TILOS 8 available in additional languages

During the last few weeks Linear project has delivered TILOS Version 8 Time Location Scheduling Software worldwide.
With Version 8 there are also a few aditional language versions available. Here is a the list of languages in alphabetical order:

  • english
  • french
  • german
  • italian
  • russian
  • turkish

If you would like to work in another software language you may ask your local distributor for assistance. You will find the contact information for your local distributor in this Partner map.

The following language versions are in preparation and can be released soon.

  • chinese
  • spanish

 

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What’s New in TILOS Version 8

This week we have been released the beta version of TILOS 8. Version 8 will provide the foundation for a new a new product line for linear scheduling. The most significant changes are under the surface of the application – in its software architecture, which has been completely rewritten.

We are very proud of the results:
TILOS has bigger capacity in data and it performs actions like opening projects, changing views or rescheduling up to 50 times faster than the previous version. The most plus in speed we got by generating grouped Gantt chart outputs. They now open directly after clicking due to optimized data management and overworked screen display. TILOS 8 is not only speeded up with software optimization, but also with optimized hardware usage by using multiple processor and multi thread technology.

The final release is planned for the end of January 2013. If you would like to test the new version before, please send us a email to betatest@tilos.org. We will supply a download link and an activation code to test the full functionality of TILOS 8.

TILOS Explorer changes

The explorer displays now 3 main folders to simplify the navigation:

1. Views:

In this folder you may group or sort all the different new (and old) views: Time distance views, Gantt charts views, list views generated from tasks, links, resources, micro progresses and others.

2. Project Data:

Here the entire project specific data is displayed, like distance axis informations and cell contents.

3. Library:

This folder contains base data not specifically linked to a project, such as task templates, resource and cost library.

 

 

Enhanced Grids usage

The data grids (Tables/Lists) have been completely reprogrammed. Now the grids have a more common look-and-feel and new fuctions:

  • By clicking the column header the rows get sorted by the values in this column, even in the gantt chart panel
  • With the cursor keys it is possible to navigate in the rows and columns
  • Tab key will jump to the next field in the row
  • Pulldown values can be selected by typing keys
  • The content of each data grid can be exported to the clipboard
  • In general the whole table grid can be used without mouse, only by keyboard

Cross project drag & drop in grids

Drag & Drop in Grids allows to create new lines just by copying existing lines in the same grid. You can do that also with the Shortcuts Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V.

As one of biggest enhancements in this context: It is possible to drag items (of the same grid) between parallel running TILOS Sessions. For example you may copy line styles, symbols or task templates between different TILOS files to synchronize the data in different projects. By this way: missing lower level objects gets also be copied to the destination, if needed.

Finally complete Sub-projects can be copied from one TILOS session to another: This special case replaces all data of the Sub-Project. As a result both (source and destination) content is similar. This option can be used to merge project data from different files into one file to make cross project analyzes.

Multiple sub project in same planning cell

One major benefit in project displaying of TILOS 8 is, that you have the possibility to display more than one Sub-project in the same Time-Distance-planning cell.
In combination with the new drag & drop functions for copying project data, this is very powerful new functionality: Plannings from different files or different states can be overlayed and compared.

Project controls, Baselining and Reporting

  • In previous versions, each sub project and baseline could be created with an own report date. Now the new baselines are working on file level and there is only one report date.
  • New created tasks, added after the baseline creation, now can be merged into existing baselines.
  • The dash board can be displayed in a cell of a view. The dashboard is showing the performance figures like progress actual and planned, schedule and cost performance index. The task base for the dashboard report can be set up by assigning a filter (e.g. take all welding tasks from different Sub-projects: Cross-Project Report for just one work type)
  • The task baseline values can be included in histograms to compare planned against actual values. The S-Curves then display planned quantities against actual achieved quantities, planned time against actual time, etc.

Mass Haulage Diagram

As a complete new functionality the Mass Haulage Diagrams has been added to TILOS Version 8.

This special new diagram displays all cut and fill areas and highlights the soil classes by different colors . The arrows are displaying the haulages between the cut and fill areas. These haulage lines can be created just by drawing on screen.

TILOS now provides an overwiew about the flow of material and also the transported quantities. Extractions, dump sites, stock piles are displayed in the border area of the Mass Haulage diagram.
The mass balance curve displays the balance between cut and fill calculated from the left side. Ideally this curve should be zero at the end.

