Petroglyph Projects Provides Personalized Pipeline Project Support: Another Client Success Story

Petroglyph Projects Provides Personalized Pipeline Project Support: Another Client Success Story

A large North American pipeline owner company with over 7,000 employees wanted to improve their project outcomes, so they turned to Petroglyph Project’s proven expertise in pipeline project support.

 

The problem:

The owner’s current tool, P6 (Primavera) lacked the specialized linear project management features required to provide total transparency into the project’s data to manage the project effectively .  

The project team was constrained by non-intuitive multi page reports that were lacking both the specific details on project progress, as well as an easy to obtain and visually accurate macro-overview of the project.

The project controls recommendation:

The team at Petroglyph Projects analyzed the needs of the project controls team, and recommended TILOS Time Location Software due to its proven excellence in improving linear infrastructure project outcomes.

TILOS’ linear project specific functionality was the missing piece that would enable the owner’s team to access, proactively plan, adjust, optimize and report on the project’s progress.

The stakeholders at this pipeline owner company were impressed with the track record TILOS has in improving project outcomes and approved the provisioning of numerous software licences.

 

The project controls solution:

Petroglyph Projects provided complete end to end pipeline project controls support.

 

TILOS software provisioning:

Once the TILOS licences were provisioned, the team at Petroglyph Projects was ready for implementation with TILOS training for the project team onsite at their offices in Houston, TX.

 

TILOS software training:

Both two day basic and two day advanced TILOS training courses and their associated PDU’s were delivered to the TILOS licence holders on the project team.

The TILOS customized training was the perfect way to help the project team begin to import data and implement TILOS renowned functionality on a specific project.

Onsite project controls and implementation support:

The team at Petroglyph Projects then transitioned from TILOS software provisioning and training into providing specific project controls and implementation support.  Providing on site software technical support and assistance with using TILOS in the day-to-day of project scheduling, changes, reporting and troubleshooting. In addition to in the office support, the the team also meets with the field controllers regularly to help ensure seamless communication of project data across the organization.”

“They see the value in the tool and feel comfortable having me here to support them in using this tool” says Daniel Cadena, of Petroglyph Projects who has been onsite with the pipeline owner company for the past 9 months.

“TILOS adds a lot of value. It’s easier for the team to show the status of the project construction to all stakeholders. Now they have 7-8 advanced users and they now have the ability to perform detailed project analysis, which they couldn’t do before.”

 

What this pipeline owner project team has to say about Petroglyph Projects software provisioning, training, implementation and project support services:

“I was initially skeptical, having been a Primavera user for a couple of decades. I didn’t see any reason to use anything different. I’d heard about March Charts. The managers were asking for them. I became persuaded based on what I saw presented by Petroglyph.

We’re using it in the most major project in the company and the benefits it provides are immeasurable. I am so impressed.

It’s difficult to get planning managers to use software tools, but their level of engagement with this tool is the hottest I’ve seen.

When we made the decision to implement TILOS we were just 60 days out from construction and I just didn’t know how we were going to pull this off. I don’t know how we would have implemented TILOS without Daniel and Petroglyph. Generally a timeline like that is insurmountable even using a tool we’re familiar with.

To anyone doing any kind of location based project, the tool and the team at Petroglyph is a must have. “

Davis, Lead Planner

 

Petroglyph Projects provides complete end to end project support for private and public project infrastructure implementation organizations that seek to improve their project outcomes. Contact them for help with your project.

 

TILOS Linear Software Updated: Version 10.1 MR 1 has been released

TRIMBLE TILOS has released a new version of TILOS linear scheduling software which provides enhancements to XML export and import functionality.

Using the TILOS XML exporter and importer provides the following functionality:

● transfer large amounts of data to and from other software

● exchange data between different versions of TILOS In the past, the intent of this exchange format was focused on the former scenario: exchanging XML with other applications; this is why problems were slow to arise from the latter scenario.

The current exchange scope contains all data needed (true data, not including graphical settings).

Starting with TILOS version 10.1 MR 1, you can exchange a richer set of data using the XML exporter and importer, which will help you when you need to revert to an earlier TILOS version, such as going from version 10.1 MR 1 to version 10.1. The new, more complete exchange profile includes all available tokens.

All TILOS users should be using version 10.1 MR 1.

Contact your dealer to install the update

TILOS 10.1 MR 1 DETAILS

Trimble Launches TILOS Software User Community

TRIMBLE TILOS is pleased to offer an online community portal for it’s global user base.

TILOS Linear Infrastructure Planning Software just got even better with the launch of a community portal for TILOS users.

