Turbo Chart for Vertical Building Project Schedules
Turbo Chart can be applied to vertical building projects just as easily as linear Infrastructure project schedules.
By using the relative levels between floors as the location start and end values, and adding a discipline code, a time location chart representing the varying trades progressing across the vertical floors can be easily visualised from existing project schedules.
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Step 1 & 2 – adding Location Values
Simply add Start and End location values representing each floors relative levels to the User Defined Fields to be mapped to Turbo Chart.
In this example Level 6 is from R.L. 25.8 to R.L. 29.8 Level 7 is from R.L. 29.8 to R.L. 33.8. Continue populating for the floors. You can use the “Fill Down” feature of P6 if your activities can be easily grouped or sorted, or even use spreadsheet/XLS import to populate to assist.
Step 3 – Adding Shape Codes
Shape codes are used by Turbo Chart to define how activities are displayed on the Time Location Chart. For this example we assign the Shape code “Core Walls” to the indicated core wall activities.
We can do similar for any other disciplines proceeding through the building as indicated in the schedule, either at a detailed activity level, or selecting summary activities as required.
Step 4 – Add Filter Codes (if required)
If multiple buildings are presented within a schedule, the Filter Code can be used to apply additional filter coding such as “Tower 1, Tower 2” etc Turbo chart can then filter for each tower, but maintaining the same shapes, legends etc.
Step 5 – Import Into Turbo Chart
Import either directly from P6 by selecting the database, project and then mapping the fields used for location, shape and filter codes. Or alternatively use Spreadsheet import to paste values into Turbo Chart selecting PROJECT>TASKS>Paste from Clipboard. Refer to the knowledge base article on Spreadsheet imports to define table headings.
Step 6 – Define Shape codes
For each shape code, Turbo Chart provides options to define the display values. These can be modified by
- Selecting each code value on the chart and defining in the Active Shape pane, or Clicking on the legend for each shape code and defining in the Active Shape pane
or by, Selecting PROJECT> SHAPE LIBRARY, where you can also save or load entire shape libraries
Step 7 – Filtering for the Chart
If Filter codes have been imported, the Chart can limit the items displayed by these filter values. Select PROJECT>FILTERS and select the values to be shown or hidden
Step 8 – Setting Chart Options
By selecting VIEW>VIEW OPTIONS the chart can have specific location values (ie floors) or dates along with range of other options including display of critical activities, display of legends and grid settings
Step 9 – Additional Date or Location Highlighters
Additional highlights can be added to specific date ranges or locations, in this example rather than using a standard location grid (every 10 units etc), we have chosen specific R.L.’s of the building that seperate the uses
Step 10 – Printing or Copying the Chart
Once completed, the chart can be printed using FILE>PRINT or by clicking CTRL+P. Alternatively, the entire chart can be copied to the clipboard and pasted into any other application as an image by clicking on CTRL+C or EDIT> COPY VIEW to CLIPBOARD
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