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Stories, Tips And Tricks From Our Team’s Experiences With Primavera Since 1995

01 March 2018

Do You Need EV Calculated at the Resource Level?

Written by Mary Lynn Backstrom, PMP – Implementation Specialist

You are correct; out-of-the-box P6 does not calculate Earned Value (EV) at the resource assignment level. It only runs EV at the activity level which is fine for a start, but what to do when you need to ‘dig deeper’ and analyze crew performance? You can't use Global Change to calculate the resource assignment EV because the activity percent complete isn't available in the Global Change list of fields.

A very simple option is to use TAPS to input your schedule updates. TAPS is barcode updating (with additional functionality). By using TAPS, updates are faster and more accurate giving you (and your team) more time for schedule analysis. Yes, TAPS runs EV calculations at the resource level.

14 February 2018

P6-Loader v5 Usage Sheets Revolutionize P6 Database Maintenance

Written by Nicole Jardin, P.Eng. - CEO

When you have a large number of users in your P6 database, it is surprising how quickly that database can get “clogged up” with a lot of unwanted data. This happens even when using Sandbox databases, restricting privileges and every other trick you have thought of; long time P6 users know what I am talking about.

10 January 2018

P6-Loader - Easy Moving of Pre-Turnaround Work to the Turnaround Window

Written by Sue Hopkins - Implementation Specialist

On every Turnaround there are Pre-Turnaround activities that do not get done prior to the actual Turnaround and need to be moved into the Turnaround phase of the schedule.

The challenge is how to record actual hours earned in the PRE phase vs the TA phase, since a large number of these activities already have earned hours associated with them. Simply moving the activities would decrease the reporting of hours in PRE and create earned hours in TA for work that was actually done in PRE.

This can be done simply and quickly with P6-Loader.

28 December 2017

My PCM Forms/Reports are not Updating, What is Going on with BI Publisher?

Written by Dan MacMillan - Integration Specialist

In deploying our Emerald Primavera Contract Management (PCM) Productivity Cloud, we got the vanilla PCM installed and added our PCM add-on utilities for line numbering controls. Then we added some of our P6 and PCM automations to move change documents between the two systems.

To be on the safe side, we took backups and renamed databases, but we couldn't have predicted what would happen next...

28 September 2017

A Guide to P6 Archiving - Part 2

Written by Ian Nicholson, P.Eng. - VP Solutions

Archiving P6 Project Data and the Question of Location

This is part 2 of a series of blogs discussing best practices of P6 archiving. In Part 1 we discussed the question of time:

  • How long should you keep a P6 project file?
  • How do you track the date to archive your P6 project?

Now we will discuss the question of location.


archive project data

12 September 2017

A Guide to P6 Archiving - Part 1

Written by Ian Nicholson, P.Eng. - VP Solutions

Archiving P6 Project Data and the Question of Time

We get asked on a regular basis what the best way to archive P6 data is.

  1. How long should a project file be kept?
  2. What should be done with the project files when that time period has expired?
  3. Where should they be kept?
  4. How can we retrieve if we need them, especially with upgrades?

In this blog series, we’ll look at some of the options available to a P6 user and discuss the question of time.


Archiving P6 Project Data and the Question of Time


30 August 2017

How to upgrade Oracle OPPM from 16.1 to 16.1.3

Written by Paul Jardin - VP of Technology

Step by Step Instructions on how to Upgrade Oracle Primavera Portfolio Management

Here are step by step instructions on how to upgrade your Oracle Primavera Portfolio Management (OPPM) environment to the new 16.1.3 version. To learn more about OPPM you can visit our product page.

25 August 2017

What Is Happening With My Magic Quadrant Investor Map?

Written by Nicole Jardin, P.Eng. - CEO

A Look Inside Oracle Primavera Portfolio Management Graphical Analysis

Last week I logged in to my Oracle Primavera Portfolio Management environment and found that my items were in the wrong quadrants. Rather than having current tasks in my upper quadrants and future tasks in my lower ones, all my tasks were being broadcast as low priority and ending up at the bottom of the quadrant.


OPPM Magic Quadrant1

16 August 2017

How to Publish P6 Project Data - Now That You Have To

Written by Sue Hopkins - Implementation Specialist

In Primavera P6 16.x and Beyond You Need to Publish Your Project Data for Resource Analysis and a Whole Lot More

When working with resources in Primavera P6 Web version 16.x on, there is a new twist: the need to publish data. If you are trying to analyze resources and the following message displays, it's time to publish.


P6 Warning - Resources Don't Have Published Data


10 August 2017

This Job Site Really Needs Help!

Written by Mary Lynn Backstrom, PMP – Implementation Specialist

Addressing Primavera System and Connectivity Issues

Over the last few years I have worked with many clients on turnaround projects in remote trailers on job sites that didn't have great connectivity. Now I am no techy, so I cannot pinpoint what causes the problem, but I know there is a problem when the coffee maker is the busiest place in the trailer. Now I am talking trailer coffee here folks, that stuff is gut rot at the best of times. If the planning team is hanging around, it is because they have been kicked out of Primavera P6 again!


Primavera P6 Connectivity


In the current economy the mere suggestion of financial spends to address system issues are something that will elicit gasps, face palms and shocked facial expressions, let alone a few choice words. But during one of these “extended coffee breaks” I did some number crunching out of curiosity on what the downtime costs really were.

21 July 2017

How to Upgrade Primavera P6 16.x to Primavera P6 17.7

Written by Paul Jardin - VP of Technology

Step by Step Instructions on how to Upgrade Primavera P6

Here are step by step instructions on how to upgrade your Primavera P6 16.x environment to the new Primavera P6 17.7.


20 June 2017

Team Member - P6 Version 16.2

Written by Nicole Jardin, P.Eng. - CEO

There Are Some Great Improvements To Talk About

As longtime users of Primavera P6 and Timesheets, we were pleasantly surprised to see some great improvements in the timesheets part of P6 v 16.2. The approval portal, which used to be very hard (I would even say impossible) to work with, is now much easier. Oracle has particularly improved the ability to find what timesheets need approval, and there is better adherence to layered approvals by the resource and project managers. Both of these tasks used to be ordeals in the previous versions.

31 May 2017

Primavera P6 UDFs are a Breeze with the P6-Loader

Written by Nicole Jardin, P.Eng. - CEO

UDFs - Making Sure They are Clean


When working with a client to setup cost controls in P6, we were working with budgets, estimates, work in progress, incurred to dates etc. These required a lot of User-Defined Fields in P6 to make sure we were able to cleanly track all the values we were pulling from the disparate systems from accounting to spreadsheets.

As a contractor, we were planning to track both the costs of the project delivery and the sale to the client. This way we could also report on profit margins and markup.


22 May 2017

A Simple How To Guide on Scripting with the P6 API

Written by Ravi Wallau - Integration Specialist

A Technical Example Demonstrating What you can do With the P6 API

If you are a Java programmer, or if your organization has a Java programmer who is eager to learn about the Primavera API, there is a world of possibilities about what you can do with your P6 database. The P6 API is a powerful solution that lets you interact with the P6 database from a Java application.


04 May 2017

P6 Baseline Changes in Version 15.2 and Above

Written by Nicole Jardin, P.Eng. - CEO

Baseline Moved to Job Services

When I added my first baseline in 15.2, I uttered a few choice words because they were not working!


I could not see my baseline, it was not doing anything and I was getting a bit annoyed to say the least. I could not understand what was going on, I mean baselining is not a new thing in P6. So before you panic and get worked up like I did, you need to know that Primavera has made a technology change here.


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