Take control with Safran Project 5
Does your planning software work with you or against you?
We work closely with industry to understand the everyday challenges of project management. The result is Safran Project 5, a comprehensive planning and project control toolkit designed to add value at every stage of your project.
Program and Portfolio management
Safran Project gives you visibility into status, resource spending, resource conflicts and demands from your initiatives, projects, programs and portfolios. Use Safran’s reporting capabilities to highlight conditions requiring executive action and decision making.
Planning done your way
Safran Project 5 doesn't dictate a planning methodology or style. Create unlimited activities and summary levels, unlimited baselines, flexible layouts, and specify over 100 user-definable fields to sort, filter, and view your data the way that works best for your business.
Does your planning system adapt to your business? Safran Project 5 does.
Reporting done your way
A comprehensive reporting module is integrated into Safran Project 5. Dig deep into your project data to sort, filter, and configure a dazzling array of reports the way you want them, without leaving the software.
Reporting is a core project control requirement, but does your planning software deliver? Save time and money with Safran Project 5.
The only certainty is uncertainty
Even the most carefully constructed plans can be ruined by a few uncertain activities. Safran Project 5 introduces cutting-edge schedule risk analysis, allowing you to model duration uncertainty and understand the range of possible outcomes.
Why ignore uncertainty? Model and manage it with Safran Project 5.
A comprehensive project control system
Safran Project is a comprehensive project control system including advanced functionality:
Program and Portfolio Management
- Cross project views
- Program and Portfolio reporting
- Resource leveling
- Performance monitoring
- Enterprise coding
- Rich Critical Path Method (CPM) analysis
- Flexible network navigation tool
- Flexible data entry options
- Real-time network calculations
- Unlimited networks and sub-networks
- Unlimited activities and links
- Unlimited summary levels
- Flexible user-defined coding
- Compatible with major planning applications (including Microsoft Project and Primavera P3/P6)
- Capture duration uncertainty at data entry stage (option)
- Schedule risk analysis (option)
- Unlimited number of calendars and calendar sets
- Multiple calendars within a network
- User-defined working hours per day
- User-defined holiday periods
- Day, hour or minute-based scheduling
- Easy to use calendar editor
Resource and Cost Management
- Multiple resource types
- Unlimited number of resources
- User-defined profiles for resource distribution
- Variable resource availability
- Fixed cost or calculated from resources
- Resource progress
- Graphical resource assignment
- Resource levelling (auto, semi-auto, or manual)
- Resource type by labour, manhour, cost material or other
- Unique traceability from resource loading
- Resource and time-constraint scheduling
Reporting Progress and Project Status
- Structured status entry
- Automatic analysis of current schedule
- Frontline against volume and/or time
- User-defined weighting calculations
- Performance measurement calculations
- Earned value analysis
- Level generated networks
- Integrated resource and cost progress
- Summaries by OBS/WBS
- Forecast, current, and revised schedules
- Baseline, planned, current, and actual values
- Schedule risk analysis (option)
- Unlimited baselines
- User-defined inclusion of variations into baseline
- Full traceability of history with multiple baselines
- Compare two or more plan versions
- Flexible forecasting
- Revised schedule comparison
Change Control and Variation Orders
- Schedule impact documentation and analysis
- Documentation of scope growth over time
- Full traceability of each item of change
- Status tracking of changes
- Automatic comparison between baseline and current plan and estimates
- Storage of baseline, planned dates and past period performance data
- Full traceability through the project lifecycle
- Fully-integrated report generator
- Configurable reports
- User-defined selection, sort and filtering
- Excellent query support
- Full control of report layout and formatting
- Store report specifications
- Print preview
- Multiple export formats
- Send reports via email
- Extensive performance and comparison reporting
- Easily create ad-hoc reports
- Create and store report packages
- Progress charts against baseline
- Schedule risk reports (option)
No two project organisations work the same way, so flexibility is at the core of Safran Project 5. Create unlimited networks, sub-networks, activities, links, summary levels, and baselines to perfectly structure your network. Once the project is underway, flexible layouts and over 100 user-definable fields allow you to sort, filter, and view your data the way that works best for your business.
Unlimited baselines are essential on complex projects. They give flexibility in reporting and added insight into changes over the full project lifecycle. Together with the storage of planned dates and past period performance data, they allow for a full in-depth review of a project for an audit or a lessons learned process.
When a planner prefers one layout while a manager prefers another, Safran Project 5's user-level layout creation and storage solves the problem. Restrict layouts to the creator or make them available to the whole organisation.
A comprehensive reporting module is integrated into Safran Project 5, allowing production of information-rich reports without leaving the need for expensive additional software.
Safran Project 5 allows users to dig deep into project data to sort, filter, and configure a dazzling array of reports, including:
- Barchart view
- Cost/resource histogram
- Progress S-curves
- Progress summary report
- Table graphs
- PERT charts
- Tornado chart
- Change report
- Bull's Eye chart
In addition to these most common reports, creating ad-hoc reports based on any piece(s) of project data is straightforward.
Many projects require the same reports to be updated weekly or monthly. With Safran Project 5, report packages can be created to streamline workflow and allow planners to spend time adding value, not generating the same reports week after week.
Every project manager knows uncertainty exists, yet many choose to ignore it. In fact, most planning software encourages this behaviour, with a rigid approach to setting durations and calculating schedules.
Not anymore, with the new schedule risk analysis functionality of Safran Project 5.
With cost and time pressures greater than ever before, durations within project schedules are rarely certain. Even schedules built on years of experience and best practice cannot always accurately predict the future behaviour of a modern project.
Unless this uncertainty is properly understood and appropriately managed, this risk will compound over time to give management a false view of the most likely outcome. The problem is disproportionately greater in large projects, as uncertainty builds on uncertainty.
Performing schedule risk analysis assesses this uncertainty by taking into account the duration uncertainty of individual activities. This gives management visibility of critical factors such as the spread of end dates and the probability of achieving milestones.
The mathematics of risk analysis
The Monte Carlo method is a well-respected algorithmic method of generating random results from repeated simulations. It is used extensively in physical sciences, engineering, computational biology, computer graphics, finance, telecommunications, and mathematics.
When the monte carlo method is applied to project planning, a thorough risk analysis is performed. The schedule is simulated and iterated many times with different outcomes each time. For each new set of durations a normal time analysis is performed on the network. The duration is selected from the probability distribution and the input of your three point estimates. For each analysis different completion dates may occur and the duration, start and finish dates and float data are collected from all iterations of the simulation.
From this data, a probability distribution (histogram) of these different dates represents the possible outcomes driven by the uncertainty put into your schedule.
The repetition produced by the Monte Carlo method results in a far deeper understanding of the potential impact of the uncertainty in your schedule, and greater confidence for management.
For full details on our new schedule risk functionality, download our white paper, "Managing Uncertainty in Project Schedules".