Principles of Line of Balance
Line of Balance is very similar to Time Chainage except that instead of showing time against distance, it shows time against production units. The real benefit of Line of Balance is to help determine the best time to start consecutive trades or work packages to ensure that no clashes occur.
Line of Balance can be effectively used for repetitive tasks where location is not important in the planning. Typical projects suited to the Line of Balance method are:
- housing estates
- high rise buildings
A typical example would be planning the trades at a new housing estate. A number of trades will spend time at each house with each trade needing a different amount of time. In this case the unit of production will be a house. The Line of Balance method can be used to determine when each trade (carpenters, plumbers, electricians, plasters etc) should start at the first house so that the final house is completed as early as possible whilst ensuring trades are not tripping over each other.
TimeChainage is ideal for planning with the Line of Balance method. It makes the process very easy and straightforward and of course there are all the progress tracking and charting options that are available for the time chainage method.