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


December 17, 9:00 AM by GMT
Duration: 40 minutes
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/200000000027771026


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



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




What is New in TILOS 8: In details


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.


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)



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.

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.



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.




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



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”.



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:


  • 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.



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.”