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To import a schedule from P6 into NetPoint, you must first go to P6 and export it as an XER file. While in P6, a couple of important steps should be taken to prevent any potential conflicts. For example, in NetPoint, the relationship calendar is based on the predecessor activity. This should have been set in P6 from the onset, but if not, it should be reviewed and updated beforehand (see “in P6″ steps below). In addition, the project should be “scheduled” to avoid any potential terminations and “summarized” to ensure that the project start and end dates are correct. And finally, all activities should be of the “task-dependent” type.

Upon importing, a new NetPoint file will be created and the data from the XER file brought in. At this time, you cannot update or import into an existing NetPoint schedule. If the schedule was created in P6, or if it was created in NetPoint using a version prior to 4.1, release 25 Feb 2013, the user should run the automated layout engine to optimize the network. For more information, see Running the Engine. Instructions for importing are provided below.

If you’re importing/exporting “round-trip”, pay special attention to the notes in bold. A “round-trip” has occurred if the same schedule ends up back in the application it originated in, e.g. NetPoint -> P6 -> NetPoint or P6 -> NetPoint -> P6.

NOTE: Any start dates later than noon will be adjusted to the beginning of the next day; any finish dates earlier than noon will be adjusted to the end of the previous day. This will result in dates that are different from those in P6. This can be avoided by making sure all activities start before noon and end after noon.

Steps

In P6

  1. While viewing the desired project, click Tools > Schedule from the menu bar. If this project has already been imported before, skip to step 1.4.
    1. Click the Options button.
    2. Under Calendar for Scheduling Relationship Lag, make sure Predecessor Activity Calendar is selected*.
    3. Click Close.
    4. Click the Schedule button.
  2. Click Tools > Summarize > Open Projects from the menu bar.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Click File > Export from the menu bar. With Primavera PM / MM – (XER) selected, click Next.
  5. With Project selected, click Next.
  6. Check the box next to the desired projects and click Next.
  7. Name the file and click Finish.

*NOTE: Changing the calendar for the relationship lag can potentially affect activity dates. If the calendar is changed, please review the schedule afterward.

In NetPoint

  1. Click File > Import/Export from the menu bar and choose Import from Primavera (XER).
  2. Browse for the desired XER file and click Open.
  3. If the file contained more than one project, choose the desired one from the dropdown above the list. Otherwise, skip to step 4. 
  4. To exclude an item from being imported, uncheck the box under the Import column next to its name in the list. When finished, click Import. A report will open showing a summary of any incompatibilities that were found
  5. When ready, click Finalize Import. The schedule will then open in NetPoint.

Notes

P6 Import – Configure Window

Columns can be sorted, added, or removed by left-clicking or right-clicking accordingly. At this time, only one project can be imported at a time.

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Column Definition
Import Controls whether or not the item will be imported.
Activity ID The identifier used in P6.
Activity Type The type of activity as set in P6.
Activity Name The description of the activity in P6.
Start The date and/or time the activity begins in P6.
Finish The date and/or time the activity finishes in P6.
Original Duration The amount of time it takes the activity to complete in P6.

Import Report – P6

Summarizes any discrepancies found during import. The report can be grouped by any field at the top. Columns can be sorted, added, or removed by left-clicking or right-clicking accordingly.

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Column Definition
Type Type of notification. Info notifications include confirmations and minor incompatibilities, such as when items are converted to be compatible with NetPoint. Warning notifications include major incompatibilities, such as items that are changed, which affect logic, or items not being imported altogether.
Issue A general category for the notification, such as calendars, resources, data dates, etc.
Item Id (NetPoint) The identifier as found in NetPoint.
Item ID (Source) The identifier as found in P6.
Item Description The name or description of the item in question.
Message The notification itself.
Resolution How (if possible) the issue has been resolved.

Supported Fields

P6 Objects and Fields

The following P6 objects and fields are brought into NetPoint. If a field is not listed, then it does NOT transfer. Some examples of fields that do not transfer are identified where relevant.

