Primavera P6 Calendars – Creating and Assigning

creating, assigning, modifying primavera p6 calendars

Primavera P6 Calendars – Creating , Assigning ,Modifying

Two weeks ago, one of our readers asked: What is a Primavera P6 Calendar and how can I create, assign and modify a calendar in Primavera p6? Therefore, in this article, we will demonstrate how to create a default 10-hour per day, 6-day work week with holidays calendar in Primavera P6. Before to prepare a project schedule in Primavera P6, it is important to understand the Primavera P6 Calendars. For a serviceable work schedule, the calendar must represent the site conditions, weather conditions, non-work days, public holidays, etc. Working days and daily working hours are defined in P6 default calendars. It is possible to change this default calendar to another suitable one for the project, such as a 10-hour per day, 6-day work week calendar.

Primavera P6 Calendars: Creating a New Calendar

We will select Enterprise | Calendars from the main top drop-down menu, Figure 1.

Primavera P6 create, assign, modify Calendar

Primavera P6 Calendars Figure 1

In the “Calendars” window, we will select the + Add button, Figure 2.

Primavera P6 Calendars

Add Calendar Figure 2

Now we will copy a default calendar of P6 and modify it. “In the Select Calendar to Copy From” window, we will select the 7 Days 10 Hours calendar, Figure 3.


Select Calendar to Copy From – Figure 3

We will type the name of our calendar as 6×10, Figure 4.


Name Calendar Figure 4

We will select “Modify” and open the “Global Calendar: 6×10” window , Figure 5.
Make sure that “Total work hours/day” option is marked.


Primavera P6 Calendars – Global Calendar Figure 5

We will select “Workweek” in order to mark the nonwork days. Let’ s assume that Sundays are the nonwork days. We will type “0” work hour for Sunday, Figure 6.

Primavera P6 create, assign, modify Calendar

Figure 6

We will have a 6-day work week calendar, Figure 7.

Primavera P6 Calendars

6 day work week calendar Figure 7


Now we will mark the holidays. Let’ s assume that December 13th, January 20th, and April 7th is a holiday in our project. We will highlight them and select the “Nonwork” button, Figure 8.


Primavera P6 Calendars – Holidays Figure 8

Time Periods

Make sure that the Hours/Day cell is set to 10.0 to match our 6-day 10-hrs/day work week, Figure 9.

Primavera P6 Create, assign, modify Calendar

Hours Per Time Period Figure 9

If we leave it as 8-hrs/day then Primavera P6 will consider each 8-hour period of our 10-hour day as one day for the Original Duration calculation. This means, if it remains 8-hrs/day and we insert an activity original duration 3 days, it will calculate 3×8 = 24 hours. Then if we change 8-hrs/day to 10-hrs/day, original duration of the activity will be 24/10 = 2 days. So it is important to set the working hours before to add activities in primavera p6.

Set Default Calendar

Now we will set our newly created 6×10 work week calendar to the default. We will select Enterprise | Projects from the main top drop-down menu and select our newly created 6×10 work week calendar, Figure 10.


Primavera P6 Calendars Figure 10


It is possible to create different types of calendars in P6 and assign them to different activities. Working hours, nonwork days and holidays can easily be defined. Different working types can use different calendars. For example, site calendar may be 10-hours per day, 6-day work week calendar, office calendar may be 8-hour per day, 5-day work week calendar. Creating and assigning a calendar in Primavera P6 is an important process. Because the assigned calendar must represent the real conditions of the project.

See Also

Primavera Project Planner

Download Primavera P6

External References


  1. Amarendra 2 years ago

    If hours per month is 240 then hours per year is 2880 pls explain how it is 3120

    • Kathy Castle 2 years ago

      Dear Amarendra

      The calculation is as follows

      60 Hours / Week
      60 x 4 = 240 Hours /Month
      60 x 52 = 3120 Hours/Year

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