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Automatically update progress in Primavera: The difference between Apply Actuals and Update Progress

Jun 26
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 Here I will only explain what is the difference between these 2..
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How does "Resource curve" work?

Jun 22
How does “Resource curve” work?   Let say we have an activity with 100 days duration and 100 labor units. By default it use Linear spread. It mean, when you reach 5% of duration (5th day in this example) you have 5% of total unit (5 unit in this exam..
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What does "Effort driven" option do?

Jun 22
What does “Effort driven” option do? You may wonder what does “Effort driven” option in Task Detail Form do? Here I have 2 tasks. Task A doesn’t have Effort driven check. When I assign 2 resources to it, the Work unit for each resour..
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Create critical path for "any activity"

Jun 22
Create critical path for “any activity” In Primavera when we use the default “Critical” filter, it will show the critical path for the whole project (for the last activity). How about if we want to show critical path for an activity which is som..
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Can not filter on Start or Finish date

Jun 21
Can not filter on Start or Finish date You have a very simple project. You want to show only activity which finish on 25-Jan-16. As usual, you create an filter like this: Then… SURPRISE. It’s a blank screen. A big “WHY” quest..
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Remove relationship for multiple activities

Jun 21
Remove relationship for multiple activities You have a group of activities which need to be removed all relationship Instead of going to each activity and click the Remove button, you can select all activity -> right click ->  Assign -> Click on either Pr..
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Does it matter calculating the total float from the start dates or finish dates in P6?

Jun 21
Does it matter calculating the total float from the start dates or finish dates in P6? We were taught that the total float is the amount of time that the activity can be delayed without affecting the overall project duration. And the calculation of the total float is the difference ..
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Open Microsoft Project file and a blank screen appear

Jun 21
Open Microsoft Project file and a blank screen appear When you work with Microsoft Project 2010 in 2 monitor, you finish working, save the file and then next day you open a project file and a blank screen appear like this: What the he**, where is my project? At first I..
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Can not import Layout

Jun 21
Can not import Layout Your colleague send you Primavera XER file and Layout file. After you import project successfully, you click on Layout -> Open -> Import -> Select the layout. And this error appear: You may think “Wow, this layout file must be damaged. I n..
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How to backup and restore Primavera P6 SQL database

Jun 21
How to backup: Go to Start -> SQL Server Management Studio Enter Login information. The default username is “sa” and password is “Prima123Vera” Select the database, right-click, go to Task -> Back Up Click on “Add” button ..
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