To better answer the needs of project developers and enhance users’ experience, SIF is delighted to announce the launch of the following new functionalities and the upgrade of the project preparation templates on SOURCE:
2 new project preparation templates are available:
District cooling network:
The use of air conditioners and electric fans accounts for nearly 20% of the total electricity used in buildings around the world today. The energy demand linked to cooling has more than tripled between 1990 and 2018 and this increasing demand was mostly met by using fossil fuel driving up CO2 emissions. With a holistic approach to urban and infrastructure planning, district cooling network is the most cost effective solution when the system planning is informed by timely and comprehensive data. The design of this new template has been prepared in collaboration with ENGIE. It is now available to project initiators in the “Urban Services” Sector (alongside district heating network).
A key infrastructure in the energy sector, transmission lines are designed to carry electricity or an electrical signal over large distances with minimum losses and distortion. To develop this new template, SIF received comments on the specific technical questions and project documentation from RTE.
New functionalities for project preparation:
Portfolio timeline report:
on the user dashboard, a new portfolio report is now available, providing at a quick glance including the projects’ status, delay (if any), upcoming tasks for all involved organizations and the latest progress report entered by the project coordinator. This report can also be printed.
Project timeline report:
In the project timeline module, a report of the project completion listing all the stages, milestones and tasks with a detail of their start date, due date and completion date also reflecting the delay (if any) can now be edited and printed by the managers.
Timeline management module:
After the initial edition of the timeline following project creation, the Project Coordinator is now asked to generate the project timeline by indicating the project characteristics, as available when creating the project. This can be edited at any time during the project cycle.
The Project Coordinator may “bulk edit” the predefined timeline by selecting and/or removing relevant milestones and tasks.
Track delay :
The process to set a target timeline for any given milestone in the project timeline has been simplified, with a shortcut directly available at the level of the milestone. The column “Delay” can also show the equivalent target due date as recorded when setting the baseline.
Project document management:
Project documents can now be edited on directly online in Microsoft Web App and each modification will be recorded and displayed in the folder. Users may now also create several hierarchies of subfolders, and copy/move folders within the Shared Folder. A breadcrumb has been added on top of the Shared Folder module to easily go back to the root folder. Documents access permission can be edited by the manager and are visible for each document in “Members”.
Project creation form:
The project creation form was redesigned in order to ensure its compliance with most terminologies and ease of use. The form now allows to enter several locations within a same country, and integrates a currency calculator, connected via API, when CAPEX is not entered into USD.
Stage 6 to 8:
New tables to collect key indicators, monitor contracts, progress, costs, supports, spending in different currencies are now available in stages 6 (financial closing) stage 7 (construction) and 8 (operation and maintenance).
The SOURCE project preparation templates from stages 1 to 5 were entirely revised in order to optimize the number of questions, and take into account the comments received by public users and the private sector over the last year.