The simplest kind of link, the finish-to-start (FS), represents a relationship where the successor cannot start before the predecessor finishes. If the predecessor and successor overlap on the timescale, an embedded node must be placed first. For more information, see Using Embeds to Create SS & FF Links.
FS links can be created between activities, milestones, and benchmarks, either in pairs or for multiple activities. However, the regular Link icon can only link two objects at a time. If more than two objects are selected for linking, an error message will open. When linking multiple activities, the FS Link Chain icon must be used. Instructions for both are provided.
- With the Select Tool chosen in the toolbar, select the first activity, milestone, or benchmark on the canvas.
- Press and hold the Shift key and select the second activity, milestone, or benchmark on the canvas. Alternatively, you can click on a blank portion of the canvas and drag a rectangular marquee box around both objects, so long as it includes only the two desired objects for linking.
- With both objects still selected, click the Link icon in the toolbar.
- Once linked, both objects remain selected. To de-select, click an empty portion of the canvas.
- With the Multi-Object Select Tool chosen in the toolbar, select the first activity, milestone, or benchmark on the canvas.
- Select the second activity, milestone, or benchmark on the canvas. Alternatively, you can click on a blank portion of the canvas and drag a rectangular marquee box around all objects, so long as none of them overlap on the timescale.
- Repeat step 2 for each object, as needed.
- With all the objects still selected, click the FS Link Chain icon in the toolbar.
- Once linked, all the objects remain selected. To de-select, click an empty portion of the canvas.
|Logic||A label for categorizing links. The designation is for supplemental information; it has no bearing on actual schedule logic or calculations. For a breakdown, see below.|
|Geometry||The physical shape of the link. A link can bend vertically, horizontally, and diagonally, in eight different combinations. NetPoint makes use of a scoring system to identify the best possible geometry for a link. For more information, see Link Geometries.|
|Lag||A way to enforce a minimum gap. For more info, see Adding Link Lags.|
|Hard||A relationship that is inherent to the nature of the work being done.|
|Soft||A relationship that is a preferred choice.|
|Resource-Flow||A relationship that is based on resource usage.|
|External||A relationship that is mandated or dictate by an external source, such as a governmental agency.|
|Contractual||A relationship that is mandated or dictated by a contract.|
|Special||A relationship that is unique to the schedule.|
|Gap||The duration of the link.|
|Lag Notation||The value of the lag. If the gap is equal to zero, it will automatically turn off, even if the box is checked for display.|
|Predecessor||The object the link is emanating from. This field is just an indicator and cannot be edited.|
|Successor||The object the link is merging into. This field is just an indicator and cannot be edited.|
|Relationship||The type of link. This field is just an indicator and cannot be edited.|
|Score||A point value based on how many grids the link passes through, or if it crosses over other objects or overlaps with other links, for example. For more information on scoring, see Link Geometries.|
|Validity||An indicator of whether or not the link is valid or redundant. For more information, see Treating Redundancies.|