The Planning module is a simple, no-frills, yet powerful critical path networking system designed specifically for the construction industry. It can be used effectively by a novice planner, but has the features and functionality required by experienced and professional planners.
The ability to link the activities with related bill items allows for accurate budget forecast. Combined with the Cashflow module, it assists with analysis and decision making related to project management and project cost control.
Candy Planning can be used to draw a bar chart or to maintain a detailed precedence network, or a mix of these two methods. The network can be entered in a precedence fashion or as a linked bar chart that automatically creates the precedence network.
Input errors are reduced by checks for network loops and activity duplication as activities are entered.
Activity notes and comments can be added for annotating program reports or recording site conditions and progress influences. WBS style heading levels allow program information to be grouped into logical sections and hidden in summary form until required.
Resource allocation and analysis can be either via the linked Estimate Bill of Quantities or can be independently defined and allocated in the program; should the program not be linked to the estimate.
Powerful filtering mechanisms are provided for sieving activities by description activity codes, float, duration, resource, etc.
Sorting and grouping of activities of an existing program allows analysis and extraction of program fragments specifically for each subcontractor, zone, design responsibility, etc.
Progress can be recorded to provide an as-built record of a project, while the original network is kept as a base program to be used for comparison against actual progress. Progress history and trend analysis are available.
Planning progress can be transferred to the BOQ valuation module for comparison and/or implementation; to produce an accurate time related Earned value analysis.
Auxiliary Long Lead and Information Schedules are provided for tracking and recording off-site operations such as client decisions, design work and lengthy delivery items.
These separate schedules do not clutter the execution program with additional activities but because they are dynamically linked to the program the knock-on effect of any potential and/or actual information delays can immediately be revealed.
Items from the Bill of Quantities can be allocated to the program activities. This allows resource or financial information from the estimate and monthly valuations to be reflected against the time frame calculated. The resources used in the Bill of Quantities can be plotted as histograms.
The active link between the program and BOQ allow any changes to either the program or the estimate to be immediately reflected in the forecast or histogram.
The Time/Location chart is a method of summarising and graphically representing a program against axes of time and location.
This facility is suitable for linear activities typically found in programs of hi-rise buildings, roads and railway lines.
The dynamic link between the chart and the program allows for changes made in either one; to be immediately reflected in the other. No tedious exporting and importing of information between the two applications are required.
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