The Project Plan is a formal, approved document used to manage project execution activities. Project planning documents are necessary to deﬁne, prepare, integrate and coordinate the various activities. The PROPLAN deﬁnes how the project is executed, monitored, controlled and closed. PROPLAN is a software solution for monitoring activities of Engineering, Procurement, Construction and displaying planned versus actual progress report in the form of a graph.
Salient Features of ProPlan
- Plan, schedule, and control complex projects
- Allocate best resources to activities and track progress
- Monitor and visualize actual project performance versus planned performance
Planning helps engineers to complete the project on time, within the budget and to minimize the cost by optimum utilization of available resources.
- Dividing project into distinct activities
- Estimating the time requirement of each activity. Establishing predecessors and successors relation of various activities
- Displaying Gantt chart, S-curve which indicates actual work progress and pending work of the certain period of time in relation to the planned dates
- Scheduling of the Engineering, Procurement and Construction activities is an important aspect in the daily management and reporting of the project progress.
- Scheduling shows the duration required for activities and sequence of various activities.
- Assigning Start Time, End time, Slack, Predecessor and Successor for each activity.
- Eﬀectively schedule activity during week oﬀ, national holidays without delaying project duration.
- Determine alternative Setting out Dependency of activities
Consider dependent activities A and B
- End to Start: Activity B cannot start before Activity A has ended
- End to End: Activity B cannot end before Activity A has ended.
- Start to Start: Activity B can start only after Activity A has started
- Start to End: Activity B cannot ﬁnish before Activity A has started
Controlling involves a constant review of planned work to check actual progress of work and rectify delay and pending work.
- Determine critical path and free ﬂoat
- Determine alternative solutions for non critical activities of project without delaying project duration.
Crew selection is the provision of selecting right crew for respective activities for successful completion of Project.
- Selecting number of workers required for an activity, including the activity leader, helpers, supervisors, etc.
Cost management allows the planning engineer to prevent additional expenditures and help to reduce the chance of exceeding the budget due to cost of:
- Various types of resources required for completing activities as per pre-deﬁned standard.
- Workers required for completing an activities that includes compensation for the worker
- Measuring the eﬃciency of worker.
- Measuring the unit wise percentage progress of activities .
- Actual and planned progress is displayed in graphical format with respect to duration.
The cost of the project highly depends on the requirements of labor for various activities during construction. There are direct and indirect costs associated with the labor such as salary of labors, their accommodation, etc. thus PROPLAN allows introducing a number of labors required for each activity of the construction to estimate the ﬁnal cost of a project.