publicly offered contracts since they do not have sufficient resources and credit to carry out big projects by themselves. On the other hand, it could be feasible for several small contractors to pool resources for the purpose of executing a big project, and the profit from big projects can be larger for each contractor than from small ones. Small contractors usually do not know very many available contractors like themselves, so the internet can be used for coordinating partnerships through a special purpose system.

The invention is a system and method that provides several functions for the small contractors.

a. Searching and analyzing projects. The system monitors government and other databases where contractors are invited to submit proposals to carry out projects. The system attempts to analyze each project in terms of a standard list of required resources. Examples of such resources are: skills of workers, machinery, materials, storage facilities and vehicles. The analysis is done in two phases: first automatic and then a review by a person possibly consulting with an expert.

b. Posting of required resources. Each project is described in terms of the resources required for it, and the database of available projects is also indexed by standard resources, location, dates, and other relevant attributes, so that interested contractors can search the system according to these attributes for projects they may be interested in.

c. Contractor membership. Contractors must be members in order to participate. The system keeps track of contractors performance so it can provide prospective partners...