Allocate from current resource availability

Discussion created by nickkime on Dec 18, 2012
Latest reply on Dec 20, 2012 by Chris_Hackett
OnDemand 12.1
Web based scheduling only (Not using MSP or OWB)

I trying to find an easy to consider current resource availability when autoscheduling a project. PMs may have 30 resources on a single project. Right now the PM has to manually enter the project allocation of each resource. This would be pretty simple if resources were available for a given percentage during the entire life of project. For example 50% from 1/1/2013 to 5/1/2013.

Unfortunately most of our resources have varying availability. For example:
1/1/2013 – 1/7/2013 %50
1/8/2013 – 1/20/2013 %0
1/21/2013 – 2/15/2013 25%

Each one of these time entries has to be manually entered for each resource on the project. I know there is an “Allocate from Estimates” option but that only looks at the project. Has anyone found a way to automatically “Allocate from remaining availability”? If that was possible then we could allocate from remaining availability, autoschedule, and then allocate from estimates.