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Web Design & Development for Geothermal Energy Company

Quality:

5/5

Schedule:

3.5/5

Cost:

3.5/5

Willing to refer:

4.5/5

Overall:

4.5/5

Review by:

Patrick Broderick, President - West Coast Geologic

Background

Project summary:

Buildable Custom Software was hired by a geothermal energy company to update its online platform to fit all browsers and mobile devices. The team also handled the testing and QA of the site before launching.

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the president of a geothermal energy company that specializes in data collection and the real-time broadcasting of drilling data to our clients all over the world.

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Opportunity / Challenge

For what projects/services did your company hire Buildable Custom Software, and what were your goals?

Our online real-time data broadcasting was built in the .net framework and broadcast our data using microsoft silverlight which only operated on the internet explorer browser. We needed to update our online platform to broadcast across all browsers and on all devices.

We hired Buildable to build, design, and maintain our new web platform for our data stream. Our goals were to go live with the first version of our site after 3 months and then make updates and add functionality to it in the following couple months.

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Solution

How did you select this vendor and what were the deciding factors?

Buildable had a strong reputation and was located in close geographic proximity our web design project manager. We figured this would allow for better communication and ultimately less hiccups in the process.

Describe the scope of work in detail, including the project steps, key deliverables, and technologies used.

We had a few meetings to discuss the scope of work that we were requesting. From there, Buildable designed a comprehensive outline of their sprints and what could be expected from them.

Since Buildable was tasked with building a site that tied into our onsite data acquisition streams, the first step in the project was diving into our code and understanding how to design the site to fetch/recieve the JSON packets.

Secondly, they had to figure out how to design the real-time charting of our data to stream vertically (since this is an industry standard) rather than horizontally which is the more common type of charting.

Thirdly, Buildable had to develop a navigation menu that created different users and user groups that each had unique roles and permissions to access the data site. Each with their own specific login and password. Sprint 4 dealt with building out the web interface and the general layout of our data site.

It also dealt with the admin set up which allowed us as admins to create and manage new drilling wells and clients as needed. They also created a platform for us to upload PDF, word, and excel reports to be viewed online as needed.

Finally once these were all achieved, we underwent a testing period on the QA site before officially going live with our live streaming data on our website.

How many people from the vendor's team worked with you, and what were their positions?

We worked with 5 members of the Buildable staff. A senior software engineer, two junior developers, a frontend designer, and a business development manager.

Results & Feedback

Can you share any measurable outcomes of the project or general feedback about the deliverables?

Our clients have given us pretty much nothing but good feedback on our new real-time data streaming site. They appreciate that we were able to bring it onto all browsers and like the way that it displays on different devices. Thanks to Buildable, we've added some new features from what we previously had and our clients seem to really appreciate those.

Describe their project management style, including communication tools and timeliness.

We had weekly standups with Buildable via Microsoft teams throughout the process. We used Jira and Loom to leave feedback on the issues we encountered during their design process.

What did you find most impressive or unique about this company?

I was very impressed with Buildable's ability to learn our program and make it integrate with their ideas on how to develop the web application. It was not an easy project but they did a great job meeting our requirements.

Are there any areas for improvement or something they could have done differently?

The only issue I really had with them was in meeting the deadlines of the first phase of the project. They were behind schedule on it due to some unforeseen challenges with our program(and due to the holiday season) but they were very forthcoming about expected timeline changes.

Ultimately they delivered everything a bit behind schedule but we were very pleased with the results.

Quality:

5/5

Schedule:

3.5/5

Cost:

3.5/5

Willing to refer:

4.5/5

Overall:

4.5/5

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