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Oracle Primavera Cloud (OPC) Schedule Scenarios - What Can I Use Them For?

A schedule scenario is a what-if version of the schedule which allows the user to analyze and apply adjustments without affecting the current schedule. Using schedule scenarios allows you to create and manage multiple planning schedules, and modify details as evaluation and anticipation of different situations and project conditions occur, including resource and role requirements, response plans, delays, and other project issues. Most of the data in the scenario can be modified in the scenario as you would within the current schedule. The source of a scenario cannot be modified after the scenario is added.

Oracle Primavera Cloud (OPC) - What's New in v24.6?

Below is a high-level look at some of the new functionality available in Oracle Primavera Cloud (OPC) v24.6.

In a Program, the user can now use ‘schedule with multiple float paths’ functionality for any size of program.
Schedule the projects using multiple float paths and calculate the end date.

Oracle Primavera Cloud (OPC) - Looking to Add Formatting to Your Activities or Task View?

Keep in mind that when creating an activity view, customized formatting is available to help improve readability and keep focus on specific elements. You can apply a different font color, add a background color, or use filter options to create conditional formatting. Customization of table formatting is available on the Activities and Task List pages. It is saved in the view. Formatting is available for the cell, row, or column.

Oracle Primavera Cloud (OPC) - How to Create a Project Manually

I need to add a project in Oracle Primavera Cloud (OPC) manually (directly). What is the process? In OPC, a project can be created in a few ways: added directly, moved from project proposal to an approved project via a workflow process, copied from a project template, or imported into OPC from an external application.

To add a project directly, we will use the Add Project wizard to add details, user and group access, permissions, and companies to the new project. A new project can be created without data, or you can copy data from an existing project or template. Keep in mind that data stored at the workspace level and relationships between projects are not available to copy.

Access Projects and then View All Projects.

Oracle Primavera Cloud Version 24.4 - What Has Changed?

Some new functionality has been added to the new release of Oracle Primavera Cloud (OPC) version 24.4.

The user can now export baselines and scenarios as projects in XER format. The P6 XER format does not support baselines, and Primavera P6 does not support scenarios, but both can be exported from OPC as projects to be imported into P6 though. This will assist with the Time Impact Analysis and any subcontractor status update processes when contracts require that data be exchanged in XER format.

The Export to P6 dialog now allows selection of baselines and scenarios when Export format XER or Compressed XER is selected. The Export Baseline or Scenario Only is auto checked and read only when a baseline/scenario is selected.

Oracle Primavera Cloud - Activities Added in the Progress File but Not in the Baseline - Now What?

Commonly, new activities need to be added to your project as it progresses. What functionality does Oracle Primavera Cloud (OPC) offer to assist as new activities are not automatically added to the project baseline? You need to add the activities to the baseline, so OPC provides functionality to add them from the current schedule. OPC offers functionality to handle updates of the existing baseline with new activities without the requirement of creating a new baseline. When you must carry out this task, you need functionality to assist making the process easy to use as well as not labor intensive. Let’s have a look at what is involved.

Open the Activities page (Schedule App):

Oracle Primavera Cloud Reporting Cycles - What Are They?

Reporting cycles in Oracle Primavera Cloud (OPC) are defined to create reporting periods used to plan and update progress on scope assignments and to store period performance for schedule activities. Reporting cycles can be set to occur daily, weekly, semi-monthly, or monthly depending on the reporting requirements for a project.

Workspace Report Cycles:

Oracle Primavera Cloud Updates in v24.2

Below are a few of the many updates for Oracle Primavera Cloud (Prime) v24.2. This is not an all-inclusive list of the updates, but a few of the ones you may find helpful.

To start, you can now import a baseline or scenario of a P6 XML to create a new project or to create a scenario or baseline of an existing project. Any associated baseline categories will also be imported. Food for thought: this can provide additional flexibility on how baselines and scenarios are shared between owners, general contractors, and subcontractors.

New Functionality in Primavera P6 Professional v23.10

Range Copy/Range Paste, Project Count, CPP Format Export, Import from Excel

There are several new pieces of functionality in P6 Professional v23.10. We will start with a high level look at a few of the elements. One of the new pieces of functionality added allows users to paste multiple data entries from Excel directly into P6 Professional using range copy/range paste. Copy/Paste of a range is available in both directions: Excel to P6 or P6 to Excel. From P6 to Excel select the range, right click and select Range Copy (or use Shift+Ctrl+C), and then paste the range into Excel.

From P6 to Excel select the range, right click and select Range Copy (or use Shift+Ctrl+C), and then paste the range into Excel.

Early Dates, Late Dates and Total Float in Primavera P6

Primavera P6 utilizes CPM or Critical Path Method Scheduling. Using the activity information in a P6 schedule file, the early and late dates are calculated when the project is scheduled. P6 uses the activity durations and the relationships between the activities to calculate schedule dates. The schedule calculations are completed in two passes: the forward pass in the scheduling process calculates the early dates of each of the activities and the backward pass calculates the late dates. If the activity information (durations or logic) in your P6 schedule is incomplete or incorrect, scheduling results will be affected.

P6-Loader XER Conversion

Recently, a client of ours was using P6 Pro Client with P6 Pro Cloud Connect and had the caching option enabled. This user was using an older version of P6, 18.8, and in this version, problems with P6 Pro Cloud Connect were much more common than in the current version. The user would log into P6, logging in would take a few seconds, and then P6 would just crash. We checked the user configuration and disabled caching, and the user was able to login into P6 after that.

However, the user soon noticed that some of the projects he was working on were gone. What happened?