Define Resources

The next thing to do is to define the Resources that you want to consider.  A Resource is anything that must be available in order for an activity to be scheduled.  Examples of Resources are people, machines, rooms, equipment, tools etc.  The most important consideration for determining which of your Resources to include is whether or not the lack of availability will affect the start times of the activities you are scheduling.  Include all Resources that could be a factor in developing a workable schedule.

  • Locate the blue “Resources” tab at the top of the timeline section of the main page. Click on it.  This will take you to the Resource Editor.
  • For the first Resource you are defining, enter a “Class”, a “Type”, and a “Name” in the three boxes in the upper left portion of the editor page.. The Class is a broad category for this Resource.  An example could be “Personnel”.  The “Type” is a narrower category that the scheduler will use to select equally qualified alternatives when alternatives are allowed.  An example might be “Technician”.  The “Name” is an identifier for a specific Resource such as “Jones”.  Other examples of Class-Type-Name combinations might be “Equipment-Machine-Lathe1”, or “Shop-Bays-LiftBay1”, or “Facility-Room-MtEvansRoom”, or “Team-Player-Wilcox”.
  • Next, you will define the initial availability of this Resource. These are time intervals when the Resource can be used assuming no assignments for it exist.  This is where you eliminate overnights, weekends, holidays, and other downtimes.  The FAST scheduler will assume that the Resource is available during the intervals you are entering here and is not available at any other times.
  • Click on the “Insert Row” button and then enter “Start Date”, “Start Time” and “Quantity” on the left side of the page where indicated. Formats are as follows:
    • Dates: mm/dd/yyyy
    • Times: hh:mm  “AM” (or “PM”)
    • Quantity: use “1” for individual resources or another integer for pooled resources.
  • Continue adding rows of availability for this Resource.
  • When all intervals of availability are defined, click on the “Save” button.
  • Add additional Resources and their availability by repeating this process. You can use the “New Resource” tab to build a new resource with the same availability intervals as the previous one.  This will simplify your data entry effort.
  • When done creating and saving all the resources and their initial availabilities, close the Resource Editor by clicking on the “X” at the top right corner of the window.
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