BIAB has been used successfully as the primary results system in numerous events for more than 25 years. These events 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
- conducting all types of competitions:
- Sprint (with single or group start)
- Mass Start
- Mixed Relay
- Single Mixed Relay
- Super-Sprint and
- Cadet Patrol
- 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 and documenting the physical attributes of each trail that you might use
- registering and entering competitors in multiple competitions in single or multi-day events
BIAB supports semi-automated registration data acquisition, using:
- pre-formatted Excel spread sheets for bulk entries by clubs/teams, etc., and
- the Zone4 on-line registration and payment system
in addition, BIAB allows you to:
- register non-competing team members
- create confirmatory registration lists, in English or French, for verification of registration and entry information
- produce forms to solicit Grouping information from clubs for the Draw
- create “unofficial teams” in team competitions (Relay and Patrol competitions), which, while appearing in the results, are not given an ‘official’ placing amongst the other ‘official teams’
- print 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
- redefine the Classes of Competitors, to show class titles that reflect your local practice
- create and print Start Lists that are pre-formatted specifically for the type of competition being conducted
- create bib–sorting lists, which greatly simplify the process of sorting and distributing bibs
- create and print pre-formatted Results, both Provisional and Final, for each competition. The Results are tailored according to the type of competition and available in either French or English at the click of a button
- calculate the performance percentages for all competitors, and have the percentages optionally appear on the printed results
- automatically assigns World Cup points, or an equivalent, to each finisher, and display the awarded points on the printed results (the operator can easily choose one of eight different and editable point allocation systems)
- record 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)
- create printed reports for use in verifying that data has been accurately entered, to help minimize the number of errors in results
- provided that you have one or more additional licensed copies of FileMaker Pro, BIAB will allow you to work over a small local network for entry on multiple computers and to provide an announcer with real-time access to the competition data as it is collected
- offers options for the conduct of club-level or national-championship-level Pursuit competitions, either 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
- offers the option of simultaneous or wave starts for Relay Competitions
- offers the option, for Mass Start and Relay Competitions, of forcing a particular order of start
- prints Summary Results which show, in a single document, the summarized results of a number of different competitions which were conducted together
- produces, with a simply button click, separate and distinct results for Concurrent Events (a Concurrent Event 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, showing only those competitors who were eligible for the particular Event, and recalculating their Behind Times, Performance Percentages, and Points Allocations according to the entries in the particular Concurrent Event.
- creates and prints cover pages for Final Results, which incorporate
- weather information
- list Officials and Competition Jury members, and
- summarizes Jury decisions, as required in the IBU Rules
- creates a Start Grid Listing showing the lane placement of Competitors in Relay and Mass Start competitions
- creates 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
BIAB also provides you with support in a variety of other organizer responsibilities
- define and publish the activity schedule for each day of an event
- listing and publishing the names of Officials for the event and the names of the members of the Competition Juries
- managing your volunteers and their responsibility assignments
- placing event sponsors’ logos on nearly every type of printed report
- 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
- 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
- BIAB now includes a simulator that allows you, with only a modest hardware requirement, to simulate a Competition that is using a network of wireless Summit SRT 500/1000/2000 Timers. The simulator gives you the results of Competitors, as reported by the network of timers, in simulated real time, so that you can familiarize yourself with what you will have to do to manage the data, in a timely manner, in preparation for an actual competition, or to help others learn how to manage a network of Summit Timers. Click on the link 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 is available in versions that run under both the Windows and the Macintosh operating systems. The actual data files used within BIAB are interchangeable between the two different OS versions.
While BIAB’s user interface is in English, it will produce Results, Lists, Reports and Forms in either French or English, at your selectable option.