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What is a Backup?

A backup in the construction industry is a way to safeguard data and ensure business continuity in the case of unexpected events, such as computer system crashes or accidental file deletion. It involves creating duplicates of data stored in software applications, databases, and digital files, which are typically saved on external devices or cloud storage systems. Hence, in case the originals are lost or corrupted, the backed-up data can be restored with minimal disturbance or downtime. For example, if the blueprint data of a construction project is accidentally wiped out, a well-executed backup system can restore the vital information, preventing project delays. It's integral to Plan Risk Management to counter data loss events, which in the construction sector can cripple project management systems, delay timelines, escalate costs, and affect architectural integrity if not addressed promptly and effectively.