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Planning & Scheduling Software Generating Shorter Schedules and Enterprise Level Critical Chain Project Management

Sophisticated Scheduling Software

Aurora-CCPM™ is a sophisticated scheduling software system that combines a variety of scheduling techniques, intelligent conflict resolution, and decision support tools to make scheduling faster and easier. The software’s scheduling decisions take into account resource requirements, a variety of constraints, and any pertinent domain knowledge.

Aurora-CCPM can drastically reduce the resulting schedule’s duration.

Graphical Displays & Reports

Once Aurora-CCPM has created a schedule, it is displayed in a series of graphical displays that allow the user to see the resource allocations and the temporal relationships among the elements. These displays also allow the user to edit the schedule directly and easily. Scheduling problems, such as unresolved conflicts, are highlighted to attract the user’s attention.

Addressing Resource Requirements

As well as allowing rapid, easy schedule development, Aurora-CCPM addresses issues overlooked by many scheduling systems.

Aurora-CCPM focuses on resource requirements and temporal scheduling in combination. Considering these different scheduling aspects in combination is especially important in domains where there are a range of resource requirements.

Unique Capabilities

Aurora-CCPM provides many capabilities not available in other Project Management software such as

Microsoft Project, Primavera P3 / P6.

Unique capabilities include

  • Multiple-pass intelligent resource-constrained scheduling that results in shorter projects than the single-pass resource leveling provided in Microsoft Project, & Primavera P3 / P6.

  • Mixed-mode scheduling providing both forward and backward scheduling, available on a task-by-task basis.

  • Schedule Rationale – Aurora-CCPM includes the rationale for each task on why it was schedule where it was schedule. So it is easy to determine what changes could be make for a task to occur earlier.

  • Critical Chain – Aurora-CCPM includes enterprise level Critical Chain Project Management capabilities that can handle projects consisting of thousands or tens of thousands tasks.

  • Designed to interface with other tools – since the benefits of scheduling are only a mouse click away, Aurora-CCPM is designed to interface with Microsoft Project, Primavera P3 / P6 and others so that you do not have to change the way you work, but can still receive the benefits of Aurora-CCPM’s scheduling engine.

Aurora- CCPM’s History

Aurora was originally developed to help NASA tackle difficult, mission-critical scheduling problems that previously required the judgment and experience of expert human schedulers. For example, Aurora was deployed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to schedule the use of floor space and other resources at the Space Station Processing Facility (SSPF), the world’s largest low-particle clean room where International Space Station components are prepared for space flight. In addition, Aurora has been selected for Temporis, an on-board scheduling system to be used by crew members aboard the next generation Crew Exploration Vehicle.

Aurora was expanded to include Critical Chain (Aurora-CCPM) and is now utilized by Boeing in the Final Assembly of the B787 Dreamliner.

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