Wednesday, July 29, 2009

PTS - Site Inspector Module

Large projects (such as Power Plants) require on-site inspectors at the manufacturing site to ensure that outgoing shipments meet the original requirement specifications. If a manufactured item is found to meet the original specifications and quality constraints it receives approval for final shipment to the site. This is often referred to as a Manufacturing Dispatch Clearance Certificate or MDCC.

PTS provides a web-based interface for each site inspector to enter the inspection status for each manufactured part that is about to be shipped. Each part is then compared to the corresponding activity in the Project Plan. If the inspection and/or shipment gets delayed PTS automatically raises a warning that corresponds to the activity in the Project Plan.

This post is the fourth in a series about UTS's Project Tracking System. Check back next week to learn about the Site Managers Module.


Wednesday, July 22, 2009

PTS - Manufacturer or Vendor Module

Manufacturing activities are invariably done at remote locations. Each vendor has the responsibility of manufacturing and dispatching multiple parts (sometimes thousands of parts depending on the size of the package) from the manufacturing site to the project plant site.

PTS provides a simple and self-sufficient module for each vendor, allowing them to enter the status of every manufactured component and its shipment status and other relevant details such as LR/GR number. Manufacturers can also switch between multiple Projects and multiple Packages. The only things they receive are a web address, a username, and a password for accessing their web site.

This post is the third in a series about UTS's Project Tracking System. Check back next week to learn about the Site Inspector Module


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

PTS - Engineering Calculations Module

The DR Module (see last week's post) is accompanied by TK Solver, a powerful Engineering Calculations Module which aids in solving the most challenging engineering design problems. Design equations can be entered directly into TK Solver and solved instantly. Outputs and different sets of inputs for each design can be saved as part of every calculation model, allowing reviewers to instantly perform “what-if” calculations during the Design Review Process. TK Solver can accept up to 32,000 design equations and up to 32,000 variables in a single calculation. This module includes an Optimizer for performing non-linear optimization, Engineering Plots, Support for Tables, Advanced Units Conversion and List Solving.

This post is the second in a ten-part series about UTS's Project Tracking System. Check back next week to read about the Manufacturer or Vendor Module.

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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Project Tracking System - An Introduction

Today's post is the first in a weekly series on the ten core modules that comprise UTS's Project Tracking System (PTS). The program is comprised of different modules to manage a project’s various aspects, including time, cost, meetings, documents and vendors, etc., and is designed to harness and utilize expert knowledge. New modules can be added, and existing modules customized to meet an organization’s needs, via web-based and client-server interfaces. Core modules include:

1. Work-Flow Based Design Review Module
2. Engineering Calculations Module
3. Manufacturer or Vendor Module
4. Site Inspector Module
5. Site Managers Module
6. Time Tracker & Cost Information Module
7. Corporate Client Module
8. Meetings Management Module
9. Document Management Module
10. Core Administration Module

Work-Flow Based Design Review (DR) Module
The DR Module is a work-flow based approach to reviewing and approving design-related documents: Engineering Drawings, Calculations, Data Sheets and Quality Plans. A list of Drawings (a Master List) is input to the system with specific drawing numbers, corresponding data sheets and quality plans. These can be appropriately grouped to flow from one member of a review panel to another until the review process is complete. (The Master List details can be
conveniently imported from a spreadsheet).

Each reviewer can add their comments and upload relevant reference documents. Comments and documents flow through multiple iterations and can be conveniently accessed by other reviewers. The system automatically tracks the documents’ status. Once the review is complete (all reviewers have approved the set of documents) the group is assumed to be complete and ready to send to the manufacturer or vendor.

A versioning system tracks each master document as it undergoes external changes and is fed back into the system. A document group can contain one or more master documents just as a review panel can consist of one or more reviewers. Different review panels can be created and assigned to different document groups. The DR module handles each in a systematic and non-interfering way. Sample screens are shown below:

Master list of documents for a sample AC Package

Document group ready for assignment to a Review Panel

Creation of Review Panels or Review Groups

Check back next week for details on the Engineering Calculations Module.



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