Great news! Trimble TILOS 9.1 is now available
This new version offers new capabilities including:
Improvements for Mass Haulage
The mass haulage functionality has been improved in 3 ways:
1.) Adding support for bulkage and shrinkage while moving earth from one site to another. This allows more accuracy regarding the volumes as on excavating. As you progress in the project, the volume will grow and after compaction, the volume will reduce.
2.) The Haulage will now include the haulage type. This is based on the type of machines on which the haulage is done (short distances with the with bulldozer, long hauls with a truck). Each type has associated templates for generating tasks and automatically associating the correct type of resource. Filters can be applied to manage haulages by type. This makes scheduling easier as all hauls from a certain type can be created at once using the haul wizard that creates the tasks. It calculates the durations and links the activities into a chain.
3.) The data import from business center has been enhanced. Now both shrinkage and haulage types are supported. After running the haulage function in Business Center - HCE the data is imported and visualized in TILOS. This allows you to build your construction schedule even faster.
Scheduling mass haulage operations is easier and can be done in faster and and more accurately. Filter the Mass Haulage Diagram by haulage type, select the haulage's and use the wizard to create the cut and fill tasks. Resources get assigned based on the templates for that specific haul type. The wizard links the series of cut tasks created by finish to start links. If the cut task is adjusted, the fill task duration is automatically updated.
More fexibility and more accuracy for task parameters
To calculate the resources production rate, you may create complex formulas. Almost all task values like quantity, duration, Free numeric fields can now be included.
In the templates for mass haulage, we will now give you the earth moving procedure formulas that reflect more variables and give you better information and accuracy about the schedule - specifically by giving you the bulkage factor on excavation as well as the transport distance.
Although the same resources are used in each task, the production rate differs based on the transport distance. The bigger the distance, the lower gets the production rate.
Import from Novapoint and Tekla civil
Two new interfaces allow you to import the site data such as elevation and volumes for the different work types and layers.
The Scheduler, when planning tasks in a certain distance range, will automatically see calculated volumes in order to set a realistic duration for the tasks.
Visualization of Filter settings
In a project schedule for a big construction project very often multiple thousands of tasks are planned. To focus the outputs on the specifc needs of the planner and executer, a new filter can be applied to view, histogram and other outputs.
Easy to see symbols will visualize which filter is currently applied
When using Gantt charts with an active task filter, TILOS 9.1 now displays a filter symbol on the top left edge indicating that this Gantt chart is filtered.
When using Resource bar charts with an active task flter, TILOS 9.1 now displays an Asterisk Symbol (*) at the end of the diagram name to indicate that this diagram is filtered. Filtered resource bar chart lines can be identifed with the flter symbol.
Beneft: Enhanced transparency of settings and assistance for the user.
TILOS supports many functions to calculate the data of the successor. In TILOS 9 we introduced pure distance links and the functionality to set the coordinates of the successor based on the predecessor and link attributes. This enhancement now provides lead and lag of the tasks for distance parallelograms. Railway planners especially can benefit from this to visualize the shape of the task represents the train moving along the track.
This functionality has been enhance that we can now refect lead and lag of the tasks for distance parallelograms. This function was wished by railway planners while the shape of the task represents the train moving along the track.
View scaling tools for full screen
We added two new tools in the main toolbar for Integrated Views.
Display Page Width: This tool resizes the view scale, that the full width of the View is visible on screen. Display Page Height: This tool resizes the view scale, that the full height of the View is visible on screen.
With one click you get the screen adjusted to see whole width or the whole height.
Attaching file links to tasks
TILOS 9.1 supports to add file/document links to tasks. Each task can have multiple files/documents assigned. Directly from task context the document can be viewed with the connected windows application. Additionally a graphic symbol visible at the task indicates that there are files linked to that task.
Benefit: More documentation and connection to additional information like plans, charts or calculations can be accessed directly from the task context.
Hierarchical Display of library elements
To make tree structures easier to use, we have added a hierarchical data structure for the library elements:
- Task Group
- Vector lines
- Fill patterns
Benefit: The hierarchy integrates numerous elements in a tree/folder structure. The elements can be found more quickly and easily.
WBS and Category path display
Using Shortcuts for level names in WBS and Category is useful for having short paths, but the paths will eventually be less readable. We have introduced a second path for categories and WBS build from the description value. Those longer description paths can also be displayed with tokens in annotations and grid tables.
Benefit: Better readability and understanding of the WBS / Category level.
Copyright 2017, Trimble Inc.
If you currently have a maintenance contract, we will provide you with the download link and your new product ID. If not and you want to upgrade, please contact our sales team.
