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BIAB Features

BIAB has been used successfully as the primary results system in numerous events over more than 19 years. These ranged from club-level local competitions to much larger events, including the Ontario Biathlon Championships, the Nova Scotia Biathlon Championships, the Canadian Forces Biathlon Championships, the Ontario Winter Games, the Arctic Winter Games, the Canada Winter Games, the Canadian National Biathlon Championships, the Winter World Masters Games and the IBU North American Biathlon Championships.

BIAB was originally created for Biathlon Ontario to fill the needs of its clubs for local races, and for all events sanctioned by Biathlon Ontario.  However, over the years many new features and improvements have been incorporated, often at the request of its users.

BIAB is structured to help guide you through its use, with instructions given on-screen and through a built-in context-driven help system.

BIAB will assist you in:defining and documenting the physical attributes of each trail that you might use

  • defining all the attributes of each competition, including the order of trails to be followed, the time gap between competitors, time gaps between different classes of competitors, different penalties for standing or prone targets, and the sequence of prone or standing shooting in a competition

Defining the Competitions you need

  • conducting all types of competitions: Individual, Sprint (with single or group start), Mass Start, Relay, Pursuit, Cadet Patrol and Super-Sprint
  • registering and entering competitors in multiple competitions in single or multi-day events
.Defining the Competitions you need

Registering Competitors and Entering them in Competitions

  • supporting semi-automated registration data acquisition, using Biathlon Canada Divisional Membership listings, pre-formatted spread sheet bulk entries for clubs/teams, and the Zone4 on-line registration and payment system
  • registering non-competing team members
  • soliciting Grouping information from clubs for the Draw
Registering Competitors and Entering them in Competitions

Questionnaire generated to solicit Group assignments

  • managing your volunteers and their responsibility assignments
  • permitting “unofficial teams” in team competitions (Relay and Patrol competitions), and, while showing them in the results, not giving them an ‘official’ placing amongst the ‘official teams’
  • printing pre-formatted blank forms, in either English or French, to be used to collect competition data. Some examples of these forms are range recording forms, penalty loop recording and data amalgamation forms and course controller recording forms
Questionnaire generated to solicit Group assignments

Range Detailed Record Form

  • allowing you to redefine the Classes of Competitors, to show class titles that reflect your local practice
  • defining and publishing the activity schedule for each day of an event
Range Detailed Record Form

Daily Schedule of Activities

  • listing and publishing the names of Officials for the event and the names of the members of the Competition Juries
  • creating confirmatory registration lists, in English or French, for verification of registration and entry information
  • publicly conducting, and displaying in real time, computerized double-random draws for competitions, for both individual and team competitions. The draw function supports grouping, bibs missing from up to four sets of bibs, and simultaneous starts for small groups of competitors
Daily Schedule of Activities

Choices you have before conducting the Draw

  • creating and printing Start Lists that are pre-formatted specifically for the type of competition being conducted
  • creating bib–sorting lists, which greatly simplify the process of sorting and distributing bibs
  • recording timings (to 1/10th second precision) and shooting results for each competitor (from keyboard entry or as an electronic transfer from a number of popular electronic timing systems)
Choices you have before conducting the Draw

Manual Data Entry

  • recording finish times directly/semi–automatically, using your computer as the event timer
  • utilizing a network of up to 75 Summit SRT500/SRT1000 wireless timers to acquire primary and back-up start times, starting order of competitors, shooting results, penalty loop use, intermediate times, finish times (including the integration of two separate finish lines in Relay competitions) and the order–of–finish of the competitors
  • presenting the data received from multiple timers in a manner that allows the operator to easily identify errors and omissions in the data so that they can be investigated and fixed in real time as the competition continues to unfold
Manual Data Entry

Screen showing the configuration of the network of Summit Timers

  • provided that you have one or more additional licensed copies of FileMaker Pro, supporting small local network data access to give an announcer access to the competition data as it is collected
  • creating printed reports for use in verifying that data has been accurately entered, to help minimize the number of errors in results
  • creating and printing pre-formatted results, both Provisional and Final, for each competition.  Results are tailored according to the type of competition and available in either French or English at the click of a button
Screen showing the configuration of the network of Summit Timers

Provisional Results for a Sprint Competition

  • calculating the performance percentages for all competitors, and showing them on the results
  • automatically assigning World Cup points, or an equivalent, to each finisher, and displaying them on the results (the operator can easily choose one of eight different and editable point allocation systems)
  • annotating the current North American Cup Points Leaders on start lists and results
  • offering options for the conduct of club-level or national Pursuit competitions, with adjusted Start Times, or options that fully conform to the IBU Rules. These options help make the Pursuit a more interesting and competitive format at less–than–expert levels of competition
  • offering the option of simultaneous or wave starts for Relay Competitions
  • offering the option, for Mass Start and Relay Competitions, of forcing a particular order of start
  • printing Summary Results which show, in a single document, the summarized results of a number of different competitions which were conducted together
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Summary of Results of Sprint Competitons

  • producing, with a simply button click, separate and distinct results for Concurrent Events, that is an Event within another Event, such as an Alberta Cup which is part of a North American Cup. BIAB will produce separate summary results for each Event, only showing those competitors who were eligible for the particular Event, and recalculating behind times, performance percentages, and points allocations according to the entries in the Concurrent Event.
  • creating and printing cover pages for Final Results, which incorporate weather information, list Officials and Competition Jury members, and summarize Jury decisions, as required in the IBU Rules

 

Summary of Results of Sprint Competitons
  • placing event sponsors’ logos on nearly every type of printed report
  • performing a random draw for and assignment of zeroing lanes for competitions and optionally showing the clubs/teams or the individuals to whom the lanes are assigned
  • associating independent athletes with a particular club or team to accommodate the zeroing assistance needs of some independent athletes
  • creating a Start Grid Listing showing the lane placement of competitors in Relay and Mass Start competitions
  • creating Pursuit Start Board listings, showing the placement of competitors in the Pursuit Start Lanes, together their individual Start Times, all produced automatically from the Start List information
  • creating numbers for rifle racks so that you can easily label the rifles for Senior Boys and Senior Girls, and for other categories of competitors who do not carry their rifles on the trails
  • creating team labels to identify spare rifles on the Range during a competition
  • and a host of other activities!
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BIAB now includes a simulator that allows you, with only a modest hardware requirement, to simulate a network of wireless Summit SRT 500/1000 timers.  Click here for more information on the BIAB Summit Network Simulator.

BIAB is a stand-alone multi-platform database application. You don’t need any other software in order to run BIAB, unless you choose to run a small network of results computers.

BIAB requires Windows 7 SP1 or a later version.  The Macintosh requirements are for OS X v10.11 El Capitan or later. In both cases BIAB requires the computer to be running in 64 bit mode.

BIAB will run on moderately capable hardware.

While the user interface of BIAB is in English, BIAB will produce results, lists, reports and forms in either French or English, at your request.

BIAB uses relational database structures. This means that you only have to enter data once, even though it is used in many places in the application. If you edit data, any changes are automatically replicated wherever that data is used within the application. BIAB is not a spreadsheet environment, in which formulas can become damaged or columns of data inadvertently omitted when re-sorting data.

BIAB is endorsed by Biathlon Canada.

It is available to anyone; all you need is a license.

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