Conasys Increases Efficiency with Construction Deficiencies Review App

The Client

Conasys offers a cloud-based homeowner care platform designed to allow new home builders and real estate developers deliver a more engaging and interactive home ownership experience by leveraging technologies that the modern day home dweller demands. Their platform comprises several key components, including interactive homeowner and builder specific portals. The former allows homeowners to instantly access a detailed home profile, on the fly from any device. This information includes operating manuals, warranty information and even paint codes. The builder portal includes a full suite of efficiency and communication tools, including a service request management system and a Deficiency iPad app that has revolutionized the pre-delivery inspection process.

The Need

Construction deficiency reviews are typically completed with the builder and homeowner using a pen and paper. Conasys is seeking a development partner to create a native iOS mobile application for iPad that will work online/offline and streamline the defficiency review process. Conasys would like the UI/UX to be easy-to-use and match their brand.

Key Challenges

– Design APIs that are fast enough to simultaneously handle multiple requests.

– Post large values in JSON format via HTTP, as well as large data volumes.

– Process large data volumes including high resolution product images and signature images from uploaded deficiency reviews.

– Work offline and sync with the client server when an Internet connection is available.

– Integrate the device camera and gallery to allow users to attach photos.

– Design an easy-to-use GUI that reflects the company’s brand and is consistent across multiple versions of iPads.

How Optimus Helped

  1. Optimus met with the client to discuss the project requirements and understand the success criteria. The goal was to comprehend how site inspectors would use the application on a day-to-day basis.

  2. The Optimus team created the wireframes for the app and reviewed them with the customer. It was important that the application was easy-to-use during home inspections and was responsive to work on different iPad sizes.

  3. After the client signed off on the wireframes, Optimus designed the GUI for the application. The GUI was created to be consistent with the client’s brand and website look and feel.

  4. The Optimus development team created a native app to be supported on iPad and REST APIs to update and retrieve data from the application’s external storage system. We optimized the API call using thread-safe to avoid conflict or data loss.

  5. Optimus set-up a complete integrated staging environment in order to quickly verify enhancements enabling faster production deployment.

  6. A bug free application was delivered to the client who uploaded it to the Apple AppStore with Optimus’ assistance.

The Result

At the end of the project the client had an application that allowed their site supervisors to perform the offline deficiency reviews in the field, upload the reviews to the server and share their daily reports via email.

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