How to prepare a Primavera Schedule for Exporting to TILOS Time Location System

Following a description of the most basic preparations on a Primavera Schedule, when you intend to transfer this Schedule to TILOS and display it in a Time-Location-Diagram:

Promavera To TILOS

A. Additional Data Fields

Some additional information for the activities has to be edited in the Primavera project:

  1. Location information
    Each activity needs to have a Start Location and End Location value. Those are needed to display the activity along the location axis and this is displaying the working direction too.
    Preparation: Create User Defined Fields (Text) named StartLocation and EndLocation and insert the corresponding values.
  2. Display information (Colors and shapes)
    In the Time-Location diagram a task cannot only be displayed in one fixed way: They can have different shapes (e.g. lines, rectangles, parallelograms), linestyles and color. Those graphical characteristics are in TILOS controlled by the object “template”.
    Preparation: Create a User Defined Field (Text) named TilosTemplate and insert for each activity a value (e.g.”pipe laying” or “concrete work”): All activities that should look the same in TILOS get the same value.

B. Activity Filter

Preparation: Create a Filter that selects all the activities that you want to transfer. You may create another User Defined Field (Text) named TilosExport and set a value when the Activity should be exported.

Think about Structures, Summaries and Granularity:
Is the Time-Location diagram showing all details or is there a different Granularity? E.G. Some Buildings/construction elements can be displayed by the Summary activity only. In this case Summary/WBS activities or level of effort activities has to be created.

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A Skyscraper Remodelling Schedule – displayed in Time-Location-Diagram – with TILOS

Still an unusual sight, but why not? Here we present an example of how to display a Skyscaper-Remodelling-Schedule in a Time-Location Diagram.

The vertical axis represents the levels / floors of the building. Alongside this axis the map of the skyscraper facilitates the connection between activities and level/location of work.

The horizontal axis represents the time axis.

As a result there is a chart, comparable to a standard Gantt view – but enhanced with the location dimension.

The tasks are mainly displayed as ribbons or lines. They represent how the different crafts are moving trough the building. An overlapping of ribbons indicates that different crafts are planned in the same location at the same time.That may be a clash.
The horizontal distance between two neighboring crafts represents the “buffer” between them.



Download Skyscraper Remodelling Schedule as PDF.

For sure TILOS can add cost and resource information along each axis: Time and distance.




Webinar: “Using TILOS for Planning and Execution of a Pipeline Project “


December 17, 9:00 AM by GMT
Duration: 40 minutes
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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

Presenter Details:

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..


Have you ever asked yourself how to display an infrastructure project in a Gantt diagram – in a proper way?

Location based Scheduling is the main target of TILOS – Time Location Scheduling.

See below a Gantt Diagram structured by Location coming along with the correspondent Location Maps – converted from a Time-Location-Diagram.

Click at the sample pictures to enlarge and watch out for TILOS Version 9!

Time Location Diagram

Time Location Diagram of a Sample Infrastructure Project


Structured Gantt Diagram with Location Maps of the same Project

Structured Gantt Diagram with Location Maps of the same Project



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.

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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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:
This video ist hosted by youtube. please change to the best resolution availlable in the bottom settings bar.

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

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


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