To import a schedule, the user must have a username and password to access the Open Plan database, and the project must be stored on the same machine as NetPoint.
After importing, the plan will vary slightly depending on whether or not the schedule was originally created in NetPoint or Open Plan. If the schedule was originally created in NetPoint, subsequently exported, and is now being imported back, the look and layout of the schedule will be the same. If the schedule was created in Open Plan, or if it was created in NetPoint using a version prior to 4.1, release 25 Feb 2013, NetPoint will layout the network avoiding clashes, but the user should run the automated layout engine. For more information, see Running The Engine. If further manual repositioning of data elements is desired, see Repositioning Fields (GEM) .
NOTE: The calendar for a relationship (link) cannot be defined as that of the predecessor. As a result, dates and float values in NetPoint will not align with those in Open Plan in the case where the calendar chosen for relationships in Open Plan has different holidays over the course of a link than those of its predecessor’s calendar.
In Open Plan
- In Open Plan, click F9 on the keyboard), enter a Time Now, and click OK. from the menu bar (or press
- Close the project to ensure that NetPoint can access it properly.
- In NetPoint, click from the menu bar and choose
- If Open Plan is already open, skip to step 3. If Open Plan isn’t open, you’ll be prompted to enter your Open Plan credentials and click OK.
- Browse for the desired project, select it in the list, and click Import. A report will open showing a summary of any incompatibilities that were found.
- When ready, click Finalize Import. The schedule will then open in NetPoint.
Import Report – Open Plan
|Import||Controls whether or not the item will be imported.|
|Activity ID||The identifier used in Open Plan.|
|Activity Type||The type of activity as set in Open Plan.|
|Activity Name||The description of the activity in Open Plan.|
|Start||The date and/or time the activity begins in Open Plan.|
|Finish||The date and/or time the activity finishes in Open Plan.|
|Original Duration||The amount of time it takes the activity to complete in Open Plan.|
Open Plan Objects and Fields
The following Open Plan objects and fields are brought into NetPoint. If a field is not listed, then it does NOT transfer. Some examples of fields that do not transfer are identified where relevant
|This field in Open Plan||Becomes this field in NetPoint||Notes|
|Start/Finish Milestone||Start/Finish Milestone||For benchmarks, see Constraints below.|
|Lag||Embed or link lag||If positive, the lag will be captured in the embed unless it is larger than the duration of the activity, in which case it will be captured in the link lag. If negative, it will be captured in the link lag for FS relationships, otherwise ignored.|
|Total Float||Total Float|
|Fixed Target (milestones)||Benchmark||On activities, ignored.|
|Not Earlier Than||Start/finish no-earlier-than (SNE/FNE)||On activity finish date, ignored.|
|Not Later Than||Start/finish no-later-than (SNL/FNL)||On activity start date, ignored.|
|On Target (milestones)||Benchmark||On activities, ignored|
|Calendar||Calendar||Holidays will only be included if they fall between the start and end dates of the project. If a holiday coincides with a non-working day, it will not be transferred into NetPoint.|
|Resource Level||Rate/Day||Open Plan only supports units/day. When importing, this value is rounded to 1 decimal place (e.g. 0.15/day would become 0.2/day), resulting in a different overall value. After importing from Open Plan, it is recommended to review the assignments of each resource to correct for any significant differences due to rounding.|
If the schedule was exported from NetPoint already, everything will be brought in EXCEPT for the following:
|Link Geometries||Become default|
|Embed Behaviors||Become constant|
|Custom Positioning||Becomes default|
|Resource Formatting||Become default (color, histogram patterns, color intensities)|
|Page Size||Becomes letter|
|Page Tiling||Becomes 1×1|
|Grid Spacing||Becomes default|
|Canvas Color||Becomes default|
|Calendar Strips||Become default|
|Calendar Sightlines||Become default|
|Text Size||Becomes default|