TILOS - Linear Projects Scheduling

The best tool to schedule and control linear projects
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  • Lectures 50
  • Length 4.5 hours
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Published 9/2015 English

Course Description

Description of the course

For years, linear project schedulers have had as support different tools not designed to schedule and control projects as highways, pipe lines, railways, transmission lines, etc.. They have been using softwares such as Excel, Autocad or even CPM solutions, without good results.

Today, we have TILOS (Time Location System), an exclusive application to schedule linear projects. This software is based in time-location diagrams, also known as linear scheduling method, time chainage, march chart, line balance or french diagram, according to the country where the user is located.

TILOS is the most recognized software all over the world to schedule these type of projects; therefore, learning it means to obtain a specialization well considered by companies which use this as a standard tool in their projects.

With more than 10 years of experience as a trainer in project controls and 20 as a professional related to this field, I assure you that by the end of the course you will be able to develop yourself with this tool in an efficient way.

What do you get?

  • HD quality videos, access 24/7
  • Selection of subjects, and a practical and didactic training, from an instructor who uses the software everyday in real projects, and not only a theoretical teacher.
  • Workshop following the entire project, not isolated topics
  • Post training support, via e-mail, to clarify any doubt


  • Engineers
  • Planners
  • Schedulers
  • Project controllers
  • Estimators
  • Everyone interested in learning more about scheduling time-location diagrams.

What are the requirements?

  • In order to learn to manage TILOS, you will only need the "demo" version, which is entirely free. If you do not have it, there is no problem, because within the first lessons you will be taught to unload and install it.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the benefits and advantages of linear projects scheduling
  • Planning and scheduling linear infraestructural projects
  • Controlling projects with TILOS

Who is the target audience?

  • Engineers, planners, schedulers, projects controllers, estimators.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Presentation

Meet your instructor and the methodology used for the course


You will know what Time-Location diagrams are, the heart of Tilos. Theoretical concepts and a first approach to the software.

You will also understand why traditional softwares are useless to linear projects and why Tilos is a specially designed tool for these kind of projects.

Section 2: Software installation

Even if it is a paid license or a demo version, the installation process is the same. If you do not have it, here you will know how to ask for a demo license in order to develop this course.

Section 3: The basics in Tilos

Before to start operating the software , you must be familiarized with some basic concepts, as cells systems or how they interact among them.


In this lesson, you will be able to create a project or a project template, which will be the basis for entering tasks.

Section 4: Tasks

Tasks are not the only objects we can insert in Tilos. In this lesson you will learn to insert other kind of objects in the projects.


You will learn how to create linear tasks to plan your project, in a very intuitive way.


Linear tasks can be displayed by several types of graphics. Here you will see the different interpretations your graphics could have.


In Tilos you can calculate tasks through a variety of methods. For instance, you can calculate a task duration according to its volume and performance.


Adding tasks in Tilos is not about adding lines on a blank sheet. We can use standard templates for our projects, with a different meaning for each of them. You will learn how to create your own tasks according to your specific project.

Section 5: Tasks groups

Linking tasks in Tilos is very easy and intuitive. Let me teach you some tips I've learned over the years, which sometimes are not being considered by the users.


When we talk about linear activities, we are always going to work with repetitive activities; therefore it is important to know how to group tasks that will be used in other stages of the project. Grouping tasks saves a lot of time when scheduling projects.


As in many other softwares, in Tilos you can add milestones. However, they must be treated in a very specific way. I will show step by step how to create and manage these activities.


Linear projects have activities with a sole location, that is why creating located activities is a must. In Tilos we call these activities "stations" or stationary tasks, and they must be inserted in a particular way.

In this lesson I will teach you some hints for a better presentation.


In traditional CPM softwares we are familiarized in using time lags. In Tilos, due to linearity feature of the projects, we can also use distance lags.

For instance, for a task we can schedule it to begin after its successor has advanced 200m; amazing, isn't it? The ones who have ever planned a highway construction would understand this. Everybody will understand the concept and use of distance lag after this lesson.

Section 6: The project

So far, we should talk about a project that will be developed through further lessons. I explain here the plan step by step, as you will do projects in real life. I have chosen a piping project, but actually it is applicable to any other linear projects.


One of the biggest advantage of this software, is that activities could be synchronized to any site map, which makes our plan a visual tool, easy to understand for everyone in the project team.

Section 7: Workshop 1
2 pages

Let's work our workshop !!!

With all you have learned so far, you are now able to schedule a project with Tilos.


You can review here, step by step, how to solve the workshop; just in case you have any doubts on the solution

Section 8: Views

Tilos is not just a space-location diagram. In this lesson, we will see how possible it is to have several types of views in your project, including Gantt chart.

Section 9: Scales and profiles

In this lesson you will learn how to create and manage time scales. In Tilos, it is the user who create and change the time scale according to the need.


The distance scale is the heart of Tilos. Here you will learn to manage these type of scales in an accurated way


After this lesson, you will be able to define specific locations in your distance scale, which means along your whole project. In other words, you will be able to point out a river, a warehouse or any important place in the project.


