Free Period

 

A Free period is a period without any events.

The Free period search described here includes two functionalities:

  • The Search for a Common free period for multiple resources, available only in the Schedule view. This comprises the following phases:

    1. Filtering of resources with a period free from any events of a certain type.
    2. Positioning of the Schedule view on the first free period common to all these resources.
  • The Search for resources common to a same free period, available in the Schedule view and in the Resources view. The planning for resources resulting from a search contains an event-free period of a certain type.

In addition, the duration of a free period can be calculated:

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The configuration window for free periods can be found in the Filter tab under the main menu:

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The Filters > Free periods menu serves to use the two free period search functions:

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Common free period

This functionality positions a Schedule view at the start of the first free period common to a number of resources. These resources are defined by a filter.

A free period on a line in the Schedule view is therefore a time period during which there are no events.

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To use this functionality, you must choose:

  • All events to be dealt with, using two filters: a resource filter in the chosen dimension and an events filter,
  • The search period,
  • The duration of the free period.

Determine the settings, then click OK to start the search.

 

Filter

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“Dimension” filter

This filter can be used to restrict the search for free periods to certain resources in the Dimension required.

Simply:

  • select an appropriate filter,
  • to modify one,
  • or even, to use a customized filter.

Events filter

This filter can be used to specify the free period according to the events defined by this filter.

Research period

Here, you must specify the associated time period which can be used to limit the search.

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If you choose a customized period, you can create a period linked solely to this search for a free period.

 

The duration of the free period

The duration of the free period must, finally, be defined:

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Value

This is a number representing the duration, in one of the units chosen below.

 

Unit

This duration may be expressed in:

  • Day,

  • Half-day,

  • Hour,

  • Minute.

Working

If this button is enabled, those periods not worked are not counted in the duration and do not divide an existing free period.

Search dimensions

This functionality is used to search for resources common to a single free period. These contain an event-free period of a certain type.

To use this functionality, you must choose:

  • All events to be dealt with, using two filters: a resource filter in the chosen dimension and an events filter,

  • The search period,

  • The duration of the free period,

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Determine the settings, then click OK to start the search.

 

Filter

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Resource filter

This filter can be used to restrict the search for free periods to certain resources in the Dimension required.

Simply:

  • select an appropriate filter,

  • to modify one,

  • or even, to use a customized filter.

Events filter

This filter can be used to specify the free period according to the events defined by this filter.

Search period

 

You must here give the associated time period , which can be used to restrict a search.

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If you choose a customized period, you can create a period linked solely to this search for a free period.

 

The duration of the free period

The duration of the free period must, finally, be defined:

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Value

This is a number representing the duration, in one of the units chosen below.

 

Unit

This duration may be expressed in

  • Day,

  • Half-day,

  • Hour,

  • Minute.

Working

If this button is enabled, those periods not worked are not counted in the duration and do not divide an existing free period.

 

Discontinuous

If enabled, this button serves to perform the search even if the free period is not continuous across the search period.

 

On duration or load

If the Discontinuous button is enabled, you can choose whether the period searched must be calculated in relation to the duration or the load.

Control Total, Events Reports and Load Plans

In the Control Totals, Events Reports and load Plans the durations of the free periods may be used as a basis for calculations.

In this case, the calculations are defined by:

  • Calculation type: duration of free period (h) or duration of free period (d),

  • Period type: All, public holidays, not worked, worked, or any other type of period created.

If the period type chosen is All, the calculation is only carried out on the periods actually worked.

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