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1. (WO2019063052) MULTIPLE PROJECT VISUALIZATION TOOL
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CLAIMS

1. A method of visualising project management information deriving from a plurality of mutually incompatible project management computer programs, comprising the steps of:

- obtaining first project data in a first data format generated by a first

project management computer program;

- obtaining second project data in a second data format generated by a

second project management computer program;

- deciphering the first project data and second project data; and

- simultaneously visualising the first project data and the second project data in a single graphical user interface of a project management computer program,

wherein

- the first project data comprises first project activity data defining a

plurality of first project activities, at least one first project activity defining at set of activity parameters including at least start and finish time, budgeted units and/or one or more resources;

- the second project data comprises second project activity data defining a plurality of second project activities, at least one second project activity defining at set of activity parameters including at least start and finish time, budgeted units and/or one or more resources; and

- the first data format being incompatible with the second project

management computer program and the second data format being incompatible with the first project management computer program .

2. A method of visualising project management information according to claim 1, wherein the method further comprises the step of storing third project data, the step of storing the third project data comprising the steps of:

- copying the first and second project data;

- storing the copied first and second project data; and

- storing data indicative of where the first project data in the first data

format is stored and where the second project data in the second data format is stored.

3. A method of visualising project management information according to claim 2, wherein the step of visualising the first and second project data comprises visualising the third project data while omitting parts of the third project data, the omitted parts of the data comprising the data indicative of where the first project data in the first data format is stored and where the second project data in the second data format is stored.

4. A method of visualising project management information according to claim 3, wherein the step of visualising the first and second project data includes the steps of:

- comparing the first project data in the first data format with the copied first project data of the third project data;

- comparing the second project data in the second data format with the copied second project data of the third project data; and

- identifying any discrepancy found between corresponding project activity data,

wherein, optionally, the step of visualising the first and second project data includes visualising a notification if the comparison reveals any discrepancy between corresponding project activity data,

the method optionally further comprising the step of, if any discrepancy is identified, presenting a dialog box in the single graphical user interface offering a choice between at least visualising the copied first and second project data of the third project data or visualising the first and second project data as defined by the first project data in the first data format and the second project data in the second data format.

5. A method of visualising project management information according to claim 4, wherein if any discrepancy is identified, the method comprises the step of storing at least fourth project data, the step of storing the at least fourth project data comprising the steps of:

- storing the copied first and/or second project data of the third project data;

- copying the updated first project data in the first data format and/or the updated second project data in the second data format;

- storing the copied updated first and second project data; and

- storing labelling data, the labelling data defining the copied first and/or second project data of the third project data as being previous, and defining the copied updated first and/or second data as being current,

wherein the step of storing the at least fourth project data is optionally followed by the steps of:

- comparing previous and current project activity data of the fourth project data;

- visualising the fourth project data in the single graphical user interface; and

- indicating, in the single graphical user interface, a difference between

previous and current project activity data for at least one set of current and previous project activity data; or

- selectively visualising the previous first and/or second project data,

and/or the current first and/or second project data based on user input to a navigation pane.

6. A method of visualising project management information according to any of claims 2-5, wherein the step of storing the third project data comprises the step of defining and storing association data defining a hierarchy between the first and second project data, and wherein the step of visualising the first and second project data comprises visualising, in the single graphical user interface, the hierarchy between the first and second project data as defined by the

association data.

7. A method of visualising project management information according to any of claims 2-6, wherein the step of storing the third project data comprises the steps of:

- copying fifth project data;

- storing the copied fifth project data;

- defining and storing association data, the association data defining a first hierarchy between the fifth project data and the first project data, and defining a second hierarchy between the fifth project data and the second project data,

and wherein the step visualising the first and second project data, comprises the steps of:

- visualising the first hierarchy between the fifth project data and the first project data as defined by the association data;

- visualising the second hierarchy between the fifth project data and the second project data as defined by the association data; and

- visualising the fifth project data.

8. A method of visualising project management information according to any of claims 2-7, wherein :

- the project management computer program is executed through a user module;

- the first and second project data are obtained from one or more source data databases;

- the one more source data databases are provided at the user module or at a workstation or at a source server connected to the user module via a computer network;

- multiple instances of the project management computer program are executed by respective users.

9. A method of visualising project management information according to claim 8, wherein the one more source data databases are provided at a source server connected to the user module via a computer network, and wherein the user module obtains the first and second project data from the source server, and wherein the step of storing the third project data is carried out through the user module.

10. A method of visualising project management information according to claim 9b, wherein the organizer module administers user access rights to the first and second project data on the source server, and wherein the user module is only allowed to obtain the first and second project data from the source server if:

- the organizer module has granted access rights to the first and second project data to a user associated with at least one authorised user ID; and - at least one authorised user ID is logged in to the user module;

or

- no access restrictions to the first and second project data are defined in the organizer module.

11. A method of visualising project management information according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the method further comprises the steps of:

- identifying a project activity in the first project data;

- comparing the identified project activity in the first project data to the plurality of project activities defined in the second project data; and

- determining if the identified project activity in the first project file has a related project activity in the second project data,

and wherein the step of visualising the first and second project data includes visualisation of a single graphical entity in the single graphical user interface highlighting the identified project activity in the first project data and the related project activity in the second project file.

12. A method of visualising project management information according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the method further comprises the steps of:

- identifying an activity parameter defined for at least one identified first project activity in the first project data;

- comparing the identified activity parameter in the first project data to the activity parameters of the plurality of second project activities in the second project data; and

- determining if the identified activity parameter has a similar activity

parameter defined for at least one second project activity,

and wherein the step of visualising the first and second project data includes highlighting, in the single graphical user interface, the at least one identified first project activity and at least one second project activity having the similar activity parameter.

13. A method of visualising project management information according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the method further comprises the steps of:

- defining a third group of at least one first project activity and at least one second project activity; and

- generating group data on the third group,

and wherein the step of visualising the first and second project data comprises visualising the third group of first and second project activities in the single graphical user interface.

14. A method of visualising project management information according to claim 13, wherein the step of defining the third group of at least one first project activity and at least one second project activity comprises the steps of:

- identifying a first activity parameter of a first group of at least one first project activity in the first project data;

- identifying a second activity parameter of a second group of at least one second project activity in the second project data;

- comparing the first and second activity parameters;

- if the first activity parameter corresponds to the second activity

parameter, define a third activity parameter for the third group, the third activity parameter corresponding to the first and second activity

parameters; and

- define the third group comprising the at least one first project activity of the first group and the at least one second project activity of the second group.

15. A method of visualising project management information according to any of the preceding claims, wherein each step of the method leaves the first project data in the first data format and the second project data in the second data format unaltered.