Development of a multi-layer project management framework for SME's using PHP and SQL

Hans-Jörg Schmölzer

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis

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TThe interconnection of people, machines and products in the fourth industrial revolution (I4.0) is opening up more opportunities for managing projects. In response to these developments, project management must evolve as a result of the possibilities of direct integration of machines and process data. The possibilities of automated connections therefore pose new challenges for the interfaces between the different layers. In order to be successful with digital project management, a multi-layered networked solution that uniformly notes the machine data, activities of the employees and the times of these activities is required. Especially for SMEs, the cost factor for the development and support of such a solution must also be taken into account. Another point of digitally supported project management is the security of the data input. These must be protected against unauthorised manipulation and extraction. The objective of this thesis was to develop an end-to-end, adaptable solution for the integration of production and process data into a project management tool, with particular emphasis on auser-friendly graphical user interface. For the purpose of cost-effectiveness open source solutions, specifically PHP and SQL, were used. By using the software mentioned above, a multi-layered project management tool linked to the machinery has been created and put into use. By using this system, it is now possible to present the administration of projects, machines and employees in a simple and concise way. This leads to a significant reduction in administrative effort. Through the automated connection of essential machine data, such as operating and idle hours, it is also possible to optimise maintenance intervals. This leads to a further increase in efficiency in the area of maintenance and enables the use of modern predictive maintenance algorithms in the future.
Translated title of the contributionEntwicklung eines multi-layer Projektmanagement-Frameworks für KMUs mit PHP und SQL
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Montanuniversität
  • Ralph, Benjamin, Co-Supervisor (internal)
  • Stockinger, Martin, Supervisor (internal)
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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  • Industry 4.0
  • Project management
  • Software engineering
  • Maintenance
  • Open source programming

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