Major pipeline projects face many challenges that are not typical in facility constructions. Land acquisition, seasonal construction issues, environmental restrictions, major crossings that involve HDD’s (Horizontal Directional Drills) and optimizing workface planning are key considerations. The goal is to keep the construction window as short as possible to reduce the overall cost of the project to the owner, while understanding all the key interfaces points on the right-of-way. This presentation will explore the advantages of using the linear project methodology to create a baseline and to report on progress. TILOS is a visual planning tool that serves as an excellent tool for collaboration between all the major project stakeholders.
• Challenges of Pipeline Construction
• Why use Linear Planning Methodology
• Examples of Pipeline projects
• Progress and Reporting in TILOS
• Using TILOS to integrate construction challenges
• Questions and Answers
Lorne Duncan – Managing Director of Linear project Americas Inc.
He has extensive experience in pipeline planning in North and South America. For several years he was the Senior Pipeline Planner with the Enbridge Pipeline Construction Group and has worked for many pipeline owners, engineering firms and contractors to develop baseline schedules, bid schedules and has used TILOS to track and optimize the execution of the project once construction has started. He continues to work extensively as a consultant for pipeline planning for many organizations in several countries.. (137)
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 (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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.