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HCS Planning and Detailing

21 Sep, 2021

Hollow Core Slabs (HCS) are usually produced with special equipment on long flat beds. Because of their simple geometry, detailed planning of the individual slab is not needed with the same accuracy as e.g., beams and panels. As a consequence, there is a special planning board for hollow core slabs. In one bed, only one specific type of HCS, and one specific strand pattern can be used.

As a consequence, production planning can be done with accordingly grouped elements. Assignment of one element or a collection of elements to a bed is done via drag and drop. As soon as a first element is dropped, the software makes sure that all further elements have the same depth and the same, or a lower strand pattern. It also checks, that the maximum usable length of the bed is not exceeded.

Many companies produce elements on stock to avoid wastage of strands. Use of such stock items is always possible in the planning process by replacing an element from the bed with an element from stock.

Minimisation of wastage at production of part-slabs can be achieved by grouping several part-slabs into units (production in second row).

BETSY Hollow Core Detailing was created as a cheap and easy to use detailing tool based on Autodesk ARX technology. All users with AutoCAD knowledge will be able to use it after minutes.

The distribution and numbering of slabs over the rooms and openings can be done automatically or manually. It automatically creates shop drawings and is fully integrated into the Betsy system. Therefore exporting from AutoCAD to Betsy of all data (type, strand pattern, geometric characteristics) is done in one simple click.

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