Safran Project

Safran is the leading provider of project management solutions to asset-intensive organizations. Companies leverage Safran products to improve the planning of their projects, to optimize the execution of their projects, and manage the operation of their assets. The result is optimization of capital and resources and reduction of risk, driving top line and bottom line economic benefit.

Safran is focused on developing and supporting project management solutions for asset intensive industries. As a result, Safran’s solutions are singularly focused on meeting the needs of our customers and are not diluted to meet broader market requirements.

Safran Project™

Does your planning software work with you or against you? We work closely with industry to understand the everyday challenges of project management. The result is Safran Project, a comprehensive planning and project control software solution designed to add value at every stage of your project.

Program and Portfolio Management

Safran Project gives you visibility into status, resource spending, resource conflicts and demands from your initiatives, projects, programs and portfolios. Use Safran’s reporting capabilities to highlight conditions requiring executive action and decision-making.

Planning Done Your Way

No two project organizations work the same way, so flexibility is at the core of Safran Project. Create unlimited networks, sub-networks, activities, links, summary levels, and baselines to perfectly structure your network. Once the project is underway, flexible layouts and over 100 user-definable fields allow you to sort, filter, and view your data the way that works best for your business. 

Unlimited baselines are essential on complex projects. They give flexibility in reporting and added insight into changes over the full project lifecycle. Together with the storage of planned dates and past period performance data, they allow for a full in-depth review of a project for an audit or a lessons learned process.

When a planner prefers one layout while a manager prefers another, Safran Project’s user-level layout creation and storage solves the problem. Restrict layouts to the creator or make them available to the whole organization.

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 Key Features of Safran Project

Safran Project is a comprehensive enterprise project control system.

Program and Portfolio Management

  • Cross project views
  • Program and Portfolio reporting
  • Resource leveling
  • Performance monitoring
  • Enterprise coding
  • Rich Critical Path Method (CPM) analysis
  • Flexible project navigation tool
  • Flexible data entry options
  • Real-time network calculations
  • Unlimited networks and sub-networks
  • Unlimited activities and links
  • Unlimited summary level combinations
  • Flexible user-defined coding
  • Compatible with major planning applications (including Microsoft Project and Primavera P3/P6)
  • Capture duration uncertainty at data entry stage by Monte Carlo driven schedule risk analysis

Project Calendars

  • Day, hour or minute-based scheduling
  • Unlimited calendars within a network
  • User-defined working hours per day
  • User-defined holiday periods
  • Easy to use calendar editor

Resource and Cost Management

  • Unlimited number of resource definitions
  • User-defined profiles for resource distribution
  • Variable resource availability
  • Fixed cost or unit cost
  • Resource progress
  • Graphical resource assignment
  • Resource levelling (auto, semi-auto, or manual)
  • Resource type by labor, man-hour, cost material or other
  • Unique traceability from resource loading
  • Resource and time-constraint scheduling

The Only Certainty Is Uncertainty

Even the most carefully constructed plans can be ruined by a few uncertain activities. Safran Project introduces cutting-edge schedule risk analysis, allowing you to model duration uncertainty and understand the range of possible outcomes.

Every project manager knows uncertainty exists, yet many choose to ignore it. In fact, most planning software encourages this behavior, with a rigid approach to setting durations and calculating schedules. Not anymore, with the new schedule risk analysis functionality of Safran Project.

With cost and time pressures greater than ever before, durations within project schedules are rarely certain. Even schedules built on years of experience and best practice cannot always accurately predict the future behavior of a modern project. Unless this uncertainty is properly understood and appropriately managed, this risk will compound over time to give management a false view of the most likely outcome.

Performing schedule risk analysis assesses this uncertainty by taking into account the duration uncertainty of individual activities. This gives management visibility of critical factors such as the spread of end dates and the probability of achieving milestones.

The Mathematics of Risk Analysis

When the Monte Carlo method is applied to project planning, a thorough risk analysis is performed. The schedule is simulated and iterated many times with different outcomes each time. For each new set of durations a normal time analysis is performed on the network. The duration is selected from the probability distribution and the input of your three point estimates. For each analysis different completion dates may occur and the duration, start and finish dates and float data are collected from all iterations of the simulation.

From this data, a probability distribution (histogram) of these different dates represents the possible outcomes driven by the uncertainty put into your schedule.

The repetition produced by the Monte Carlo method results in a far deeper understanding of the potential impact of the uncertainty in your schedule, and greater confidence for management.

  • Are we accumulating value as planned?
  • Is the project resource allocation sufficient?
  • Do we have any problem areas hidden in otherwise acceptable total figures?
  • What is the forecast Estimate To Complete (ETC) and Estimate At Completion (EAC) values?
  • Are we in shape to pick up any project bonuses, or to avoid penalties?

Earned Value Methods (EVM) are at the heart of Safran Project. Any project that needs more than a simple CPM schedule will sooner or later find great benefits of the embedded EVM functionality that presents itself at all stages of the project control process.  

EVM in Safran Project builds on the same well know principles that were developed in the United States more than half a century ago and today are widely in use all around the world.  From bottom up aggregations of budget information, actual expenditure and realistic achievement measures, one can quickly get reliable status and trend information for the project as a whole or for any part of it.  

Safran Project supports EVM setup and execution from cradle to grave of projects.  The budget definitions can be individually tailored to include different stages of budget approval, reflecting down to each single resource assignment.  Actual manhour and cost expenditure is also recorded at this level, along with progress figures. Both the expenditure and the achievements are often imported by direct links or file imports from source systems at even lower levels, like document control systems, CAD, production systems or enterprise systems like SAP.  

The budgets, expenditures and progress figures can then be rolled up and compared across all possible permutations of budget definitions, system codes and user defined codes.  Together this presents a collection of highly relevant project information.  Users can then leverage Safran’s reporting feature to easily bring this data into trend histograms, S-curves, tabular reports, pie charts and bull’s eye reports to get an immediate check of how the project is doing.  

  • Structured status entry
  • Automatic analysis of current schedule
  • Frontline against volume and/or time
  • User-defined weighting calculations
  • Performance measurement calculations
  • Earned value analysis
  • Integrated resource and cost progress
  • Summaries by OBS/WBS
  • Forecast, current, and revised schedules
  • Baseline, planned, current, and actual values
  • Schedule risk analysis (option)
  • Unlimited baselines
  • User-defined inclusion of variations into baseline
  • Full traceability of history with multiple baselines
  • Compare two or more plan versions
  • Flexible forecasting
  • Revised schedule comparison
  • Schedule impact documentation and analysis
  • Documentation of scope growth over time
  • Full traceability of each item of change
  • Status tracking of changes
  • Automatic comparison between baseline and current plan and estimates
  • Storage of baseline, planned dates and past period performance data
  • Full traceability through the project lifecycle