A Global Change in Primavera P6 Professional can be a very powerful and handy tool, as we’ve discussed before. It’s not uncommon to use a Global Change to copy an existing P6 field to a custom UDF (User Defined Field). It is usually a straightforward enough affair.
However, if you are trying to copy Original Duration to a UDF using a Global Change, things can go awry. In fact, you might not get the results you were expecting at all.
And the reason for that is all about how P6 stores data in the P6 database.
Original Duration is a field that we common see as a number of days. But in it’s most raw form (in the database), Original Duration is actually stored in terms of hours. It is then converted to days based on our User Preferences and then displayed on-screen. This poses a problem when we try to use a Global Change to copy Original Duration.
So relax and enjoy the video as I take you through the steps to get it working properly.
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