Trimble acquires scheduling software maker Linear Project
Productivity solution provider Trimble has acquired Linear Project, a provider of scheduling software for linear infrastructure projects, in a move that facilitates better operations and budget management for its civil engineering customers.
In a statement, Trimble says that Linear Project’s TILOS time and location planning software is used in a number of applications such as highways, railways, pipelines, tunnels, water engineering and transmission line construction.
"Linear construction projects present unique challenges, because the work is not performed in a single location," Trimble says. "TILOS software merges both the location and the schedule into one combined time and distance graphical view that changes dynamically as conditions change.
"By incorporating design details, construction challenges and the project schedule into one view, contractors, owners and civil engineers can plan and manage linear projects more effectively."
The two companies have been collaborating since 2014 to create 3D constructible model interoperability between Trimble’s Business Center HCE office software and TILOS in order to integrate planning and scheduling with operating and material cost information.
Trimble says TILOS expands its portfolio of heavy civil construction solutions for corridors by adding time and cost into existing corridor workflow solutions, so stakeholders on linear construction projects can integrate TILOS planning and scheduling for time, location and resources capabilities with operating and material cost information from Trimble.
"TILOS software is a significant addition to our corridor solutions portfolio," Trimble Heavy Civil Construction software solutions business area director Alan Sharp says. "With the addition of TILOS, Trimble can better address the needs of project owners, engineers and civil contractors by enabling them to closely manage operations and execute their projects on schedule and within budget.
"The Linear Project team brings a wealth of experience and an expansive customer base that includes many of the world’s largest contractors and rail network operators. We are very excited to have them join Trimble."
On the Linear Project side, the company says it now has the opportunity to leverage Trimble’s geospatial technologies to automatically record jobsite progress on large infrastructure projects for rail, road, tunnel and pipeline projects.
"The addition of TILOS to Trimble's Heavy Civil Construction portfolio gives us the ability to collectively work on a more robust solution for linear infrastructure planning, execution and production control," Linear Project owner Hubert Geier says.
TILOS is distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Delta Solutions. For more information, call 1300 55 95 74 or visit www.deltasolutions.com.au
The TILOS image above shows a 280km section of the Baku-Tblisi-Cheyhan pipeline project between the Caspian and Mediterranean seas. In this example, the distance axis is vertical and the time axis is horizontal like a Gantt chart. The distance axis description shows in each section the link to the relevant drawings, the KP, the elevation and also a description for each important KP. Click here to view the full chart.
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