Designed as a hub for collaboration, communication and support for TILOS users globally, it’s just another way TILOS helps improve project performance for its customers.

The TILOS online community portal is a place to ask and answer questions, download resources and learn best practices; all on the community portal.

Click here to join now.

TILOS Linear Infrastructure Project News: April 2018

TILOS Linear Infrastructure Project News | April 2018

Each month TILOS Americas publishes TILOS Linear Infrastructure Project News, a curated selection of articles about linear infrastructure projects, linear scheduling, and all things TILOS Linear Infrastructure Project Management Software. 

Kinder Morgan Pipeline Future Uncertain Amongst Continued Political Turmoil

April 2018 has seen a number of developments in the hotly debated Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

Earlier this month, Kinder Morgan suspended all non-essential spending, mainly due to the opposition of the BC government to the pipeline.

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Photo: KINDER MORGAN

The project has the support of the Federal Government and the Provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan but faces continued active opposition from the government of British Columbia.

Kinder Morgan announced it’s intention to continue negotiations with various stakeholders in an attempt to reach agreement by May 31st. It’s understood that if Kinder Morgan cannot obtain agreement by that date it is likely it will mitigate the uncertainty of starting a project they may not be able to finish.

In response to BC’s opposition, Two energy industry associations, The Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) and Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC) both put out statements on April 16 in support of the Alberta government’s introduction of legislation on April 16 that would make it possible to cut off oil and refined products going to British Columbia.

This is among allegations from a Canadian Federal Government insider that the Kinder Morgan project approval was rigged a matter now being reviewed by the Federal Court of Appeal.

Canadian Construction Firms To Benefit From 2018 being “the best year” In Infrastructure Spending

 

 

“There’s a lot of work in the pipeline”

According to the Financial Post, the CEO of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. said Canada is rife with new opportunities for construction firms.

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Construction cranes are seen in Toronto.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Construction firms continue to lock in major new project orders as Ottawa gradually rolls out its massive infrastructure spending program.  

“There’s a number of great prospects in Canada,” SNC-Lavalin CEO Neil Bruce said in a conference call with analysts Thursday.

“We really do believe that from a business development and ultimately from a backlog perspective, we see this as year probably about the best year we’ve has since I joined.”

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This comes as welcome news for a government that has been criticized for its failure to execute on its promise to overhaul infrastructure with an $180+ billion infrastructure plan over a 12 year period.

Sohi and Infrastructure Canada Deputy Minister Kelly Gillis gave an update April 19 on the government’s mammoth 12-year, $180-billion plan to overhaul Canadian housing, water systems,and social and green initiatives for a generation.

He said 20,000 infrastructure projects across the country have already started, for a total value of $9.4 billion and  28,000 projects, including a $445 million investment in Canada’s North: the Yukon Territory.

 

Policy Changes In The US Will Speed Up Approval Times for Infrastructure Projects

Trump’s “Make America Great Again” Infrastructure Policy has been slow to take effect, despite executive orders and approval of funding.

In what may just be the most impressive move towards efficiency in US bureaucratic history, fourteen agencies, including the the departments of Energy, Interior, Transportation, Commerce and Homeland Security, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have agreed to perform their reviews concurrently instead of sequentially.

“This is the most boring thing we’ll do but absolutely the most impactful thing,’’ DJ Gribbin, special assistant to the president for infrastructure policy, said during an appearance last year at a U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting.

Ancient Construction Management Practices In The US Continue to Lead to Costly Project Boondoggles

According to a recent article in Engineering News Record publication by a trifecta of industry experts, including a former NYC Transit planner, “ancient” US construction management practices have to go.

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A construction worker cuts stone at an entrance to New York City’s $4.5-billion Second-Avenue subway line, which opened its first phase in 2017. Its next phase, estimated at more than $6 billion, now is underway. Photo: AP/Seth Wenig

The major investments made in US infrastructure may fail to improve the quality of infrastructure, says the ENR article.

Outdated policies and bureaucracy have spit out costly boondoggles; projects that are incredibly over budget and schedule.

“In an age when image recognition, Big Data analysis and artificial intelligence are coming to define construction, outdated and inefficient contracting and construction management practices won’t cut it to build critical infrastructure projects at the scale and speed they’re now needed.”

The Trump administration should push change by requiring new contracting methods in its touted infrastructure program.

The state of infrastructure in Latin America is desperate

Lower interest rates and an increased interest in Public Private Partnerships sparked a flame of hope for Latin America’s infrastructure.

According to The Economist, the usual suspects of corruption and bureaucracy are wasting this valuable opportunity to improve badly needed infrastructure in Latin America.

