Calendars in Oracle Primavera P6
Sep21

Calendars in Oracle Primavera P6

Project Scheduling couldn’t take place without a P6 Calendar making them fundamental to an Oracle Primavera P6 system.

Every calculation using dates needs a Calendar to work. In many ways, the Calendar is the most fundamentally important part of Oracle Primavera P6.

Problems with the dates calculated in a P6 Schedule or availability profiles are often traced back to the Calendars used and long-held misconceptions about them.

This post will explore Calendars in Oracle Primavera P6 and provide some tips about setting them up and using them with your projects and resources.

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How Long Is a Primavera P6 Day, Week, Month or Year?
Sep07

How Long Is a Primavera P6 Day, Week, Month or Year?

60 seconds in every Minute and 60 minutes in every Hour, but how many hours in each Primavera P6 Day?

Most days for most people have 24 hours in them, but not every day has 24 hours in it. On the day the clocks go forward, such as the start of British Summertime, it ends up with just 23 hours in it. The clocks move backwards again at the end of British Summertime and the day has 25 hours in it.

When it comes to project scheduling we need the length of a Day to be consistent. The same goes for a Week, a Month and even a Year. This post looks at how Primavera P6 achieves this and just what a Primavera P6 day actually is.

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Create a New Project for Primavera P6 Newbie
Sep06

Create a New Project for Primavera P6 Newbie

This is my first of a series of posts for new users of the Oracle Primavera Professional client. It is intentionally opinionated and prescriptive with the aim of getting the newbie user up and running as fast as possible. The detail and options available will be dealt with else where.

The format of the post is a set of instructions for the newbie to complete and this is followed by some explanation. I make use of the Oracle Primavera Professional client throughout. So let’s get started.

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How To Load Activity Code Values Into P6 From Excel
Jul21

How To Load Activity Code Values Into P6 From Excel

In this post, I will show you how to import Activity Code values from Excel into Oracle Primavera P6 without having to type them in or resort to programming in Java.

It is a fairly common request and is nearly always met by someone offering their Java code or suggesting the use of the ODBC flavour of the Primavera SDK.

Both can be difficult and time-consuming to do and involves having to install either the Primavera SDK or installing the Primavera Java API.

Here I will show you how to import Activity Code values using nothing but Excel and some simple formulas.

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Creating A P6 Java API Session
Nov08

Creating A P6 Java API Session

Oracle Primavera P6 has a very rich Java API which has the potential for businesses to build applications around the Primavera P6 product.

Although there can be many kinds of applications, they all have to create a session and login.

In this blog post, I share the class I have used for many years which makes it easier to use the Java API in local mode or remote mode.

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