Before you can view a schedule using schedule simulation, you must first import schedule data and link elements to tasks. Bentley Navigator CONNECT Edition can open schedules created in Microsoft Project and Primavera P6 once they have been exported to .xml format. If you would like to create your own schedule, you can also import schedules in .xlsx format. When you open the schedule simulation screen for the first time, the Manage Schedules dialog box automatically displays. If you have already imported a schedule and you would like to import a different schedule, you can open the Manage Schedules dialog box by selecting Import Schedule data from the Administration Tools group in the Task-based Tools zone in the upper right.
From the Manage Schedules dialog box, import a schedule by selecting the "+" button and selecting your schedule. The schedule displays in the dialog box. If you have imported the schedule before, the date the schedule was last imported displays below the schedule name. You can remove the schedule from the More Options icon.
When you have imported the schedule, the schedule displays in the scheduler pane on the bottom edge.
After you import the new schedule, you need to link elements to tasks. You can link elements to tasks either manually or by using autolinking.
To manually link elements, expand the schedule and select a task. Select Manual Link from the Linking Tools group from the Task-based Tools zone in the upper right, and the Assign Activity Tool dialog appears in the Tool Settings zone from the top edge of the screen. Select the activity type from the dropdown, then select the element you want to be linked with the activity for the current task. After you have linked elements to tasks, those elements highlight when you select the associated tasks in the schedule. To remove linked tasks from geometry, select Remove Link from the Linking Tools group. Select the element you want to remove from the task.
The following activity types are available from the Activity Type dropdown.
To use autolinking, select Auto Match Rules from the Linking Tools group from the Task-based Tools zone in the upper right. The Schedule Linking Rules dialog box opens. Select the + to add an autolinking rule. From the Rule Editor dialog box, type a name and select a template. The template information displays in the Rule description box. Select the underlined values to open a dialog where you can edit the rule to fit your schedule. For each underlined value, select the appropriate choices from the dropdowns and enter the appropriate value in the textbox. Select Apply. When you have completed editing the rule, select Ok from the Rule Editor dialog box. From the Rules window, select the checkboxes for the rules you would like to process. Select the Process all selected rules against graphical elements button. Select Ok from the Automatching dialog box and select Close from the Rules window. The elements are now linked to the appropriate tasks.
After you have finished importing schedule data and linking elements to tasks, the schedule is now ready for schedule simulation playback.
Note: To delete all your schedule information, open the Manage Schedules dialog box by selecting Import Schedule data from the Administration Tools group in the Task-based Tools zone in the upper right. From the Manage Schedules dialog box, select the More Options icon, select Remove, and select OK from the Delete selected plan dialog box that opens.