July 23, 2007
Web Based Project Management with Primavera’s P6
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Web Based Project Management with Primavera’s P6
by Susan Smith
In an interview this week, Richard Sappé, industry market manager for AEC for Primavera talked about Primavera’s new P6 release, a web based project management system aimed at helping AEC companies deliver their projects more efficiently.
AECWeekly: What differentiates this P6 release from the past one?
available online is a key feature. Without being limited to a desktop application or client application for actually scheduling your projects, this is now directly available online so that without an installation, with just a browser to access it, you can schedule and dynamically update and dynamically schedule. As a result you can collaborate with the entire group of distributors to a project directly online. Whether you’re a project manager, project controls or owner or contractor you can directly see how the schedule’s going to impact you.
As a subcontractor, I can not only status my activities, I can give a status update which in turn means that progress payments can be made. I also see exactly when I need it. So my mobilization and demobilization requirements are perfectly clear and I’m not going to end up showing up on site with the space I need to work in still being occupied by previous contractors.
P6 is a further step for us to be able to handle from planning, to management, to control all the way through to the delivery of the project, all the relevant aspects that go into project delivery.
AW: What types of projects is it designed for?
RS: We’ve got an industry that ranges in projects from $200,000 renovations all the way up to multi million dollar projects. Traditionally, once you get into the mass majority the market has this perception that it’s not practical for smaller projects. Because of ease of deployment and ease of use, because it’s very much like something like Excel which is like common knowledge these days, it means you can bring the power of controls to any type of project even without having to add staff to an organization that can actually manage and handle schedules with intensive scheduling and controlled knowledge.
AW: What about BIM integration with P6?
fully integrated project management system throughout their organization which includes design but also includes document management, workflows, schedules, project management contract management, and estimating. Web deployability makes us very well positioned with this release to play in that collaborative space.
constructability, ties tightly together.
AW: How is the system configurable?
quickly get across projects, both on the construction and engineering side and get a very good high level view as to how my project is going. The user can configure the system the way he needs it to be.
If I were setting this project up, I could quickly develop a view that shows specific functionality, specific dashboards, graphs or analyses. I make this up from my engineering department, then I specifically add all those users to that view and it’s automatically pushed out to them when they enter the system. As an engineer I can go and further configure within that view, how it’s laid out and updated, and I can further configure what colors I want, etc.
AW: What feature have users been asking for the most?
In the web environment, we’ve incorporated a web programming language based on AJAX which is a new way of coding websites. This allows you to quickly refresh portions of the screen and allows you to quickly change graphics and detail graphic layouts online on your browser. The graphics capability in P6 online as well as in the client application, allows you to have multiple graphical layouts in your view on your browser showing different slices of different information. You can take one of those graphics, change it, edit it, turn it from a pie chart into a line diagram or histogram, without having to change the entire site.
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