Exclude Relationships on Baseline Bars in Primavera P6
If you have come across the situation where the relationship lines on your Gantt chart point to the baseline bars, it means that you need to change your Gantt chart options so that you can see the relationship between tasks. When a project is first baselined and progress has been entered, the relationship arrows will connect to the baseline bars instead of the current schedule bars. So how do we reconfigure the relationship arrows so that they connect to the schedule bars instead of the baseline bars in Primavera P6? Let’s take a look.
In Figure 1 below, our Gantt chart is displaying relationship arrows connected to the baseline. We need to change this and have our relationship arrows connecting to our current schedule bars. We select ‘Bars’ from the top screen. ‘Bars’ can also be selected by right-clicking on the Gantt chart.
Once selected, the ‘Bars’ dialog displays a list of all the different types of Bars that define our project. The Bar types can also be viewed as a stack list, the way that these different Bars are ordered in the stack list is important. Bars higher up in the stack take precedence over Bars lower in the stack.
We adjust the priorities in our example, by using the down arrow key highlighted on the right-hand side to move the yellow ‘Primary Baseline’ Bar lower in the stack. As shown below in Figure 2.
By moving our yellow ‘Primary Baseline’ to the bottom of the stack of bars, just beneath the red ‘Critical Remaining Bar’ we have altered the priorities to our Gantt Chart as displayed in Figure 3. Now the yellow ‘Primary Baseline’ is lower than the blue ‘Actual Work’, the green ‘Remaining Work’ and the red ‘Critical Remaining Work’. When we apply these changes, our Gantt chart arrows connect to the current schedule Bars instead of the baseline Bars.
Adjusting your Gantt chart to exclude relationships on baseline bars is a fairly simple process in Primavera P6. Once you have located the ‘Bars’ function, you can determine your stack preference required for your project. The Shift up and down facility will allow you to move ‘Bars’ until you have the priority you desire for your Gantt chart, whether that is arrows connecting to your schedule activity Bars or arrows connecting to your baseline Bars.