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By ProjCon on 01/07/2016 15:43
Often there is discussion on why the EV needs to be matured and what are its benefits - tangible and...
By ProjCon on 22/06/2016 08:18
 How does “Actual units” spread when you use Resource curve


By ProjCon on 22/06/2016 08:15

How does “Resource curve” work?

Let say we have an activity with 100 days duration...
By ProjCon on 22/06/2016 08:13


What does “Effort driven” option do? 1

By ProjCon on 22/06/2016 08:09

Microsoft Project : Custom View (New view) appear in all Project When you need to...
By ProjCon on 22/06/2016 08:06
Create critical path for “any activity” 5

By ProjCon on 21/06/2016 22:27
Can not filter on Start or Finish date  

You have a very simple project. You want...
By ProjCon on 21/06/2016 22:25
Remove relationship for multiple activities 1

By ProjCon on 21/06/2016 22:23
Does it matter calculating the total float from the start dates or finish dates in P6? We...
By ProjCon on 21/06/2016 22:22
Open Microsoft Project file and a blank screen appear 1

By ProjCon on 21/06/2016 22:19


Can not import Layout Your colleague send you Primavera XER file and Layout...
By ProjCon on 21/06/2016 22:14

Shortcut for moving WBS element  

In WBS window, we can create a whole WBS...
By ProjCon on 21/06/2016 22:11
Does Resource Curve affect Remaining Late Unit 1

By ProjCon on 21/06/2016 22:08
Turn off Auto Compute Actuals for 1 activity 1

By ProjCon on 21/06/2016 22:06
When do we use “Store Period Performance” function? 2

By ProjCon on 21/06/2016 21:33
Export data to Excel with “lowest level” summary data only 3

By ProjCon on 21/06/2016 21:25

Convert Microsoft Project MPP to MPX to import to Primavera

By ProjCon on 21/06/2016 21:19
Graphing a P6 Resource S-Curve in Excel image020

By ProjCon on 21/06/2016 21:15
Critical path: Total Float vs Longest Path TheLongestPath_001

By ProjCon on 21/06/2016 21:11

Critical path by Total Float is wrong in multiple calendar project  

In Primavera we can define Critial activities by 2 option:

By ProjCon on 21/06/2016 21:08
Make report to Show only some WBS in Gantt chart 2

By ProjCon on 21/06/2016 21:05
Create activity list report include predecessors and successors 8

By ProjCon on 21/06/2016 21:01
Print report show predecessors in Gantt chart 3

By ProjCon on 21/06/2016 20:51
Show relationship between group of activities 2

By ProjCon on 21/06/2016 20:46
Primavera become slow – Limitations of SQL Server Express Edition 1

By ProjCon on 21/06/2016 17:46
How to backup and restore Primavera P6 SQL database 2

By ProjCon on 21/06/2016 07:02
Renumbering Activity ID in Primavera P6 4

By ProjCon on 21/06/2016 06:55

How to Trim Activity ID or Activity Name in Primavera P6 8

By ProjCon on 20/06/2016 21:46

How to modify Activity ID Suffix in Primavera P6 7

By ProjCon on 20/06/2016 21:30

How does Retained Logic, Progress Override and Actual Dates in Scheduling Options work? 4

By ProjCon on 20/06/2016 21:27
What does The Carat (^) Symbol next to the Resource Price/Unit in Primavera P6 mean? 1

By ProjCon on 20/06/2016 21:22
How to Download Primavera P6 Professional 10

By ProjCon on 20/06/2016 21:06

In Primavera, when you need to make a quick update of project (Let’s say everything goes as it’s planned) we have 2 ways of automatically update progress:

  • Apply Actuals
  • Update Progress
By ProjCon on 09/02/2016 21:57

Often we see the need to know the P6 software for becoming an effective Planner. Well that’s because Primavera is not just an excellent project management software tool where its application is limited to planning, monitoring and reporting of the projects but it goes beyond the project and has the capability to manage portfolio of large and complex projects in an efficient manner. It fulfils the need from top management to a project planner with its versatility to manage performance at project and portfolio level and because of this versatility P6 is the software tool of choice in industries such as oil & gas, power, construction, transportation, transmission, engineering, aerospace and security as well as in many other industry sectors.

By ProjCon on 11/09/2015 19:29

The science of project management was founded, in large part, to manage risk and prevent it from negatively affecting project objectives, schedules, and budgets.

Risk in any project is unavoidable. Fortunately, there are proven methods to identify and analyze potential threats so that appropriate risk responses are developed and the project's level of exposure is controlled.

Risk analysis has become an important discipline within the field of project management. It involves prioritizing risks and assessing each identified risk's probability of occurrence and potential impact, whether positive or negative. This paper explores both qualitative and quantitative risk analysis techniques applied to the environmental industry. It explains how to incorporate risk assessment into forecasting and shows how a project was able to increase forecast accuracy from 50% to 95% by using the described approach.

By ProjCon on 29/07/2015 21:14

Let us first understand the terms i.e., planning & scheduling:
Planning is control of time on a project by:
•    Project Plans which optimise expenditure of time, recognise cost implications and reflect the contractual obligations for the design, procurement, construction and commissioning of plant facilities.
•    Regular updates of all project activities and their inter relationships.
•    Early indication of deviations from the approved project programme so that action can be taken to minimise their effect.
It is to be noted that key elements of plans are Scope of work and Method of execution including WBS.  

