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Creating an Office Suite for a Construction Company

Designed to enhance internal document workflow, the Office Suite helps the customer and its partners to track clients, projects, and related paperwork.

Construction
.NET
MS SQL

Summary

Designed to enhance internal document workflow, the Office Suite helps the customer and its partners to track clients, projects, and related paperwork. Users can create documents that comply with the construction industry standards approved by Standard Norge.

The need

The customer specializes in designing projects for the construction industry. The company had many partners and subcontractors, so it wanted a system that would enhance document circulation and collaboration within this ecosystem. The new document management solution had to track progress on all projects and provide a possibility to communicate with customers.

The construction company already had a legacy solution that needed refactoring, bug fixing, as well as a new, more user-friendly interface. All documents needed to be stored in a local database. In addition, the team was asked to implement a user management dashboard to provide various access rights to different types of users.

The challenges

Under the project, the team at Altoros had to address the following issues:

  • The large and cumbersome legacy system had complicated business logic and relations between data flows. To refactor the code, the Altoros team had to analyze the architecture and thoroughly understand the company’s main processes.
  • We had to provide broad capabilities for working with PDF documents. Users needed to be able to create and edit documents right from a web browser using a data modification wizard.
  • The customer wanted all its documents to comply with the generally accepted construction industry standards. To achieve this, the team had to understand the basic construction site concepts and ensure proper data exchange with Standard Norge services.

The solution

A rich Windows Forms UI was created using the ComponentOne library. The Cassini server made it possible for users to edit PDF documents. As a result, the customer received a document management system that meets all its business requirements.

The outcome

Altoros helped the customer to enhance document workflow inside the company. Now the customer’s employees have a simple way to collaborate on documents and exchange files. Paperwork has also become much easier, thanks to the new user-friendly interface with a feature-rich quick access bar.

Technology stack

Platform

Component One, UltiDev Cassini Web Server

Programming language

VB.NET

Frameworks and tools

.NET Framework 3.5, WinForms

Database

MS SQL Server 2005

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