New TILOS Version 9 is presented at InnoTrans 2014 in Berlin

On many construction sites in Europe and all over the world TILOS has successfully proved on minor and major construction projects.
The development goes on and Linear project will present TILOS 9 for the first time on the InnoTrans fair in Berlin from September 23 to 26 2014.

The major goal for the version 9 release is: Improving the methods of structuring projects and their visualization.

Task Grouping is displayed in most Gantt chart based systems using headlines and summary tasks. A direct link to the location is not possible. Grouping in TILOS can display coloured vertical ribbons with graphics attached left to the text panel. The location is includes in such charts and this improves the understanding an communication of work execution.

TILOS Version 9: A grouped Gantt Chart with Sitemaps

TILOS Version 9: A grouped Gantt Chart with Sitemaps (Click to download full pdf plan)

The task boxes can be formatted with text, logos (responsibility) and traffic light indicators similar to the cards in planning tables.

The same project structure now can be visualized also in the time distance diagram by using WBS or category summary tasks. Those are calculated from the task categories or WBS. The time and the distance coordinates of the detailed tasks are summed up to the structure above. This is ideal for displaying top level plans from detailed data set.

The detailed activity data can be imported from Primavera, MS Project and ASTA Powerproject with all the structures included. Only the graphics for the WBS or category nodes have to be assigned as well as company logos for the executing companies.

The new pure location links in TILOS 9 allow to set distance coordinates based on links in a similar way to time coordinates during the reschedule. Planning locations is then much easier and more flexible now.
Example: One driving task in a tasks group (process) can define the distance to work on both: Predecessors and successors.

The full list of all functions of TILOS 9 will be published soon.

Please visit us at the InnoTrans!
You find us: Hall CityCube Berlin A booth 508

 

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TILOS at the AASHTO Annual meeting, November 21st – 24th 2014

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Annual Meeting in Charlotte North Carolina is one of the industry’s most important gatherings of transportation, government and commercial organizations. The Annual Meeting offers transportation executives the opportunity to network and share the latest in industry policies and innovations.

Linear project Americas – the exclusive North American Distributor of TILOS – is presenting TILOS on Booth 202. Visit us!

AASHTO Annual meeting 2014
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Utilizing Linear Planning and Scheduling for Project Control and Claims Avoidance

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The intent of this paper is to provide a comparison of traditional CPM scheduling tools to linear scheduling software (TILOS) for alignment based projects. This overview described how to interpret march charts in the simplest form and then increased the complexity by adding constructability issues such as environmental restrictions and risk such as weather. The ability to represent non-linear activities on a march chart makes this a very powerful solution that enables one to view the entire project on one march chart.
Also described was the ability to apply speed and work profiles to connect the productivity rates to soil, timber or any other factor that will have an impact. Progressing during project execution is dependent on the input of the crew inspector daily report. Typically the start and end KP for each crew is recorded daily for progressing the march chart.
It should be apparent that linear scheduling software is very well suited for pipeline, road, rail and other similar projects. We have seen that march charts connect the schedule to the geography and risks of a project in a manner that is not simply possible using traditional CPM scheduling methods.

Authors:
Lorne Duncan, Linear projects Americas
Joanna Alvord, PSP, PMP, Project Controls Manager

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Video: How to transfer a Construction Project from Primavera to Tilos? – 20min Tutorial

This video tutorial shows how to transfer an existing project schedule created in Primavera P6 to a Time Location Diagram in TILOS. The TILOS Exchange Software is used. 20min to invest for a better understanding of the concept and the how to do.

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Tutorial Video: What are the Benefits of Time Location Diagrams for planning infrastructure construction projects?

This is a Tutorial Video for general understanding of the benefits of time-location diagrams for planning infrastructure construction projects.

The major planning and process problems of such projects are also visualized.

Targeted audience:
All people involved in infrastructure construction, who want to get first information about planning in Time-Location-Diagrams: Estimators, planning engineers, project schedulers, controllers, civil engineers, students, teachers.

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New module for TILOS 8: TILOS ProgressMap

View to the earth: TILOS ProgressMap can show your project and schedule on the globe using GIS programs like Google Earth® or ESRI©

The geometry (path, place marks or polygons) can be connected with the schedule data from TILOS. For each path point a distance value is generated that becomes the connector to the TILOS distance coordinates.

