Audit and Inspection Software

Client Overview

Having worked with MDB for several years I have found them to be professional, reliable and extremely efficient to work with. They have successfully delivered advanced mobile applications for our company - their knowledge, skill and speed combine to make a great mobile application provider, who we would highly recommend.”

Karen Johnson, Principal Consultant - Mobile Solutions, Causeway Mobile 


Causeway Mobile provide an enterprise wide auditing and inspection solution within any compliance environment.  Using your existing internet connection and hardware, Causeway Mobile (powered by E-SAFE 100) is the leading mobile construction software solution that automates any existing paper-based work task, including snagging, health & safety, plant inspections, waste management, works orders, cost valuations, work permits, time sheets, risk assessments and site inspections.

Requirements

Causeway required a more cost-effectiveuser-friendly and faster solution to their existing enterprise management information system; E-SAFE 100. This PDA-based application was used by thousands of inspectors on site.

Issues

Causeway had experience with previous systems, but wanted a total re-development, restructure and redesign, from the ground up. Main areas for improvement included increased speedreliability and usability together with accurate reporting and economically advantageous technologies.

The technologies used in the previous system were not up to date, so limited what could be developed, and the scope of the product’s capabilities.

Overseas development on the original product hindered progress, with time differences and language barriers.

The synchronisation system which uploaded and downloaded inspection information was extremely inefficient and ineffective. A third party, previously developed synchronisation system was used and contained limited reports.

Following an analysis of the current problems, MDB began eradicating each issue by firstly developing a brand new product specification and secondly offering specialist solutions to further enhance the products capabilities.

Solution

A highly optimised solution was created, which opened up fresh avenues for previously ruled-out applications. The huge reduction in synchronisation times, meant GPRS was a viable, economical tool.

MDB’s understanding of Causeway’s broader business needs and objectives, enabled them to offer ideas for improvement within the overall business as well as the individual product.  The partnership fast became an indispensable resource to Causeway.

Within a tight timescale, MDB delivered the most proficient and cost-effective E-SAFE 100 technology system ever created. It featured many technological and functional advances over its predecessors including speed, intuitiveness and reliability.  As a result E-SAFE 100 won the sought after accolade of Product of the Year at theConstruction Computing Awards, 2006.

Benefits

A more reliable and efficient solution meant on-site inspections cost less time and money with decreased errors and improved loss prevention. Benefits included:

  • Speed: Increased speed of information transfer (at least 20 times faster), due to a bespoke delta synchronisation mechanism, only sending and receiving new information
  • Mobility: Inspection reports can be sent to the site by email – no need for laptops or mobile printers
  • Precious information: Completed inspections offer critical business information including alerts, real time reports and analysis
  • Time: Minimal implementation time with the highest levels of data security (ISO 9977)
  • Decreased errors: Improved user interface offering minimal room for error
  • Decreased costs: Significant savings in development time and decreased day-to-day costs
  • More functions: Alternative functionality introduced
  • Reliability: Reports generated offline, ruling out the dependency for network connections or high bandwidth

Clients include O2, Next Retail, Leicester NHS, Breyer Group plc, Moulding Contracts, Midas Retail Ltd.

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