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.




The new coastal Highway in Reunion Island is planned with TILOS

The New Coastal Highway will be about 13km long. The Highlight of this connection of Saint Denis and La Grande Chaloupe is a 5400m viaduct along the coast cliff – a bridge over the water surface. It will carry 2×3 traffic lanes. Two of them will be reserved for light and public transport: Buses, pedestrians and bycicles.
The viaduct is needed because the existing cliff road suffers from rock-falls and floodings caused from tropical storms. It will keep a safe distance to the cliff.

The Viaduct cost about 715 million Euro. Most of the structure will be prefabricated on land and the installed by sea.
Two other packages icluding heavy earth movement and earth works cost about 530 million Euro. In this area TILOS will be used.

The project will be completed in 2018.

Our french partner Projet linéaire is supporting the TILOS usage.

More Information and Picture of the viaduct

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Virtually driving the New Highway (Video):

(Link to video: http://youtu.be/hdl7s21Wciw)



Copenhagens “Nordhavnsvej” planned with TILOS

The biggest road project of the Copenhagen Municipality is currently under construction. The Nordhavnsvej is a link between Nordhavn and Helsingørmotorvejen. The new road will pass through densely populated areas and will also have to pass under two heavily frequented railway lines and major road intersection.

The consortium between Pihl & Son A.S. / Züblin AG is using TILOS for planning and controlling the overall site and to display and to communicate the processes and the logistic conditions, to those responsible for execution on  one hand and to the project owner on the other hand.

“TILOS is one of our most valuable and essential tools, that helps us displaying the key processes of the complex schedule with lots of different conditions and side-effects when building Nordhavnsvej.

Besides the scheduling possibilities the strength of TILOS is the display: It allows us to explain directions of activities and the effects of activities aside inclusive logistic and mass inspections. With that display we can explain the whole construction process much easier, than with other tools.

This means: Unlike to a Gantt chart diagrams the involved persons are really working with the TILOS schedule and accepting it.

Additionally we plan and control the costs of machine effort and material consumption for the most expensive processes. As we periodically update the plan, we have a very good view of the project, its development and future outlook.”

says Carsten Lehman, responsible for planning and controlling Nordhavnsvej.

At the moment one of the most important steps taking place at the site: In a four weeks full closure of one railway line the trench excavation for the road beneath the train lines has started. After these four weeks the railway line will resume its normal schedule – then based on steel bridges over the trench. Following this, the construction pit will be excavated up to 20m deep – under full rail traffic.

The picture is showing the current state of the site, highlighting the run of the planned underpass.



Thames Water chooses TILOS for time-location planning of Thames Tunnel Megaproject

The Thames Tunnel Sewer is a major new sewer, urgently needed to protect the River Thames from increasing pollution. The project will upgrade London’s Victorian sewerage system to cope with the demands of 21st Century London.

Starting in west London, the preferred route for the main tunnel generally follows the route of the River Thames to Limehouse, where it then continues north-east to Abbey Mills Pumping Station near Stratford. There it will be connected to the Lee Tunnel, which is currently under construction, and will transfer the sewage to Beckton Sewage Treatment Works.

The Thames Tunnel is proposed to be 7.2 metres in diameter, about 67 metres deep and covering a distance of approximately 25 kilometres – making it one of the largest and deepest tunnels under London. Planning and design of such a tunnel brings large and complex challenges, and because the nature of the project is linear, Thames Water needed a time-location planning tool to provide a graphical visualisation of the project plan.

Channi Matharu, Planning and Scheduling Manager for the Thames Tunnel, started to look at linear planning software that would allow him to validate the schedule and have good presentation capability. After reviewing available systems for functionality and ease of use, the project team chose Linear project’s graphical time-location planning tool, TILOS, for its flexible drawing software and scheduling ability.

“We needed a tool that would extract the very detailed information out of our planning software and give us a visual representation that would reflect the scale of the project. We looked at a range of linear planning software tools, and following a demonstration by Asta Development we chose TILOS. TILOS can condense 60 pages worth of crucial information into one page. We need that level of detail presented as efficiently as possible,” said Channi.

TILOS is a very powerful tool

There are many challenges to consider when planning such engineering projects, many of which will not be visible or manageable when using CAD and Excel software tools. Unlike these systems, TILOS provides a graphical visualisation of the project plan with the project location.

The process involves preparation of the project programme in P6, checking it through for logic and consistency; it is then exported to TILOS. TILOS verifies whether the logic is right – whether the tunnels join in the right places, whether they are continuous and so on.

The data is displayed in picture format to the project team. This illustration of the critical path helps ensure, for example, that the construction of the shaft will be complete before the TBM is ready to begin boring the tunnel at the site. A picture shows this more clearly compared with conventional planning software. All the constraints are highlighted and any anomalies can be put right and re-exported.

Clarity of information means good communication

TILOS allows the team to identify and extract just the right amount of information and exports the detail needed.

 “Using TILOS means the whole team has visibility of the plan – they find it easier to follow than a bar graph. In TILOS an object relates to a physical representation, whether it is a shaft or a tunnel,” continued Channi.

“TILOS is making our lives easier. It helps us to sort out any issues of logic before they become a problem. It also allows us to communicate clearly to all teams involved exactly what we are aiming to do and is a good tool to demonstrate to all stakeholders what we are going to deliver.”

Channi and the team members who use TILOS have found that it gives exactly the output they need. Its success means that the team is keen to implement TILOS in a much wider community.

“My goal is to have my full team trained on TILOS and using it going forward. We showed it to the wider project team, and thanks to its strong presentation capability, it will be used for the duration of this project.”

This proposed engineering megaproject will be presented for planning consent in late 2012, with construction beginning in 2016 for a period of 6 to 7 years. The Thames Tunnel will upgrade London’s Victorian sewerage system to cope with the demands of 21st Century London and will tackle the problem of overflows for at least the next 100 years, enabling the UK to meet European environmental standards. TILOS will be instrumental in making this great project happen.

(With permission from our UK partner ASTA development plc.)


Project Sample: Diversion of Canal Zuid-Willemsvaart

We just received another Time-Location Chart from VolkerWessels to present it on our Website:
It shows the planning of the diversion of a Canal, Section Zuid-Willemsvaart in the Netherlands. In this construction project seveal bridges and buildings along the canal has to be build ior rebuild before the actual work on the canal can be done.
The chart combines a map of the canal, the time-location chart showing the schedule and an elevation diagram showing the land levels combined with the water gauge and embarkment height along the distance.
It is planned to open the new building for shipping end of 2014.

Download the PDF Sample Chart: http://tilos.org/fileadmin/downloads/doc/samples/TWD-Canal.pdf
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