Live Online P6 Training in Australia

Primaskills has partnered with New Horizons to present Primavera P6 Version 7 to 8.3 Professional and Optional Client courses using On Line Live technology.

What is Online LIVE (OLL)?

New Horizons’ Online Live training model allows students to experience live instruction from expert trainers, access live, hands-on labs and use authorised vendor curriculum, all from a remote location. Please go to to see more details on OLL courses.

When are the P6 Training Courses?

Courses have scheduled on Australian East Coast time zone on the following dates:

  • 15-17 October 2013
  • 11-13 February 2014
  • 8-10 April 2014
  • 10-12 June 2014

How to Book

Click on this link to book into an OLL P6 course, select any State and City and select an OLL course:

Primavera P6 Training – How to Assign Calendars to Activities

Project Planning and Control Using Oracle Primavera P6 - Version 8.2 EPPM Web

Primavera P6 Training Tips – Assigning Calendars to Activities

In P6, project activities often require a different calendar from the default Project Calendar that is assigned in the Project Information form. Primavera enables each activity to be assigned a unique calendar.

An Activity Calendar may be assigned by the General tab of the Bottom Layout or by displaying the Calendar column.

Assigning a Calendar Using General Tab of the Bottom Layout Form

  • Select one activity that you want to assign to a different calendar. Multiple activity selection may not be used. Open the General tab of the Bottom Layout,
  • Click on the  icon in the Activity Calendar box to open the Select Activity Calendar form,
  • Select either Global or Project from the drop down list in the top left menu, and
  • Select an Activity calendar by clicking the  icon.

Assigning a Calendar Using a Column

You may also display the Calendar column and edit the activity calendar from this column. The process of displaying a column is covered in the Formatting the Display chapter.

Edit, Fill Down may be used to assign a new calendar to multiple selected activities.

assigning activities with calendar columns - primavera p6

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Latest Primavera P6 Training Ebook Relased on Kindle

Project Planning and Control Using Oracle Primavera P6 - Version 8.2 EPPM WebThe book “Project Planning and Control Using Oracle Primavera P6 Version 8.2 EPPM Web” has been published to the Kindle Store and is already available for readers to purchase here.

Make sure to check out this link –  Project Planning and Control Using Oracle Primavera P6 Version 8.2 EPPM Web

ISBN 978-1-921059-67-4

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How to Add a New Activity in Primavera P6 Version 8.2

Adding New Activities in Primavera P6 Version 8.2

It is often quicker to create a schedule in a spreadsheet and import the data into the scheduling software. Primavera offers a spreadsheet import function found under File, Import… which is very user friendly. warning symbol Some data associated with an imported activity must exist before the activity is imported from Excel otherwise it will not be imported. This includes items such as Roles, Resources, and Activity Codes. These data items may be imported using the Primavera SDK (which is loaded from the installation CD and instructions are available on the Administration Guide) and an Excel spreadsheet available from the Oracles Primavera Knowledgebase.

To add an Activity to a Primavera P6 project in the Activities Window you must first open the project, select the appropriate WBS Node and then:

  • Select Edit, Add, or
  • Press the Insert key on the keyboard, or
  • Click on the  Add icon on the Edit toolbar.

Default Activity Duration

The default activity duration for newly created activities is specified in the Admin, Admin Preferences…, General tab Activity Duration cell.

primavera p6 default activity duration

Copying Activities from other Programs

Activity data may NOT be copied from or updated from other programs (such as Excel) by cutting and pasting.

Copying Activities in P6

Activities may be copied from another project when both projects are open at the same time or copied from within the same project using the normal Windows commands Copy and Paste, by using the menu commands Edit, Copy and Edit, Paste, or by using Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V.

One or more activities may be selected to be copied by:

  • Ctrl-clicking, or
  • Holding the shift key and clicking on the first and last activity in a range, or
  • Dragging a range with the mouse. With this operation be sure to select the whole activity or activities, not just a cell.

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New Book Release – Project Planning and Control Using Oracle Primavera P6 Version 8.2 EPPM Web

primavera p6 version 8.2 training book

Project Planning and Control Using Oracle Primavera P6

Version 8.2 EPPM Web

SHORT DESCRIPTION ON FRONT COVER A user guide, reference book and two-day training course written for Project Management Professionals who wish to learn how to plan and control both an unresourced and resourced project in an established Oracle Primavera environment.

This book is an update of the author’s unpublished book titled Planning and Control Using Primavera P6.1 Web and includes the new features of Oracle Primavera P6 Version 8.2 Web.

SHORT DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT MATTER The book is packed with screen shots, constructive tips and contains workshops with solutions at the end of each chapter for the reader to practice the skills taught. It has been written so it may be used with then EPPM Web tool.
READERSHIP The book is aimed at:

Ø  People who wish learn the software but are unable to attend a training course and find the software reference manual hard going.

Ø  Project management companies who wish to run their own software training courses or provide their employees with an alternative text to the vendor supplied user manual.

