When should you implement?Milestone Simulator software is used during the project planning stage to have better understanding of the project with its milestone dates.
Who should use?Anyone can use this software by learning its simple steps of project implementation.
Ideally planning engineer, CAD engineer or project engineer or project manager.
1. Project elevation picture(JPG image)
2. Milestone dates
Example: Project start date = 1/1/2015, Structural work from 3/3/2015 to 4/5/2017, Begin finishing works on 7/5/2017, etc.,(Approximate dates)
System requirements: 1.Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP or higher. 2.Internet connection. 3.Administrative rights.
With the help of a project track bar you can easily visualize the planned schedule on your computer screen.
2.Sequential image production
This method allows you to save monthly, weekly or daily planned progress images in a folder.
You can use these images in your project presentations or reports.
Anywhere-anytime accessibilityMilestone Simulator projects can be presented anywhere in the world, anytime; using your username and password.
Benefits1.Present your project even during pre-planning period.
2.Help in bidding presentations.
3.Better clarity to make detailed planning programme.
4.Easily educate different planning stages among project stake holders.
How to begin with Milestone Simulator1. Download Milestone Simulator. Download Now…
2. Unpack, install and run Milestone Simulator from desktop shortcut (Milestone Simulator) to display the following login screen.
3. Click on New User to create a new user account.
4. Enter your email address and register to get Milestone Simulator password via your email.
5. Open your email and get password.
6. Enter your email id as Milestone Simulator username, type password in the password area and click on Login button.
7. You will get a recommended learning sequence or project window.
If you are new user of Milestone Simulator, you will see the Recommended Learning Sequence window as show.
We strongly recommend to go through the learning sequence of Milestone Simulator in four steps and be a certified user of the software.
The first step is to view a default demo project. This project is locked by administrator. You can view only its output.
Second step is to do a simple tower project with supplied picture and milestone dates.
Third step is to do a complex tower project with supplied picture and milestone dates.
And fourth step is to do your own project with a project picture and milestone dates.
If you are a new user and if you skip the recommended learning sequence window, you will not see any projects in the project list.
You can create a new project from the Project menu.
But if you are new to Milestone Simulator software, we highly recommended to see a demo project by clicking on the link Open Demo Project…
This project is locked by administrator, means you cannot modify the project. You can simulate views and generate output images as described below:
Simulate and generate output with a demo project (Step 1)
Run Milestone Simulator and open a demo project by:
1. Click on open demo project link
2. Click on Step 1 button of Recommended Learning Sequence window
If you are using the Demo Project for first time, Milestone Simulator will take one or two minutes to configure project database.
Let us learn different parts of the main program
Milestone Simulator has an elevation preview area and milestone area and its proportion can be easily adjustable by moving the boundary between them using your mouse drag.
Items under the milestone area are considered as a WBS.
WBS has a title with start date and finish date which is adjustable by dragging the end points of its bar.
At the top of the bar area, there is a project track bar starting from the project start date to project finish date.
The current or selected date will be displayed near the project track bar pointer.
Drag the project track bar to simulate views.
The following picture shows you the similated view for different dates.
Picture resolution: You can display the picture either with original resolution or by fitting on the preview area using Original Scale or Fit View respectively under the View menu.
Background: You can show a dim background by enabling Dim Background under View menu.
Project track bar major interval: You can use Month or Week or Day to use the project track for major shift(to set interval for page up/down key).
Use Monthly Images… from Output menu to save monthly planned progress on a selected folder. This option will create sequential JPG images with project code as prefix.
You can also create Weekly or Daily images using the appropriate options of the Output menu.
How to do a simple tower project (Step 2)Following is the 10 storey simple tower elevation used for this sample project.
Before begin this project, download this picture (right click on the below image and save image)
Login and click on Step 2 button of Recommended Learning Sequence widnow.
Select your planned project start date and finish date and click on create.
If you are directly using Milestone Simulator without following Recommended Learning Sequence, select New… from Project menu.
Since the elevation is not defined, you will be directed to the elevation window upon opening this project.
Select 10 from the combo box as the number of levels/floors.
Now, click on Attach… button to select the downloaded JPG file.
Select the downloaded file Project-1.JPG to load the picture as shown.
Now click on the Define Boundary… button and select the bottom point as ground level(just below the structure) and top point as roof slab level as shown on the picture.
You can see new horizontal lines to represent levels. Click on Save button to complete this procedure which will return to the main window with the attached elevation as shown.
Since there are no milestones, if you scroll the project track bar, you will not see any difference on the screen.
Now create a new WBS by selecting the menu item New WBS… from WBS menu to show the following window.
Type WBS name as Lift Core Area and click on OK button. This will generate a new item in the milestone area as shown below with bar starting from the project start and ending at project finish.
If you scroll the project track bar, you will not see any progress in the elevation picture. Now we have to configure the WBS created. To do this click on name of the WBS(Lift Core Area) to open the following window.
Select category as Structure and click on the Locate Column Positions… button and click on four positions of the column as show. Click on Save button upon completion.
Now. If you scroll the project track bar, you can see the progressing lift core area as shown.
Create another WBS as Main Stucture.
Select 8 columns as shown from the left of the building to the right and click on Save button.
Now, adjust the WBS milestone dates by moving the end points as shown on the picture. If you scroll the project track bar, you will see the difference.
Create another WBS as Block Work. In its properties, select second category as shown(1). Select base structure as Main Structure(2), Select Template as Block Work(3) and Save(4)
Adjust the bar area and see the difference.
Now create another WBS as MEP.
