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Helper II
Helper II

How to Calculate and Plot Car Parking Length of Stay

Hi All,

I've been searching for info on how Power BI could do what I want, but I'm still stuck.


I have on-road car parking data between 7 am and 7 pm over 3 days. Each parking space is checked every hour and the number plate recorded if a vehicle is parked in the parking space. See example of attached data (without using real number plates). I'm trying to figure out how I can create a graph that shows the frequency of car parking length. E.g. I want to total for each day the number of cars that parked for 1 hour, 2 hours, etc. I've attached an example of the type of bar graph I'd like to produce.


Hope someone can help. 


Cheers Drew


Sample Parking Data.jpgExample Output.jpg

Community Support
Community Support

Hi @Drewz ,


Please refer to my .pbix file.



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Lionel Chen

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Hi @v-lionel-msft ,

thanks for that. Not quite what I was looking for. On the x-axis I wanted to put duration of parking, but your idea gives me a good option for another way to present the data. Thanks. 

Hi @Drewz ,


Even if you want the x-axis display the [Hour] column to be roughly the same, if you encounter any problems, please post.


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Lionel Chen

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Super User
Super User

@Drewz , I do not see any end time to calculate no of hours.

Can you share sample data and sample output in table format? Or a sample pbix after removing sensitive data.


But refer these articles, these can help in creating that hour bucket

Hey Amit, it's not start and end time, it's basically a count of each hour a car with number plate is parked. For example, if a car with plate number XYZ123 is parked in car park number 1 at 7am, 8am and 9 am, then I'd just count that as parked for 3 hours on that day. 

@Drewz , then you try for dynamic segmentation / binning . Check the link I shared if they can help


Looking at the links, I think static banding might work and my bins are fixed. E.g. the count of parked cars was 12 hours, so the range of parking length will be between 1 and 12 hours. I created a table called PBAND for the parking bands. 


To avoid showing number plates, I've created a sample data set counting 8 car parks for 3 hours (7am, 8am and 9am) on 2 streets over 3 days. I was going to attach the pbix file, but that doesn't seem to be an option. The maximum car stay length is 3 hours per day. 


I tried the following fromula, but there's an error when I try to make it equal the band.

Parking band total =
COUNTA(Parking[Plate #]),
FILTER(Parking, Parking[Plate #]=band))


I'm not even sure, this will give me what I want. I'm worried that this will calculate the total parking over the 3 days and I won't be able to split out per day. In Excel I'd just use a pivot table and then plot the graph. Just a bit lost how to use DAX.


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