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CS PROJECT PLANNING
( Formerly CS Project Lite )

Crest software This is an entry-level project planning tool suitable for planning individual projects of any size.

Use it in conjunction with CS Project Professional to effectively manage multiple projects. PCPlus - Editor's Choice CS Project Planning has been awarded the Editor’s Choice in the March issue of PC Plus Magazine...Full story

CS PROJECT PROFESSIONAL

Crest software CS Project Professional's advanced technical specification makes it the premier project planning tool suitable for corporate workgroups controlling multiple major projects, while its intuitive user interface makes it easy enough for casual and power users alike.
CS Project LITE - full features
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Project Planning

Using CS Project, planning a project is as simple as:
  • Listing the tasks that need to be done, either by entering them into the spreadsheet or simply by drawing bars on the screen
  • Deciding on the sequence in which tasks can occur by linking them with the mouse in the bar chart or spreadsheet
  • Deciding who is required to do each task by dragging a resource from the histogram and dropping it onto one or more tasks (this step is optional)
  • Estimating the cost of each task using fixed or variable costs (this step is optional)

Project Builder

if you are new to CS Project, then Project Builder will guide you through the creation of your project, step-by-step.
  • Step-by-step instructions on setting up the calendar and project details
  • Define the work and the sequence in which it can be done
  • Create resources and assign them to the tasks
  • Define the calculation options used during updating
  • Set up the spreadsheet and print a report

Analyse your plan

Once the project has been set up, you can at a glance see:
  • Which tasks affect the project duration
  • Which resources are over-allocated
  • When more resources are required to finish a project on time
  • When money will be committed
  • When the project will break even
  • If any new projects can be taken on by the company

Exchange Data

  • Transfer text between programs using the clipboard (e.g. between CS Project and a spreadsheet)
  • Transfer projects to other systems (e.g. estimating, planning, time chainage, reporting, risk analysis etc.) using the MPX format
  • Share project data seamlessly with CS Project Professional
  • CS Project Lite and CS Project Professional files are interchangeable
  • The two products can be used in any combination. Any advanced features that may have been used in CS Project Professional will calculate correctly in CS Project Lite, even if these features are not inherently supported

Manage time and cost

The bar chart displays the tasks that have to be performed, as well as when they have to start and by when they have to be finished. It can also show the order in which work has to be done.
  • Linking tasks using FS, SS, FF, SF constraints with leads/lags
  • Promote/demote tasks to build up WBS outline
  • Expand/collapse summary tasks in Gantt and display multiple bars on one line
  • Store a baseline plan for comparisons between the current schedule and schedule and the original plan
  • Forecast cost using Labour, Plant, Material, Subcontract and Prelims

Link tasks

Linking tasks using FS, SS, FF, SF constraints with leads/lags
  • Plan and track fixed costs
  • Promote/demote tasks to build up WBS outline
  • Expand/collapse summary tasks in Gantt and display multiple bars on one line
  • Store a baseline plan for comparisons between the current schedule and schedule and the original plan

Manage resources

The histogram is used to display and manage the usage of labour. Over-allocations of resources are highlighted, showing you where and when more resources are required to complete the tasks on time.
  • Assign resources by dragging and dropping onto tasks
  • Promote/demote resources to build up RBS outline
  • Summarise resource usage according to the outline structure
  • Unit costs allow accurate costing to be done

Report effectively

  • Create presentation quality charts and reports on any output device supported by Windows
  • Print all reports in multi-page, banner (wallchart) or force-to-pages format
  • Customise reports in terms of layout, fonts, colours, symbols, fill styles
  • Incorporate your company logo
  • Use the screen preview to check your reports before producing prints

System requirements

  • Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or 8
  • Minimum 2gb of RAM recommended
  • Hard disk with approximately 250MB free disk space or greater
  • Can be installed on workstations or network servers *
  • Any printer supported by MS Windows
  • * Please contact us for further details
CS Project PROFESSIONAL - full features
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Benefits of CS Project

  • Roll up multiple bars onto one line
  • Full control over resource levelling
  • CARLO (Cost and Resource Levelling Optimisation)
  • Matrix reports & Network diagram
  • Splitting of tasks
  • Overtime
  • Variable availability and unit cost escalations
  • Multiple calendars for tasks, links, resources and projects
  • Multi-project management, schedule up to 200 concurrent projects and create
  • Cross Project links
  • Monte Carlo risk analysis
  • ODBC based data exchange system for data repository
  • 10 level Undo/ Redo facility
  • Unlimited resource assignments per activity
  • Group data by any task or resource field
  • Task/resource code libraries for large or complex projects
  • Store an unlimited number of baselines
  • User-level security for complete control over access to projects
  • View any custom time period with Report Calendars

