Project Scheduling

Articles that explore project scheduling methodologies, best practice examples and share experiences from seasoned project planners.

construction claims

Construction Claims, Advises on Avoiding Them, and the Role of Primavera P6

Construction Claims Explained A construction claim can be described as an action for a mandate for something due against a contractor by the owner or vice versa, in which cases subcontractors and/or clients may be also involved. Construction claims often involve the demand for money and time spent. Construction claims can occur as the result …

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Primavera P6 File Corruption, Database Pollution and Solutions

Primavera P6 Database Corruption During File Imports and Why It Occurs Primavera P6 uses a database to store its data and this database can contain millions of values, dates, and other data. The database contains dozens of tables and along with massive amounts of data storage can come data corruption. Data corruption is part of …

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Understanding Primavera P6 Histograms

Introduction to Histograms Histograms are bar charts depicting distinct, numerical, and statistical data with the goal being to relate an analytical examination of patterns, frequencies, and intervals. Due to their analytical and statistical nature, histograms are popular in project management. Histograms allow the project team to view the patterns of data in a picturesque form, …

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Primavera P6 Calendars – Global vs Project Data

Introduction to Primavera P6 Calendars Primavera P6’s calendar features and capabilities are powerful tools for project and schedule management. Two of the three most common types of calendars in Primavera P6, global and project calendars, will be addressed in this article. The third type of Primavera P6 calendar is the resource calendar, which is very …

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Benefits of Using Critical Path Method (CPM)

Benefits of Using Critical Path Method (CPM) Scheduling for Construction Projects

Introduction to the Critical Path Method (CPM) The Critical Path Method, or CPM, is a scheduling technique that identifies the longest path of logically dependent and connected activities that it takes to reach the end of the project or the end project deliverable. Although there can be more than one critical path, otherwise known as …

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Project Health and the To Complete Performance Index (TCPI)

There is More Than One To Complete Performance Index (TCPI) The Earned Value Management (EVM) index of the To Complete Performance Index (TCPI) is a mathematical projection of the cost performance in a project that must be achieved on the remaining project work to meet the agreed-to business goals of the establishment. These agreed-to business …

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project progress

How to Use S-Curves for Monitoring and Reporting Project Progress

An S-curve is a representation of the cost, resource, or any other unit consumed plotted against the time taken. The S-curve can be created for any value you want, depending on the need of the hour. You can plot different S-curves for different values and then compare them to get important information about the project’s …

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Managing project health

Managing Project Health With the Schedule and Cost Performance Indices

Introduction to the Schedule and Cost Performance Indices The Earned Value Management (EVM) indices of Schedule Performance Index (SPI) and Cost Performance Index (CPI) encompass mathematical projections of a project’s overall health from a schedule and a cost viewpoint. Each project contains predetermined business goals that are anchored on the Budget at Completion (BAC) or …

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How to Do Progress Updating in Primavera P6

The purpose of this article is to showcase the process of gathering feedback from the field and updating the Primavera P6 project schedule through the manual use of Excel. This article will also illustrate the benefits of simplifying this process by using ScheduleReader for both the field teams and the project scheduler. Introduction to the …

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