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(PS-2063) The Inner Workings of Oracle/Primavera P6™

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Primary Author: Mr Ronald M Winter PSP

Audience Focus: Intermediate
Application Type: Application
Venue: 2015 AACE International Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, USA

Abstract: Oracle/Primavera P6 scheduling software is noted for its diverse and extensive set of features and range. The newer date fields and their calculation methods have started intense discussions and caused some misunderstanding in the scheduling community. The sheer number of different date fields can be a benefit or a curse to the scheduler depending on mastery of how they should be used.

Every scheduler should clearly understand the software’s methods of calculation to use this powerful tool at its full capacity. This paper will define the durations used and describe the P6 date fields, their uses and the underlying calculations. P6 examples will be used to prove how the little-known method of calculating the CPM on a schedule with status is really accomplished. This presentation is based on an earlier paper presented in 2009 with new and updated information and new emphasis.