Optimizing a Schedule

NetPoint’s synchronous interface, which allows users to build schedules graphically, makes the user responsible for the layout of the network. This differs greatly from traditional CPM applications, where the software authors the layout of the network with little-to-no input from the user. Although this greatly enhances the presentation of the schedule, such flexibility can become overwhelming when working with larger schedules, and intimidating when importing schedules from CPM applications, such as Primavera or MS Project, or from Excel.

In these situations, we recommend running the automated layout engine. This tool greatly enhances the layout of the schedule by assisting with, or completely taking control of, the placement and layout of objects in the network. Underneath the hood, dozens of factors are taken into account, including relationships between activities, link geometries, text and description lengths and positions, and grid and canvas dimensions. For example, how many finish-to-start chains are there? Which links overlap with other links or activities? Are descriptions clashing? Answers to answer these questions and more are found in a matter of seconds.

In addition to layout, descriptions and IDs may be repositioned with the Global Edit Mode to minimize clashing; dates and durations can be adjusted by using the gestural interface to level resources; or the schedule may be analyzed for integrity or other factors. NetPoint provides a number of tools to facilitate these processes.