Project Suitability

CS Project can be used successfully in many spheres of business:
  • Ladder Links allow planners of construction projects to schedule overlapping work correctly
  • The ODBC-based data exchange system allows maintenance planners to import work requests from maintenance management systems (database)
  • The assign bar chart view allows production planners in a job shop to decide when to fit new orders into the existing schedule
  • Material resources and unit cost escalations allow a plant engineer to plan and control spare parts and labour requirements for services several years in advance
  • Flexible calendar management allows the project manager in a software development project to handle skilled individuals effectively

Manage time and cost

The bar chart displays the tasks that have to be performed, as well as when they have to start and by when they have to be finished. It can also show the order in which work has to be done.
  • Linking tasks using FS, SS, FF, SF constraints with leads/lags
  • Promote/demote tasks to build up WBS outline
  • Expand/collapse summary tasks in Gantt and display multiple bars on one line
  • Store a baseline plan for comparisons between the current schedule and schedule and the original plan
  • Forecast cost using Labour, Plant, Material, Subcontract and Prelims

Resource Management

  • The histogram is used to display and manage the usage of labour, materials and equipment
  • Over-allocations of resources are highlighted, showing you where and equipment
  • Create a common resource pool to be shared by a number of projects
  • Assign resources by dragging and dropping onto tasks
  • Labour/material/other resources
  • Make resource assignments effort or duration driven
  • Escalate resource costs and vary availability over time
  • Show assignment bars on Gantt. Delay resource assignment to start after task start
  • Promote/demote resources to build up RBS outline
  • Summarise resource usage according to the outline structure for single or multiple projects
  • Define custom rules for resource levelling

Multi-project Management

  • CS Project automatically consolidates all projects that are loaded at the same time in a workgroup view. This is used to show resource usage over all projects
  • Open more than one project simultaneously
  • Share a common resource pool in a group of projects
  • Use the workgroup window (with Gantt / Resource / Pert / Assign Gantt / Crosstab views) to effortlessly consolidate data across projects
  • Create links between tasks in separate projects
  • Use sub-projects to build up large schedules
  • Protect sensitive data with passwords on a project, resource table or ID level

Data Exchange

  • Transfer text between programs using the clipboard (e.g. between CS Project and a spreadsheet)
  • Transfer projects to other systems (e.g. estimating, planning, time chainage, reporting, risk analysis etc.) using the MPX format
  • Import or export data from/to external databases using a simple, graphical ODBC interface
  • Store and retrieve data from a central data repository (any ODBC database)
  • Share project data seamlessly with CS Project Lite
  • CSX file format which allows data transfer with Valesco
  • Send complete project and reports via e-mail
  • Send and receive portions of a project via e-mail for updating

Reporting

  • Create presentation quality charts and reports on any output device supported by Windows
  • Print all reports in multi-page, banner (wallchart) or force-to-pages format
  • Print detailed periodic or to-date breakdowns of resource usage and costs
  • Store multiple report and view layouts and switch easily between them
  • Customise reports in terms of layout, fonts, colours, symbols, fill styles
  • Incorporate your company logo
  • Use the screen preview to check your reports before producing prints

Tracking Progress

  • Store a baseline schedule of tasks and resource assignments for comparisons between the current schedule and the original plan
  • Record actual start and finish dates, percent complete, actual and remaining durations for tasks
  • Perform slip-to-date and stretch-to-date operations to reschedule projects based on actual data

Costing

  • Set up an accurate costing for your project with expenditure and revenue
  • Then display a cashflow curve of committed costs
  • You can also track progress with S-curves of resources or costs
  • Plan/track fixed costs (per task) as well as variable costs (by resource usage)
  • Summarise costs according to RBS/WBS structures for single or multiple projects
  • Use tasks and assignment baselines for detailed Earned Value Analysis

System requirements

  • Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or 8
  • Minimum 2gb of RAM recommended
  • Hard disk with approximately 250MB free disk space or greater
  • Can be installed on workstations or network servers *
  • Any printer supported by MS Windows
  • * Please contact us for further details
Valesco Estimating
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Crest Logo Valesco is a flexible and adaptable Estimating Solution, designed for Estimators, QS's, Managers, Buyers and Planners alike.

Valesco Estimating is multi functional and by way of a common data file format allows a seamless transition from estimating to post contract status. Our estimating software has been written specifically for the Windows environment and incorporates all the facilities you would expect to find in modern Windows software plus a great deal that you would not.
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Valesco Valuations
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Crest Logo Valesco Valuations is an essential tool for the Commercial Management Team.

Valesco Valuations can be used independently or in conjunction with our estimating system Valesco Estimating (estimate data from other systems is readily imported by means of a text file).
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CS Project Planning
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Crest Logo Take Control by implementing Crest Software’s leading construction and engineering software solutions with the confidence that your management tools are supported by construction professionals who understand your precise requirements.

CS PROJECT is the premier tool for planning and monitoring projects of any size.
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CrestDOCS Drawing and Document Control
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Crest Logo CrestDocs controls all your projects drawings, documents and emails

Designed to control the day-to-day issue and receipt of drawings, drawing approvals, requests for information (technical queries), site instructions and other contract correspondence (including emails) and documentation.
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