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Subtract business hours from timestamp

  • 1.  Subtract business hours from timestamp

    Posted 15 days ago
    Edited by Jen Hamilton 15 days ago
    I have a time stamp field called "Deadline" and I want to subtract business hours from it (weekday hours.) How?

    This doesn't work, it just knocks the result to a Friday if it falls on Sat/Sun.
    Subtracting 36 business hours from an 8am Monday deadline should return Thursday at 8pm, not Friday at 8pm.

    Jen Hamilton

  • 2.  RE: Subtract business hours from timestamp

    Posted 14 days ago
    I had to do something similar (calculate using working hours and not just regular hours).  The way I did this was by creating a very complex set of variables and if statements that increased the hours to subtract depending on how to take into account the non-working hours.   In my case this was in a single day so I only had to take into account an 8 hour work day.  But you could do something similar using "DayofWeek" for your problem.   It's brute force, but it works.

    Andrew Patricio

  • 3.  RE: Subtract business hours from timestamp

    Posted 14 days ago
    I thought that might be the answer. I often feel like I'm making things more complex than they have to be, "WeekdayAdd" works so well on dates that I hoped there was an easier answer.

    Jen Hamilton

  • 4.  RE: Subtract business hours from timestamp

    Posted 14 days ago

    • that you never exceed one weekend
    • Deadlines are on the whole hour
    • The amount of time you are going backwards is whole hours

    Try this:

    // Convert User Numeric Input to Duration in Hours
    var duration SubHours =Hours([Hours]);

    // Calculate Day of the Week from the Deadline     Sunday = Day Zero, Saturday = Day Six
    var number DeadlineDay =DayOfWeek(ToDate([Deadline]));

    // Calculate the numerical  Hour of the Day from the Deadline
    var number DeadlineHour = Hour(ToTimeOfDay([Deadline]));

    // Calculate Hours from Sunday
    var duration DeltaSunday = Hours($DeadlineDay-1)*24+ Hours($DeadlineHour);

    // If the hours to subtract is greater than the Delta to Sunday, subtract an extra 48 hours
    var datetime Early= If( $DeltaSunday>$SubHours, [Deadline]-$SubHours, [Deadline]-$SubHours- Hours(48));

    // Display the early date time stamp to the User

    Don Larson
    Westlake OH