Project Template Vs. Estimating Module


Static Project Template

Project Template

Dynamic Estimating Module

Estimating Module

A project template is not very useful for generating estimates based upon quantities or dimensions (such as piping replacement).

A dynamic estimating module is ideal for generating estimates based upon quantities or dimensions (such as piping replacement).

A project template usually encompasses only a few possible scenarios.

A dynamic estimating module encompasses almost all possible scenarios.

A project template must be manually edited before every use (adding or deleting sections of tasks as required):

  1. time consuming
  2. requires planner to adjust project scheduling logic

Dynamic generation every use:

  1. fast
  2. computer generates clean project scheduling logic

A project template is tied to a specific project scheduling platform.

A dynamic estimating module is useable with a range of project scheduling platforms.

For Contractors -> A project template must be manually edited to account for regional differences in productivity or resource nomenclature.

For Contractors -> A dynamic estimating module easily adjusts estimates and resource definitions for regional differences in productivity or resource nomenclature.


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Authored by Bernard Ertl, Vice President, InterPlan Systems

Bernard Ertl has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and extensive field experience planning and managing turnarounds in the oil refining and petrochemical process industries.