How to use Claim Digger to compare P6 files?

Claim Digger Overview

Today we will spend a little time discussing the features and functionality of the Claim Digger utility built into the P6 software application. Claim Digger is its own separate product that has been built in to P6 and is used to compares two project plans or a revised project and a baseline (target), and creates a report on the differences between the project plans including subjects like:

  • Items changed
  • Items deleted
  • Durations changed
  • Changed Values

The main features of Claim Digger include:

  • Multiple reporting formats- HTML, CSV, Text
  • Selects a base project and revised project to compare
  • Report comparison options can be turned on and off as needed

The Easy Steps to Use Claim Digger

Step 1: Go to tools menu and open Claim Digger

Step 2: After Claim Digger is launched, the main application window appears

Step 3: Specify which projects you would like to compare.

  • On the left side select therevised project
  • On the right side select theoriginal project baseline

 Step 4: Choose a report format

  • HTML file
  • CSV file
  • ASCII text file

Step 5:  Select report type and report path

Step 6:  Click the advanced button to pull up the advanced settings where you can specify what data to compare including: overall project data and activity level data

Note: You can configure what factors to compare including:

  • Costs
  • Units
  • Durations
  • Percent complete
  • Relationships

Step 7:  Click compare to generate the project difference report and view the preview

Step 8:  The project difference report outlines what projects are being compared, the user who initiated, and shows the activities that have had a value change

Step 9: After you have reviewed the data, go to file and close down the Claim Digger dialog box.

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