PMA Technologies Receives Patent for the Graphical Path Method™ (GPM®)
June 25, 2012
PMA Technologies, a subsidiary of PMA Consultants, today announced that it has been awarded a U.S. Patent titled “Interactive Graphics-Based Planning Systems,” which PMA Technologies is referring to as the “GPM Patent.” The GPM Patent was awarded to PMA Technologies for its invention of an innovative scheduling algorithm that serves as an alternative to the Critical Path Method. The patent states that GPM is a “planning method including calculating, by at least one computation device, at least one relationship float value and at least one reverse float value relating to such at least one time-dependent relationship. …The current invention comprises localized calculations that result in real time schedule updates and enables project planners, including laypeople, to plan projects.”
Tim Mather, Managing Principal & Chief Technology Officer of PMA Technologies acknowledges, “This is an amazing accomplishment, and better yet, what I hope is only the first of many to come. Congratulations to the team for helping make this a reality.”
PMA Technologies applied for the GPM Patent on February 11, 2008, and it was awarded on June 15, 2012.
PMA Technologies is a unique fusion of PM practitioners along with software developers and designers. We are passionate about channeling our intellectual innovation into real and practical solutions to improve the world of project management. We actively develop NetPoint®, a collaborative planning and scheduling app, and NetRisk™, a schedule risk analysis addition for NetPoint. Both NetPoint and NetRisk are powered by GPM®, a flexible scheduling algorithm that enables real-time feedback and offers new opportunities in schedule optimization.
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