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Keyword Searching

There are many different ways you can effectively use the Keyword search within the Network. You can enter single search terms or phrases, Dodge Report numbers, wild cards characters & word proximity. Below we will explain each of these techniques in great detail.

To make the most out of your keyword search, click here to visit our Trade & Specialty Keyword Glossary , to ensure you are using the best keywords for your business.

  • You may enter up to 300 characters (including spaces) for a single search.

  • You can use Keywords to search for any project that is either out for bid or has been published during the past month.

  • All keywords found will be highlighted in the Project Details

Keyword searching options
» Using "Any Words"
» Using "All Words"
» Using "Phrase"
» Search specific area of project news
» Search specifications and addenda

  » Proximity Search
» Wild Cards
» Examples

 


Using "All Words"


A match will occur if ALL the words entered are found in any of the objects you are searching. Your words must be separated by a single space, do not use commas. (Choosing this option will treat your query as an "AND" selection.)

Example: wastewater treatment

This will return a match if any of the objects you are searching contain the word "wastewater" as well as the word "treatment".

There is no difference between using "Any Words" and using "All Words" when entering a single word. You can choose either parameter when you enter a single word.

Enclosing multi-word phrases in quotation marks WILL NOT treat this as an explicit phrase with the "All Words" option. To search for a multi-word phrase, type the phrase (you do not need quotation marks) and select the "Phrase" option.


Using "Any Words"

A match will occur if ANY of the words you have entered are found in any of the objects you are searching. Your words must be separated by a single space, do not use commas. (Choosing this option will treat your search as an "OR" selection. )

Example: wastewater treatment

This will return a match if any of the objects you are searching contain the word "wastewater" or the word "treatment".

Example: terra+cotta+assembly  terracotta+assembly  terra+cotta+rainscreen

This works the same way as terra cotta assembly or terracotta assembly or terra cotta rainscreen


Using "Phrase"

This option allows you to search a multi-word phrase. Only the "Phrase" option may be used to search for a string of words, regardless if there are quotation marks used.

Phrase also allows you to construct more complicated searches using the operators (AND, &, OR, |, NOT, ~, NEAR, and *), parentheses can also be used. Quotation marks are ignored unless you use them around any of the special operator words or symbols. If you use quotes around a special character "&" the special character itself will be searched.

All of these special operations must be done using the "Phrase" option, any other option will cause an error.


Example: "taping and spackling"
Will return a match if the exact phrase "taping and spackling" is in any of the objects you are searching. If you leave out the quotes, then using "Phrase" will return a match any time the two words "taping" and "spackling" are in any of the objects you are searching.

Example: (shapes or codes) not bars
This will return a match if any of the objects you are searching contain the word "shapes" or the word "codes", BUT NOT the word "bars".

Example: (Windows not "double hung") and (doors or exits)
This will return a match if any of the objects you are searching contain the word "windows", but not "double hung", AND contain either "doors" or "exits".


Search Specific Area of the Project News

Your keywords will be searched in the area specified within the dropdown. Your Search Results will list all Dodge Projects that contain the keywords you have searched.

 

Search Currently Bidding Specs & Addenda

By selecting this option, your keywords will be searched in the specifications section of the Dodge Report.

Search all divisions and addenda

You can search for Project Specs in the following ways:

  • All Addenda: Each addenda document (Not the specifications) will be searched separately. The Search Results will list all Dodge projects where the content for at least one of the Addenda documents has met your criteria, and any individual Addenda documents that have met your criteria.
  • Within a Specific Division: Specs will be searched for each division selected individually. The Search Results will list all Dodge Projects where the Specifications for at least one of the selected division(s) have met your criteria, and any individual Specification documents that have met your criteria. Use the drop-down box to define which Division(s) to search. More information on when to search Division 17 & others can be found here.
  • Within Specifications and Addenda: Each specification and addenda document will be searched separately. The Search Results will list all Dodge projects where specification content for at least one of the documents has met your criteria, and only the individual documents that have actually met your criteria.
  • Search All Divisions and Addenda checkbox: Displays projects (but not individual spec divisions) where the text keywords are found. All of the specification documents for a project (All CSI Divisions and any addenda) will be searched in total. The Search Results will list all Dodge Projects whose specification content in total meets your criteria.

