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How to chart resource allocations automatically

by GleamingAlloyAirCar / March 21, 2011 8:56 PM PDT


I'm looking for an application or a method of doing this in an existing application such as Access/Excel etc. to do the following ...

I have a list of resource allocations as follows ..

2 0900-0935
2 1000-1400
3 0730-0830
4 1100-1130
4 1310-1340

Where the first number is for example a room number, and the times for when this room is occupied.

I would like to graph this data for a 24-hour period, where each horizontal line on the chart is the room, with lines etc. marking when it is occupied.

I've done a lot of searching but haven't been able to find a way of doing this. Any ideas?



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Sure, and a spreadsheet is ideal for this
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 21, 2011 9:01 PM PDT

I would use an Excel spreadsheet for this. It is made for this type of graphical analysis.

What experience of spreadsheet design do you have? I ask because while what you show is easy to create, this is not the place to "start from the beginning".


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I'm less optimistic then Mark.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 21, 2011 9:14 PM PDT

I think this can't be done without a lot of programming. Visual Basic might be a good tool.

Assuming the 'resolution' has to be 5 minutes and 12 hours to plot, there are 12 (hours) * 12 ( parts of an hour) = 144 line segments for each room that would have to be drawn (or not drawn), each say, 5 pixels wide.


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Thanks for your responses
by GleamingAlloyAirCar / March 22, 2011 1:08 AM PDT

Thanks Mark/Kees

My knowledge of Excel I'd say is basic-medium, and I'm afraid I don't know anything about VB.


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