I have a Content Type called "Safety Training". It has various fields within it, including a Field Collection named "Dates & Locations", set to unlimited values so they can add infinite date/location pairs.

The two fields defined within the Field Collection are Date (a date ISO field with the ability to enter start/end date and times) and Location (taxonomy). The Date and Location fields are both only single value.

I have a Views page, where I am outputting the individual nodes and grouping them by category of Course Type. This is the format I need the Views table in (from the old site, static HTML):

old site

This is what I have right now in Views (this is in the preview): what I have in Views

How can I separate the date, time, and location into individual table columns called "Class Date", "Location", and "Start/End Time" that will group them like in the old site?

I tried creating a Relationship, choosing "Content: Dates & Locations (field_safety_date_location)", but this immediately creates a duplicate of each item (so there's two Worker Initials, because there's two dates?).

This is the SQL query Views displays:

SELECT node.title AS node_title, node.nid AS nid, draggableviews_structure.weight AS draggableviews_structure_weight, 'node' AS field_data_field_safety_date_location_node_entity_type, 'node' AS field_data_field_safety_standard_fee_node_entity_type, 'node' AS field_data_field_safety_late_fee_node_entity_type, 'node' AS field_data_field_registration_link_node_entity_type, 'node' AS field_data_field_safety_category_node_entity_type
{node} node
LEFT JOIN {draggableviews_structure} draggableviews_structure ON node.nid = draggableviews_structure.entity_id AND draggableviews_structure.view_name = 'safety_environmental_training_schedule_and_fees' AND draggableviews_structure.view_display = 'page_1' AND draggableviews_structure.args = '[]'
WHERE (( (node.status = '1') AND (node.type IN  ('safety_environmental_training')) ))
ORDER BY draggableviews_structure_weight ASC

If anyone has any idea, please help! Thank you.

  • Does doing this help?
    – No Sssweat
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 4:23
  • Unfortunately not. Unchecking that for the Date field causes duplicate rows for each date - so the event on August 1 gets its own row, the one on November 7 gets its own, while checking it groups them under a single node row and displays as shown in the screenshot. All I need is to somehow split the Date & Location field collection's fields into individual columns, while retaining them all grouped like in the old site in one row. Thanks for the help!
    – Dale Moore
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 16:05
  • Old question as I can see. I have same question but dosen't want to duplicate it. Did you find a way to solve it?
    – Yaazkal
    Commented Sep 11, 2018 at 19:34
  • Yes, please see my updated answer.
    – Dale Moore
    Commented Sep 13, 2018 at 12:51

1 Answer 1


Revisiting this two years later after asking if I'd solved it. In short, yes, I did. :)

Here's a screenshot of the final product, still live: Screenshot of a view using Field Collection

Here's a screenshot of the view as of this morning: Screenshot of the Views UI setup

Basically, I created two fields of the Field Collection item: Date, which I was able to access by creating a relationship to the Field Collection. I then changed the formatting of those Field Collections to be what I wanted them to be.

In the Table's settings, I used Grouping field Nr.1 to group them by Content: Category, using the rendered output to group rows. I also enabled sticky table headers so that the headers will follow the table down.

For the class date, I set the formatter to Date Range, and set the format to "F j" for single date, single date all day, single day date range. For Date format for single month date range, I set it to F j – {j}, for single year date range I set it to F j – {F} {j}. For multiple years date range, I set it to F j, Y – {F} {j}, Y

No aggregation or distinct functionality was used in the view, as all of the trainings can only be part of a single category, so I didn't get duplicates. You may need to factor that in. I've always had great results from the Views Distinct module when running into that problem.

The items are sorted first by the taxonomy term weight, and then by item. I also integrated DraggableViews so the editor can re-arrange them as they saw fit rather than alphabetically if they want. (I actually should remove the sort by start date bit, as that doesn't do anything.)

Hope that helps.

  • Thanks for the update. Despite the similarities in your case and mine I think I'm not able to reproduce the result. Anyway you're using Field Collection and I'm using Paragraphs. Also you are grouping the results by taxonomy term and I have no way to group what I want. I'll do a little bit of research before I open my own question then. Have a nice day!
    – Yaazkal
    Commented Oct 2, 2018 at 16:13
  • Just an update: I ended up using a template preprocessing similar to drupal.stackexchange.com/a/268351/5422 in order to hide the node fields that are "repeated".
    – Yaazkal
    Commented Oct 8, 2018 at 12:49

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