 


Proximity Search

You can search for two words to be within a certain number of words of each other. The operator for this function is "Near". Do not type spaces between operands when using the "Near" function. The example below shows the correct format.

Near(("steel","door"),5)
This would return a match if, within any one of the objects you are searching, the word "door" were within 5 words of "steel".



Wild Cards

In all types of searching (Using Any, All or Phrase), you can search for words that begin with a specified string of characters by placing an asterisk (*) after the last character in the string. The string must be at least 3 characters long. Warning, If you enclose the * in quotation marks, it will no longer function as a wild card and the search engine will search for * itself.

Example: paint*
This will return a match if any of the objects you are searching contains a word that starts with "paint", such as paint, painting, or painter.


Search Examples

Listed below are examples of text searches and results based on a single Dodge project containing the following specific text:

Full News: wastewater treatment plant sanitary sewerage facility

Spec Division 03: comply with governing codes and regulations
Spec Division 05: steel plates, shapes and bars
Spec Division 08: door type: Steel door

Addenda01: wood
Addenda02: frame



Example 1:
Search Text: wastewater polymer
Search Dodge News: Checked
Using: Any Words
Results: Full News is a match for the sample above. (It was looking for ANY of the words, and it found wastewater).


Example 2:

Search Text: wastewater polymer
Search Dodge News: Checked
Using: All Words
Results 3: There is no match (It searched for ALL words, but polymer is not part of the News).

Example 3:
Search Text: (wastewater or polymer) and plant
Search Dodge News: Checked
Using: Phrase
Results: Full News is a match for the sample above. (It found the words wastewater and plant in the News).

Example 4:
Search Text: Near(("wastewater", "sanitary"),5)
Search Dodge News: Checked
Using: Phrase
Results: Full News is a match for the sample above. (The words wastewater and sanitary are within 5 words of each-other).

Example 5:
Search Text: Near(("wastewater", "sanitary"),2)
Search Dodge News: Checked
Using: Phrase
Results: There is no match (because wastewater and sanitary are more than 2 words away from each-other).

Example 6:
Search Text: wastewater facility
Search Dodge News: Checked
Using: Phrase
Results: There is no match - This is a phrase search. (It was looking for the phrase "wastewater facility" which could not be found. If this were an "All words" search, it could find wastewater facility as separate words in the project. )

Example 7:

Search Text: steel cod*
Search Project Specifications: Checked
Across all Specifications: Checked
Using: All Words
Results: There is a match and divisions 03, 05, and 08 are returned. (It found ALL of the words, steel and codes, in divisions 03, 05 and 08.)

Example 8:
Search Text: Shapes codes
Search Project Specifications: Checked
Across all Specifications: Checked
Using: All Words
Results: There is a match on both words, and divisions 03 and 05 are returned.

Example 9:
Search Text: Shapes codes house
Search Project Specifications: Checked
Across all Specifications: Checked
Using: All Words
Results: There is no match, because it is looking for ALL words in the Specs. Codes is found, but the word house is not.

Example 10:
Search Text: shapes codes house
Search Project Specifications: Checked
Across all Specifications: Checked
Using: Any Words
Results: There is a match and divisions 03 and 05 are returned. (It was looking for ANY words, and it found shapes and codes in divisions 03 and 05. Note the two words were found in different divisions, not necessarily next to each-other or in the same file, since "Across all Specifications" was checked.)

Example 11:
Search Text: shapes codes
Search Project Specifications: Checked
Within a division: All
Using: Any Words
Results: There is a match and divisions 03 and 05 are returned. (It was searching for ANY words, and it found codes in 03, and shapes in 05, so both are returned. Note that the two words are not necessarily within the same file or next to each-other.)

Example 12:
Search Text: shapes codes
Search Project Specifications: Checked
Within a division: All
Using: All Words
Results: There is no match, (because it is searching for ALL words within the same Spec division, but the words are found in different spec divisions).

Example 13:
Search Text: (Shapes or codes) not bars
Search Project Specifications: Checked
Within a division: All
Using: Phrase
Results: There is a match and division 03 is returned. Division 03 contains the word codes, but not bars.

Example 14:
Search Text: steel
Search Project Specifications: Checked
Within a division: 05
Using: Any Words
Results: There is a match and division 05 is returned. Division 05 contains the word steel.


 
 

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