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Software Development Case Study - Development For Project Management Solution For a Leading Innovative Steel Detailing Group In US

Solution Overview

Industry

Steel Detailing

Customer Profile

A technology driven company offering structural steel detailing services for US, UK and Middle East construction companies. Detailing is done using AutoCAD and other modeling software (Tekla). The detailed finished drawings are then sent to their customers for Planning, Approval and Shop.

Benefits

  • Improved performance in maintaining large volume of data
  • Data from different locations were merged in to single centralized location making all the required information easily available
  • Highly flexible and extensive search queries for drilled down analysis
  • Automatic reviewing system helps them to keep track of all changes made
  • Attracted new customers and orders with the effective web based reporting system

Technology Used

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005
  • SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)
  • SharePoint Services 3.0
  • Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)
  • Infragistics Controls

 

Congruent was selected as development partner to provide offshore software development resources to create a project management solution for Steel Detailing Company

 

Customer Situation

  • Required a system for storing and maintaining large volumes of drawings to and from their customers in an organized manner and a steel detailing project management solution that co-ordinates operations end-to-end
  • Required very fast data retrieval and an extensive reporting system
  • Required a dynamic customer portal where their customers could login and monitor the status of the projects

Congruent's Solution

  • Designed and developed a project management solution
  • Extensively used SharePoint and FTP as a data storage medium for storing all the valuable documents related to projects
  • Designed and developed reports to track activities update
  • Designed and developed a customer portal for their clients to know the status of projects through extensible reports and enquiries

Congruent's Key Challenges

  • Analyze the Tekla (modeling software) output and streamline the upload and import of data
  • Create dynamic Advance Bill of Materials report based on the user inputs
  • Implement Alphanumeric sorting in Infragistics grid
  • Exhibit Transactional replication among several databases across the globe
  • Provide role based security system
  • Provide automatic batch processing of mails
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