Voids management app
Islington council commissioned the team at Rapid to create a voids management app for the purposes of aiding their surveyors in carrying out essential work on the field, without having to go back into the office to log voids details. Islington’s main goal was to create detailed works orders by searching for and adding individual schedule of rate (SOR) items, as well as conduct a number of property surveys, including the London accessible housing register. Currently in it’s second phase, the Islington app has seen a lot of use from it’s surveyors whilst still being developed and improved upon for a smoother, tighter experience. With a very few amount of meetings the voids management app has been put together and styled uniquely in conjunction with Islington’s website.
The voids management app has been developed completely from the ground up, with a user centred approach regarding how the app looks, feels and functions. The app was initially built for use with tablet devices however, being an app created in Rapid, it has responsive design elements that make it aesthetically pleasing on both desktop and tablet devices. Being made using Rapid’s mobile capabilities, it has functions that allow it to store data whilst offline, when a connection is not always guaranteed. This enables surveyors to create works orders and logs and store them locally, offline, whilst a connection is unavailable. When a connection is established the data can be sent off from when it was completed in offline mode.
Each phase took around 1 month to create and implement the full specification of requested features and functionality. With each new requirement that occurred it was very quick to hop into Rapid Design, make the improvements and publish them with immediate results. Due to how flexible Rapid is, it was able to integrate with Islington’s back office systems and databases to pull required information out when surveyors are searching for properties. The normal login details of surveyors is also able to be used when logging in to save on multiple confusing passwords.