Correctly interpreting Activity Duration in Primavera P6

Duration and Calendar Duration, Time and Units/Time explained, P6 basic.

Time is of the essence. Both in project control and in our personal lives. As we’ve been dealing with time since childhood, you would assume we have learned to communicate on it effectively and unambiguously. But when someone says: “this activity is going to take 48 hours” you might take that as 2 days while he might’ve meant it will take two persons 3 8-hour-working days to complete.

Matthias van Campenby Matthias van Campen

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Finally, a tool to manage Project Scope

For a long time, when thinking about Project Management, the first thing people associate to was scheduling. Naturally, most project-based software tools, like Microsoft Project or Primavera P3 and the subsequent Primavera P6 Professional, were focusing on that process. Other tools existed, focusing on different areas, but always a specific one, like Primavera Risk Analysis, for example, which focuses on risks. No well-balanced and integrated tool did exist.

Joao Mirandaby Joao Miranda

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Claim Analysis Specialists – the morticians of project controls

One of the emerging techniques within project controls is (forensic) delay analysis. It is one of the money makers of project controls. Forensic schedule analysts are among the finest and most respected experts in project controls. They study and investigate events and use Critical Path Method-based techniques to calculate the cause and impact of delays with an aim to support claims through negotiation or even legal proceedings.

At Primaned Belgium, we consider it to be a growth opportunity and we do invest a lot of time to continuously improve our skills in delay analysis. Nonetheless, we have mixed feelings about this domain.

Stijn Van de Vonderby Stijn Van de Vonder

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Schedule Quality: Technical Requirements

As consultants, we frequently come across schedules of substandard quality. You’ve probably seen our top-picks of mistakes as well: overuse of SF-relationships, too many constraints or even the absence of links between the activities. We receive requests to perform a schedule quality analysis more often these days, so it seems that the market starts understanding the importance of quality standards.

Gert Truyensby Gert Truyens

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The Profile of a Planning Engineer

At many companies involved in large-scale projects, I’ve noticed that project engineers could be engaged for any project and for many different roles. It seemed to me that little care was taken in how well the new role fitted with the talent, skills and personality of the project engineer. So it is fate that decides if one becomes a superintendent, calculator, budget estimator, QHSE engineer or… planning engineer! Just like you, I have witnessed quite some mismatches and this should not surprise you. Being engineer because you studied something along these lines, doesn’t erase your personality and predominant skills.

Gert Truyensby Gert Truyens

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The surprising usefullness of Level of Effort activities

Activity types: ‘Level of Effort’ and ‘WBS Summary’, what are they and what can they be used for? The first ones are also referred to as ‘Hammock activities’. Doesn’t that have a nice ring to it? This term stems from their appearance as activities ‘hanging’ between two dates. In this blogpost, we will give a quick technical explanation and their most common use, but we’ll also show four situations where they can be surprisingly useful.

Jean-Carl Vandekerckhoveby Jean-Carl Vandekerckhove

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