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Converting UST columns to PST timezone

Posted on 2008-10-18
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I need to convert this UTC timestamp to PST:

5/29/2008 2:06:00 PM
so it reads:
5/29/2008 6:06:00 AM

Assuming this requires an expression, Im not sure how to code this.

thanks.

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Question by:Cole100
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by:jppinto
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Use the DateAdd function like this:

DateAdd("h",4,Me.MyDateField)

this is for adding 4 hours to your field value.

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by:Benji_
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wouldnt it be -4 as you are taking away  ?
DateAdd("h",-4,Me.MyDateField)
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by:Cole100
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thanks

I need this to convert the whole columns data.....not just a single field.  My report is generated from a linked db and updates daily. I want to build an expression that 1. displays DATE()-1 and  2. converts the same UST columns to PST. Pardon my confusion.
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by:Cole100
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UST - 8hrs = PST, I thought?
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by:Gustav Brock
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Here is a generic solution.

Call it like this:

datUTC = #5/29/2008 2:06:00 PM#
lngBiasUTC = 0
lngBiasPST = 60 * 8
datPST = DateAddTimeZoneDiff(datUTC, lngBiasUTC, lngBiasPST)

/gustav
Public Function DateAddTimeZoneDiff( _
  ByVal datLocal As Date, _
  ByVal lngLocalBias, _
  ByVal lngRemoteBias) _
  As Date
  
' Calculates the date/time of datLocal in a remote time zone.
' Adds the difference in minutes between the local time zone bias and
' the remote time zone bias, if both bias are relative to UTC.
'
' Examples:
'
'   datRemote = DateAddTimeZoneDiff(Now(), 60, -600)
' will return datRemote as eleven hours ahead of local time.
'
'   datRemote = DateAddTimeZoneDiff(Now(), -600, 60)
' will return datRemote as eleven hours behind local time.
'
' 2000-05-30. Cactus Data ApS, CPH.
' 2005-01-25. Adjusted to accommodate change in TimeZoneBiasDiff().
 
  Dim datRemote As Date
  Dim lngBias   As Long
  
  ' Get difference (in minutes) in time zone bias.
  lngBias = TimeZoneBiasDiff(lngLocalBias, lngRemoteBias)
  ' Calculate remote date/time.
  datRemote = DateAdd("n", lngBias, datLocal)
  
  DateAddTimeZoneDiff = datRemote
  
End Function
 
Public Function TimeZoneBiasDiff( _
  ByVal lngLocalTimeBias As Long, _
  ByVal lngRemoteTimeBias As Long) _
  As Long
  
' Calculates the difference in minutes between two time zones,
' typically from the local time zone to the remote time zone.
' Both time zones must be expressed by their bias relative to
' UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) which is measured in minutes.
'
' 2000-05-30. Cactus Data ApS, CPH.
' 2005-01-25. Output reversed to express bias value.
 
  ' Minimum amount of minutes for a time zone bias.
  Const clngTimeZoneBiasMin As Long = 15
 
  Dim lngTimeZoneBiasDiff As Long
  
  ' Round off time zone bias by minimum time zone difference.
  lngLocalTimeBias = lngLocalTimeBias \ clngTimeZoneBiasMin
  lngLocalTimeBias = lngLocalTimeBias * clngTimeZoneBiasMin
  lngRemoteTimeBias = lngRemoteTimeBias \ clngTimeZoneBiasMin
  lngRemoteTimeBias = lngRemoteTimeBias * clngTimeZoneBiasMin
  
  ' Calculate difference in time zone bias.
  lngTimeZoneBiasDiff = lngLocalTimeBias - lngRemoteTimeBias
  
  TimeZoneBiasDiff = lngTimeZoneBiasDiff
 
End Function

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by:Cole100
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I dont want to put in a specific datetime..........I need all the fields under the timestamp column to be converted to PST.

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by:Cole100
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specifically:  I need all fields to convert for cloockin datetime and clockout datetime.

                                                           Clock_In_Datetime      Clock_Out_Datetime      EOD Clockout Flag

      Last name      First name      10/17/2008 5:00:00 PM      10/17/2008 9:43:00 PM                  0
      Last name      First name      10/17/2008 10:25:00 PM      10/18/2008 1:11:00 AM                 -1
      
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Gustav Brock earned 500 total points
ID: 22750049
Well, then create a query where you use the function:

Select
  *,
  DateAddTimeZoneDiff([Clock_In_Datetime], 0, 480) As Clock_In_Datetime_PST,
  DateAddTimeZoneDiff([Clock_Out_Datetime], 0, 480) As Clock_Out_Datetime_PST
From
  tblYourTable

/gustav
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