Introduction to the Tilos Time-Distance Diagram

Tilos is a software tool used for project management by construction and engineering companies. The name Tilos is based on the phrase Time-Location System as the program was developed to create time-distance diagrams. Internationally, a time-distance diagram may also be known as a:

For consistency in Tilos documentation, however, only the term ”time-distance diagram” is used.

Tilos functionality

Project Management (PM) functions

Time-distance functions

Benefits of using Tilos

Why should you use time-distance diagrams? As distinguished from bar charts, a time-distance diagram has this major advantage: 

Activities are shown not only in relation to time, but also to the location at which they are to be performed.

Displaying several activities with the same location in a Gantt chart may lead to a misunderstanding of the project. A glance at a time-distance diagram can solve this problem by making chronological-spatial relationships visible. For linear projects developed along a distance axis, Tilos and time-distance diagrams are more effective and efficient than Gantt charts. 

Tilos is especially powerful for these types of engineering and construction projects:

Note:  Linear projects can be horizontal or vertical. Distance is not necessarily restricted to length-based projects; there are also height-based construction projects, e.g., structural engineering.