Assigning Material Resources to Tasks

o p When you assign a material resource, you are attaching the material resource name to a task e and then indicating the quantity of material to be used in fulfilling this task.

Material resources are supplies consumed in the course of fulfilling a task. As with work resources, there are units of measurement to specify how much of the resource is available to carry out the task. With work resources, this measurement is time: number of hours or days, for example. With materials, however, the measurement, and therefore the material resource assignment units, is quantity. When you assign a material resource to a task, you specify the quantity of resource that this task will consume.

For example, suppose that you have a landscaping project that includes the "Lay down beauty bark" task. The material resource for this task is obviously beauty bark. Because beauty bark is measured in cubic yards, you would have set the material's unit of measurement, or label, as cubic yards when you added beauty bark as a material resource in the Resource Sheet. Now, when you assign beauty bark as a material resource to the "Lay down beauty bark" task, you can specify the assignment units as 6, to indicate 6 cubic yards of beauty bark.

Other examples of material labels include tons, linear feet, packages, cartons, pounds, crates, and so on.

The quantity of material consumed in the course of performing a task can be fixed or variable, based on duration. That is, if the same amount of material will be used whether the task takes 2 days or 2 weeks, the material is said to have a fixed material consumption. However, if more material will be used if the duration increases and less material used if the duration decreases, the material is said to have a variable material consumption. To specify variable material consumption, enter a per-time period specification in the assignment Units field: for example, 1/week or 3/day. This will be translated with the material's label: for example, 1 ton/week or 3 yards/day.

Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

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