The power of digital planning

4 May 2019

Elecosoft releases Powerproject XV for confident project management.

Effective project planning and management benefits construction by increasing the potential for project completion on time, within budget and free from any form of complication.

Keeping this in mind, Elecosoft continually evolves its software by working closely with customers and is now releasing the latest iteration of Powerproject, its leading project management software solution, alongside a significant upgrade to Site Progress Mobile, the mobile app which allows progress reporting from site.

Powerproject XV includes enhancements that will  appeal to both existing and new customers, bringing greater confidence to their project plans:

It is designed for use across the whole sector, including modular, fit out, commercial and residential builds.

Powerproject XV includes significant interface improvements

Here are some of the highlights:

BIM – Build Direction Enhancement: A 3D element can now be animated during a time-simulation for a more realistic presentation. For instance, brickwork can appear from the ground up, or piles shown moving downwards.

Schedule Quality Check: A project plan can now be assessed using new automated tests which identify whether it has been well planned and complies with industry or corporate standards. Build your own thresholds into the evaluations or follow industry metrics in line with DCMA and CIOB guidelines.

Scott Worthington, national planner at Willmott Dixon, says: “The thoroughness, quality and ultimately the robustness of our project schedules are things we value highly. Having a Schedule Quality Check built into Powerproject XV will certainly help those who plan our projects to verify that the right planning practices have been adopted when presenting our intended project strategies. Improved confidence in our planning schedules will help towards providing greater time certainty to our customers.”

Baselines: Any new baselines for local projects are embedded automatically alongside the live project data, which means that you can email a single file with all the baselines. When importing a baseline project, you can now specify how to map tasks in the imported file against the ones in the active project.

Chris Ashton, a senior planner at Bouygues, says: “This will be a considerable leap forward to save the baselines within the current file and not have them separately.”

Site Progress Mobile: Following customer guidance, the second generation of the Site Progress Mobile system has been released, with an improved user experience as well as streamlined progress reporting options.

New monitoring methods have been introduced, including the ability to edit or annotate supporting photos and to add new tasks into the plans remotely. Navigating and grouping tasks have also been improved.

Powerproject was designed to support the way construction planners work and has evolved over many years with input from users. Easy to use, yet extremely powerful, it is the software of choice for thousands of construction professionals throughout the world.

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Excellent work being done for this very important industry. The actual use of digital technology for planning and related issues is indeed praise worthy.

Anil Chadha, 12 February 2020

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