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    Calendar month for duration vs work hours

    I have a problem that seems to be very simple but I can't figure it out. I work in the construction industry. Our projects are based on calendar days/months, rounded to the nearest 10, so we basically don't care about week-ends, 8-hour work days etc.
    A typical project will be, let's say 6-month duration, so we use 180 days, or a 1-year project will be 360 days. When I set up a schedule and enter durations for tasks it skips week-ends, so a 10 day duration ends up showing a total duration of 14 days because of the 2 week-ends in between; what I need is if a task is 10 days, I want to add 10 straight calendar days, not just work days.
    I have been using e-days, but it is not the right way to do it, it seems to be just a work-around. I am sure there must be a simple way to set the calendar to ignore work hours, week-ends etc. and just enter tasks in calendar days.

    Example, road construction:
    Task 1 - Earthworks - 30 days
    Task 2 - Road base - 20 days
    Task 3 - Curb and sidewalks - 10 days
    Task 4 - Asphalt - 10 days
    Task 5 - Closeout - 30 days
    Total project time is 100 days.

    These are calendar days, not just Monday through Friday work days. The contractor has to allow for non-workdays in his planning of the work, we don't show that on the schedule.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Calendar month for duration vs work hours

    You can certainly modify the calendar to make every day a working day. However, your resources will be scheduled to work during Saturdays and Sundays.

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    Re: Calendar month for duration vs work hours

    You need to go into the calendar options and set the weekends as working days.

    Also, in Options you can set the days/month and hours/day

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    Re: Calendar month for duration vs work hours

    Thank you JulieS and hadjionm!

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    Re: Calendar month for duration vs work hours

    Okay, thanks. I just checked this and it works.
    I have changed the calendar to the 24-hour calendar.(Tools - Change Working Time)
    I also had to go to Tools - Options - Calendar and changed hours per day to 24 and hours per week to 168. I changed days per month to 0, since it would not be accurate if I select either 30 or 31. It seems like the hours per day and hours per week is able to override the 0 days per month.
    I also went to Project - Project Information to select the 24-hour calendar, and in my gant view I had to right click to select the 24-hour calendar so weeke-ends are not shown grayed out.

    Thank again!

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    Re: Calendar month for duration vs work hours

    You're welcome and give yourself a pat on the back. Great rundown of all of the options settings that need to be adjusted when changing Project calendars. Kudos!

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