Dodge Data + Blue Book: 10 billion construction data points

Dodge Data & Analytics and the Blue Book Building & Construction Network are combining their businesses, affording current and prospective customers access to the industry’s leading platform for data insight, market intelligence, firm discovery and networking. The Dodge | Blue Book Construction Industry Database will embody the industry’s most complete, up-to-date and accurate information about projects, people, firms and products.

“Blue Book is one of the most respected brands in the industry, providing an indispensable resource for construction professionals to find one another to facilitate the connections necessary to deliver commercial projects,” says William Chisholm, managing partner with Symphony Technology Group, a private equity firm focused on business-to-business data. “Combining The Blue Book with our existing portfolio company Dodge, the market leader in construction project information, allows us to create an indispensable resource for every firm on a local, regional or national level seeking information, connections and unique insights to create new relationships and to grow their business.”

“The construction industry is undergoing a major digital transformation across the entire business lifecycle, and uniting Dodge and The Blue Book will provide business leaders the data and digital connections that help fuel their growth,” adds Dodge CEO Daniel McCarthy, who will lead the new entity. “We’re confident that our combined offering will be unmatched and help customers improve their planning, win more new business and cultivate stronger relationships with the decision-makers that are involved in specifying products and awarding contracts for billions of dollars of construction projects every year.”

Blue Book President and General Manager Brian Tonry will continue in his current roles, while former CEO Richard Johnson assists the assimilation process and serves as a director. The Dodge and Blue Book combination will offer a unified approach for new business generation, business planning, research and marketing services that 40,000-plus accounts can leverage to find the best partners to complete projects, and to engage with customers and prospects to promote bid letting, products and services. Powered by more than 1,200 team members, it will annually encompass more than 10 billion data elements, unique for their timeliness and accuracy; 14 million-plus project and document searches; and, 60 million-plus annual messages centered around bidding opportunities. The business will have more than 1.2 million monthly engagements involving as many commercial construction professionals. Following the merger, the company headquarters will remain at the Dodge campus in Hamilton, N.J.; the Blue Book headquarters in Jefferson Valley, N.Y., will become a primary office.

Blue Book contract tracking, Division 3 work

Source: Blue Book Building & Construction Network

A Building Systems Design and Dodge Data & Analytics partnership is geared to delivering specific and targeted material or product information at precisely the moment design professionals require. It will combine BSD SpecLink, cloud-based specification content and software, and the Dodge Sweets platform, spanning material or product catalogs, specifications, CAD and BIM assets that streamline key processes throughout project lifecycles. Users will be able to seamlessly work with Dodge, Sweets, and BSD to get in front of architects and engineers earlier, find key projects where they are specified, and track their success from design to bidding. Additional benefits include the ability to create bundled offerings tailored to supplier or manufacturer sales and marketing efforts.

“Our organizations share the belief that fostering collaboration at all levels results in better outcomes for those involved,” says BSD SpecLink CEO Daimon Bridge. “Dodge’s mission is to fuel their customers’ growth, and we intend to work closely together to identify new ways to empower this pursuit.”

“Over the past few years, BSD has made extraordinary progress in creating what is now, by a wide margin, the industry’s best platform for the creation of construction specification documents,” adds Dodge Data CEO Dan McCarthy. “The company’s content and technology align seamlessly with Dodge’s robust and verified collection of construction project information, and we are confident that through this new alliance, we will significantly improve overall efficiencies and future success for the design industry.”