Data Organization - Introduction


This module gives some information on how data is structured and utilized within Mandrel. It is intended to be read as a background to the more detailed 'how-to' explanations given in succeeding modules.


A Mandrel file contains four different types of data with which the user will interact:


1. Structural data

2. Cost item data

3. General data

4. Report configurations


Structural Data

Structural data defines your cost breakdown structure. Whenever you add a new cost item, move a cost item to a different location, or delete a cost item, you are modifying the structural data.


Cost Item Data

Cost item data is data which is specific to a particular cost item in your cost breakdown structure.


General Data

General data includes all non-structural data which is not specific to a particular cost item. This includes:

- Price definitions

- Tax definitions

- Currencies & exchange rates

- Identification field definitions

- Risk impact definitions

- Cost allocation parameters

- Risk matrix parameters

- Confidence level definitions


Report Configurations

A report configuration is a specification which controls what a particular report will contain and how it will be presented. The configuration specifies the information which is to be included in the report, the order in which it is to be shown, and the formats associated with each data item and with the report as a whole.