contoured assignment

An assignment where the hours are scheduled at a non-uniform rate. Microsoft Project's options include:

• Back loaded

• Front loaded

• Double peak

• Early peak

• Late peak

• Bell

• Turtle

• User-defined

All contoured assignments will take more time than a flat assignment (which is the default). Contours are displayed as timephased fields within the task usage and resource usage views.

SOURCE: microsof project