Betsy is an ERP software system for precast manufacturers who produce structural and architectural elements. It is used for:
- estimation (pricing)
- production planning
- control of hours
- materials spent
- transport planning
- erection planning
- productivity overviews
- quantity proofs
- management/monitoring of drawing and element delivery dates, and production and erection dates.
Below are the different modules that are included depending on which pricing plan is selected:
The Basic Module is needed in order to start with Betsy. One major part of it consists of the sample database, which contains sample geometries for the most common prefab parts like columns, beams, slabs, stairs, walls, and time curves for these elements based on different production steps, typical material groups and materials. Price estimating (tendering) and estimating, based on shop drawings can be performed with this module. Sketches of the geometry are used during input, to understand the data entries needed. With the help of these parameters, a 3D model of the element estimated can be shown, to see what has been calculated.
The Offline Module for offline estimation, without connection to a server, might be needed if there is no direct connection to the server available.
Production planning and scheduling mainly uses the classical planning board but in a digital way. User defined layouts of the planning board can show different content in the element labels as well as different summaries of the data shown e.g.:
- totals of concrete volume
- estimated hours per production step
- available hours from present people
- number of missing drawings, and so on…
Element labels can be displayed in project colours or in status colours. The status colour automatically turns red, if the element can’t be produced for some reason. It turns yellow if the element can be produced, and green has already been produced. Orange is displayed if there is a time problem (such as planning after the latest production date, or insufficient time forerun between production and delivery). Printouts from the planning board for element labels, including all CE related details automatically, for ISO 9000 reports and work preparation purposes are available for selected labels.
The planning of hollow-core slabs is different from the planning of structural elements. This module enables special bed-wise planning of the slabs and shows the used capacity of all hollow core beds, as well as details of any individual bed with all slabs and part slabs.
If elements are not produced for a project, but to fill a bed for minimising wastage, these elements can be shown and used directly instead of producing a new element. Combinations of up to three part-slabs for scrap minimisation is possible, as well as positioning an element with a lower stand pattern in a bed with a higher one. Project colours and status colours are also used in this module.
In the project centre, users can enter all dates per element. If for example, there is an estimation for an item with five identical elements, each element may have different delivery and erection dates, which can be entered here.
This module is the main tool that project engineers use for erection planning. It also shows the planned production dates and uses colours for directly highlighting time problems between erection planning and production planning if new dates are entered due to the shifting of planned delivery dates.
The Graphical Planning Module can be used to show the dates and states of the elements in the project centre as part of the labels of any general arrangement drawing (if they are available as a pdf-file or a 3D cpixml-model file).
Element labels in the GA drawings or elements in the 3D model can be shown in status colours to show:
- what is ready for production
- what has been produced, delivered and invoiced, or erected.
Element labels can have different layouts showing all dates from the database like item number, main dimensions, weight, erection sequence number, dates of production, delivery, drawing delivery, and so on.
Printing a GA drawing including these labels is always possible.
Betsy 3D enables the generation of 3D building models inside Betsy, based on the variables from Betsy and the 3D locations, given by the user. This module us used to show customers what is part of an offer including the generation of all quantities for an estimation. It includes the possibility to generate a complete cpixml file containing all 5D information of a Building Information Model (BIM).
The Structures Module is an extension of the Betsy Project and GPL Modules. With it, you can use one GA drawing for several identical floors or sections, or even villas. The module displays automatically updated information on all the related elements (production planned date, produced, delivery planned, erection sequence number…) per section, floor or villa.
The Delivery Module is used to generate and track delivery notes. If the user has already defined loads in the Project Centre, the related delivery notes can be created automatically. Delivery notes are automatically marked in red if a new delivery date entered contradicts an already planned delivery date for a load.
As in all previous modules, the work shop drawing can be accessed directly to check for protruding reinforcement or other possible transport problems.
This module was made to enter or import used hours:
- per mould or area
- per type of element
- per type of work (mould construction, steel fixing, production…).
If defined, these hours are redistributed into the projects in order to get the true hours per project and element. These data can be used for calculation of wages and post calculation.
With the Betsy Invoice Module, invoices and quantity proofs can easily be generated. Users first need to define some simple rules based on their requirements. Once set up, quantity proofs and invoices are generated automatically. A large number of predefined criteria are available, as well as choices of different accounting details.
As soon as an element is reported as ‘to be produced’ in the planning board, all related materials are booked as consumed automatically. The Supply Chain Management (SUP) Module includes/displays:
- how much material is needed per material code for all shop drawing data entered, as well as for the materials that will be used within the next two months (from the planning board).
- orders for new materials.
- entry of materials from the delivery papers of suppliers (thus increasing the amounts of materials and inventories in the system).
At the press of a button, all quantities in stock, and the related stock value are displayed.
The Management Information System (MIS) shows all hours and materials consumed along with their quantities and analytical costs. If assignment between elements produced and elements tendered has been specified, the gross profit can be seen per project and/or per type of element. Key figures like number of produced elements, m3 of concrete and tons of reinforced used can be shown. The drill down mechanism allows the checking of each individual figure down to each material consumed at a specific date in a specific element.
Having multiple factories means having different raw materials and element stocks, different labour and concrete costs, as well as different fixed costs. This module manages these costs and enables the administration of the related data.
To make best use of the available space on all circulating moulds, graphical planning is needed. In a number of cases, especially with simple elements, this is done with the master computer software. The Betsy graphical planning module may be used as an alternative. If used, it generates a complete Unitechnik file with all displacements and turns of elements after graphical positioning of these elements per table.
Printing the element label including a barcode is needed to make use of this Stock Management Module. It can be used to assign an element to a stock location with the help of barcode readers and to make sure that only those elements are part of one common load which is planned accordingly.
The Betsy File Module is for file based import of CAD-data from GA drawings and or workshop drawings (e.g. IDAT or Tekla).
The Betsy CPI Module enables the import of cpixml files (3D model files), and includes an adaption which allows the reading of all Betsy-relevant data, like dimensions, reinforcement and inserts (if part of the cpixml file). It is also possible to export costs and dates of e.g., production, delivery and erection from the module in order to create a complete 5D building information model (BIM).
The UNICAM Module enables the import of UniCAM-Interface 5.2 or 6.0 files from CAD systems and export of UniCAM files to the master computer.
Showing workshop drawings from inside Betsy is always possible, free of charge with any PDF-reader. Betsy View is a specially made PDF reader not only showing these drawings, but also to show the element labels with content from the Betsy database in a general arrangement drawing. It can also be used to get dimensions from a GA drawing for quantity take offs. You can use it to define e.g., the erection sequence in a graphical way, or to simply mark some labels which are then automatically shown in the element list for any kind of modification.