Advantages of Aurora-CCPM
With 20 years of experience in intelligent scheduling and resource management, Stottler Henke’s Aurora-CCPM is designed to help companies tackle complex situations with ease and carry out operations more efficiently and effectively.
Ability to handle short-duration tasks, and update buffer reports on any timeframe (e.g., once every hour).
Ability to handle multi-projects of huge size and complexity (Boeing uses Aurora to run projects that contain over 10,000 activities! The 64-bit version of Aurora has run projects with 150,000 but the theoretical maximum is much larger.)
Buffer reports can be run as frequently as desired even with the largest models.
Ability to do carry out forward, backward, and mixed mode scheduling.
Intelligent scheduling that can determine shorter critical chains.
Ability to leverage knowledge about resource constrained task placement during execution. Due to execution time differences in how tasks are actually executed, the resources may become available for a task that is shown later but actually could be done now (otherwise, these resources would lie idle). Aurora-CCPM could determine in real time that it is best to complete this task now.
Ability to take variability of tasks in a chain into account in buffer consumption. That is, if a chain consists of a series of low variability tasks at the beginning and then a few high variability tasks at the end of the chain, standard buffer consumption reports could give an overly optimistic view of the situation.
Sophisticated constraints beyond human capabilities — ability to handle physical space constraints, including taking into account the creation and elimination of the space during the project; as well as concurrent and non-concurrent constraints.
Aurora-CCPM is being utilized by Boeing in the Final Assembly of the B787 Dreamliner. Aurora-CCPM provides Boeing with Critical Chain capabilities not available in other Critical Chain software. Aurora-CCPM prioritizes factory production tasks by balancing resource capacities with manufacturing requirements and constraints via the Critical Chain method of buffer management. The result is a dynamic assembly schedule that adapts to real-time production variability and allows Boeing to execute the plan as efficiently as possible. Video showing production & painting of B787.
Situations where Aurora provides a competitive edge over other CCPM software systems
Situations where the client already knows the benefits of improved resource scheduling (e.g., aerospace, plant maintenance, refinery turnaround).
Situations where forward or mixed mode scheduling is required.
Short-duration situations such as in the medical field.
Situations where re-work and the insertion of new tasks take place during execution.
Situations where the project is beyond the capacity limits of other software.
Situations where customization to algorithms is needed.