How does Resource Shift Calendar in Primavera P6 work?

In Primavera P6 -> Resources window -> Units & Prices tab, there is a selection box called Shift Calendar

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What does it use for? I’ll show how to use it in this article.

The Shift Calendar control the Price/Unit for activity, depend on what time activity start and finish.

For example, we have resource B which has different rate for different shift.

We click on Shift Calendar and select 3-shift Operations.

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We select Shift 1 and enter 15 $/hour

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We select Shift 2 and enter 10 $/hour

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We select Shift 3 and enter 13 $/hour

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To know what time does the Shift start and finish, we go to Enterprise -> Resource Shift

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Select 3-shift Operations and click Modify

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Now we can see :

  • Shift 1 start at 00:00, finish at 08:00
  • Shift 2 start at 08:00, finish at 16:00
  • Shift 3 start at 16:00, finish at 00:00

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We go to Activity window, let say we have 3 activities which is:

  • Duration is 1 day (8 hours)
  • Calendar : 7-Day Workweek (and 24 hours/day)

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We assign Resource B for all 3 activities.

Now because the start and finish time of each activity is different, the resource will have different Price/Unit.

Activity Excavation start at 00:00, finish at 08:00. The Price/Unit will be Shift 1 : 15 $

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Activity Steel start at 08:00, finish at 16:00. The Price/Unit will be Shift 2 : 10 $

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Activity Concrete start at 16:00, finish at 00:00. The Price/Unit will be Shift 3 : 13 $

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So based on the start and finish time of activity, Primavera will get the right Price/Unit for us.

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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.

2 thoughts on “How does Resource Shift Calendar in Primavera P6 work?”

  1. Hi Do!
    I have a doubt with this.
    I understood that the activities are in a 24h/day calendar. I need to use 3 different crew with 3 different shift in the same activity, but my P6 doesn’t calculate correctly the time nor the total budget. Should I cut the activity on 3 activities and assign every specific crew on each one? Or there is another solution to use only one activity?
    Thanks in advance.
    Nelson HM

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    1. Hi Nelson,
      May be you can try the “one activity” solution. You assign 3 crews (resource) on that activity but you will adjust the Start and Finish time of each resource differently (you can show these column in Resource tab) so that the price is decided by the resource shift.
      I never try this before. Hope that you will succeed 🙂

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