The search function is designed to let you search as wide or narrow as you need.
To search and sort through the projects in the database, go to the View Projects page.
To search, scroll down until you see a blue button that says Search Projects. Click on the button. You can search by clicking prepopulated categories or use the text boxes to get more specific results. One thing to remember is that if nothing is selected, it will return all the results. It only starts narrowing down as you select search criteria and add search terms. So, if you use the search function, make sure you’re selecting all the things you want. Search categories include:
- Counties – If location doesn’t matter, leave blank, select All Counties or any state-based All Counties.
- Job Type – This is the type of service the project is looking for. We capture multiple types on most projects.
- Job Status – Select New for projects added in the past 24 hours, Open for any project that has a future bid date, Closed for projects that the bid date has passed but we haven’t received Results yet, and Results for projects that have Closed and we’ve posted Results.
- Categories – This is the type of project that’s bidding. We capture multiple types on most projects.
- CSI/NIGP Codes – This is where you can get very specific on the type of service you’re looking for. Remember that we can only include them when we’re given the codes. So use Job Type and Keyword searches to find additional projects.
- Price Range – For New and Open projects, this will search any estimated costs. For Results projects, this will search for bid amounts within the range.
- Bid Date – Use this to find projects bidding within a specific window. Leave it blank to search the entire database.
- Owners, Architects, Engineers and Contractors/Project Managers – Here is where you can add a specific company you want to work with. You can put as many as you want in each search. To use this company, type the name, press enter, type the next name, press enter, etc. If I wanted to work with ABC Construction and 123 Builders, I would type ABC Construction and hit enter then type 123 Builders, press enter and then select the search button.
- Keywords – Here is where you can search for specific terms. This will search the entire project pages. This is a great place to search by project name. You can put as many keywords in as you want, just be sure to hit enter after each.
Once you’re ready, just click Apply Search. The Projects Record and Open Projects counters will change as you apply the search. Remember to use the Next 20 and Prev 20 to search multiple pages.
One very important note – If you want to start your search over, remember to click Clear Search Form below before starting again. If you’re having trouble clearing the search form, try closing any other open Minnesota Project Center tabs and performing a hard refresh by pressing “Ctrl+5” or following the appropriate process for your setup here.
Watch this helpful video on how to search & sort through the database.