Ø  Training organizations requiring a training manual to run their own training courses.

This book is a PMI Approved course and instructors PowerPoint slide shows are available to training organizations. PMI REPs may apply to have this course licensed to them and award 21 PDUs to each attendee.

BACKGROUND ON BOOK Primavera Systems Inc. originally asked the author to write this book and this publication is ideal for people who would like to gain an understanding of how the software operates up to an intermediate level.

It only covers the Primavera Versions 8.2 Web tool. It explains some of the differences from the Professional tool, SureTrak, P3, Microsoft Project and Asta Powerproject to assist people converting from other products.

The book is designed to teach planners and schedulers in any industry how to setup and use the software in a project environment. It explains in plain English and in a logical sequence, the steps required to create and maintain an unresourced and resourced schedule. It tackles some of the more complex aspects of the software that the user manual does not address. It highlights the sources of information and the methods that should be employed to produce a realistic and useful project schedule.


The book provides advice on how on how the many software options may be applied to projects environments and it aims to teach readers how to plan and control projects created within the software package and stays focused on explaining how to use Primavera to schedule projects by:

Ø  Concentrating on the core functions required to set up an enterprise environment and how to plan and control projects.

Ø  Providing command lists at the start of each chapter as a quick reference.

Ø  Providing a comprehensive table of contents and index of all topics.

The book is intended to be used:

Ø  As a self teach book, or

Ø  A user guide, or

Ø  A training manual for a two day training course.

This book is written by an experienced scheduler, who has used the software at the sharp end of projects and is not a techo. It draws on the author’s practical experience in using the software in a wide variety of industries. It presents workable solutions to real day to day planning and scheduling problems and contains practical advice on how to set up the software and import data.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Paul Harris holds an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering obtained in the UK and is a Certified Cost Engineer through AACEI International, a PRINCE2 Registered Practitioner, an Approved PRINCE2 Trainer and a “Managing Successful Programmes” Registered Practitioner. He has worked in the project controls industry for a number of years and has assisted many companies in a range of industries to set up and run project controls systems. His Melbourne, Australia based company, Eastwood Harris Pty Ltd, offers project controls consulting and training services world wide with a strong focus on Microsoft Project and Primavera software.
AUTHOR’S COMMENT As a project controls consultant I have used a number of planning and scheduling software packages for the management of a range of project types and sizes. The first books I published were user guides/training manuals for Primavera SureTrak®, P3 and® Microsoft Project users. I was then approached in 2002 by Primavera Systems Inc. to write a book on Primavera Version 3.5. I have now refined this original book over the years and recently converted to cover the Web tool as well. This book follows the same layout as my other books and I trust this book will assist you in understanding how to use Primavera P6 Web to plan and control your projects.

Primaver P6 8.2 Training – Setup a New Project With Project Dates

primavera p6 version 8.2 training bookSetting Up a New Project in Primavera P6 Version 8.2

To review or modify some of the basic Project or EPS information entered when a project was created, ensure that the Project Details form is displayed in the bottom of the screen:

  • Highlight a project or EPS Node,
  • The project must be open to edit some project data,
  • You must also have the appropriate access rights to edit data,
  • Select View, Show on Bottom, Details and click on the General tab:

new primavera p6 8.2 project

  • The Risk Level may be used to sort and filter Projects and EPS Nodes.
  • The Project Leveling Priority is used when leveling a project to reduce peaks in resource requirements. Value of 1 is the highest and 100 the lowest.
  • Check Out Status enables the user to determine if the project is checked in or checked out (New to Version 4.1). Checked Out By and Date Checked Out enables the user to establish if the project is currently checked out.

Setting Project Dates in P6 Version 8.2

At this point, a project would not have normally started and you would set the project start date sometime in the future using the Planned Start field in the Projects Window, Details form, Dates tab. To open this form:

  • Highlight your new project,
  • Select View, Show on Bottom, Details and click the Dates tab:

primaver p6 8.2 setting project dates

  • Scheduled Dates

Ø  The Planned Start is the date before which no activity will be scheduled to start.

Ø  The Must Finish By date is an optional date. When this date is entered it is used to calculate the Late Finish of activities, thus all Total Float will be calculated to this date. This topic is covered in the Adding Relationships chapter.

Ø  The Finish date is a calculated date and is the date of the completion of the last activity.

Ø  The Data Date is used when updating a project. This topic is covered in the Tracking Progress chapter. Unlike Microsoft Project, all incomplete work is scheduled to take place after this date.

Ø  The Actual Start date is inherited from the earliest stated activity.

Ø  The Actual Finish date is inherited from the latest completed activity when all activities are complete.

  • Anticipated Dates

Ø  The Anticipated Start and Anticipated Finish dates may be assigned before a WBS structure and Activities have been created. The start and finish dates columns and bars at the EPS level adopt these dates when there are no activities. After Activities have been created, they may remain as a historical record only and are not displayed or inherited anywhere else.

Ø  Anticipated Dates may also be assigned to WBS Nodes in the WBS Window.

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