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# Split Time Period Into Hour Components

Posted on 2004-10-07
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I have a series of response times to various jobs. The problem is that these jobs often span across two hours. What I am trying to do is calculate for each hour of the day exactly how many minutes were used for each response time.

I.e:  So if a job started at 6.30 am and finished at 7.10 am i want to assing hour 6 30 minutes of response time and hour 7 10 minutes.

This gets more difficult when the job span three hours, i.e: starts at 6.30 and finishes at 8.10, here I want to assign hour 6 30 mins, hour 7 60 mins and hour 8 10 mins.

Any Ideas????
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Question by:GrantLCampbell
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ID: 12253858
To get the number of minutes between two dates use DateDiff("m", FirstDateTime, SecondDateTime)

Not sure what you mean by 'assign'.

Hope this helps.
-Jim
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ID: 12253971
Private Function HowManyMinutes(ByVal BeginTime As Date, EndTime As Date) As Long
HowManyMinutes = DateDiff("n", BeginTime, EndTime)
End Function

Private Sub Command1_Click()
MsgBox HowManyMinutes("6:30 AM", "8:10 AM")
End Sub

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ID: 12254023
Sorry guys, not sure I explained m,yself properly, might help I tell you waht I am trying to achevie.

I am trying to work out utilisation for vehicles. At the moment I look at the amount of time a vehcile was working for any given job, if that job starts in one hour and finishes in the next at the moment I attribute all of the job time to the starting hour. The problem is I get a vehicle with a total of 1 hour available working for a total over one hour.

What I am trying to do is split the work time for the vehicle into the hours that it occurs. That way I will not get utilisation over 100%.
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Expert Comment

ID: 12254040
The logic of this sounds ugly to code, and does not accurately reflect the vehicle's actual usage.

How exactly would recording the actual usage, in minutes, result in utilization over 100%?
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Author Comment

ID: 12254151
The problem occurs because I work out utilisation by hour of day and day of week to implemnt roster design. So when I break utilisation into hourly blocks and a job took longer than the hour available the result is utilisation above 100%.

I am reasonably happy with the accuracy I get from my data now but was wondering if it is possible to apportion the times correctly.
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Expert Comment

ID: 12254258
It's ugly but - sorry but at  11:30pm I have trouble thinking up variable names:

This function returns a variant array. The first item is the number of minutes in the first hour used, the last is the number of minutes in the final hour used, the ones in the middle (if applicable) are the number of minutes in the intervening hours (always sixty of course)

Public Function GetHourlySomething(ByVal StartTime As Date, ByVal EndTime As Date) As Variant
Dim nMinutes As Long
Dim nStartMinute As Long
Dim nEndMinutes As Long
Dim vHourlyThings As Variant
Dim i As Long

ReDim vHourlyThings(0)

nStartMinute = DatePart("n", StartTime)

nMinutes = DateDiff("n", StartTime, EndTime)

If nMinutes + nStartMinute <= 60 Then
vHourlyThings(0) = nMinutes
GetHourlySomething = vHourlyThings
Exit Function
Else
vHourlyThings(0) = 60 - nStartMinute
nMinutes = nMinutes - vHourlyThings(0)
End If

nEndMinutes = nMinutes Mod 60

ReDim Preserve vHourlyThings(Int(nMinutes / 60) + IIf(nEndMinutes = 0, 0, 1))

For i = 1 To Int(nMinutes / 60)
vHourlyThings(i) = 60
Next

If nEndMinutes <> 0 Then
vHourlyThings(i) = nEndMinutes
End If

GetHourlySomething = vHourlyThings
End Function
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fds_fatboy earned 1000 total points
ID: 12254296
Further: If a job starts at 6.30am and ends at 7.10am the array will be 30,10.
If a job starts at 6.30am and ends at 8.10am the array will be 30,60,10.
If a job starts at 6.30am and ends at 9.10am the array will be 30,60,60,10.
If a job starts at 6.10am and ends at 6.30am the array will be 20.

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