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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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.

haulage controlling

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.

customizecolors

 

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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TILOS 8 brings day durations on calendar level

As up to Version 7 the day duration unit was controlled in a general setting for ALL tasks in the project – and so you have to use the the same day duration for all tasks.

In TILOS 8 there is a day duration controlled by the calendar: In each calendar you may define a day duration fitting to that specific calendar.

Sample: 24-hrs-day for tunnel driving tasks or 10-hrs-days for earthwork.

calendar definition expanded

As a result each task using that certain calendar displays its duration from its assigned calendar.

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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:
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 BetaTest@TILOS.org.

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

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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:

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  • 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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First words about TILOS Version 8

Introducing TILOS 8: Rebuild Core Engine

Having created many new linear scheduling features in TILOS 7, we have concentrated on the core engine for TILOS 8 to make the system faster on the one side and prepared for future development on the other side.
Version 8 development is going into its final chapter and we will have reached Beta state by the end of July. Most changes have been done in the core system to make TILOS fit for next generation:

  • New software architecture with multi thread / multi core technology improved speed on loading and rescheduling up to factor 20.
  • New data collector can group and summarize performance figures for the project at any level.
  • New TILOS Explorer concept improves the usability of the software by structuring the views in folders:

         

More NEWS: Having listened carefully to the demands of our clients, we adapted a big set of client wishes to improve the daily work with TILOS. We will introduce some of them here, when we get closer to the Release. And, of course, there is something more we will not disclose until TILOS 8 is released.

Beyond TILOS 8: Ready for the future.

Our base technology team has already moved to new tasks preparing the next steps beyond TILOS 8:

The GUI (Graphical User Interface) will be completely exchanged to run on multi platforms supporting tablets and smart phones as alternative devices. Sample applications: We think about apps for project viewing or progress recording.

Although the TILOS 8 multi thread machine still runs on windows desktop in single user mode, it is already prepared to become also a Server application for storing multiple projects and servicing multiple clients. The remaining work is to optimize data transport between client and server over the networks and also the web. The first implementation will work in offline mode using check-in and check-out technology. So a user can save a project or part of a project to his local environment, edit and sent back the changes to the server for cross project reports and analyzes.

The long development cycle of TILOS 8 will payback in short future: Having an optimized environment for planning and execution of linear projects on one side – but also managing multiple projects in construction companies or public and private authorities managing their infrastructure assets.

TILOS is ready for a new future …

 

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