ProgressMapViewExample: The thick lines displaying work areas of selected crews in week 24-28 April 2013. The orange lines aside are displaying the baselines (Where the crews should have worked according to the initial plan)

The yellow symbol displays that the river drill is progressed by 75 %.

Message: It is not needed to create complex BIM data models to make a simulation of the project execution and to see what is built at each location on the map.

Adding geometry: Geometric data can be imported from KML/KMZ files, which is a standardized format. In addition Spreadsheet tables can also be used to import the geometry with the GPS data.

Adding the schedule: Schedule data is imported from the currently opened project in TILOS. During the import, the data is sliced by time to calculate the work planned for each period.

Adding configuration: Simple filter and grouping functions are used to transform the schedule to “moving lines” or to “changing symbols” based on the progress state of the associated activities.

Progress table: The progress table displays the progress situation for each type of work.

ProgressMapSituationEach color corresponds with the % complete of the total cut or fill. The map provides the same overview on each area.

ProgressMapReportClicking on an area, all tasks connected with that area become visible.

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What is New in TILOS 8: In details

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Increased Speed – More Capacity – Greater Flexibility

TILOS 8 was developed with a new kernel providing the technology for rapid future developments in the coming years.

We have also made many evolutionary little feature enhancements that are not specifically mentioned, but makes working in TILOS 8 a lot easier and comfortable.

Usability

Zooming: The zoom of a view can be directly modified by pressing the control button and using the mouse wheel.

Scrolling: The horizontal scroll position can be changed by pressing the shift button and using the mouse wheel.

Auto scrolling: When creating links or sizing tasks and moving the mouse towards the border of the working windows, the view starts scrolling to make further objects visible.

Multiple instances: TILOS can be started multiple times with different projects. Using drag and drop with the mouse allows data to be copied directly from one project to another. (see: Drag & Drop below)

 

Architecture

Speed enhancements: TILOS 8 uses multiple processors/threads to execute the code in parallel. For example: While reschedule runs, you may be edit objects.
Loading projects is up to 20 times quicker, reschedule up to 50 times – as well as importing and exporting data.
Loading grouped and sorted Gantt charts shows up to 100 times quicker.

Tables and Lists: The tables (grids) and the list boxes have been re-engineered to work much faster than before in terms of loading, scrolling and sorting. Each column can be used for sorting by clicking on the column header.grid
Any column can be locked and only the columns to the right of this are scrolled. This can be done by right-clicking on the column heading and locking the columns to the left.
The whole list can be copied to the Windows clipboard – by right-clicking on any column header.

Multi-edit: Multiple rows (max 500) can be selected and any edits on the Properties Tabs will multi-edit the same data item on all selected items.
Tree structures (task templates) can be moved by drag and drop to change the parent items. In simple lists items can be copied by dragging them.

Drag & Drop: If two or more TILOS projects are opened at the same time, data can be copied between the two TILOS instances. This works based on the tables (grids), not in the time distance view.drag
All library items as well as activities can be moved/copied in that way. Missing library items in the destination file are automatically created, if they do not exist in the destination file. For simple items (“other” library objects and graphic)., the “already-exists”-check is done by the name  Other items, like task templates, resources or calendars are identified by their ID.
If tasks are copied between sub projects, all new items are created with a new TASK ID.
If a whole sub project is dragged between TILOS instances the behavior is different: If a sub project with the same ID is existing in the destination file, then its tasks will be replaced completely by the sub project that is copied.  In this case, tasks in the destination project keep their old Task ID from the source file.
This function allows to merge different sub projects into one destination file.

 

Explorer view

The explorer has now three main folders to simplify the navigation:

Views: In the VIEWS-folder all views are grouped by view type. The result is a better exploreoverview as all data views are grouped in one place. (The task and link list  of version 7 have been moved from sub project context to an own view type in view folder).
Views can be sorted and grouped by type or user defined values.
A few new list views have been defined such as the Micro Progress View, that displays all the micro progress records of a project.

Project data: All project specific data is stored in this folder. In earlier versions of TILOS those have been partly located in library folder. Now there is a good separation between project specific data and general library data.

Library: This contains base data not necessarily linked to one specific  project –  such as task templates, resource and cost library.

Time distance view

Cell wizard: The new cell wizard supports all types of cell content to embed existing cell contents or to create new cell contents in order to view them in a cell. Cell and View setup is more easy and intuitive now.

