GPRM - Dynamic Scheduling

Discussions on race preparation, race management, sound effects, and other race related software. This includes freeware, shareware and commercially available software.
Post Reply
rfryar
Apprentice
Apprentice
Posts: 5
Joined: Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:56 pm
Location: Cottage Grove, MN

GPRM - Dynamic Scheduling

Post by rfryar » Wed Feb 15, 2012 6:30 pm

Our pack recently upgraded our track to a new timer. With the new timer we upgraded to the GPRM software.
The previous software was the Super-Timer 2 race manager.

Super Timer had a built in dynamic scheduler similar to GPRM however it assured lane equity. Ie every car ran at least once in each lane as well as raced cars of similar speeds.

In looking through all the scheduling options in GPRM I have not found a dynamic schedule that also assures lane equity, is there such a schedule? If so what is it under?

We have tried the perfect-N, however we did not like that some cars would race back to back races. Is there an option to ensure most cars race once before a second car is racing again? Or is this not something that can be done in the Perfect-N system?

The one option that our pack enjoyed about the dynamic method is the break between lane runs. After each car ran once there was a pause while it recalculated the schedule. This allowed the cars to be reordered and arranged to be more easily found. In our first run with GPRM it seemed we were always scrambling to find the cars to race as so many raced back to back.

Thanks for the help,

Rick



User avatar
gpraceman
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 4605
Joined: Fri Jun 20, 2003 12:46 am
Location: Highlands Ranch, CO
Contact:

Re: GPRM - Dynamic Scheduling

Post by gpraceman » Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:32 am

rfryar wrote:In looking through all the scheduling options in GPRM I have not found a dynamic schedule that also assures lane equity, is there such a schedule? If so what is it under?
There is just the one dynamic scheduler in GPRM. Its goal is solely to maximize the number of racers to win a heat. As each phase is run, you do get the side effect of slower cars with slower cars and faster ones with faster. While the method cannot guarantee lane equity, it does its very best to achieve it. Of course, as with any scheduling method, they all have their pros and cons to consider.

GPRM is very flexible, so there are many ways that you can choose to run your race. You are not roped into any one way of doing things. If the built-in dynamic scheduler will not work for your needs, you can devise your own means and build your schedule manually using the Manual Heats feature.
rfryar wrote:In our first run with GPRM it seemed we were always scrambling to find the cars to race as so many raced back to back.
That is more a function of the selected scheduling method and the size of your race groups. Some of the Lane Rotation methods will run racers back to back by design. With Perfect-N schedules, larger race groups will minimize the need for racers to run in back to back heats. If running multiple race groups, this can be further minimized by utilizing master scheduling (alternating which group is racing).


Randy Lisano
Romans 5:8

Awana Grand Prix and Pinewood Derby racing - Where a child, an adult and a small block of wood combine for a lot of fun and memories.

Post Reply