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The Primaned Academy is open for registration!

Yes indeed, you can keep expanding your knowledge in the field of Project Controls in times of Corona. In fact, it might be even easier for you to invest time in education in case Corona created some gaps in your agenda. Of course we took all the measures necessary to avoid spreading the disease:

Claudia Dielemanby Claudia Dieleman

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Visualizer: An extraordinary view embedded in P6

Introduction

We are all familiar with the old-fashioned but convenient way of presenting our activities in Primavera P6: Gantt charts. Options for shapes of bars, lines and milestones are limited. That is why eventually you can easily run out of options while presenting your activities. It even started to engrave its own visualising norms: bars are blue on left side of the data date and green on right side of the data date. It is time to add some richness to our Gantt chart elements.

Firat Tekilby Firat Tekil

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The start of the Primaned Academy Field committee

The Primaned Academy continuously improves its education, responding to what organisations need for their employees. Our field committee consists of experts in project management, working for various organisations in the Netherlands. They give us advice, both solicited and unsolicited, in order to keep our training courses practical and relevant. The first meeting last month showed how much we can learn from each other in this rapidly changing and exciting field of Project Controls.

Angelina Schiltenby Angelina Schilten

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Primaned announces partnership with Safran

Primaned is a boutique consulting firm, specialising in Project Controls for the construction & engineering, petrochemical, health & pharmaceutical industries and government.

“Project Controls is the part of project management that captures, models, monitors, analyses and visualizes project data to generate insight into the project that results in improved decision-making so that maximal value is created for the stakeholders.”

Paul Vogelsby Paul Vogels

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First remote training

Last week we organised a first COVID-proof training. The participants of the PMWeb admin training could follow the interactive training without leaving their homes. In the near future, we will more often offer remote training courses.

Claudia Dielemanby Claudia Dieleman

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From Project Controls to Project Intelligence

How can Business Intelligence offer added value within Project Controls?

In the information age, knowledge is essential to remain competitive. Companies are making a shift towards attaining a data-driven culture. Interest in Business intelligence is on a steady rise and today more and more companies are even investing in more advanced set-ups like combinations of big data with artificial intelligence.

Matthias van Campenby Matthias van Campen

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Help! My baseline bars are in the wrong place!

When I started working with Primavera P6, I had a colleague who showed me how you can use ‘global change’ to make sure that your baseline bars are showing the right information. It was fairly simple: you just amended the planned dates to the dates you want in the baseline, and it’s done. Hu? Primavera is not capable of managing baselines? Of course, something else is going on. Like so often, Primavera turns out to be so powerful and versatile that one really needs to understand what’s under the hood to properly operate the system.

Gert Truyensby Gert Truyens

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Integral planning and risk management processes


Integrated project management is becoming increasingly important for project organisations in the Netherlands. At the Primaned Academy, we see that Planning and Risk processes in particular are increasingly carried out by a single person. Our risk specialisation trains a planner to carry out a qualitative risk analysis in order to prioritise and possibly quantify risks on the basis of a probabilistic planning.

Jelmer Wagenaarby Jelmer Wagenaar

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3 metrics, endless possibilities

I’m a true advocate for using (a basic implementation) of EVM on all your projects, or at least the philosophy. The use of Earned Value Management metrics gives a good insight in your current project status at a simple glance. By planning your project carefully and assigning budgets, in hours, euros, documents, resources, to your activities, a world of possibilities opens. Every project stakeholder can have their own personalized reports on their points of interest, with their own style of preference.

The level of project controls maturity has a great impact on the insight you can gain using the same, simple metrics provided by EVM. Let me take you through the different levels of reporting maturities, followed by some ideas on how to improve further than the classic methods.

Niels Ligtvoetby Niels Ligtvoet

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Planning for disaster

In times of disaster, we tend to call in force majeure on our projects, and therefore, keep our hands off. Stating no-one could foresee the possibility and impact of said force majeure, we cannot handle it within our project objectives of scope/time/cost. Both employer and contractor will take their responsibility and take a piece of the incurred damages. But can’t we plan for disaster? Are there established principles to do so?

Niels Ligtvoetby Niels Ligtvoet

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Training data 2020 available

In 2020, we will start the Project Controls course again.  In addition to a good foundation and learning a planning tool (Tooling), this course consists of four specialisations: Cost, Risk, Information and Claim. In 2019, several enthusiastic participants from different companies started the course.

Claudia Dielemanby Claudia Dieleman

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Change Control: 4 Levels of Change

Gert Truyens explains what the different levels of change are, what they mean and how you can deal with them.

Managing change will always be a challenge in projects. Its importance cannot be overestimated in order to successfully deliver projects. Messing up will have huge implications in a claim-oriented environment. Still we see many project teams struggling with organizing and following a proper change management process.

A first step which proved to be of great help, is differentiating between several levels of change. To do this, we start by defining 5 levels on which projects are managed.

Gert Truyensby Gert Truyens

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The “Too Late Is Possible” constraint in Microsoft Project

After following the tooling courses Oracle Primavera P6 Professional (P6) and Microsoft Project (MSP) one will identify differences between MSP and P6 on the following topics: milestones, adding activities (tasks in MSP), use of constraints, levelling, baselines, lags and relations. This blog will elaborate on the difference of using the “As Late As Possible” constraints in MSP and P6. It is essential to reckon this difference since it has a significant influence on the schedule.  

Remco Oudshoornby Remco Oudshoorn

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Primavera P6 duration issues – Hours per time period explained

Primavera is a wonderful tool but sometimes it’s calculations give weird results. For instance when filling in durations of an activity, you might’ve encountered a problem similar to the ones below:

  • Your activity duration is showing as 5 days but it starts on the 1st and already ends the 4th
  • Your units/time is showing 8h/d but Primavera is actually calculating with 12h/d

What is going on? Well it’s probably something to do with your hours per Time period settings.

Matthias van Campenby Matthias van Campen

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