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Specify a variable consumption rate

You might think that a material with a variable consumption rate can be set as such in the Label field of the Resource Sheet. Not so. You can enter any string you want in the Label field, including something like yards/day. But when you assign the material to a task, the expected per-day calculations are not made.

To specify the variable consumption rate, always specify it in the Units field in the Assign Resources dialog box rather than in the Label field in the Resource Sheet.

To assign a material resource to a task, follow these steps:

1 In the Gantt Chart or other task sheet, click the task to which you want to assign a material resource.

2 On the Standard toolbar, click Assign Resources.

3 In the Assign Resources dialog box, click the name of the material resource you want f-to assign to the task and then click the Assign button.

The material resource name moves to the top of the Resources list in the table, and the o label appears in the Units field, defaulting to a quantity of 1, for example, 1 yards.

4 Change the 1 in the Units field to the correct quantity for this assignment; for example, 3 yards (see Figure 7-9).

If you change the Units field, you need to press Tab or Enter, or click another field. This process ends the edit mode for the field and sets your change.

Assign Resources

Task: Lay beauty bark +1 Resource list options Resources from 07Home.mpp

Fencing contractor

A

Resource Name

R/D

Units

II

Beauty Bark

3 yards

Landscape contractor

100%

Appliance contractor

Architect

Brian Clark

Brian Goldstein

Bricks

Chris Gray

Concrete

Concrete contractor

Replace,,,

Help

Hold down Ctrl and click to select multiple resources

Assign

Replace,,,

Help

Hold down Ctrl and click to select multiple resources

Figure 7-9. Change the default of 1 unit to the appropriate quantity of material to be used to complete the selected task.

5 If necessary, change the material from the default fixed consumption rate to variable consumption rate (see Figure 7-10). After the material's label, enter a slash and time period abbreviation, for example, 3 yards/d.

Assign Resources

Task: Lay beauty bark +1 Resource list options Resources from 07Home.mpp

Finish carpentry contractor

A

Resource Name

R/D

Units

a

Beauty Bark

3 yards/d

Landscape contractor

100%

Appliance contractor

Architect

Brian Clark

Brian Goldstein

Bricks

Chris Gray

Concrete

Concrete contractor

Replace...

Help

Hold down Ctrl and click to select multiple resources

Assign

Replace...

Help

Hold down Ctrl and click to select multiple resources

Figure 7-10. Use the standard time period abbreviations (h, d, w, and so on) to specify the quantity per time period for a material resource with a variable consumption rate.

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