 

As a result, companies are increasing radically the number of compliance officers, says Brian Winter, vice-president for policy at the Americas Society and the Council of the Americas. New laws seek to bring more transparency and strike a balance between discouraging corruption and chilling investment. Legislation in Peru, for example, exempts from penalties firms that co-operate with anti-corruption investigators.

Changes can’t come quickly enough.The $1.8 Billion spent on Brazil’s railroad to nowhere has resulted in more cows ambling along the tracks than trains. Over 2/3rds of the sewage is untreated and more than 60% of the roads are unpaved.

About TILOS Linear Infrastructure Project Management Software:

A favourite of leading infrastructure companies across the globe, TILOS linear infrastructure project management software gives Project Planning Managers, Contractors, and Project Owners the ability to create and execute a reliable, comprehensive and easy to communicate linear project plan and schedule.

Trimble TILOS linear infrastructure project management software was developed specifically to address the unique challenges of linear projects such as roads, railway, pipeline, and bridges for professionals in the construction, engineering and energy sectors.

TILOS Infrastructure Project Management Software | Linear Project News: March 2018

TILOS Infrastructure Project Management Software | Linear Project News | March 2018

Each month TILOS Americas publishes TILOS Infrastructure Project Management News, a curated selection of articles about linear infrastructure projects, linear scheduling, and all things TILOS Infrastructure Project Management Software. 

The Top 10 North American Roads & Bridges of 2017 Announced: Infrastructure Magazine Awards.

Roads and bridges are perhaps engineering’s best examples of function and aesthetic.

The jaw dropping bridges that soar over wetlands, crossing canyons, across rivers and in between mountains are a testament to the ingenuity of mankind.

 

 

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Image: https://www.roadsbridges.com/awards/top-10-bridges/2017

 

In Roads & Bridges Magazine, submissions for the best road and bridges in North America are solicited throughout the year. Only 10 of the best linear infrastructure projects are selected as winners.

In this year’s edition, project managers and scheduling professionals in some cases had to contend with hurricanes, flooding and other major setbacks to get their projects to completion.

Despite such impactful challenges, these linear infrastructure projects were completed and stand testament to humankind’s tenacity and commitment to progress.

Click to view the the best bridges and roads in the US, according to Roads & Bridges Magazine.

Or click here to view Canada’s 100 biggest infrastructure projects of 2017

The price of China’s Investment in Latin America Infrastructure Too High: US Secretary of State

 

Closing the infrastructure gap in Latin America is urgent for the region’s economic wellbeing as well as the quality of life of the population.

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Ximena Navarro / Courtesy of Chilean Presidency / Handout / Reuters

However, closing the infrastructure gap by soliciting investment has proven difficult due to unstable governance, corruption, and red tape. The ability to secure funding has become even more difficult given the recent protectionist stance of the USA; historically a large investor in the region.

Despite warnings from the US Secretary of State that investments from China come with a high price tag, Representatives from China and CELAC (The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) signed a broad agreement to expand ties in the second time China has met with CELAC.

During the global economic downturn, China has offered the region $250 billion in investment over the next decade. It is the top trading partner of many countries in the region, including Brazil, Chile and Argentina.

Tillerson, the US Secretary of state said Thursday at the University of Texas, his alma mater. “China, as it does in emerging markets throughout the world, offers the appearance of an attractive path to development,” he said. “But in reality, this often involves trading short-term gains for long-term dependency.”

Top 10 major oil and gas projects happening in Canada in 2018:

In spite of the daily news that Alberta and BC have gone into a trade war over the Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion project, Kinder Morgan says they anticipate the delays that would push the project start to September 2020.

Image: Joey Podlubny/JWN

Many oil and gas projects that had been put on hold due to the economic downturn are proceeding in 2018. including:

  1. Canada’s First Integrated Propane Dehydrogenation and Polypropylene Complex 3.5-billion petrochemical facility
  2. Kirby North SAGD project, which is a an expansion to the Kirby South facility
  3. A $210 Million dollar plant and extensive Pipeline network just outside of Grande Prairie Alberta

Reduced costs are cited as a main reason for rebooting stalled or deferred projects, with some projects expecting up to $100 million reduction in costs.

Keep Reading 10 Oil & Gas Projects Proceeding in Canada in 2018

Paraguay’s First Public, Private Partnership  Highway Construction Project Underway

It’s been 5 years since Paraguay passed the PPP law and at last a major highway project upgrade is underway and slated for completion October 2018.

