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Some help with conceptual modeling

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  • Some help with conceptual modeling

    I'm practicing making conceptual databases and I would like to know of I'm on the right track. I've been trying to create an ERD for a scenario as follows:


    A hotel can take bookings for weddings, conferences and theme nights, as well as regular regular rooms. All bookings have a date, time, booking code, name of staff member that took the booking, deposit paid and payment method.

    Weddings bookings record the name of bride and groom, as well as client info (full name, address, phone number and email), who is taking the booking and the date of the wedding reception. Number of guests, food menu (3 different alternatives), if the reception is in the evening, if it's open bar and if a photographer is needed. There is two available suites to hold the weddings, Plaza or Ballroom.

    Conference bookings require the same client info, as well as name and address of the organisation that holds the conference. Number if participants and which food menu (4 different choices) is desired is also recorded. A conference have access to the same venues as weddings, but can book more than one. There is also 5 smaller conference rooms that can be booked. These can hold 15-20 people, have 2 different layouts and some contain electronic facilities and some have tea/coffee facilities.

    Theme nights record the same client details, the number of participants and have access to one of the two venues.

    Clients can also book individual rooms, either single or double sized room and most have en-suite facilities. The same client details are stored for this booking as well.


    This is what I have managed to model so far is the one below, am I on the right track here?


    I know I am missing cardinality, mainly because I haven't figured out any nice way to do it in which I'm using at the moment.

    I feel rather unsure on how to use the generalization/specialization (the arrows), is this done in a good way?

    I'm also unsure on how I've used primary keys, do they make sense?

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    Re: Some help with conceptual modeling

    Welcome to the forum.

    I am a bit hesitant about answering this because for one, I don't know whether desktop or web nor what database.

    Are you using dbf or sql, or???

    If I were designing and app for booking. All bookings would be in one table. There would be different and/or same fields to differentiate what for and possible fillins. I am thinking 5-6 tables only for the app.

    It appears you have way too many tables for what I am thinking. I would probably use lookup tables for type booking like wedding, conference, etc.
    Possibly child table for other information where I may use the same fields for name, address, phones and so on. In a form, the type booking would open the appropriate form or tab for that type booking with all the fields necessary.

    It is a fairly simple process, don't try to make it complicated?? Maybe I am off base, but don't think so.

    If you wish to talk, call me at 352-302-2015
    Last edited by DaveM; 09-10-2014, 04:31 PM.
    Dave Mason
    Skype is dave.mason46


    • #3
      Re: Some help with conceptual modeling

      Thank you! :)

      Im going to use SQL, but as I'm rather new with databases I don't really have a lot of understanding on how to optimize things. I'm trying my best :) I would really love some more assistance, sadly I'm not in the US so I can't call you but I added you as a friend, I assume that enables messaging.


      • #4
        Re: Some help with conceptual modeling

        No, that does not. My email is if that will help.

        In your profile, under general setting, you can mark to accept messaging and emails as you want.
        Where are you from??
        Last edited by DaveM; 09-10-2014, 05:26 PM.
        Dave Mason
        Skype is dave.mason46