P6-fda-001: Using Primavera p6 for schedule forensic delay analysis

This course provides in-depth training on how to conduct a schedule forensic delay analysis within P6. It starts with establishing a quality P6 baseline programme in line with current best practices. Different advanced scheduling scenarios will be presented and debated. We will then discuss delay types and introduce the delay analysis techniques, discussing their applicability and use. Finally, we will carry out the various analyses in P6 and examine the subtleties of using P6 in this manner. The course will conclude with a comparison of each technique, and a presentation of a reporting template for schedule impacts.

We will examine various scenarios and apply the delay analysis techniques taught in the class to these scenarios, discussing the results of each method.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand advanced principles behind CPM programmes

  • Interrogate the quality of a programme and correct errors in a P6 schedule

  • Have an understanding of the DCMA 14-Point Analysis

  • Differentiate between the different forms of Delay Analysis

    • As-Planned Vs As-Built

    • Impacted As-Planned

    • Collapsed As-Built

    • Time Impact Analysis

  • Understand how to use P6 to calculate delay impacts

  • Deliver effective presentations of Delay Analysis outcomes in P6

Prerequisite: Proficient experience with scheduling in P6 is required, and/or past attendance at Introduction to P6 course, P6-001.
Delegate Profile: P6 Planners, and Schedulers
Course Length: 2-days (09.30am till 4.30pm)
Class Size: Maximum 6 students per class
Course Price: €1,200 per person (when booked online a discount is applied)
***Payment must be received in full upon registering in order to secure your place***

At the completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Analyse and improve the quality of a schedule in P6

  • Capture impacts against a P6 schedule in an organised way during the life cycle of the project

  • Display schedule delays based on variety of delay methods

    • As-Planned Vs As-Built

    • Impacted As-Planned

    • Collapsed As-Built

    • Time Impact Analysis

  • Use P6 to carry out schedule delay analysis

  • Clearly present the outcome of the delay analysis process

  • Learn tips & tricks for capturing relevant delay information within Primavera P6

  • Create intelligence within their Activity IDs

  • Create template Layouts, Filters, and Reports to use on their FDA

Course P6-FDA-001 – Using Primavera P6 for Schedule Forensic Delay Analysis

Forensic Delay Analysis (FDA) can be defined as “the study of event interaction using the critical path method of scheduling to understand the significance of deviations from a baseline for potential use in legal proceedings”. More simply put, FDA is about examining what actually happened on a project, how it differed from the original plan, whose fault it was, what effect it had, and ultimately being able to use this information to back up or contest a claim.

Forensic delay analysis, like many other technical fields, is both a science and an art. As such, it relies upon professional judgment and expert opinion and usually requires many subjective decisions. One of the most important of these decisions is what technical approach should be used to measure or quantify delay and identify the affected activities in order to focus on causation (cause and effect). Equally important is how the analyst should apply the chosen method. Professional judgment and expert opinion ultimately rest on subjectivity, but that subjectivity must be based on diligent factual research and objective analysis of the results.

Oracle Primavera P6 is one of the most widely used scheduling software in the industry, with many features that are crucial when impacting baseline programmes. Therefore, P6 is a logical choice for carrying out Schedule Forensic Delay Analysis. We will use P6 throughout this course for schedule interrogation and delay analysis. Advanced features of P6 will be highlighted as needed for understanding the impact of delays on the baseline schedule.

We will examine what constitutes a deviation from the plan, and how we can record progress and identify delays on an updated schedule within P6. This will lead into an in-depth discussion of the various methods of delay analysis, highlighting their advantages and disadvantages, along with a presentation of how to implement each method within the software.

It is important to recognize that no forensic delay analysis method is perfect. The level of accuracy of the answers produced by each method is a function of the quality of the data used therein, the accuracy of the assumptions, and the subjective judgments made by the forensic schedule analyst. But regardless of method there is one common theme throughout all and that is the importance of a quality schedule and the availability of verifiable records to back up your position.

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