When you need to solicit bids for a project, you can use the new Bid Management experience to create a bid form to break down scope and cost information and help to standardize the responses that are received from bidders.
Once you create your bid form, you can add companies to bid on your projects from your Company level Directory or add bidders from the Procore Construction Network. If you add bidders from the Procore Construction Network, their company and Bid Contacts are added to your Company level Directory as a 'connected company' and 'connected users'. See What happens when companies and users are added from the Procore Construction Network to the Company Directory?
While Procore can detect duplicate companies based on the Bid Contact, it is possible to end up with duplicate companies in your Directory if the Connected Company has different information on their business profile.
Procore can detect and prevent a duplicate company being added to your Company level Directory from the Procore Construction Network if the Bid Contact's email address already exists in your Directory.
How Duplicates are Prevented
When adding a company from the Procore Construction Network, duplicates are prevented if:
Procore will notify you and prevent you from adding the Procore Construction Network company so as to prevent creating a duplicate company in your Directory.
To invite the Procore Construction Network to bid, you can remove the current Bid Contacts from company already listed in your Directory and try again.
This will add a new 'Connected Company' in the Directory along with their Bid Contacts.
Note: This will create a duplicate company. See below for how to manage duplicates.
How Duplicates are Created
When you add a company from the Procore Construction Network, a duplicate company is created if:
The Procore Construction Network company is added to your Company level Directory as a separate "Connected Company" with a different Bid Contact and email address. The original company record remains in your directory unconnected.
How to Manage Duplicates
You can merge the information from your local company record to the connected company record to have a single record. See Merge Companies.