By ProjCon on 28/07/2015 22:25

This is the era of tough competition in Construction business. Stiff competition in turnkey Engineer, Procure, Construct (or EPC) business has given the Customers plenty of choices and, as usual, Customers are the kings. Increasing trend to go for competitive Lump Sum Turnkey Contracts has narrowed down the margins in EPC business. In Lump Sum Turnkey contracts, maximum risk being to the EPC Contractor, the risks are continually increasing to the contractor. It is, however, every contractor’s endeavor to minimize the risk and cost and maximize the gains. Through this paper, the author has suggested a balanced approach in this direction with main focus on Engineering. The author recognizes that Engineering is one of the most important activities for an EPC execution and hence has stressed on optimizing the engineering performance (and hence cost).  Be it for Bidding, for Cost Reduction,  for Procurement or for Construction, Engineering is the key to success for all of these. Optimizing engineering cost necessarily means Increasing Productivity, without shifting focus from the quality, i.e., improving the overall Performance of Engineering. To improve performance, the current level of performance and target level of performance must be known, and then only one can try to approach towards the goal (target). Thus, it is imperative to have a comprehensive and credible Performance Tracking system. The traditional approach was to measure Engineering Performance in terms of Schedule and Jobhours only. Schedule performance provides the progress with respect to schedule while Jobhour performance gives the relative earnings with respect to spent hours. By measuring merely these two parameters, the real performance in respect of savings / loss to the project due to design development and cost of engineering were not being monitored. So, a comprehensive approach is required to measure the overall Engineering performance taking the latter two factors into the account, so that the corrective actions are in right area at right time.

By ProjCon on 28/07/2015 21:26


Construction industry is flooded with the Fast Track Projects these days and there is always a pressure on the contractor to bid the lowest, resulting in low profit margins. To achieve the dismal profit margins, it requires massive all-round efforts to develop a schedule and control it efficiently.

Delays may occur any time on a project, even with all sincere efforts to control a project and complete on time. Delay means loss of profit and/ or risk of facing hefty liquidated damages. In absence of proper analysis and documentation, the contractor may lose grounds for delay claim, though the delay is due to the sole responsibility of the other parties involved.

By ProjCon on 28/07/2015 21:25

We are often asked about what are criteria for building Risk schedule. In other

words, what factors needs to be taken into consideration while building a risk

schedule on which risk analysis will be performed.

Here is the plan check list which you may find it helpful -

By ProjCon on 28/07/2015 20:46

Across the globe, research is being done to reduce the capital cost of power projects to ultimately reduce the cost of unit power supplied to end consumer. This paper attempts to identify one of the ways of capital cost reduction i.e., by designing and executing multiple power projects simultaneously using standardization technique. Standardization is the extensive use of processes or procedures, products or components, in which there is regularity, or repetition and a record of successful practice. Using this concept, one can maximize the benefits of design standardization and bulk procurement.

By David B on 11/05/2015 21:21

Current methods for assessing activity progress, calculating project position and forecasting project completion (including the use of earned value analysis) are examined in this paper.  The disadvantages of current forecasting methods are discussed with special reference to single data point extrapolation and the difficulty for non-specialists in analysing s-curves.  A different method of forecasting project completion using simple linear regression and time series analysis is proposed which has real practical applications for project managers and allows them to easily and rapidly produce position and forecast data in a format that is understood by layman and specialist.

By ProjCon on 23/04/2014 08:59
One of the most important considerations of project planning is the scheduling of a project at the right level, at the right time – and that can be challenging
By ProjCon on 08/04/2014 14:43

With the growing use of project management software to analyse construction delays, comes the often overlooked question – how does the software really work? This is of course a pretty meaty query and way too big for a single article. But within it are some more manageable ‘bite-sized’ issues. One of these is programme scheduling and how out-of-sequence working is rationalized by the software during the scheduling process. Now whilst some might consider the usefulness of this topic limited to the planners’ amongst you, it is important to recognise its wider implications upon defining and quantifying critical path delays.

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By host on 05/12/2013 22:07
Engineering progress is commonly measured by assigning a weight, usually the required number of required...
By host on 05/12/2013 22:04
As the most common form of Contract for an industrial facility is an EPC Contract, we refer to EPC contractors,...
By host on 05/12/2013 21:48
- precise definition of interface between disciplines, through procedures, responsibility matrixes etc,...
By Anil Godhawale on 09/08/2013 08:57

In order for any project plan to have a successful outcome, a foundational order of events must take place. Before any action can take place there must be the coming together of minds to brainstorm and produce a working project plan that will entail from start to finish how it will be done and in what duration it will be finished.

By MSS Projects Analytics on 04/02/2013 23:22
This document discusses the features of P6 that currently link the actual and forecast resourcecurve,...
By MSS Projects Analytics on 26/01/2013 00:19
Risks are uncertain events/conditions that have the potential to negatively (or positively) impact project...
By MSS Projects Analytics on 26/01/2013 00:15
Resource Management is an essential part of effective Project Management. Primavera P6 has a host...
By MSS Projects Analytics on 26/01/2013 00:09
Trace Logic is a great tool available in Primavera P6 that...
By MSS Projects Analytics on 25/01/2013 23:58
Increase your productivity in Primavera P6 One thing that you can always be certain of with Primavera...
By Acumen on 25/01/2013 22:34
With the recent launch of the Fuse Schedule Index Calculator, we often get asked, what is the Schedule...
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