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

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, PMI-SP, PMI-BA – 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.


01 May 2017

Poorly Named Data Elements in Your P6 Global Dictionary Causing Confusion?

Written by Iryna Mykolayenko, PMP - Implementation Specialist

A Project Code Called EPS!

Project codes in the global dictionary are an important part of an organization's enterprise data in P6. Needless to say, keeping this dictionary (as well as other global data dictionaries) clean and well-organized is an essential task for the application administrator, as well as for other admin superusers. Incorrectly named project codes and project code values result in confusion and translates into unproductive time for the users, which ultimately results in losses for the company. 


11 April 2017

Chasing Down Logic in P6? Trace Logic to the Rescue

Written by Mary Lynn Backstrom, PMP, PMI-SP, PMI-BA – Implementation Specialist

When trying to work through a large schedule and trying to understand the sequence of work, what tools can help make sense of multiple paths?


This is a question I have addressed numerous times in training classes and at client sites when building huge turnaround schedules with the planning team. In days gone by (P3 days) , we used to print trailer walls full of these logic diagrams. I am talking about 30 feet long by 10 feet high easily.


But with trace logic, we can do a lot of troubleshooting without killing so many trees.


27 March 2017

Saying Goodbye to Expedition 8.5 and Hello to Unifier - Part 2

Written by Ian Nicholson, P.Eng. - VP Solutions, Ravi Wallau - Integration Specialist

A Case Study From A Technical Perspective

Alberta’s Capital Health was a big user of Expedition from the 1990’s through to 2010. They had hundreds of projects that were sitting on a Sybase SQL-Anywhere server that needed to be retired but they needed to have easy access to the documents related to these health care projects.


Emerald solved their problem using the PCM-Archiver. This PCM add-on tool automates the extraction process of all projects and documents, and in this case, ultimately saved the client approximately 140 hours of computing work. For a more in-depth understanding of this project and its results please refer to Part 1 of Saying Goodbye to Expedition 8.5 and Hello to Unifier. In Part 2 we are going to explore a more technical perspective including some of the bumps we experienced along the way of extracting 1,213,318 documents, generating 1,123,318 Excel files, generating links for 39,384 attachments and generating 91,236 PDF files!

20 March 2017

Team Member Error - "Current Timesheet Period Does Not Exist"

Written by Dan MacMillan - Integration Specialist

How To Fix The Error in Team Member When Daylight Savings Time Kicks In

We recently turned our clocks forward an hour for the daylight savings adjustment. Today our users could not log into Team Member - they got an error indicating that the “Current Timesheet Period Does Not Exist”. What gives?

Team Member Error


15 March 2017

Saying goodbye to Expedition 8.5 and Hello to Unifier - Part 1

Written by Ian Nicholson, P.Eng. - VP Solutions, Ravi Wallau - Integration Specialist

A Case Study From A Functional Perspective

Primavera Expedition, now known as Primavera Contract Management (PCM), was a great tool in its day, and still is as PCM. We had a number of clients who ran their entire capital program on the tool with hundreds of large and small projects.


Now that PCM is moving into the extended support phase, how do you get years of data out of the system and preserve it for future reference?


PCM Archiver

14 March 2017

What's New - Unifier v17 SaaS

Written by Nicole Jardin, P.Eng. - CEO

A few weeks ago CEGBU released a new version of Unifier in their SaaS Cloud. This is their new release strategy with monthly releases in the cloud and yearly releases for on-premise.


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