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Fractional Durations Explained

You may have noticed in your schedule that the total float appears to be calculating incorrectly. Case and point, the image below shows the finish date is equal to the constraint date, but the total float is one day (it should be zero).When I first saw this, I used to think it was a bug in P6. I use...

Patrick Mullen
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When relationships are important (Copying an activity with its predecessors and successors)

There are situations, where you copy a group of activities including their relationships between each other. This is useful for duplicating activities between various sections or levels. Many of the schedulers are familiar with this scenario so I will not go over this one. This copy process is typic...

Ram Ramdass
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Assigning Multiple Relationships at Once

Most of us know the trick of linking a group of activities with a Finish to Start (FS) relationship. This is done by selecting multiple activities using Ctrl+click (If the activities are in different locations or non uniformly distributed over the schedule) or Shift+click (If they are...

Ram Ramdass
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Cost Loading in P6 - The Updating Process (Part 2)

In our "Part 1 of Cost Loading" article, we went over creating a new resource for cost loading purposes, assigning it to the activity, and adding costs to those activities. If you haven't seen that article, check it out here as we'll be referencing the schedule file that we created in that article. ...

Patrick Mullen
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Liquidated Damages - A Primer

Disclaimer: This article is not legal advice and is purely for informational purpose and based on the Author's experience and review of other literature in this domain. IntroductionTime is Money, and a delayed project impacts the Owner as well as the Contractor. A way of managing the risk of late co...

Ram Ramdass
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Cost Loading in P6 - Adding Costs (PART 1)

So, the spec requires you to have a cost loaded schedule. You simply want to add costs to each activity and bill them as you update the project. NOT SO FAST! The process in P6 can be really confusing. Let's go through it together to put another tool in the tool-belt. OverviewThere are a few differen...

Patrick Mullen
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WBS Format Tool for Excel - Tool is Attached

As a scheduler, many times you want to send look-aheads or other schedule information out to the team, but the formatting of the excel file looks horrific. There's no "colored banding" for the WBS structure, and the team complains "this is really hard to read". You end up spending hours formatting l...

Patrick Mullen
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Importing Actual Dates from Excel into P6

You sent out an excel file of the look-ahead schedule to the team, and they've updated the progress using the excel sheet you sent out. On a big project, there may be hundreds of activities that may have made progress and it would be incredibly tedious to manually input those dates into P6; not to m...

Patrick Mullen
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Add Intelligent ID's in Primavera P6

When you're all done building out your schedule, you'll want to add some sort of intelligent Activity ID system to identify the area, zone, phase, or other identifier to the activity. It's not necessary, but it can be helpful in identifying what the activity is when you're sending PDFs of the schedu...

Patrick Mullen
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Importing A File Into Primavera P6 (XER)

So, someone sent you a P6 file (XER is the file type) and you have NO IDEA how to view it. This walk-through will assume that you have P6 installed on your computer and will explain how to import an XER in P6.InstructionsStep 1:If someone sent you the file via email, download the file or save it to ...

Patrick Mullen
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