TILOS Newsletter November 2010


TILOS 7 - Project planning covering the distance

Effective functions for distance related programs

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We have now distributed TILOS Version 7 globally and many users and potential customers have already confirmed that again, we have improved the usability of TILOS as well as integrating many distance based planning specifics. With this current edition of our newsletter, we would like to begin to convey some of these new fuctions - in order for you to benefit in planning and managing your infrastructure projects. Further editions of our newsletter with new topics and possible applications will follow soon.

Over and above this your will find our current TILOS highlight - an elaborate concept of mass haulage planning - and download information of our brand new software update TILOS 7.0.01. in this issue.

Have fun reading this newsletter and enjoy implementing TILOS

Thorsten Balthasar
and the Linear project - Team

TILOS 7 contains new powerful functions to support you in planning your distance related projects in an optimum manner. We have highlighted some of them for you:

Distance based task calculation (tasks with distance profiles)

Even TILOS 6 had the capability to assign distance profiles to tasks with the objective of displaying different slopes in different sections.

With TILOS 7, we have enhanced these functions further. The dialog Calculation enables you gain the quantity and the work rate from different sources:

The Quantity can be determined

  • from the entered value
  • as a factor of the task length or
  • from a profile value

The Work rate (=slope) can be determined

  • from the entered planned work rate
  • from the ressource driven calculation or
  • from a profile value.

This allows for a very flexible calculation and display of tasks which have different work rates and quantities per distance segment e.g. clearing or earth movement tasks. Of course these different quantity or work rate values can be displayed as an annotation at the task line.

Work cycle tasks (e.g. concreting cycle of bridge superstructure or tunnels) adopt their cycle length from the distance profile too and, of course, the corresponding work quantities from this section. These calculated task curves and shapes are handled appropriately during rescheduling of the tasks (see also next paragraph). It is also possible to plan setup times or sections without work.

Conclusion: Your defined distance profile controls speed and sections within your tasks and enables to plan very near to real conditions coming from the field geometry.

Distance related lag calculation

Earlier TILOS versions have had the capability to avoid collisions of tasks on the distance line. Therefore, a distance related link has to be created which ensures a lag to the successor tasks (A.)
This lag can be defined in TILOS 7 not only in working time, but also in calendar time.
There are some new link options to gaining more control regarding the processes along a line:
(B.) If the predecessor has arrived at coordinate 3.800m, the successor can start.
(C.) If the predecessor has reached the length of 1.500m, the successor can start..

Conclusion:These link options enable the modelling of the real chainage conditions more accurately.

Different segment colors in the distance scale

In every infrastructure project, there is the need to signify particular segments which has to be attended e.g. in tunneling there are different soil classes, in track building there are different hindrance types, in highway projects there are sections and lots. With distance profiles these special stations can be displayed in the distance scale. Additionally in TILOS 7 every distance point can be assigned to a sector type, which has a color attribute. In this example for different soil classes, the scale is created from such a distance profile. The cell backgound color can be displayed automatically in the according color. (Option: "Background like sector color"). As a second option, the text color can be displayed according to the sector color (see second scale in picture).

Conclusion: With a simple color assignment you easily receive another view: Visually and with regard to the content.

Hindrancess in rail track construction

Until now, there was only the distance profile which lists up single points. With the new sector profile, there is the possibility to define sections as a profile. Not only can these sections be displayed as colored grid lines,
the sector profiles can also be used for calculating tasks - in doing so, you can control in every respective task:

  • the chainage and hindrance specific speeds
  • the setup times
  • the sections without work to do

Conclusion: With a single definition of the hindrances along a line, you benefit by planning support for several tasks as close to the real thing as possible.

Multiple task creation of repetetive tasks on or between distance points respectively<

With TILOS 7 you can automatically generate periodical repetetive tasks. Not only along the time scale (e.g. possession times) but also along the distance scale. This is also be done with distance profiles. Let TILOS create a task group on every defined station point along the line (e.g. a bridge pile or a pump station). Different automatic link options allow you to generate the links between the created tasks.

Depending on the stations that are created one after another or the single tasks that are created from specialised crews.
Option: Creating several shape or line tasks between each two stations is also supported.

Conclusion: Structured projects with repetetive processes can be planned even faster.

White papper: Mass haulage with TILOS

In the course of infrastructural construction, there is often the need to move huge quantities of soil. We have developed a whithe paper for mass haulage.

This comprehensive document describes a method of how to visualise, control and plan mass haulage with TILOS on a sample street construction. The methodology contains detailed diagrams which depict mass transportation planning.This document can be downloaded from our server:


New free download for TILOS 7 users

During product maintenance, we are working constantly to improve TILOS. Since the release of TILOS 7, we have not only corrected some minor issues, we have also programmed some enhancements. As a result of this we have provided TILOS Version 7.0.01 on our webserver for updating all existing Version 7 installations. You may download them one at a time using the current patch setup below:

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© Linear project GmbH | 2010