Multi sub projects: Up to TILOS 7 one time-distance cell could display only 1 sub project. In TILOS 8 now multiple sub projects can be added to be displayed the same time-distance cell. Planning and viewing of data is now more flexible:

  • Different scenarios can be overlaid in order to compare them.
  • Parts of the project can be planned in separate TILOS files from different persons, merged and then overlaid to highlight the interaction between the different planning states.

Gantt Chart Output

Grouping and sorting: The grouping and sorting options for the Gantt chart view have been enhanced and is much faster in TILOS 8. Different views can be created and saved for later use.

Print to multiple pages: Large projects can be printed to multiple pages by enveloping them to a definable border view around each page of the output.

Hide bars panel: This options allows us to only print the Gantt chart text panel without the gantt bars, For example as a project summary report list with progress and earned value data.

Enhanced Controlling features

Baseline: In TILOS 7 baselines were created at the sub project level and each baseline baselinehad its own report date. This has been unified in TILOS 8 and the baselines are now global for the whole project.
Newly introduced tasks can be added to existing baselines as an update. Different baselines can be merged to one baseline after conversion from Version 7.
This allows more powerful reports and progress analysis in time distance diagrams where different sub projects are merged in one view.

histoHistograms: Histograms can display baseline data in TILOS 8 in order to compare them with the original planned values.
The main advantage is to analyze the planned and achieved productivity during execution phase.
Cumulative curves have a new option to draw the lines and show the data only up to the report date.

Dashboard: The dashboard showing performance and earned value data from different crews can now be embedded into a cell of the time distance view.
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Mass Haulage

 

Overview: This is a completely new functionality added to TILOS 8 and is designed for heavy civil works. It supports a multistep planning of mass transportations. After importing the quantities and the areas, the haulage itself and the sequencing can be planned more easily and smart.

Mass Diagram: The mass haulage diagram displays all quantities (mass areas) along the distance axis referring to a soil type table.
The diagram displays the main cut and fill areas, borrow pits, dump sites and stockpiles.

mass diagram Histograms: Based on the mass areas, diagrams can be defined using TILOS standard functionality:

Cumulative quantity curves showing total cut and fill values and balanced curves preparing the haulage are available. The shortest transports are between the zero line of the balance curve indicating equal cut and fill situation.

mass histogramHaulage planning: Planning the haulage is interactively done by drawing connectors between the mass areas. On the fly the transport distance and the cut / fill state of each area is analyzed and displayed.

haulage planningScheduling: By a wizard you may create from the haulage lines the cut and fill tasks in the time distance diagram. After adding the links, the reschedule process can be activated to calculate the required time for the mass haulage and also the time based usage of the equipment in the diagrams.

haulage schedulingControlling: The Mass haulage controlling uses the standard reporting function of TILOS. Different progress methods can be used: Direct progress entry or micro progress can be imported. Evaluation is also using the standard functionality of TILOS.

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Data Exchange

General enhancements: The XML profile editor has been integrated into TILOS and it is located in the Tools menu option.
When creating a data file, the XML profile information can be embedded  in that data file. This simplifies the import by using the embedded profile.
Additional to transfer data by creating a data file, the data exchange in TILOS 8 can directly connect TILOS to the Exchange macros via a TCP-IP based connection.

MS Project: Support for MS Project 2013 has been added.

Primavera: Support for WBS structure that can be exchanged with TILOS directly.

iTWO: A new module has been developed to exchange data with the RIB iTWO software.

It can import the activitiy model with assigned resource and cost from RIB iTWO. In the reverse way, the TILOS activity model can be exported to iTWO.
This allows creating the schedule in TILOS and export to iTWO to make the connection with the estimate. The resource loaded schedule can be passed back to TILOS updating the existing activities.

Other enhancements

wbsWBS Structure: In addition to category structures, a WBS structure can be created and   applied to the tasks. This can be used for grouping the data in the Gantt chart based on the WBS code.

 

 

duration displayDuration display: For each calendar a base time unit can be defined to show working days in relation to the working time defined in that specific calendar. (e.g. 8h days, 10h days depending on the defined working time).

 

Distance profiles: More text and user definable data fields have been added.

linestylesLine styles: Viewing task progress in TILOS 7, the progress line styles have been overlaid with the line style of the task. In TILOS 8 this can be placed behind the task.

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Using the enhanced display mode (Customize colors for progress) for each task, a task individual definition for color and line style can be made for: planned, performed and baseline state of a task.

 

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