We have already begun work on new versions of TILOS for 2017 to continually improve the capabilities to meet your demands. We appreciate your feedback! If you need changes or extensions of TILOS please do not hesitate to contact us.
i.A. Peter Lenk
TILOS Sales Manager EAME
i.A. Silvio Bedenikovic
www.tilos.org Developed by Linear project GmbH and provides best solutions for the scheduling, monitoring and controlling of road, transmission line, rail, pipeline or tunnel projects in a single
Linear project GmbH delivers since 1999 based on its flag ship application TILOS a project management system based on the Linear Scheduling. This technique uses time distance diagrams also known as time location diagrams, line of balance diagrams, time chainage diagrams, march chart or French diagram.
BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATION FOR LINEAR PROJECTS
While the rest of the world embarks on implem¬enting 4D or 5D planning solutions to integrate site data and schedules into one application, a time-distance-diagram provides a much easier solution for linear projects.
The TILOS 2D approach connects schedule and site information in one single plan, shows the movements of the crews and highlights problems on the first glance. Interactively, the schedule can be optimized and improved by seeing all constraints and issues in one diagram.
The site map highlights the right-of-way (ROW) and provides further data regarding elevation, quantities, soil classification, crossings, building sections or describes complexities, that influence the construction process. Specific planning features for each individual industry make daily tasks a lot easier:
- [ Pipeline ]: Different crews work along the right-of-way doing a specialized job in a specific sequence. One has to follow the other. Clashes caused by inaccurate production sequences (overlaps) due to differential production rates and construction issues can be avoided from the outset. (Used on the Alberta Clipper pipeline in Canada, Keystone in the USA and the Nabucco pipeline in Europe).
- [ Road building ]: Shows repetitive work at different locations (e.g. bridges or sewers) in combination with linear work for the layers (e.g. pavement work can commence when all sewers have been adjusted to correct height). (Used on E18 50 km Highway project in Norway).
- [ Railway ]: Special features for calculating maintenance and support trains provide a high level of automated planning making TILOS ideal for short maintenance projects too. (Used on Gautrain,mass rapid transit railway, South Africa).
- [ Tunneling ]: Drilling speed can be calculated based on geotechnical soil classification along the track. The meeting points for 2 crews can be calculated when working from different sites. (Used on Gotthard Base Tunnel project in Switzerland).
- [ Overhead Power Lines ]: Special algorithms automatically create micro tasks based on the work plan for a special tower types. (Used on a project in Scotland).
USAGE AS A DISPLAY SYSTEM:
In the past, the sole use of TILOS in most cases was to monitor schedules generated in traditional planning tools like Primavera, MS Project or ASTA Powerproject. TILOS was favored here for its superior graphical strength compared with other time distance applications including excel based solutions.
TILOS has a layer system that allows for the control of the display of specific tasks. Multiple views can be created based on the same project data showing different scenarios, sections or construction phases.
Flexible XML based interfaces enable different sub plans, produced in different applications, to be fed into a single TILOS chart. The integration concept allocates globally unique ID’s to each task. Even tasks that are exchanged between different programs are always identified as such and are updated accordingly. The flexible XML concept can be tailor-made without programming for the exchange of data based on the needs of the project.
USAGE AS A PLANNING SYSTEM:
To use the strength of Linear Scheduling the planning has to be performed in TILOS itself, at least the linear part and then be exported to the master planning system such as Oracle’ s Primavera.
Each task has a specific quantity value that measures the amount of work. The length of the task influences the quantity. The longer the task is in meters, the longer the duration becomes. When planning repetitive work, a simple copy of one or more tasks to an alternative location with different lengths will result in the automatic recalculation of task duration and resource consumption.
Quantity profiles provide the exact calculation of quantities imported from surveying programs. The line is extended into a curve displaying the exact position of crews in relation to time and neighboring work crews.
Enhanced link types for rescheduling help to identify and reflect site constraints. The distance based lag is a unique TILOS feature that will maintain a distance between the crews not only by time, but also by distance.
This applies to the entire length of the task and does not only control the start or the end. Although extended constraints are employed, a full CPM based schedule is provided, enabling TILOS to communicate with other project management solutions.
The slope (production rate) for tasks working in tandem can also be synchronized. Changing the work rate of the master task will see the other linked tasks follow suit accordingly.
Users can switch on the fly between time distance and Gantt chart views, always displaying the ideal environment for planning. For example, a bridge crossing is shown as a rectangle in a time distance view and is defined as a summary task. This summary activity can be opened in a new window displaying the building of the bridge in Gantt chart format.
In the Gantt chart, where tasks can be grouped freely to display, for example, the work for many sewers on a single bar line. The unique distance based Gantt chart shows, where the sewers are built, which one have already been carried out and which ones have still to be built.
Progress can be recorded independent from TILOS using Excel tables or other applications. Imported into TILOS the as build line of balance is created and can be applied to the remaining schedule calculating the updated schedule.
Out of sequence work, work breaks, move arounds can ideally be documented along the ROW and builds the base for extended schedule analysis with various performance figures such as Earned Value and Schedule Performance Index.