Gantt-based interface: The interface for Resource Scheduler™ is based on a Gantt chart, displaying resources and tasks against a timeline representing the duration of the task.
Configurable object appearance: Each object on the Gantt interface can be configured for appearance, e.g., foreground and background color, font type and style, and object shape.
User-configured attributes: An attribute can be assigned to any resource or task. Attributes are user-defined properties used to describe the resource or task and, when created, become part of the data model. Attributes may also be bound to lists from your company’s existing software application, e.g., an attribute for “Propnum” can be associated with the Propnums in your company’s ARIES database.
Flyovers: The Gantt-based interface displays a series of schedules, which represent the durations for any given resource and task combination. Any attribute associated with a screen object can be flagged as a flyover, which means it will be displayed as the mouse hovers over the object. Flyovers make it easy to view data associated with a particular object on the screen.
Multiple schedules on a chart: A schedule is a unique combination of a resource and its associated tasks, e.g., a drilling rig (resource) and drilling a development well (task). You may place multiple schedules on the same chart to reflect the planning process within your company.
Multiple charts within a plan: A plan can contain multiple charts, similar to a spreadsheet containing multiple work sheets. A chart can be copied to another chart within the same plan, making it easy to perform “what if” analysis on a given plan.
“What if” analysis: Using extensions, you can perform “what if” analysis by researching the impact of changes in your plan. One can also make a copy of a chart, modify it, and observe and compare the schedule impact versus the original chart.
Multiple views: Control your Resource Scheduler™ view by switching between resource and task view, which determines which objects are displayed in the navigator.
Linking tasks: Tasks can be linked together to ensure proper planning of dependent resources and tasks. You can assign a lag time between scheduled tasks.
Extensions: Extensions are external applications that can be associated with tasks, charts, or plans to be performed during the planning process. Extensions can be integrated different levels. An example of a task change extension is calculating the economic impact of a change on the project. Rig tasks can be associated with the ARIES Economics application and upon movement of a task an extension will calculate the impact of the change on the plan.
Hierarchy: Create a custom hierarchy to display your resources. Hierarchy properties can be saved to the database for later use.
Import / Export: Data from Resource Scheduler™ can be exported to a variety of formats, including various spread- sheet formats.
Filters: Filter your resources, tasks, and schedules using any attribute within Resource Scheduler™. Filtered properties are saved in the database and can be tagged as public or private.
Security: The Administrator can assign specific rules to an end-user’s profile for read or read/write permissions.