Case study on how Stylus System’s developed “Huckabee Assessment Software Portal” for its client Huckabee & Associates and how the portal helped them to assess the deficiencies in the School based on different disciplines with the help of deficiency photos and locations.
Huckabee Assessment Software Portal
Huckabee & Associates is a leading architectural firm in Texas catering mainly to educational institutions.
Development of an efficient software portal to automate a largely manual process
Development of an efficient Software Program to help them assess the deficiencies in educational institutions, based on different disciplines with the help of deficiency photos and locations.
‘THE HUCKABEE ASSESSMENT SOFTWARE PROGRAM (HASP)’ DEVELOPED BY STYLUS SYSTEMS HELPS THEM TO ASSESS THE DEFICIENCIES IN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, BASED ON DIFFERENT DISCIPLINES WITH THE HELP OF DEFICIENCY PHOTOS AND LOCATIONS.
Huckabee Associate key requirements for Software Portal were as follows:
- To automate a largely manual process, save time and increase the volume of work that the team could handle.
- To provide a secure online space where Assessors and Associate Principals could collaborate effectively and efficiently.
- To effectively use data entered by Assessors in the Fulcrum App (Fulcrum is a mobile data gathering application) so that they would not have to re-enter the data to use it.
- To allow Assessors to associate images taken on location with specific areas in the facility, which in turn would be associated with deficiencies and tasks.
- To generate PDF reports and summaries in a pre-determined format as often as required.
Initially Stylus started with an assessment of the client’s needs. After discussing with stakeholders and analyzing several other loan origination software, successful in identifying the right solution for the client.
Stylus Systems used the following approach to address the business objectives:
- Build an assessment system – HASP which can use the information in Fulcrum.
- All features need to be permission driven
- Integrate with Fulcrum to transfer the pictures and data stored in Fulcrum.
- Provide an interactive canvas to Assessors to connect photos to floor plans
- Integrate with a good PDF generator to generate rich pdfs that contain a large number of photos and huge amount of data.
ASP.Net MVC was chosen to build the application because it is the best technology to meet the business objectives.
Security Features implemented in HASP
- Password Encryption – All passwords are encrypted using BCrypt, which is a one-way encryption algorithm. This means, passwords cannot be retrieved, only regenerated.
- The application is served out using the HTTPS protocol to ensure encrypted network transport.
- Permissions – Every user in the application has permissions that are explicitly granted based on the role to which they belong. All functionality in the application is enabled or disabled based on these permissions. Every user action is logged in the database with a timestamp and detailed audit reports are generated on demand.
HASP is hosted on Microsoft Azure in a Windows 2012 R2 VM and uses SQL Server 2014 as the database server.
Though the connection to Fulcrum was seamless, the data in fulcrum is unstructured. To overcome this challenge, we had to develop business logic to efficiently parse the data to a usable format.
HASP was launched in Jun 2015. HASP has increased the number of projects the assessors of Huckabee and Associates can simultaneously work on.
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