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Last edited 22 Nov 2017
Excel and construction
Audits have shown that nearly 90% of spreadsheets with more than 150 rows include errors; with a 1 in 50 chance of each individual cell containing an error. Large spreadsheets used for construction management, consisting of hundreds and thousands of cells may contain a high level of inaccuracies.
Excel doesn't integrate well with new management software systems. Specific construction industry software directly integrates with many popular software systems, eliminating the need to manually enter data.
 Remote working
Most construction software available today is run using cloud-based software, meaning data is not tied to one computer and can be accessed, amended and updated from anywhere. This makes data entry more streamlined and allows all users to access live data.
When collaborating between departments and/or other organisations, constant emailing of spreadsheets leaves open the possibility of hacking. Cloud-based software tools with multiple users reduce the risk of potentially sensitive information being hacked.
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