Retained Logic Relationships

While updating your schedule you may sometimes find that out-of-sequence work has been performed. When out-of-sequence logic occurs activities can move around unexpectedly and figuring out why activities are where they are can be extremely difficult. With Retained Logic Relationships the schedule logic becomes transparent. The purple relationship lines highlight where out-of-sequence logic is and show what was driving an activity and what is now driving an activity. With Phoenix Project Manager finding what drives your Construction CPM Schedule is easy.

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Unlimited Comparisons

With Phoenix Project Manager you are not limited…. and this applies to comparison as well. Most scheduling software will limit the number of schedules that you can compare against each other. Compare 2, 3 or 30 Storepoints to see how your plan may have shifted. In Phoenix you can compare an unlimited number of schedules!   You can either save storepoints as you go or you can import schedule files into your most current schedule in order to compare data. Yes…. you can have the entire life cycle of your project in ONE SINGLE FILE.   Doing a schedule comparison is simple! In fact so simple it takes less time to do a comparison in Phoenix than it takes to open (restore/import) a schedule in most other applications. There is no need to add columns for different sets of data such as dates, duration or whatever. If you want to see how Total Float has changed, just add a Total Float column. If you want to see how Duration has changed, just add a Duration column. If there is a column for it you can see how it has changed over...

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Network Diagram View

The network diagram is a scheduling format to simplify complex projects.  It consolidates many activities into a logical work streams to streamline the project management process.  This process is ideal for complex construction projects connecting related activities and developing a cohesive work stream.  The result was the schedule became consumable by all stakeholders on the project.  The network diagram consolidates the project activities by 40% to 50% into logical steps.  This, effectively, simplifies the project allowing the project team to quickly identify the activities that are behind schedule and develop a corrective action plan. Simply build your schedule in the Bar Chart and organize it in the Network Diagram to show project stake holders how you are building your...

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Barchart View

The classic Barchart (or Gantt Chart) view provides a familiar and highly detailed project outline.   The Bar Chart is the primary tool to manage a schedule and is widely identified as the standard scheduling view by the scheduling community.  The spreadsheet like or grid entry format allows users to easily construct a list of activities and assign attributes like dates, duration, logic, and resources.  With dock-able windows like Predecessor, Successor, Activity Notes and Editor entry in the bar chart view is a snap.

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Longest Path & Path Float

Phoenix Project Manager has the ability to calculate your schedule by Longest Path. Longest path is a way to sometimes see what your “real critical path” is.   Basically Longest Path is a calculation of the schedule that ignores Finish-No-Later, Start-No-Later, Must-Finish-On, and Must-Start-On constraints.   If you look at the example above you can see that there are activities with Path Float that differs from Total Float (TF column). The reason they are different in this example is because of a Finish no Later constraint on Activity PH1762 that causes the activity to have -6 days of total float but its path float is 8. In the longest path the Path Float only considers the relationships, this means that constraints that affect the float are ignored.   Phoenix is the only program, (to our knowledge) that shows what we call Path Float. You also have the ability to change both number of days of Path & Critical Float to display as Red to view what is near critical or near longest...

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers SDEF Export

SDEF – Standard Data Exchange Format The US Army Corps of Engineers manages construction and maintenance projects, and is a significant presence in the construction industry. In order to support our customers that are doing business with the USACE, we have been working to provide the tools they need to comply with the reporting and submission requirements for USACE Jobs. A requirement when work on United States Army Corps of Engineers projects is to provide/upload an SDEF file. The SDEF file is the typical means of payment for a contractor to get paid for the work they have done.   In order to support our customers that are doing business with the USACE, we have been working to provide the tools they need to comply with the reporting and submission requirements for USACE Jobs.   SDEF export functionality is a defining feature of Phoenix Project Manager. Inclusion of this feature in Phoenix gives users the ability to prepare this vital document in one easy...

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