Other players have created youtube videos; and Eve Uni has a mix of out of date and current information. I am not much for videos; preferring something static to review later.
Some pictures are overly optimised to reduce page loading time (i.e. it looks much nicer in game). You can also click on any picture to show a larger image (reducing eystrain, stress, and possibly being podkilled while trying to read miniscule writing).
The other reason to put your command center somewhere near your usable buildings is that when you first open your planet, it centers on your command center.
Other authors have not cared either way.
After you have placed your command center - click "submit" PI. Changes are not 'permanent' until submitted.
I like to max out the extractors 'heads' for an extractor. This is part of the reason for upgrading our command center above.
If anything is controversial so far - it is the number of heads to put on an extractor. For the purposes of this guide I am recommending maximum extraction possible my chosen resource. Conventional wisdom will have you extracting less and doing additional processing. I will discuss this further in later posts.
As you can see from the power usage above; I have used up a significant portion of the command center's power with these 10 heads, but not much CPU.
Your extraction is generally most efficient for the first few time segments, and falls off over time; However many players don't like to be tied to their PI. You will also notice that the 'heads' get bigger the longer the timeframe meaning that you can't get as many into the best spots.
The time can be be as little as 1 hour; as much as 14 days. I have chosen a week in this installation.
Note the current time, and the cycle time; for my example above it is 2 hours; for a default maximum extraction time of 2 hours; it is 15 minutes. In a couple of steps time; I will tell you to have a cup of coffee, or go mission/shoot something/participate in first life for this duration.
Next, I have put down a (optional for many worlds) storage facility and sufficient basic factories and a launchpad. In low or null, you may need to upgrade the link to the storage unit so I keep this link as short as possible.
At some stage you may want to move your extraction head (actually deleting it and putting a new one up).
In high security systems; the first storage facility is optional, and you could pipe both raw and finished product through a lauchpad. I find it easier to see what is happening at a glance. In null, a close storage unit is almost required.
Acknowledging a higher extraction / hour at the start rather than at the end; we still want to process the entire amount.
A single basic factory processes 3,000 units every 1/2 hour; (6,000 units/hour becomes 144,000 units/day; becomes 1,008,000 units/week). So for this extractor setup on this planet, I want 2 basic factories. This leaves me a small amount of basic factory capacity, but I prefer this to a slow build up of raw material.
Other planets will require significantly more basic factories.
Go away for hours, days or 2 weeks - depending on how long
Finally - you need to take the stuff from your launchpad and haul it to a market. Lauchpads can hold 10,000 m3. Update Epithal is the preferred PI hauler. A deep space transport is also suitable.
Go to the system and access your customs office. You can be anywhere in space and cloaked if you want.
Move stuff from right hand side to left hand side; wince if you are paying lots of tax. (apparently I harp a lot about PI tax)
Go to your customs office (if you are not already there); and drag your loot from the customs office and onto your ship.
2M isn't a whole lot - especially after paying 1/4 in high sec taxes. It is low stress and can be 'when you get around to it'.
However this is PI basics, this post has extracted raw mats and processed once; There are potentially another 3 levels of processing to do.
Minor updates 1 Sept 2015. Use an Epithal plus a few typo corrections.