How to update Baseline in Primavera P6

Baseline is something we usually do not change. However in some case we need to change it.

I will show you how to do it.

We have a simple project which is assigned a baseline

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After a few update period, the project is delayed quite far from the baseline

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After discussion with the Owner, they allow us to update our baseline to be identical to current schedule.

There are some ways to update baseline.

Option 1:

We will create a new baseline based on our current schedule and assign the new baseline to our project.

First you have to make an important configuration.

Go to menu Admin -> Admin Preferences.

In Earned Value tab, select “At completion values with current dates”

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Go to menu Project -> Maintain Baselines. Click Add to create a new baseline

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Go to menu Project -> Assign Baselines. Select baseline B2

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Now you can see the baseline have been updated

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Option 2 : Restore baseline

Go to menu Project -> Assign Baselines. Select Current project

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Go to menu Project -> Maintain Baselines. Select the baseline and click on Restore button

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Now go to the Project window and we can see the baseline become a normal project which we can open and update easily.

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After finish updating the baseline project, you will convert it to become a baseline again.

Open your “main” project. Go to menu Project -> Maintain Baselines. Click on Add button. Now we will select option “Convert another project…”

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And select the updated baseline project

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Now your project will have a new baseline.

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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.

8 thoughts on “How to update Baseline in Primavera P6”

    1. Hi Jorge,
      Thanks for your comment.
      You’re right. In Maintain Baseline window we have a “Update” button which is used to update baseline, but it’s quite hard to use so I decide not to mention it.

  1. Hi,
    I was wondering if you add activities in baseline with new relations and resources, would it be shown in ( by converting baseline) main project?

  2. Go to menu Admin -> Admin Preferences.

    In Earned Value tab, select “At completion values with current dates”

    Why it’s done only in case of OPTION 1 & not in OPTION 2?

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