eSUB vs. Excel for Construction

Bridgit Bench vs. Excel for Construction: Overview

eSUB Construction Software

Available platforms

  • Web/Cloud-based
  • Mobile applications for iOS and Android

Target audience

  • Leading contractors

Customer support availability

  • Online Bridgit Help Desk
  • Dedicated Account Manager
  • FAQ and tutorials
  • Handles implementation for you

Pricing

  • Click here for pricing

Microsoft Excel

Available platforms

  • Installed desktop application for Mac and Windows
  • Web/Cloud-based
  • Mobile applications for iOS and Android

Target audience

  • Businesses, families, students

Customer support availability

  • Community created content
  • FAQ and tutorials

Pricing

  • Free with Microsoft Office 365 subscription ($12.50/user/month) or as a standalone app at $8.25/month/user with an annual commitment
    *Microsoft Office 365 Small Business Premium does not include MS Project or Visio

eSUB features & integrations

Bridgit Bench is an easy-to-use resource planning platform built specifically for the dynamic nature of the construction industry. Fully configurable to company needs, Bridgit Bench helps to streamline core operations and is proven to save time, mitigate project risk, and increase an organization’s bottom line. Bridgit has refined the workforce management process with a full suite of features designed to provide contractors with actionable insight to build stronger project teams, balanced workloads, and optimized capacity planning. Contractors across North America are able to run full resource planning meetings with Bridgit Bench as their “workforce control center.”

Features included with Bridgit Bench are:

  • Real-time updates
  • Highly visual Project and People Gantt views
  • Expandable Project Gantt
  • Smart allocation suggestions based on title and availability
  • Forecasting and allocation dashboards
  • Easy-to-build reports
  • Mobile applications for iOS and Android
  • Custom permission groups for controlled transparency

Bridgit Bench has an Open API that allows organizations to integrate their resource planning with their existing tech-stack. It also supports an integration with Procore software and is available as an embedded experience within the Procore app.

Pros and cons of eSUB

Pros:
Bridgit Bench is an easy-to-use resource planning platform built specifically for the dynamic nature of the construction industry. Fully configurable to company needs, Bridgit Bench helps to streamline core operations and is proven to save time, mitigate project risk, and increase an organization’s bottom line. Bridgit has refined the workforce management process with a full suite of features designed to provide contractors with actionable insight to build stronger project teams, balanced workloads, and optimized capacity planning. Contractors across North America are able to run full resource planning meetings with Bridgit Bench as their “workforce control center.”

Cons:
Bridgit Bench is an easy-to-use resource planning platform built specifically for the dynamic nature of the construction industry. Fully configurable to company needs, Bridgit Bench helps to streamline core operations and is proven to save time, mitigate project risk, and increase an organization’s bottom line. Bridgit has refined the workforce management process with a full suite of features designed to provide contractors with actionable insight to build stronger project teams, balanced workloads, and optimized capacity planning. Contractors across North America are able to run full resource planning meetings with Bridgit Bench as their “workforce control center.”

Excel for Construction: Features & integrations

While Bridgit Bench was built specifically for the construction industry, Microsoft Excel was built to satisfy the needs of as many industries as possible. It is a widely used business system for managing construction projects and is a powerful, flexible tool for adding or changing data. Microsoft Excel acts as a modern version of what used to be a very paper-driven process. Though it isn’t ideal for resource planning, it does act as a blank slate that allows users to develop their own resource planning systems and customize their process.

Features included with Microsoft Excel are:

  • Advanced calculations and formula building
  • Charting
  • Multi-user collaboration
  • Preset resource planning templates

Microsoft Excel also has an Open API and supports a wealth of software integrations.

Pros and cons of using Excel for construction

Pros:

The biggest benefit of Excel is its primary function: it provides users with the ability to organize data into spreadsheets and charts. Microsoft Excel can also be used to compute both simple and complex equations that require large amounts of data. Because of its popularity, most spreadsheet programs support importing from Excel spreadsheets and also have the option to export their data as Excel files.

Cons:

As robust as Microsoft Excel is, getting the full benefit of its capabilities involves a steep learning curve. Users that aren’t familiar with the software may find building a spreadsheet with proper formulas and accurate calculations to be a frustrating process. On top of that, Microsoft Excel has no means of checking for human error during data entry which can lead to costly mistakes. Forbes has written about billions of dollars being lost due to an equation error that was created by users copying and pasting data.


Microsoft Excel also requires manual data entry. The amount of data that comes with every construction project can make workforce management a very time-consuming, tedious process.

Lastly, Microsoft Excel is not a dedicated construction program. You’ll have to find workforce plan templates for Excel and resource planning templates for Excel rather than relying on features built into dedicated programs for project management.

eSUB vs. Excel comparison: Screenshots

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Microsoft Excel

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