Not all tasks perform as a perfect line. Many times there are sections when the performance increases or decreases. In order to schedule this, you must use speed profiles.


Knowing how to work with grids of the time-location diagrams is very useful for a better plan´s display.

Section 10: Calendars

Creating a calendar in Tilos is very easy. However, there are some details that can confuse the user a little bit. Don't you worry because at the end of the lesson you will master this subject and it will not be a problem anymore.


Once a calendar is created, you can assign it to the different tasks in Tilos. Doing this is very easy; besides, you can find here my own tips, which I guarantee you, will be of great help.


If the tasks have calendars, then the independent cells that the software contains, too. Although cell calendars do not vary the calculation of the task, they are of great influence to the plan display.

Section 11: Logos and legends

Tilos is a graphic tool; therefore, put any accessory to improve presentation is a must. Logos can make a plan heavier, according to its size. You will learn in this lesson, the best way to insert them keeping Tilos native file lighter.


In more complex plans, with different tasks using many formats, you should learn how to differentiate them. This is why you have to insert legends. They are not automatic, the user must create them in Tilos.


You can insert embedded objects in your plan, as Excel or Word documents, which can be updated from the project schedule in Tilos itself.

Section 12: Printing views

Here we will review every printing option for time-location diagrams.

Section 13: Gantt Diagrams

Although Gantt charts are not the core of Tilos, they can also be created as we make a time-location diagram. Gantt charts are a traditional reference to the project team and a complement to Tilos scheduling.


Printing Gantt charts in Tilos, is not the same than printing time-location diagrams. Here you will learn how to print these types of views.

Section 14: Libraries

Libraries have all the information about what can be inserted in a plan. We are going to explore each one of them.


As a complement to the lesson "libraries", you will learn how to introduce the most important items to the plan.

Section 15: Layers and Filters

Those who use softwares as Autocad or Photoshop have a good knowledge about layers. In this lesson you will learn to create layers in Tilos, to manage its functions, where to find the list of layers, how to organize them, make them visible or not, etc.


Here you will learn to create, edit, activate or deactivate filters, according to your requires. You can also put layers on filters in order to apply them in your plan.

Section 16: Resources and Costs

By the end of this lesson you will be able to recognize the different types of resources Tilos offers. You can create, group and format resources through advanced options in the software. Besides that, you can assign them in your plan.


In this lesson you will learn to determine costs in your project and the way to insert them in your plan, relating them into the different existing accounts in Tilos. You will also learn how to create new accounts in order to have a better control of the budget.

3 pages

This is a workshop you WILL HAVE to complete in order to practice quantity and resources and assignment into your plan. Doing this workshop is a must to continue with further lessons.


Step by step solution to the previous workshop. You can review here the process in developing the task as the results too.

Section 17: Histograms

Here you will learn to insert histograms, to define them, to determine display options and to give them legends putting cells together.


This is a lesson to learn how to insert, create and edit a resource bar. You can also give them a legend putting cells together, make them visible or not and even import data to Microsoft Excel.


This lesson is similar to the one about resources histograms, but in this one I will show you to entry incomes. Yes!!, in Tilos you can insert income on each activity and compare the costs for cash flow analysis.


Tasks can be divided into sub-tasks on your convenience. Those who know Primavera P6 have a great idea of that. They are tremendously useful if you know how to work with them. Here, you will be taught on this.

Section 18: Baseline and progress

No plan can be measured without a baseline. Tilos have a very practical baseline manager. Here you will know how to use it.


Before progressing tasks, we should understand the several progress techniques Tilos has. Here I explain one by one all of them.


In this lesson you will learn, step by step, how to progress and update your plan every control time period. You will also learn to analyze your plan progress.

Section 19: Subprojects

Sub-projects are very useful to schedule large and/or complex projects, because within them you can create different tasks containers and also different time and distance scales. In this lesson you will be able to master this function of Tilos.

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Instructor Biography

PSP, EVP Felix Soto, Owner & Senior Consultant

20 años de experiencia en el área de Control de Proyectos en empresas de Ingeniería y Construcción y también Minería.

Especialista de Oracle Primavera P6 y Oracle Contract Management certificado por Oracle.

Planning & Scheduling Professional (PSP) y Earned Value Management Professional (EVP), ambos otorgados por el AACE International, que garantizan el know-how y el cumplimiento de todos los estándares de planificación y costos.

Instructor de Metacontrol Ingenieros de Perú y Chile.

10 años de consultor/coach en planificación de proyectos para grandes y medianas empresas Mineras y de Construcción.

Instructor de softwares:

o Primavera P6 (planificador),

o Contract Management (administración de contratos de construcción)

o Crystal Ball (simulador de incertidumbre para modelos en excel)

o Primavera Risk Analysis (simulador de incertidumbre para cronogramas)

o TILOS (planificador de proyectos lineales)

o Project Tracker

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