The cut (blue) and fill (gold) tasks can be generated automatically from the context menu of a haulage line. The task quantity is set by the haulage quantity while duration is calculated from the work rate.
The time histograms displaying planned cut quantities per week, the summary curve displays the stock pile of the crushing zone.
The planning of big mass movements are more easy and transparent with the new functionality. It is included in the controlling concept along with TILOS.

Data Exchange

All exchange modules have been adapted to the new data structure. To shorten the number of clicks, the addon modules can now directly communicate with TILOS online. No need to create and read xml files any more, as long as both applications run on the same machine.
The XML-Exchange-Profiles can be included in the TILOS file itself.

Data exchange is now much easier and more comprehensive.

Google Earth Addon

One of the most interesting aspects of TILOS 8 is the new Google Earth add-on component. Just a couple of clicks are required to visualize your project on the globe.
We have already published that:

http://blog.tilos.org/development/tilos-version-8-contains-google-earth-integration/

 

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TILOS Version 8 contains Google Earth Integration

Linear project GmbH releases the ‘beta’ version of its linear scheduling software TILOS 8. It is a major step in the development of the software providing the foundation for a wider usage of TILOS in the future: It can handle much bigger projects and works faster. It allows merging of data from different planning phases or partners using the simple drag & drop function to consolidate sub-projects into one central file. The improved planning features of TILOS enable its usage as an analysis and visualization tool for those who still plan with Primavera or Microsoft Project Gantt Charts.

One of the most interesting aspects of TILOS 8 is the new Google Earth add-on component. Just some clicks are required to visualize your project on the globe.

The steps are:

  1. Import the paths and placemarks from Google Earth or a spreadsheet
  2. Load the schedule from TILOS
  3. Set the filters and the display criteria of what you would like to view.

The image above is showing the situation on Feb 09, 2013. The autoplay function simulates the ongoing construction process in user defined steps. The Screen is updatedevery ten seconds to show the new status on the next step. Linear tasks are displayed as lines in different colors while those being executed in one place (buildings) are displayed as symbols. The animated map provides a rough roadmap of the execution of the project for all parties.

To get more information, watch the video on how to make a Google earth visualisation:
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If you would like to test the new TILOS Version 8 with Google Earth Integration, you may sign-up and register for our global test program. Be one of the first to try the new functions with TILOS8. Send an email to BetaTest@TILOS.org.

We intend to release the international version of TILOS 8 (English) at the end of January 2013.

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Video blog: Displaying different projects with different distance scales on one page

See how to create a second Time-distance-diagram, that contains a different project. That method can be used either for showing separate distance areas in one project but also to display different stages of the same project: Displaying the main schedule and a scenario schedule on one page.

Video:


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TILOS at South Carolina DOT MEETING

Linear project Americas was a sponsor of the  15th Annual American Council of Engineering Companies of South Carolina/ SC-DOT meeting on October 24 in Columbia, South Carolina. This conference was attended by approximately 80 engineers and planners from the South Carolina Department of Transportation and 200 engineers from major engineering companies. Eddie Reeps, the local TILOS Associate in the South East, and Lorne Duncan ( Managing Director in the Americas) provided demos and answered lots of questions during a very busy day.

Eddie and Lorne at DOT meeting

TILOS was well received by civil engineers and planners working for the state and private companies. Of great interest were some of the new features of TILOS 8 – specifically the mass haul diagram and calculator and the integration of TILOS with Google Earth. To quote one engineer:

“TILOS is the planning tool that we should all be using in the South”.

 

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News on TILOS Version 8

As the core of TILOS 8 was completely overworked and we have added some nice features, there are of course some changes in the User Interface. However, we have succeeded in keeping the look-and-feel of TILOS 7 – so it will be easy just to start with TILOS 8.

