Bridgit Bench vs. Excel for Construction.

Bridgit Bench vs. Excel for construction: Overview

Bridgit Bench

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

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

Bridgit Bench 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 Bridgit Bench

PROS

Bridgit Bench is very simple, user friendly, and easy to use. It allows contractors to quickly update staffing changes common to the construction industry and provides accurate visualization tools for creating efficient, strategic, forward-looking workforce plans. Its user-friendly interface allows for the consolidation of multiple, error-prone spreadsheets commonly used for resource management. Bridgit Bench helps to improve collaboration by providing unlimited users with controlled access to accurate, actionable project and allocation data via web-based or mobile applications.

Bridgit Bench was built for construction and is responsive to customer needs. Our implementation team has contractors up and running with their workforce and project data within 2 weeks. Bridgit works with customers to update existing features and create meaningful new features to satisfy the needs of the industry.

CONS

Though common to subcontractors and self-performing companies, Bridgit Bench does not support hourly allocations to track craft worker allocations at this time.

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.

Bridgit Bench vs. Excel comparison: Screenshots

Bridgit Bench

Microsoft Excel

User reviews

BRIDGIT BENCH REVIEWS

“Really enjoy using it. It is a big upgrade from some of our guys using excel sheets.”

“Investing in Bridgit Bench has been a no brainer. It’s one of the technologies we’ve invested in that is a driving factor to our growth. You can get to it from wherever you are, and it doesn’t take an arduous amount of time like the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.”” 

“Bridgit is simple to use, intuitive and the mobile piece lends itself to up to the minute data for real-time conversations with employees. The sorting features make it simple for each user to see what is important to their department and for each department to be pulling from the same information. Can’t say enough good things about this program.”

“Bridgit is very aware of the construction market and knows our needs before we do.”

EXCEL REVIEWS

“Excel can be as powerful as you need it to be based on the time you want to put into it. For the novice user, it can be a wonderful spreadsheet program that you can use to track just about anything.”

“Overall, I don’t have many complaints with Excel. If there are any issues, it has always been user error whether it is putting the wrong equation in.”

“Some formulas are complicated and without proper training you can be easily lost in it. It does not mean the software is bad, you just have to put your time in to get the most out of it.”

Why choose Bridgit Bench construction scheduling software over Excel?

Bridgit Bench is the leading workforce management tool for construction because, unlike Microsoft Excel, it was built specifically for the industry. While Microsoft Excel has been the standard for resource management in recent years, its tedious manual data entry and susceptibility to error has kept operations managers stuck in their spreadsheets for countless hours every week making updates and changes to their workforce plan.

Bridgit Bench not only eliminates the hours of spreadsheet upkeep, it also helps to surface information relevant about your resource allocations to streamline the process and build stronger project teams. Where Excel becomes problematic is where Bridgit Bench shines: it enables high-level collaboration, allows for transparency without the risk of unwanted changes, provides flexibility to configure the software to suit your business, and most importantly its ease of use allows for a seamless implementation so you never miss a step.