From Project Planning and Control Using Primavera Contractor Version 6: Including Versions 4.1, 5.0 and 6.1

Overview

This chapter outlines how to create a WBS structure to enable activities to be assigned to a WBS Node so a schedule may be created.

The Project WBS function is designed to record a hierarchical WBS that has been developed on a traditional basis as outlined in many project management documents. A well structured WBS should:

  • Include all the project deliverables and

  • Be set at the appropriate level for summarizing project activities and reporting project progress.

The Project WBS function is used to group and summarize activities under a hierarchical structure in the same way as the WBS function in P3 and SureTrak, and the Custom Outline Codes in Microsoft Project. It is also similar to Outlining in all versions of Microsoft Project, however, in Primavera Contractor the Activities are assigned to a hierarchical WBS Node and are not demoted under a Parent task as with Outlining with Microsoft Project. The WBS structure is used to organize and summarize your project activities, including costs and resources during the planning, scheduling, and statusing of Projects.

The project should be granulated (broken down) into manageable areas by using a project breakdown structure based on attributes of the project such as the Phases or Stages, Systems and Subsystems, Processes, Disciplines or Trades, and Areas or Locations of work. These headings are normally the basis of the project breakdown structure and are used to create the Primavera Contractor WBS structure, and the WBS should present the primary view of your project.

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