Using Colors with Activity Codes
It is very useful to color Grant Charts Bars based on Activity Codes. This feature will make it easier to have a better image about the project. I remember asking a successful Planner who was working on a 600 million project in KSA, what makes a successful planner? he said: his ability at the end to imagine the whole project in his head. The more the planner organizes the project on stable bases the more success he will see in his projects.
This option is not built in Primavera P6, but there is away for doing it. This can be done through the Activity window using Filters and Bar Formatting.
We need first to select the activity code and assign a color for it. IF you did not create activity codes then you need to create global activity codes. Click on Enterprise à Activity Codes à then chose Globalà and click Modifyà and then click Add. Type the name of the Global Activity Code.
Ref: Primavera Manual, Article by Harris
After creating your activity codes go and assign colors to each activity code
You would notice that the color field is not available in all windows and the reason is that this field is available in the Time Scaled Logic Diagram application which is separate application from Primavera P6. Another article would be discussing it in more details on how to create this application.
The next step is to create a filter for each Activity Code with it’s color. Filtering is a set of instructions that decide which data to show in the current window.
Click on Layout à Filtersà Display à Filter by
The next step is to create a layout for the formatting:
Create bars for each activity code: Go to View à Bar Make them above complete%
The Bar colors should display against the codes: