Spreadsheet Aids for Financial Planning for Construction Projects - ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT

Source: cdn.corporatefinanceinstitute.com Financial planning and cash flow management are difficult yet important management tasks t...

Spreadsheet Aids for Financial Planning for Construction Projects

Spreadsheet Aids for Financial Planning for Construction Projects
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Financial planning and cash flow management are difficult yet important management tasks to ensure cost-effective construction. The unavailability of adequate funding or poor financing strategies can restrict construction options, substantially increase costs, and delay project completion. Adopting innovative financing strategies for cash flow management can avoid or reduce such problems, especially when the coordination of multiple funding sources is required. 

This paper describes a spreadsheet template useful for cash flow management including the evaluation of supplemental financing strategies such as overdrafts and revenue bonds to cover construction expenses. With the capability for simple user interaction, extensive numerical calculations, easy simulation of different options, and numerous report formats (including graphics), spreadsheets provide an excellent environment for financial planning. 
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A spreadsheet template described in this paper provides a structure to easily and quickly employ these general capabilities; in many cases, the only specific numerical information on cash flows and financing options needs to be entered for a particular application.

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