Working with Gantt Charts

A Gantt chart is a type of bar chart that illustrates start and finish dates or times allotted for a certain element within a project.

These examples show how a Gantt chart is used in M3:

  • In Project Order, a Gantt chart represents the project element and activities as intended in the original implementation of the Gantt chart.
  • In the Rental module, a Gantt chart illustrates a renting activity for a specific equipment/car/machine with the start date/time and end date/time.
  • In the Maintenance module, a Gantt chart represents an activity/operation in a workshop with the start date/time and end date/time.

Some M3 programs support the ability to create a Gantt chart. Setup is often required in order to support the chart. This topic assumes that any required setup has already been performed.

When the chart exists, you can perform these actions:

  • Resize items.
  • Move items on the schedule by dragging and dropping.
  • Snap to the hour, half hour, or other increment. This action ensures that if you drop a schedule item in the chart, it will always start on either the hour or half hour.

    You can change the time increment for snapping. Right-click the chart and select Snap. Select a time increment from the list of available increments.

  • Run Related options for any item on the chart. Click an item then select an option in the Related menu from the menu bar.
  • Change the bar fill to either color or pattern. Right-click the chart and either select or disable the Enable Fill Patterns option.
  • Collapse the Filter Options feature to show more Gantt chart rows.