„With vergabe.bayern, RIB is strongly represented not only here in the state but also in southern Germany. The platform runs very solid and offers optimal conditions for a continuous legally compliant work."
Central awarding office Kaufbeuren
In fall 2017, Kaufbeuren, the fifth largest city in the administrative district of Swabia, started the electronic awarding of contracts in the building construction department. The independent city in the Bavarian Allgäu region with more than 45,000 inhabitants is thus preparing itself for the introduction of Europe-wide awards, which have been mandatory since 18 October 2018. This means that in all EU-wide award procedures, the submission of tenders and notifications of acceptance or rejection may only be made electronically. The city of Kaufbeuren uses the platform vergabe.bayern, which is technologically based on the RIB solution iTWO eVergabe public. Hubert Nägele, who will be in charge of the central awarding office in Kaufbeuren starting next year, talks about the advantages: "With vergabe.bayern, RIB is strongly represented not only here in the state, but also all across the south of Germany. The platform runs very stable and offers optimal conditions for a consistently legally compliant work. Thus, checks in the system prevent errors: For example, tenders on the platform cannot be made too early. In the case of EU-wide tenders, the IT solution rules out the possibility of wrongly admitting bidders to participate in the tender. These are factors that we appreciate very much".
Although digital awarding with iTWO eVergabe public has only been taking place in Kaufbeuren for just under a year, more than 20 construction projects have already been successfully completed using the platform. The Jakob-Bruckner-Gymnasium, which is to be comprehensively modernised and expanded by 2020, is currently in the construction phase. Among the current new construction projects, in which a total of 29 different trades are involved, is the fire equipment store in the Neugablonzer Street.
On January, 1 2019, the city set up a central awarding office and added an additional employee to the team led by Hubert Nägele, who intensively uses and supports the platform. All other departments in the city will be gradually introduced to e-tendering by the end of 2019, so that from 2020, around 150 electronic tenders per year can be expected to be issued via the iTWO platform.