One of the most important things in Bumblebee would be the ability to edit and create instruments for your users to book.

Each instrument has the following details:

Generic details

Short name used to refer to the instrument (e.g. Microscope)
Longer name that is not quite so terse as the short name (e.g. New Gen Optics Microscope 200+)
Physical location (e.g. Chemistry, Rm 123)
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Edit Instrument details

Calendar Display

Calendar start time
In the calendar view, at what time (in HH:MM format) should each day start? (e.g. 08:00)
Calendar stop time
In the calendar view, at what time (in HH:MM format) should each day stop? (e.g. 18:00)
Precision of calendar display
Bookings need to be broken up into table cells to display the data on the calendar. To what precision (in seconds) should these calculations be done? (e.g. 900 seconds gives 15 min accuracy in the display which is suitable for most applications.
Time-periods per HH:MM displayed
Once the bookings have been broken up into cells using the precision information above, after how many of these cells should the time be displayed? (e.g. with Precision=900, entering 4 in this box will give you an hourly time marker on the calendar or 2 will give half-hourly time marks.
Number of weeks displayed on calendar
Total number of weeks on calendar (e.g. 4)
Number of weeks history shown
When showing the default calendar, how many weeks into the past should be shown? (e.g. if you will use Bumblebee to book into the future then 0, if you use it mainly as a log book of what happened in the past, then use 1 or 2)
Number of days into the future
How far into the future should users be able to view the calendar and make bookings? Note that this is from the end of the current week, so a value of 7 will allow users to book between 7 and 13 days into the future.
Advisory text
This small HTML snippet is put at the bottom of all calendar views. You could include information about the instrument or your booking policies here.
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Control calendar display

Charging details

Charging class
What charging class does this instrument belong to?
Hours in a half-day
When calculating costs, how many hours are there in a half-day's usage? (e.g. 5)
Hours in a full-day
When calculating costs, how many hours are there in a full-day's usage? (e.g. 8)
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Charging details

Booking restrictions

Instrument timeslots
Defines the times at which the instruments are available and what granularity the bookings can be made at. All times in the week should be defined here, you can use times beyond 24:00 to define overnight slots that go into the next day. (see timeslot rules below for more details)
Minimum notice for booking change
This is the minimum number of hours' notice that a user must give to change the duration of a booking or cancel a booking. The time period is calculated from the start of the booking. For instruments that are not used very much, you might make this a negative number so that users can cancel bookings even after they have started (e.g. -24 will let the user cancel the booking the next day). For high-demand instruments, you might require that users cancel bookings the previous day (e.g. 8 or 24)
Instrument supervisors
A comma-separated list of the Bumblebee usernames of people to be listed as instrument supervisors at the bottom of each calendar view. Also, the system may email these users when bookings are made, as determined below.
Email supervisors when booking
If checked, an email is sent to the email address recorded for each of the instrument supervisors listed above whenever a booking is made (not deleted).
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Booking controls

Timeslot rules

The syntax for defining timeslots may be tersely summarised as follows:



defines the start time and stop time (in 24h HH:MM format) being defined for this slot. For example:
08:00-18:00 specifies that the period from 8am until 6pm is being described.
the number of equal length slots that this period of time should be divided into. 0 means unavailable, * means the user can type in any times they want for these slots. Examples:
08:00-10:00/0 means that the instrument is unavailable between 8am and 10am.
08:00-10:00/2 makes two 1h slots.
08:00-10:00/4 makes four 30min slots.
give a discount (in percent) for bookings that use this timeslot, for example:
-50% makes a time period 50% cheaper per hour (say, an evening booking).
Include a text comment on the calendar when this time period is vacant. For example,
,Unavailable Shows "Unavailable" on the calendar.

Some practical examples might be useful:

Slot definition Translation
The instrument is unavailable from midnight until 8am and from 6pm until midnight, with the comment "Unavailable" written in those slots. The rest of the day (8am until 6pm) is divided into 10 equal slots of 1h duration and the user will be given a dropdown box to select the duration of the booking.
User can book any times (type in times) from midnight to 8:00am. There is one slot from 8am until 1pm and there is one slot from 1pm until 6pm; because these slots are separately defined, the user will not be give the option to book them as one continuous booking. The user can book any times from 6pm until midnight.
17:00-33:00/1-20%,Overnight Booking
The time period midnight to 9am must be defined in the previous day. The defined timeslots are 09:00-10:00, 10:00-11:00, 11:00-12:00, 12:00-13:00, 13:00-15:00, 15:00-17:00. Additionally, there is an overnight booking running from 17:00 until 33:00 (i.e. 09:00 the next day) for which users will receive a 20% discount on the standard rate for instrument usage. When not booked, that slot will show "Overnight Booking" on the calendar.

Last edited: Monday August 22, 2005

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