January 1st, 2018 - May 15th, 2018
Caterpillar Inc. is working with the UIC Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) to develop a SAGE2™ application to enable distributed teams to collaborate on project planning and scheduling.
Planning and scheduling the design, development, engineering and manufacturing processes of construction equipment with worldwide teams and suppliers is an extraordinarily complex task. Caterpillar, inspired by “StickySchedule,” an interactive SAGE2 multi-user application for conference scheduling, asked whether EVL could help automate their project management workflow, which is currently a very manual process.
The goal is to develop an innovative SAGE2 application to enable people from different Caterpillar units to schedule interdependent tasks over several months or years using electronic post-it notes on a large tiled display. The resulting schedule would be translated into a spreadsheet, which would then be input to project management software. SAGE2 would also enable groups to work collaboratively over distance, whereas now, everyone must be in the same room at the same time. Today, these management plans are updated only a couple times per year due to the high labor and cost of travel. This tool will enable these planning sessions to occur for significantly less labor and cost, resulting in a more regular update by the extended team.
Lisa Creger, Lean Product Development Advisor, Innovation & Technology Development Division (ITDD), Caterpillar
Peter E. Cooper, Product Development Manager, Medium Wheel Loaders, Caterpillar
Luc Renambot, Computer Science Research Professor and EVL SAGE2 Project Manager, UIC
Tommaso Massari, Computer Science MS student and EVL Research Assistant, UIC