Setting New Activities in Primavera 8.2 – Duration Type and Percent Complete
Setting New Activities in
Primavera 8.2 – Duration Type
and Percent Complete
New Activity Defaults
After creating a new project and before adding
activities it is important to set the defaults such
as the Activity ID Numbers and Calendars.
By setting them correctly before adding activities you
will save a significant amount of time because you will
not have to change a number of attributes against all
activities at a later date.
These defaults are set in the Defaults tab of the Project
None of the Duration Type options affects how the
schedule calculates until one or more resources is
assigned to an Activity. The following options are
Fixed Duration & Units/Time
Fixed Duration & Units
If you do not plan to add resources to Activities, then
you do not need to assign a Duration Type and it may
be left as the default.
This topic will be covered in detail in the Assigning
Roles and Resources Expenses chapter.
Percent Complete Type
The Percent Complete type should be understood if it
is intended to be used to update (status or progress)
the schedule. This option may be set for each activity
individually in Primavera and the default for new
activities is set in the Percent Complete Type drop
Primavera has many Activity Percent Complete fields
that may be displayed in columns and we will discuss
four of them now:
Activity % Complete, which may be linked to one
only of the three following % Complete fields and is
always linked to the % Complete displayed on
the Gantt Chart bars:
Physical % Complete, which is independent of
activity resources and durations,
Duration % Complete, which is linked to activity
Units % Complete, which is linked to resource
There are three percent complete options; each new
activity is assigned the project default Percent
Complete Type and then this may be edited for each
activity as required.
Therefore, for example, when the option of Physical %
Complete is selected for an activity then the Activity
% Complete and the Physical % Complete are
linked and a change to one will change the other and
this value would be displayed on the Gantt Chart.
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