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Unformatted text preview: er, suppose only one person from resource A can work on the task at a time, and no more than three persons from resource B can work on the task at a time. Then the scheduling system should be able to compute the duration for the task given that the materials are available. But, when there are many tasks competing for the same resources, the computation of a near -optimal schedule becomes very difficult. Scheduling systems like Microsoft Project allow you to define a resource list and specify which tasks need these resources. They also provide even more esoteric refinements such as working time calendars . Working time calendars allow different labor pools to have different calendars for when workers are available to work. Engineers may only work a 40-hour week, but tradesmen may be available to work overtime for an additional cost. Resource leveling scheduling systems can take these sorts of project details into consideration when computing their schedules. 188.8.131.52— Using Microsoft Project to Produce the Resource List According to the User's Guide for Microsoft Project, creating the resource list for a project includes the naming of each resource and specification of the maximum amount of time per day a resource is available. To create a resource list, you click on the Resource Sheet icon on the left side of the Project window. The Resource Sheet (table) shown in Figure 7 -8 should then be displayed. You will notice that there are a number of columns in the Resource Sheet in Figure 7-8. These columns reveal that there can be a lot more to specifying a resource than just giving it a name and specifying the maximum amount of time per day it is available. In the Resource Name column, you can begin en - Page 193 tering the list of labor resource pools determined by the labor categories depicted in Figure 6- 12 from Chapter 6. These are the labor pools included: 1. Graders 2. Pavers 3. Concrete workers 4. Framers 5. Sheetrockers 6. Electricians 7. Painters 8. Plumbers 9. Roofers 10. HVAC spets Team-Fly® TE Figure 7-8. Blank resource sheet screen. AM FL Y After entering "Graders" in the Resource Name column, use the Enter key to move the cursor to the next row and then enter "Pavers" in the Resource column of the second row and so on until you have entered all ten of these labor resource pools. Your Resource Sheet should now look like Figure 7- 9. You will notice that Project fills in most of the columns for you, since you left everything but the Resource Name column blank when you entered the names of the labor resource pools. It is not important for our purposes that you understand the meaning or utility of all these attributes of a resource that you can specify when using Project. The reason for this is that, when using Modern Project to manage a project, you already have other means of entering some of these data into your project database. But some of these attributes should now be discussed. Notice that Project has automatically entered 100% in the Max. Units column of each resource pool. If you do not specify how many laborers there are in a resource pool, Project assumes there is only one pe...
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