How does “Level Resources” in Primavera P6 work?

Primavera have a function (called Level Resources) to solve the overload resource problem.

I will explain how does it work in this article.

We have 2 activities which is assigned resource called “Test”.

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Test can work 8 hour/day. These 2 activities happen at the same time so it will cause Test overload.

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When you use “Level Resources”, Primavera simply push 1 activity to start later so that Test will not be overload.

You can go to Tool -> Level Resources. And click on Level

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Now Primavera push activity 2 start date later so Test is no longer overload.

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How about we want to control what activity to push?

That will be controlled by the “Activity Leveling Priority”. You can show that column in the table.

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Now I will adjust Level of Activity 2 to be “High”

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Now if you run “Level resources” again, the Activity 2 will stay, the Activity 1 will be push away.

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There are lots of option you can configure to control what activity will be push, and how many day it will be push. These are advanced function which I might write in another article.

So the basic concept of Level Resources in Primavera is “push an activity start date later” so that resource will not be overloaded.

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Author: Khuong Do

Khuong Do is a Project Planner in Civil, Transportation and Oil & Gas Industry. He has worked as a Primavera Consultant Specialist since 2006 . He holds a Civil Engineering degree and a Bachelor of Information Management System. Now he is working in Petronas RAPID project, one of the biggest Refinery and Petrochemical complex, in Pengerang – Malaysia.

4 thoughts on “How does “Level Resources” in Primavera P6 work?”

  1. The problem in construction industry that management ask to level resources but DO NOT exceed the project finish date I mean target date……in that case how to manage like in the above example….if they say 4th July is the target date and you cannot get the test resource before 30th June…..

    looking forward a good reply..

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