Line of Balance Software
Line of Balance Software Overview
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Line of Balance Software requirements
Line of Balance Software creates line of balance charts by producing charts using dual axes. The horizontal axis usually represents time, and the software allows selection of the time period to be show, as hours, days, weeks or months. Gridlines are drawn by the line of balance software to create the date/time grid. The second vertical axis is used to represent the physical work areas.
For Line of Balance charts the software needs to be able to represent physical work areas as a sequence, that may be hierarchical if desired. Typical examples of the physical work areas may be Building, Floor, Area, Room. The physical work axis is presented in the order that the works will be undertaken in, usually in a vertically upward direction. The physical areas at the lower end of the vertical axis are work areas where each trade commences their work, and the areas at the top of the vertical axis are areas where each trade completes their work. The construction sequence is therefore “up” the vertical axes.
Line of Balance Software Schedule Updating
Line of Balance charts typically represent schedule tasks using only lines to represent the works progress across the physical work locations, therefore Line of balance software as a minimum must be able to represent schedule tasks as lines on axes of time and location. As the angle of the lines represents the rate of production for each schedule task, changes made to the schedule that result in changes to production rates must be reflected in the line of balance software to ensure that the current schedule methodology is being represented. This may be either by direct manipulation on the line of balance chart or by refreshing data from the scheduling application.
Turbo-Chart as Line of Balance Software
Turbo-Chart may be used as a line of balance software tool in two different methods.
Firstly by directly linking to a CPM scheduling tool, and all balancing and buffering conducted in the scheduling tool, Turbo-Chart can then import the schedule data for presentation.
By making task shapes display as line types, and using location start and end values representing the physical work locations, Turbo-Chart is able to produce output as a line of balance software tool. Find out more
Manually created Line of balance diagrams
The dates for tasks that result from the manual creation are available as a table of tasks and dates that can be exported from Turbo-Chart for use in any other application requiring such information.