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Image: http://www.infrapppworld.com/news/megaproject-1203-financing-secured-for-first-section-of-us-500-million-road-ppp-in-paraguay

The first $50 million of the eventual $527 million needed to upgrade Routes 2 and 7 has been secured from a consortium of banks, structured by Goldman Sachs.     

This upgrade in linear infrastructure is considered critical as an estimated 70% of all economic activity in Paraguay is concentrated around the National routes 2 and 7. When the upgrades are complete, they are expected to reduce the time from Asunción to Ciudad del Este from six hours to three and a half hours.

Trump’s Steel Tariff May Harm Oil & Gas Industry: Dramatically Increasing Pipeline Costs

Linear infrastructure construction projects such as pipeline projects utilize a significant amount of steel.

Despite Trump’s stated intentions to benefit the American energy economy by placing tariffs on imported steel, the reality is that an increase of 25% in steel costs may negatively impact oil and gas companies and the energy industry as a whole.

IMAGE courtesy of Sky News

According to Oil and Gas Magazine: A 25% increase in the cost of imported line pipe, fittings and valves would raise the cost of a 280 mile oil pipeline by US$76 million. This size would be typical of those pipelines used to carry shale oil from the Permian Basin to the Gulf coast. Considering a mega project, such as the Dakota Access pipeline, the cost increase could be approximately US$300 million.

This increased cost will likely be passed on to the oil and gas producers who use their lines and, subsequently, the American consumers.

About TILOS Infrastructure Project Management Software:

A favourite of leading infrastructure companies across the globe, TILOS pipeline software gives Project Planning Managers, Contractors, and Project Owners the ability to create and execute a reliable, comprehensive and easy to communicate linear project plan and schedule.

Trimble TILOS software was developed specifically to address the unique challenges of linear projects such as roads, railway, pipeline, and bridges for professionals in the construction, engineering and energy sectors.

TILOS Engineering Project Management Software | Linear Project News: February 2018

TILOS Engineering Project Management Software | Linear Project News | February 2018

Each month TILOS Americas publishes TILOS Engineering Project Management News, a curated selection of articles about linear infrastructure projects, linear scheduling, and all things TILOS Engineering Project Management Software. 

Canada Proposing Infrastructure Projects To Sell Renewable Energy to USA:

Jan 1 2018

In 2016, US Gov. Charlie Baker signed a Clean Energy law requiring the state of Massachusetts to solicit contracts for 1,200 megawatts of renewable energy, including hydropower, onshore wind and solar power, along with at least 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind energy.

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Power lines run near the St. Lawrence River in this file photo. MARIO BEAUREGARD/THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES

Canadian innovators and entrepreneurs are busy proposing major infrastructure projects that would carry Canadian electricity produced by wind or hydro power across Vermont, New Hampshire or Maine to reach Massachusetts.

Last summer, dozens of companies from both Canada and the US filed proposals to meet Massachusetts goal for the onshore supply of power. The timeline calls for the “selection of projects for negotiation” on Jan. 25 2018.

This wouldn’t be the first, nor the last cross border linear infrastructure project between Canada and the US.

 

Is Building Infrastructure For The Olympics Worth It?  Brazil Says No.

Jan 31 2018

South Korea is preparing to spend billions of dollars in infrastructure specifically for the Winter Olympic Games.

Global sporting events like the world cup and the Olympics bring tourism and publicity to the hosting nation, but at what cost?

TILOS Engineering Project Management Software News 2018

The Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium cost roughly $109 million to build for South Korea’s 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. The stadium will be used just four times before being demolished.
Ahn Young-joon/AP

 

In South America, Nations like Brazil are still paying for infrastructure that sits idle, or worse has yet to be completed for Olympics that took place 2016.

The $800 million, 14 mile light rail linear infrastructure project that was to connect the airport to the city centre was intended to be completed in time for the games. Only half a mile has been built so far, and multiple officials are under investigation for legacy work like this.

Saddled with over $40 million in debt, Rio still struggles to repurpose giant stadiums as revenue generators. For nations like Brazil, where basic infrastructure needs are not being met, the legacy of the Olympics did more harm than good.

 

Mexico Announces Over $4 Billion USD Raised For Investment in Infrastructure: Airport & Runways:

Jan 22 2018

Mexico Presidency, via its official Twitter account, announced (22-Jan-2018) that airport infrastructure investment in Mexico surpassed MXN81 billion (USD4.3 billion).

One such example of investment is New Mexico City International Airport construction which could be, when completed, the 3rd largest in the world. The $13.4bn project is expected to be completed in 2020.