This field in P6 Becomes this field in NetPoint Notes
Task Dependent Activity
Start/Finish Milestone Start/Finish Milestone
Level of Effort Hammock Only LOE’s which are connected to their fragnet by start-to-start AND finish-to-finish relationships will be imported as hammocks. If an object is found under multiple LOE’s, it will only be brought in beneath the first one. Any LOE’s left without any fragnets will not be brought into NetPoint.
Lag Embedded node or link lag If positive, the lag will be captured in the embed unless it is larger than the duration of the activity, in which case it will be captured in the link lag. If negative, it will be captured in the link lag for FS relationships or otherwise ignored.
Documents Info Objects Documents associated with activities, milestones, or benchmarks will be assigned to the appropriate object. Project documents will become info objects on the canvas.
Activity Name Description
Activity ID ID
Start Start Date Start dates later than noon are adjusted to the beginning of the next day.
Finish Finish Date Finish dates earlier than noon are adjusted to the end of the previous day.
Actual Start Start Date
Actual Finish Finish Date
Original Duration Duration
Remaining Duration Remaining Duration
Actual Duration Duration
Free Float Buffer
Total Float Total Float
Finish On/Mandatory Finish (milestones) Finish benchmark On activities, ignored.
Finish On Or After (finish milestones) Finish-no-earlier than (FNE) On activities, ignored.
Finish On Or Before Finish-no-later than (FNL)
Start On/Mandatory Start (milestones) Start benchmark On activities, ignored.
Start On Or After Start-no-earlier than (SNE)
Start On Or Before (start milestones) Start-no-later than (SNL) On activities, ignored.
Relationships Relationships/Links P6 allows FS relationships for start and finish milestones; however, in NetPoint a link with a start milestone as predecessor can only be SS or SF; a link with a finish milestone as successor can only be FF or SF. After a round trip, such links on milestones using FS links will be changed to match NetPoint requirements
Calendars Calendars Any calendars at the project level will transfer, regardless of whether or not they’ve been assigned; any calendars at the global level will transfer, as long as they have been assigned to at least one activity; and any global calendars from which a project calendar was created will transfer. Any calendar exceptions are NOT imported; therefore, any activities assigned a calendar with an exception should be reviewed after importing. NOTE: If you plan on going from P6 -> NetPoint -> P6 and updating an existing project, use the same number of working hours/day for all calendars in the schedule. When exporting out of NetPoint, this can only be set for all calendars globally. In addition, each time a schedule is imported into NetPoint, two calendars will be added for “United States” and “Calendar Days”. Review the calendars and delete any duplicates.  
Codes Codes This includes all codes from the project level plus any codes from the global level that have had at least one of their values assigned. Unassigned values of global codes will not be brought into NetPoint. NOTE: If you plan on going from P6 -> NetPoint -> P6 and updating an existing project, don’t use global codes if you plan on making changes to them in NetPoint, since NetPoint cannot export them as global. If exported out of NetPoint, you will have duplicate assignments: one from the global level version of the code and one from the project level version of the code.
Activity Code Name Name
Description Value
Code Value NA Transferred into NetPoint but cannot be edited.
Resources Resources Any resource that has been assigned, regardless of which project it is under, will be brought into NetPoint; however, any resources that haven’t been assigned, even if within the same project, will not transfer. In addition, NetPoint only supports resources on activities. This means any activities with 0 duration (delays), milestones, or levels of effort (hammocks) will not have their resources transfer. NOTE: If you plan on going from P6 -> NetPoint -> P6 and updating an existing project, make sure all your resources are from the same project. Once imported into NetPoint, resources are given a unique ID. When updating back into P6, you will then have duplicate resources and assignments.
Resource Name Name The “Resource ID” field from P6 does not transfer.
Price/Unit Cost/Unit P6 stores the price/unit using hours (e.g. $0.125/hour). When the XER file is exported from P6, this value is rounded to 2 decimal places (e.g. $0.13), which is then converted to cost/unit, resulting in a different overall value. After importing from P6, it is recommended to review the cost/unit of each resource to correct for any significant differences due to rounding.
Resource Type Category
Budgeted Units Rate/Dur or Rate/Day An activity with duration type of “fixed units” will have its resources end up as rate/duration. An activity with duration type “fixed units/time” will have its resources end up as rate/day. When the XER file is exported from P6, this value is rounded to 1 decimal place (e.g. 0.15/day would become 0.2/day), resulting in a different overall value. After importing from P6, it is recommended to review the assignments of each resource to correct for any significant differences due to rounding.
NetPoint Fields

If the schedule was exported from NetPoint already, everything will be brought in EXCEPT for the following:

Characteristic Result
Layouts Gone
Delays Become activities
Shades Gone
Notepads Gone
Link Geometries Become default
Embed Behaviors Become constant
Custom Positioning Becomes default
Resource Limits Gone
Resource Formatting Become default (color, histogram patterns, color intensities)
Page Size Becomes letter
Page Tiling Becomes 1×1
Grid Spacing Becomes default
Canvas Color Becomes default
Calendar Strips Become default
Calendar Sightlines Become default
Text Size Becomes default
Text Objects Gone

 

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