Resource Scheduler Software
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Description | Features | System Requirements
Rig scheduling and logistics system
Resource Scheduler Software is a Gantt-based planning tool designed to graphically chart resources and associated tasks over a scheduled time frame. This tool takes you beyond the inherent limitations of spreadsheet-based planning, such as scheduling conflicts and printing deadlines.
Resource Scheduler leverages the data within your organization by associating it with specific attributes of your plan. Through “what-if” analysis, you can view the economic implications of making changes to your plans, such as moving a project from one date to another.
Reduces Time Scheduling
Using a Gantt-based, drag-n-drop interface to easily move and adjust plans reduces the time spent scheduling tasks.
Avoids Scheduling Conflicts
Tasks can be constrained to enforce the business rules within your company, such as lease expirations, rig contracts, etc.
Empowers by Leveraging Data
Leverage the data within your company by associating task and resource attributes with existing data, thus eliminating the need to re-enter it into bengalRS software.
Exceeds expectations through what-if analysis
Your planning process can include “what-if” analysis through the association of external applications with task adjustments on the plan. Results are displayed in a window within the application.
The interface for Resource Scheduler is based on a Gantt chart, displaying resources and tasks against a timeline, which represents the duration of a task.
Configurable Object Appearance
Each object on the Gantt interface can be configured for appearance, i.e. foreground and background color, font type and style, and object shape.
An Attribute can be assigned to any Resource or Task in the system. Attributes are user-defined properties used to describe the Resource or Task, and, once created, become part of the data model.
Attributes may also be bound to lists from your company's existing software applications, e.g. an Attribute for "Propnum" can be associated with the Propnums in your company's Aries database.
The Gantt-based interface displays a series of schedules, which represent the durations for any given resource and task combination. Any Attribute associated with a screen object can be flagged as a Flyover, which means it will be displayed as the mouse hovers over the object. Flyovers make it easy to view data associated with a particular object on the screen.
Multiple Schedules on a Chart
A Schedule is a unique combination of a Resource and a Task, e.g. a drilling rig (Resource) and drilling a development well (Task). You may place multiple Schedules on the same Chart to reflect the planning process within your company.
Tasks can be linked together to ensure proper planning of dependent resources and tasks. The link can be Finish-to-Start, Start-to-Start, Finish-to-Finish, and Start-to-Finish. You can also assign a lag time for the link.
Lookup Lists are pre-defined lists that are used to maintain a high level of data integrity. An Attribute can be associated with a Lookup List, which will be used to facilitate data entry.
Extensions are external applications that can be associated with Tasks to be performed during the planning process. Extensions can be integrated at 4 different levels within bengalRS™: Plan, Chart, Schedule, and Task change. An example of a Task change Extension is calculating the economic impact of a change on the project. Rig Tasks can be associated with the Aries Economics application, and upon movement of a task, an extension will calculate the impact of the change on the Plan.
Using Extensions, you can perform "what-if" analysis by researching the impact of changes in your plan.
Extension Result Box
The results from an Extension are displayed in a web control within bengalRS™, giving you the flexibility to use the latest XSL style sheets to format your data.
An Attribute can be defined as a Formula, allowing you to model sophisticated equations based on any other Attribute in the system. An example is a formula-type Attribute that calculates the Start Date for a Rig Project based on several other attributes of the Project, and the Start Date is automatically recalculated each time one of the base Attributes changes.
Create Resource and Task combinations that match your company's operations and planning model. Each Resource and Task is user-defined to model the detail of your company's business rules.
Charts can be printed at any size, depending on the output source, including wall chart and letter sized schedules.
Multiple Charts Within a Plan
A Plan can contain multiple Charts, similar to a spreadsheet containing multiple worksheets. A Chart can be copied to another Chart within the same Plan, making it easy to perform "what-if" analysis on a given Plan.
Protection for Chart
Charts can be password protected, effectively securing the Chart by placing it in read-only mode. The password is needed to edit any data on the protected chart.
Users can be assigned to specific roles that only allow them to view and modify data as determined by the administrator. Multiple Views Control your bengalRS™ view by switching between Resource and Task view, which determines which objects are displayed in the Navigator.
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