I ‘d like to present some small, but nice changes, that are making life easier with TILOS 8:

More than one Subproject visible in a time-distance-cell

It is now possible to display more than one Subproject container in a time-distance cell. This may help

more subprojets

 

  • visualizing parallel tracks
  • showing different stages of a project
  • displaying a new way of baselining

 

Overworked table grid interface

The behavior of the table data grid was overworked completely. Now the table grids have a more common look-and-feel and new fuctions:

new-grid-features

  • Tab key will jump to the next field in the row
  • With the cursor keys it is possible to navigate in the rows and columns
  • Pulldown values can be selected by typing keys
  • In general the whole table grid can be used without mouse, only with the keyboard
  • By clicking the column header the rows get sorted by the values in this column, even in the gantt chart panel

Copy an Paste

Copy and Paste has beeon overworked completely: A new communication technology transports information even to different program sessions: It will be possible to copy objects like tasks or profiles, even whole subprojects, to a second TILOS session (e.g. a different file).

Scrolling while linking tasks

Finally If you want to draw a link to a successor task, that is currently not visible on the screen, TILOS 8 now scrolls horizontally and vertically, following your mouse move.

 

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Linear project GmbH appoints Projet Linéaire as new distributor for France

Linear Project is happy to announce a new partner in the global network. The scope of both companies (planning and controlling linear projects) fits ideally, which is also expressed in the name of both companies. Projet Linéaire is providing software and service for infrastructure project in French spoken territories.

The managing director and founder, Fabien Gaboriau, has much experience in planning linear projects. He was always a fan of TILOS – that he was using in his consulting projects. We found the partner with most experience in TILOS software and in the market. It will push the TILOS service in France to a higher level of quality and improves services around the product.

Hubert Geier: “We found an ideal partner in France, with excelent skills in linear scheduling, the TILOS software and having good relations to the french construction industry. We were very concerned about the development of TILOS in France seeing 2 partners disappearing from the market (Inxeoz and A3I). A close relationship between Linear project and Projet Linéaire will lead to a long lasting successful cooperation as both work strictly in the area of linear scheduling and bringing TILOS to a success in France.”

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How to import activities to TILOS from a simple Primavera Excel-Output

Primavera P6 allows to put activity data in an Excel Spreadsheet. This small guide is showing how to set up the TILOS Excel import profile in order to create a TILOS chart fast and easy.

1. Preparation

a. Location information:
In Primavera create the activity user defined fields “FromLocation” and “ToLocation”. For each activity in question fill the location values. (e.g.12’580).

b. Template information (Display of the TILOS tasks)
One activity field is necessary to contain the TILOS task template information in order control the display of the task in TILOS.  You may use codings that are containing all names of the TILOS task template. (e.g Code “Welding”, that points to the task template “Welding” in TILOS.)

c. activity selection (Filter)
In most cases not all activities shall be transported. Please use a filter to select the activities to export.

d. Export to Excel file
For Primavera output use the predefined P6 activity fields and add the user defined fields for template code and FromLocation and ToLocation.
The Output file looks similar to that sample: On the page “TASK” you find some columns containing you activity data. The table has two headlines.
(You may also export the Links in the Excel file. In this case for links there will be a page “TASKPRED”.)

Primavera Excel Export

e. Prepare the TILOS file
Adjust the Time-Distance-Diagram to show the time and distance range fitting to the activity data.
Approve, that all activity templates are existing and the display is set up correctly

 2. Importing into TILOS

  • In  TILOS choose “File -> Import” to call the Import Wizard.
  • Import Wizard Step one (Import format): Choose “Microsoft Excel (XLS)” (Note: You have to licene that module)
  • Import Wizard Step two (Data source): Select the xls file that cotains the data.
  • Import Wizard Step three: (Select profile): Select the template profile “Primavera Import Sample WBS as Task field”.
    Once you have to change the profile to match your spreadsheet. Later you may reuse it.

Here are some important hints:
The Format m/d/yyyy h:nn:ss AM/PM describes the Standard US date formatting Primavera uses for the dates.You may adjust that to your local settings.
TILOS Import: Formatting

Number 3: Edit the activity field list used in the spreadsheet. The fields and the number of the columns in the spreadshee has to match:

TILOS Import, Fieldlist

  • Import Wizard Step four (Sub-Project selection):  Choose the subproject the data should be inserted in.

During the import the Wizard is doing.

  • Creating each line as a task with the desired field values
  • Assigning the Template (Display) for each task
  • Checking the Task-Id: if this task is already existing there will be no new task created. Only the values will be updated on the existing task

 

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Video blog: Creating colored Ribbons in the distance scale

See, how to create colored ribbons in the distance scale and display your project in a professional way:

Video:


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