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trouble with tables

trouble with tables

trouble with tables

I am rebuilding a database for my small construction company.  I did the initial design of it but it has been a while since I have worked on it.  

I am having trouble wrapping my head around the following issue.  I've read and reread the article by Paul Litwin, "Fundamentals of Relational Database Design" but I guess I still dont' quite get what to do in this situation.

I want to be able to keep track of all the companies that work on a particular project.  (Owner, Engineer, Architect, General Contractor, Mechanical Contractor, etc..)

One of these companies will be our client.

My trouble comes when one company fills two roles on the project (for example be both the engineer and the architect).  

I'm sure this has to be common and I'm just being dense, but if anyone could explain I'd appreciate it.

RE: trouble with tables

Without seeing what you have so far it is difficult. But maybe

  other company fields

  other project fields


example for tblRoles
  1  Engineer
  2  Architect
  3  Inspector

now a project has roles this is a many to many relationship


   1 1 1
   1 1 2
   2 1 1
   1 2 1

that says on
 Company 1, on project 1 is Engineer
 Company 1 on project 1 is also architect
 Company 2 on project 1 is also an engineer
 Company 1 on project 2 is an engineer

A query can tie all that info together

RE: trouble with tables

Sorry for late response, I have not had time to work on the database since I posted.  I pretty much can only work on it in spare time which is hard to find these days.  I will try to implement your idea soon and post back with status.  Thank you so much!

RE: trouble with tables

You may want to google "creating Many to Many relationship" and look at other examples.  Here is one.

Once you understand how to create tables that can do this, the next step is understanding how to create user interfaces to work with a many to many, and how to query them to bring it all together.  It is not super complicated, but it is one of those things you have to see first, and then it makes sense.

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