How to Fix the Formatting Bars Issues in Primavera P6 8.2

Formatting Bars Issues in Primavera P6 8.2

There are a number of issues with the Primavera P6 standard bar formatting in version 8.2 that need to be understood so the user may display the activity bars logically:

Actual, Remaining Critical and Remaining Critical Bars

It is recommended that you use the Primavera default bar display options displaying the Actual Work (this bar is displayed from the Start date to the Data Date), Remaining Work and Critical Remaining Work bars (these bars are displayed from the Data Date to the Finish date with the appropriate filter).

This is because the Early bar will not display actual progress as in other software packages. Please read the Understanding Dates section in the Tracking Progress chapter to understand how the dates are calculated that are used to draw each bar.

Total Float Bar

The Total Float Bar is called the Float Bar in the Bars form which is inconsistent terminology.

By default a Total Float bar is displayed on a completed task, but the Float value is set to “Null” (which is displayed as a blank). It is not logical to display a float bar when there is no float value:

formatting total bar float in p6

  • To prevent this from happening you should edit the total Float Bar Filter in the Bars form so it is only displayed for Not Started or In Progress activities:

formatting bars in p6 8.2

formatting bars in p6 version 8.2

  • This is what it should look like now:

formatting bars in primavera p6

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Activity Types and Milestones in Primavera P6 Version 8.2

primavera p6 wbs activitiesActivity Types and Milestones in Primavera P6

An Activity may be assigned one of the following default Activity Types using the drop down box in the Project Defaults tab:

  • Finish Milestone
  • Level of Effort
  • Resource Dependent
  • Start Milestone
  • Task Dependent
  • WBS Summary
TASK TYPE DESCRIPTION
  • Task Dependent
These Activity Types have a duration and will only calculate the duration using the assigned calendar even when one or more resources are assigned to an activity.
  • Resource Dependent
These Activity Types have a duration and will calculate the duration only using the calendar assigned to the activity when NO resources are assigned to the activity.

These activities acknowledge Resource Calendars when resources are assigned.

This is similar to an Independent Activity Type in P3 and SureTrak.

They acknowledge the Activity calendar to calculate the Early Start date.

  • Level of Effort – LOE
This Activity type is similar to P3 and SureTrak Hammock activities. It spans from the start or finish of one or more predecessor activities to the start or finish of one or more successor activities which are linked by relationships.
  • Start Milestone
A Start Milestone has a start date and no finish date and is scheduled at the start of a time period and may not be assigned Resources.
  • Finish Milestone
A Finish Milestone has a finish date, no start date and is scheduled at the end of a time period and may not be assigned Resources.

Changing a milestone from Start to Finish would not affect a schedule when all the tasks are on one calendar but would move the milestone from the start of a day to the finish of the previous day.

  • WBS Summary
This Activity type calculates in the same way as P3 and SureTrak WBS activities and they span all activities with the same WBS code, but without relationships that are used with LOEs.
primavera p6 version 8-2 info button A Milestone has zero duration and is used to mark the start or finish of a major event. Primavera differentiates between Start and Finish Milestones in the same way as P3 and SureTrak, where a Start Milestone has a start date and no finish date and a Finish Milestone has a finish date and no start date. This is unlike Microsoft Project, which only has one type of Milestone. Later versions of Microsoft Project allow milestones with durations.

primavera p6 wbs activity types

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