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Project tracking and progress tracking in the analysis

15. July 2020 | Reading Time 6 min

There are significant similarities and differences between project tracking and progress tracking. Both disciplines are concerned with tracking the progress of a project and are therefore part of project management. Project tracking has to fulfil a much broader range of tasks - it extends from the organization of project plans to the creation of reports and the handling of schedules. Project tracking is responsible for meeting deadlines and reducing delays as far as possible.

In comparison, progress tracking as part of the overall project tracking is assigned to a more specific, equally important task area. Real-time progress tracking is used to track individual tasks in parts of a project. This requires a much narrower focus, which puts the processing of individual tasks in the foreground. Once a task has been completed and confirmed, the result can be noted and thus be included in the status of the overall project.

Current progress tracking

Digitizing the progress tracking is one of the most important challenges for mechanical and industrial engineering in the 21st century. This is especially important when projects have to be coordinated over long distances. The final assembly of machines and industrials usually takes place at the destination, which is often located on another continent. If the construction site is located in an area that is difficult to access or difficult to reach with modern methods of communication, tracking for the entire project becomes much more demanding. To enable effective project tracking, fast progress tracking is therefore essential. The commissioning company must be able to rely on completed tasks being reliably recorded and transferred.

Construction projects for machines and industrials are often very complex and require specialized personnel in certain areas. Since these are not always available in the company, service providers must be consulted. Another major challenge for progress tracking is therefore communication with external contractors. The work of these service providers must also be recorded in progress tracking to achieve the highest possible level of accuracy.

Implementation of the progress tracking in COMAN

At COMAN, progress tracking is concentrated in the heart of the software - this is the manager. The manager receives constant feedback from the construction site via several apps. Construction plans from CAD layouts are uploaded for progress tracking. Real elements such as control boxes, transport technology or robots can be linked to other aspects of classic project tracking, such as parts lists or time lists, using Smart Objects. This creates an overview that both visualizes the progress tracking and contextualizes it in relation to the overall task. Progress and delays become even more visible and lead directly to the investigation of causes.

In COMAN, project-wide communication with service providers is regulated by compatibility with numerous external programs. A detailed distribution of access rights allows service providers to independently note their progress.

All data collected in this way is cached locally on the end devices before being uploaded to the server. This ensures the transmission of data from progress tracking even in the event of a vulnerable connection. Several users can work simultaneously in COMAN to prevent data loss.

Progress and project tracking via quick access

The detailed progress and project tracking in COMAN can be followed for higher company levels by using a superimposed monitoring tool. This is the dashboard app that has been specially created to fulfill the needs of project managers, project coordinators and OEM managers. Among other things, the app accesses the manager's progress tracking data and quickly identifies project delays and other issues using tabular and graphical representations.

Progress tracking and project tracking: conclusion

At COMAN, progress tracking is an essential part of project management. Clarity and timeliness are therefore the two most important attributes of progress tracking. They are essential for a functioning organisation, which is why we integrate it into the higher-level project tracking through extensive individualisation and connection options. The ability to quickly access all relevant data makes progress tracking more transparent and thus contributes to the success of the overall project.