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General Purpose Software

  • A. J. Smith
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Part of the Macmillan Building and Surveying Series book series (BASS)

Abstract

At the end of this chapter you should be able to:
  • Outline the advantages and disadvantages to be gained from the use of word processing systems, spreadsheets, simple database management software and integrated software packages.

  • Explain the basic principles of operation of word processors, spreadsheets and database management systems.

  • Discuss the ways in which quantity surveyors might use general purpose software.

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© A. J. Smith 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. J. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurveyingTrent PolytechnicNottinghamUK

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