Engineering Project Management Software News 2018

The planned international airport, which would be the third-largest in the world. Photograph: Foster + Partners

85% of the total contracts for the construction of the airport will be assigned by the end of 2017, making cancellation next to impossible. As of May, 15% of the construction work had already been done, according to Mexico’s El Economista newspaper.

 

Canada Launches Smart Cities Challenge: Accepting Public Recommendations For $75 Million In Infrastructure Spending

Jan 22 2018

Encouraging communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology is the mandate of the Smart Cities Challenge.

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Accepting submissions from the public, primarily for small and medium sized communities, the government of Canada will then select 4 winners of the $75 Million dollars earmarked for the Smart Cities infrastructure development contest.

Open to communities of all sizes, including municipalities, regional governments and Indigenous communities (First Nations, Métis and Inuit). Interested parties must submit their application by April 24 2018.

Read The Challenge guidelines for submission

 

About TILOS Engineering Project Management Software:

A favourite of leading infrastructure companies across the globe, TILOS pipeline software gives Project Planning Managers, Contractors, and Project Owners the ability to create and execute a reliable, comprehensive and easy to communicate linear project plan and schedule.

Trimble TILOS software was developed specifically to address the unique challenges of linear projects such as roads, railway, pipeline, and bridges for professionals in the construction, engineering and energy sectors.

TILOS Highway Construction Software | Linear Project News: January 2018

TILOS Highway Construction Software | Linear Project News | January 2018

Each month TILOS Americas publishes TILOS Linear Project News, a curated selection of articles about linear infrastructure projects, linear scheduling, and all things TILOS Highway Construction Software. 

Germany and Switzerland to help build coast-to-coast railway in South America

Dec 14 2017

Bolivian President Evo Morales met with representatives of German and Swiss railway firms, and Germany’s State Secretary of Transport, Building and Urban Development to sign an agreement to construct a railway line across South America.

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Image: CNBC

After the meeting, Bolivia’s president tweeted, “Our meeting with the Swiss-German consortium was very productive. (…) In January, the technical secretariat begins its work.”

To be completed in 2025, this railway infrastructure project will connect three South American countries: Brazil, Bolivia and Peru.

“The transcontinental railway is an important geo-strategic project for South American countries,” says economist José Alberti from the Bolivian export association CADEX “It will improve integration and infrastructures on the continent, foster transatlantic networking and make access to Asia better.”

International Bridge Between US and Canada On Track Despite Setbacks

Jan 2. 2018.

Highway construction and bridge projects are complex enough without adding border crossing facilities, linking major existing roadways and highways and managing both politics between the two countries as well as a handful of lawsuits.

Yet, that is exactly the situation for the bridge between Canada’s Province of Ontario and the US State of Michigan. The Gordie Howe International Bridge was named after Canadian born hockey star that played the majority of his career for the Detroit Red Wings .

TILOS Highway Construction Software News

Image: www.wdbridge.com

Despite allegations of delays on the US side, a recent tour of progress on both sides show the $350 million linear project is well underway.

With an expected completion date of 2020, this is one linear infrastructure project that hasn’t been dramatically affected by the change in US leadership.

NY / NJ rail tunnel infrastructure project has gone off the rails

Dec 31 2017

The long awaited rail tunnel under the hudson river hits a bump as squabbles between state and federal authorities over the funding of the ail tunnel infrastructure project heat up.

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Image: www.ny-times.com

Gov. Cuomo’s budget chief pushed back Sunday against the federal government’s claim that there is no deal in place to fund a $13 billion rail tunnel under the Hudson River.

The deal hinges on New York, New Jersey and the Port Authority paying 50 % for the tunnel work and the federal government picking up the ​rest of the ​tab.

This latest development leaves commuters afraid they may have to resort to swimming to work

 

Mexican Ministry of Energy Announces Huge Electric Transmission Line Reformation Project.

December 21 2017

Infrastructure investment and upgrades continue to be a priority for the Mexican government.

A huge overhaul to the existing transmission and power line linear infrastructure system will officially open for bidding January 2018, with bid selection ending September 2018.

TILOS Highway Construction Software News 2018

Image: www.lexology.com

The $1.1 Billion USD project is intended to integrate separated energy systems across the country, guarantee power to those in the Baja Peninsula  and pave the way for renewable energies.

About TILOS Highway Construction Software:

A favourite of leading infrastructure companies across the globe, TILOS pipeline software gives Project Planning Managers, Contractors, and Project Owners the ability to create and execute a reliable, comprehensive and easy to communicate linear project plan and schedule.

Trimble TILOS software was developed specifically to address the unique challenges of linear projects such as roads, railway, pipeline, and bridges for professionals in the construction, engineering and energy sectors.