Global Manufacturing Conglomerate, Power and Gas Industry

Global Manufacturing Conglomerate Success

The power and gas division of a worldwide manufacturing company needed an interactive software tool to improve collaboration among globally distributed teams of engineers developing and testing designs for massive industrial gas turbine engines. They asked for the application to incorporate a rich user interface (UI), and the ability to run seamlessly on both RedHat Linux and Windows workstations.

Our UX design and engineering teams worked collaboratively, crafting solutions for custom visualization of graphing libraries, devising a plan for overall implementation of fluid and intuitive user interfaces, and developing the architecture for the overall application. ICS also provided training to the client’s internal teams on Qt best practices. This project exercised many aspects of our services from user experience design over backend and middle-ware layers to front-end implementations

Challenge

The client’s engineers traditionally used several different software programs, as well as the computer's built-in file browser, to complete their work. This arrangement often led to confusion about which version of the turbine engine development was current, and who was working on which parts. Before ICS was engaged for this project, the client chose to use Git for remote cooperation. ICS was challenged to create a workable architecture for an application that consolidated a number programs into one, as well as create a sophisticated and intuitive UI for the new tool.

Solution

We helped our client choose the most efficient development platform for this project, Python, Qt and QWidgets, and then created an application framework that rolled the disparate software programs their engineers had been using piecemeal into a single application and divided it logically into two main sections.

One section allows engineers to access and manipulate the files necessary to generate their designs. The other section enables engineers to capture and use data to run simulations, manipulating and testing different setups in a visual manner.

The ICS team created themes that can be interchanged instantly to suit a specific situation and developed eye-catching buttons and intuitive controls. Animations and StyleSheets allow the new application to adjust individual icons and colors of every button and control to coordinate with the selected theme. In addition, ICS implemented several graph types, from Scatter Plots to Prediction Profilers.

Results

ICS created a cohesive turbine design-and-simulation program that is much easier to use. Thanks to a UI featuring beautiful, flexible UX design, the client's engineering teams are better equipped to let creativity and innovation flow. ICS is currently preparing to release v2.0.

9/22/2017