Construction Scheduling Software – 21 benefits of Powerproject

Powerproject was specifically designed to support the way construction planners work. Our Planning Consultants are experienced with various popular project management programs. We have found Powerproject to be powerful when compared to other construction scheduling software. Powerproject has been at the forefront incorporating newer ways of planning like using IFC models to create a project. It also incorporates quality checks into the software to act as computer-assisted forensic planning tool. Below, we list more benefits of using Powerproject as your principal planning tool.  

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1. 4D BIM
Combine your scheduling tool and 3D models in one application with Powerproject BIM. This is ideal for tendering and progress monitoring.

2. Perform SQL queries
Powerful for reports generation. It also provides the ability to have the software altered to the user’s/ company’s needs.

3. Flexibility
Schedule by summary headings/ work package/ work breakdown structure. It is easy to use ‘filter’ on the navigation bar. You can copy libraries (code, calendars, resources) between programmes.

4. Site Progress Mobile
Monitor and update tasks via an application on your phone or tablet in the field. Other construction scheduling software require plug-ins.

5. Better compatibility with other planning software
Import/ export schedules. You can import from P6 XML/ XER formats or MPP formats and export to P6 XML/ XER, MPP, HTML or CSV formats.

6. Activities and codes library
Use pre-set code libraries and show these codes on the Gantt Chart.

7. Rescheduling
Reschedule a specific branch, which is great for performing what if scenarios.

8. Tasks
Break-up one task into stages, which is more flexible & powerful than features in other software programs.

9. Linking Tasks
Link remaining (already started) tasks and receive a warning on links that have already been created.

10. Risk Analysis
You can use the Risk Analysis add-on module to take account of uncertainties in your estimates and identify those parts of the project that are most likely to cause problems in terms of scheduling or cost.

11. Cost Centres
Assign costs/ expenses / resources to all tasks at once in Powerproject. No need to assign costs manually in Excel every time the progress is updated.

12. View
Open project view in 2 windows/ instances while having a histogram available to easily track how programming changes impacts on other aspects of the programme.

13. Project Periods
Status your programme as of the progress entry period and use selective progress of multiple items at once.

14. Predecessor/ Successor
Copy Predecessor/ Successor IDs and view the codes. Useful for when you have many tasks to copy.

15. DCMA 14-point assessment quality checks
Done automatically in Powerproject and needs to be done manually in other scheduling software.

16. WBS
Show units planned (baseline) % complete on summary & filter out WBS which means a simpler layout for progress at summary level.

17. Columns
Set time period for columns (units/ costs) and choose to display only Lag in columns (when FS) and change the column. Allows you to determine how you see duration (day/ week/ month) and how the costs are displayed.  

18. Dates
Copy and paste date cells which saves time when you have many cells to update.

19. 2D Images
Overlay 2D images onto a programme to enable better communication of the programme to the project site team.

20. Powerproject Vision
Cloud-based feature to centrally store, manage and control all your projects.

21. Training
Solid Support’s Powerproject training courses are created and delivered by construction planning experts all over Australia.