This article explains about Future Period Bucket Planning in primavera p6
Let discuss a case
Imagine there is an activity called Slab Reinforcement which requires 10 days to complete, Now for this activity you have assigned 10 labours to work/day.
And this is how this assignment normally looks in primavera
This means in Oracle Primavera P6, the budgeted or planned units for an assignment to that activity are spread evenly across the duration of the activity or call it as linear distribution
But in site we may not allocate resources evenly to all kind of activity, let me explain brief you
Types of activities
Method of resource distribution
|Curing concrete||Evenly distributed over time|
|Security checks||Evenly distributed over time|
|Excavation||Uneven distributed, during initial stages of activity, less resources are deployed, as it keep progressing density of resource allocation will increase and later at the end resources allocation will decrease|
|Footing work||Uneven distributed, during initial stages of activity, less resources are deployed, as it keep progressing density of resource allocation will increase and later at the end resources allocation will decrease|
Above table explains well that not all activities are same, and linearly distribution of resources are not possible for all activities
Now, how to tackle this issue????
Here come the savior, FUTURE PERIOD BUCKET PLANNING AND RESOURCES CURVES (I will explain resource curves this in another article)
What is future period bucket planning?
Using future period bucket planning we can manually enter the budgeted or planned resource allocation per assignment in the timescale unit you choose (days, weeks, months, quarters, years, or financial periods)
Here is an example
You can see above, that on initial days i will be using only 5 labours/day and then increased to 15 and at the end I reduced to 5.
So if you are an experienced planner and you have good idea on how resources will be spread practically, I recommend you to use future period bucket planning over linear distribution
This is the most precise way of resource or role distribution
How to perform Future period bucket planning in oracle primavera p6?
After resource is assigned, go to Project option in the menu bar and select resource assignment, this will take you to the window where you can perform future period bucket planning. You can manually edit over periods.
- You can compare the planned future period resource distribution to actual units and costs in the Resource Usage Profile, Resource Usage Spreadsheet, Activity Usage Profile, Activity Usage Spreadsheet, time-distributed reports, and the Tracking window. If you plan your project work in defined financial periods, after you store period performance, you can compare the resource distribution you planned to the project’s past period actuals.
- Activity costs, including earned value and planned value, are calculated using the planned future period resource distribution you define for activity assignments.
If you have more questions please post it in our forum, we are happy to help you
before finishing this article let me give you an idea of Resource curves
Its similar to future period bucket planning, but here you can’t manually enter the resource’s allocation, instead you have to assign curves to the resources like Bell shaped, Front loaded etc.
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