Introduction

BPL functions in a very straightforward, intuitively-grasped way.

Forms are used to view, amend, add and/or delete data.

Reports are used to create printable (and exportable) snapshots of the current state of the Project Knowledge-Base.

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Forms

There are two main types of forms in BPL.

1. General Project Information form should be filled out, at least partially, as part of project set-up. This is important, because many forms and reports draw upon this data.

This form consists of a number of tabbed subforms, each addressing a different aspect of the Project. Tabs include:

2. Space Information forms are used to enter specific requirements for each type of space being programmed. There are two main forms: one for Vivarium spaces (which have unique requirements), and one for other types of spaces. Each of these forms is comprised of a number of tabbed sub-forms, each addressing some architectural or engineering aspect of the space type. While not all of them may need to be accessed and filled out, as they may not be pertinent to the specific space type, their comprehensive range allows for documentation of just about any key requirement.

On the General Spaces Form, Tabs include:
On the Vivarium Spaces Form, Tabs include:
Reports

Reports provide snapshots of the captured data, organized in a way that allow for several key project process tasks to be performed.

First, they may show clearly - by lack of key data - that the gathering of project information is obviously incomplete. Which items require input is thus made quite explicit. Second, the gathered data, by being carefully sorted and/or grouped, is presented in actionable form. While there are standard reports that are part of the BPL library, specific reports addressing project programming issues that require special attention can be configured easily based on existing report templates.

There are several types of reports available.

1. Program Summary Reports provide a listing of spaces and their sizes, sorted by, and/or grouped by categories appropriate for the project.

These include both the simple summaries as well as "delta" reports, typically highlighting changes from a previous iteration.


2. Room Data Sheets gather up detailed information for each space and present it in a consistent format.

There are three types of Room Data Sheets: for general spaces; for laboratory spaces; and last, but not least, for vivarium spaces.


3. Equipment Reports provide summaries of items other than building-systems equipment. Depending on the needs of the project, these may include: both small and large items (e.g. both water baths and glassware washers); both movable and hard-connected equipment. Inclusion criteria for specific items to be included in these reports can be worked out individually for each project.

These reports can be produced with data sorted in several ways, e.g. either by category of equipment, or by method of procurement.