Go to its properties, select second category(1), select base structure as Main Structure(2), select template as MEP(3) and Save(4)
Create the last WBS as Finishes.
In its properties, select third category(1), base structure as Main Structure(2) and Save(3)
Now adjust the milestone bars as shown below and scroll the project track bar to any date, you can see the output on the screen or you can generate sequential images from the Output menu.
You can adjust the end points of bars using end point controls.
To display end point controls click on the WBS bars.
How to do a complex tower project (Step 3)Important: To perform this sample, it I mandatory to complete the simple tower project(Step 1).
Save the below picture by click right click on the image
Before we begin this project, let us understand this project clearly.
1. This project has three construction or planning areas or zones: A, B and C as shown below
2. Zone A has 17 levels (1 basement level + ground floor + mezzanine floor + 14 floors)
3. Zone B has 25 levels (2 basement levels + ground floor + mezzanine floor + 21 floors)
4. Zone C has 14 levels (2 basement levels + ground floor + mezzanine floor + 10 floors)
5. Top four levels of zones A and C has different elevation with varying width
6. Floors of zone B and C are in same level. But, zone A has a level difference about 1.5m.
Create a new project from Project menu of Projects window(Projects window will be displayed after login to Milestone Simulator).
Enter project name (Eg: Complex Tower Project) and start date and finish date(Eg: 1 Jan 2012 and 31 Dec 2014) and click on Create button.
If you are following Recommended Learning Sequence, click on the Step 3 button.
Select number of levels as 25 and attach the elevation picture downloaded.
Click on Define Boundary… and select the bottom point and top point as shown on the picture.
Save the elevation by clicking on Save button and thus to show the elevation in Milestone Simulator main window as shown below.
Select New Wbs… from Wbs menu and create a Wbs titled B-Lift Core.
Click on the OK button to show the WBS with bar as shown.
Create all WBS, one by one in the following order
1. B-Lift Core
3. B-Block Work
6. A-Lift Core
8. A-Block Work
11. C-Lift Core
13. C-Block Work
Five WBS(Lift Core, Structure, Block Work, MEP and Finishes) are repeated in the zones(A,B and C).
It is assumed that the execution preference is B, A and C, thus the order of WBS in the above list is according to this preference.
It is not necessary to create WBS in this preference. Once you create all the above WBS, you will the screen as shown below.
Adjust the WBS bar according your milestone dates as shown on the picture below.
Since none of these WBS are not configured, you will not see any difference in view while moving the project track bar.
Now, click on the WBS: B-Lift Core, click on Locate Column Position… and define four columns at the central area of the zone B as shown below in red colour.
Click on Save button to save the WBS configuration.
Do the same step for the WBS B-Structure with 7 columns as show.
Now, if you move the track bar, you can see the changes as shown.
Click on WBS B-Block Work, select second category, select base structure as B-Structure, select Template as Block Work and save.
Do the similar procedure for B-MEP and B-Finishes as in the case of sample project 1 with B-Structure as base structure.
Now let us configure WBS in the zone C, which is less complex than zone A.
Here you are going to learn how to set structure with varying width and how to limit structure in selected levels.
Click on WBS C-Lift Core, uncheck all levels above the zone C, create four columns at the centre of zone C, enable Show crane with type 2 and save.
Change the track bar position to simulate the changes as shown in the following figure.
Now select WBS C-Structure, check only the bottom 14 levels and create 7 columns as shown below.
Uncheck 13th and 14th level (check only the bottom 12 levels) and define one column as shown below.
Uncheck 12th level (check only the bottom 11 levels) and define two columns as shown below.
Please note at the right side, one basement floor is extended from main structure.
To add this, check only the second level and define two columns as shown below. Save to complete this WBS.
Now configure C-Block Work, C-MEP and C-Finishes as done in the simple tower case with base structure as C-Structure. Now Zone B and C are completed. Simulate views as shown.
Zone A has the similar complexity of zone C. Only difference is floor levels of zone A is below the levels of zone B and C. Basement 2 does not exist in zone A.
To do this click on the WBS A-Lift Core, go to advanced section(tab). Click on the Move Down button to move level lines down, till the ground level matches at the required level on the elevation.
Another anomaly is, the basement of zone A has higher height than that of zone B or C. To do this uncheck the check box (Select All) and select only the second level check box from the bottom.
Click Move Down button of selected level section till it matches the required level on the elevation.
Now define four columns and enable crane with type 2 and save.
Repeat the same exercise for A-Structure with 10 columns.
Please note that left part of zone A has different floor width in its top three levels. Therefore, before saving this WBS configuration do the next step.
Uncheck the top two selected levels and select one column.
Uncheck one more top level and insert two more columns and then save.
Configure the WBS A-Block Work, A-MEP and A-Finishes as done in other zones with base structure as A-Structure.
Now, your project implementation on Milestone Simulator is over; simulate results and save images from Output menu.
Simulate views on different planning dates by scrolling project track bar.
To create sequential monthly, weekly or daily images, click on the desired option from the Output menu and select a destination folder.
Wait for a few seconds till to complete the image creation process and click on Yes button of the message window to open the destination folder.
See the sequential JPG images created as shown on the folder below.
How to do my own first project (Step 4)
Before attempting this step, please do the first three steps of the recommended learning sequence
Click on the Step 4 button to enter your first project details.
Attach your project and do all steps learned in step 3.
We hope, you enjoyed working with Milestone Simulator
How to get my certificate
If you completed the fourth step, you will get notification to apply for certificate.
At this stage we will request to you to send your name and contact details to process certificate.
For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org