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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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