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Connect: Oracle Primavera P6

Oracle Primavera P6 Compatibility

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Written by Aifric Delahunty
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Primavera P6 is one of the most widely adopted construction planning softwares, providing a central source-of-truth for project schedules - covering baselines, current plans, and actuals.

Sensat supports the visualisation of Primavera P6 files, providing access to schedules in an easy-to-understand visual format to streamline issue identification & resolution.

Key Features

  • Democratise access to schedules in an easy-to-use, accessible format.

  • Streamline issue identification & resolution

  • Interactive Gantt visualisation

  • 4D Modelling: Carry out digital rehearsals and project walk-throughs

How it works

1. Import your construction schedule

To get started, upload your Primavera P6 XER file to Sensat.

Your schedule file will then be uploaded and processed by Sensat.

2. View your schedule Gantt chart

Your schedule file will appear in the Layer manager along with your other project files.

To view the schedule press the Schedule button on in the top-right - note this button only appears once a valid XER file has been uploaded and processed.

The schedule Gantt chart will appear in a panel at the top of the screen.

  • Black Bars represent the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) groups that contain Activities and Milestones. They can be expanded and collapsed by pressing the + and - icons.

  • White Bars represent the Activities.

  • Orange Diamonds in black squares represent Milestones.

  • Relationships/Dependencies between activities and milestones are visualised as grey arrows.

How to adjust the panel Size

The panel can be resized to make it shorter or taller by clicking & dragging from the bottom edge.

How to navigate

To open/close Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) groups:

  • Click the + icon to open.

  • Click the - icon to close.

To move around the schedule:

  1. Click and hold anywhere on the background then move your mouse to pan in any direction.

  2. Use your touchpad scroll gestures to pan in any direction.

  3. Use your mouse scroll wheel to scroll up/down. Hold the Shift key to scroll left/right.

  4. Drag the scroll bars, or click either side of them, to scroll horizontally or vertically.

To show a smaller or larger range of time, zoom in/out:

  1. Click and drag the Zoom slider in the top right.

  2. Use your touchpad zoom gestures.

  3. Hold the Ctrl key (or Command / Cmd key on MacOS) and scroll with your mouse wheel.

Item Details

Click on any item to see more details.

WBS group & Activity details include: name, code, start date, end date, and duration.

Milestone details include: name, code, date.

NOTE: If the Schedule file contains Actual dates then these will be displayed, otherwise planned dates will be shown.

Work Breakdown Structure detail:

Activity detail:

Milestone detail:

3. Link your schedule to your BIM

Once you have uploaded your BIM models for each part of the sequence, simply "link" them to the relevant activities and dates in your schedule.

Once linked the models will take on the Start and End dates of the schedule item and only appear on the map when the correct time period is selected on the timeline.

4. 4D visualisation - walk through your sequence using smart jump

Once the Gantt chart and BIM models have been linked you can easily click through your timeline. The models will automatically appear on the map on the date specified by the Activity they are linked to.

The timeline highlights when changes are occurring on site, allowing users to quickly zoom in on the schedule and the 3D map to inspect the site for any potential issues and risks. Once identified, our commenting feature is the perfect tool for teams to flag and discuss resolutions.

Further Reading

Read more about Connecting Schedules.

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