The enhanced Analysis Reporting Module includes a pivot table based analysis tool that draws data directly from the mining model, including calendar databases, and via user-defined expressions. This is a significant benefit because the Analysis Reports Module understands the nature of the data and manages issues like weight averaged fields, resources and activities automatically. The updated graphics engine now associates 3-D solids with each database record, instead of the more traditional extruded polygons.

The spatial accuracy of the new solids opens up many more possibilities. For example, users can now use a topographical surface or other triangulations to define the starting point of the schedule, by automatically assigning appropriate pre-schedule values.

“XPAC 7.12 has a new look, but it’s not just a facelift,” said Alun Phillips, Runge’s Product Manager for scheduling solutions.“It delivers some fundamental advances in scheduling software. The combination of accurate spatial data and powerful 3D geometry opens up some tremendous opportunities and the new reporting tool cuts down hours of work to just minutes.”

Like a modern browser, XPAC 7.12 has a tabbed user interface, which gives the user greater control of more data sets. It is optimised for multiple monitors and adjusts its behaviour to make the best use of any monitor configuration.

XPAC 7.12 also lets users personalise the workspace. www.runge.com.au