A locksmith company approached me to prototype a custom job management application. They currently have a manual process with on-site locksmiths taking handwritten notes about job requirements. This makes it more difficult for them to share information and validate job specs.
We discussed building a custom web application that could run on tablets and allow those handwritten notes to be digitised and database driven.
I created a basic working prototype of this workflow. The prototype takes uploaded images of handwritten notes and uses the Google Cloud Platform image processing APIs to derive digital data.
This can then be shared, archived and edited in the future or by support staff in the office.
The Processed Image
This project was to use web based technology with a view to running on iPads with pencil support for written notes.
A Laravel PHP backend to manage the dataflow and database
Google Cloud APIs for image processing and cloud image storage. This would allow the image archive to remain available in a cost effective and robust way.
OzGrind Polished Concrete do a variety of polished concrete floors for their clients. To help those customers estimate the costs of the options I created an interactive cost calculator tool for their website.
Users can select from the various floor types and options, seeing photos of each and getting an instant price estimate. They also have the option of having the estimate emailed to them. This helps clients file and retain the estimate, and for OzGrind to follow up with the enquiry too, improving sales.
The app is open source can run directly off a static file server for easy serverless hosting.
Ceres Tag is an Australian startup developing innovative smart cattle ear tags for graziers. Their product will help farmers better use their land, reduced theft and improve their operational efficiency.
I developed and maintain a WordPress website for Ceres Tag to help them get their message to investors and future users of their technology.
PathFinder is a tool by RealWell designed to help educators find programs to support students with their particular challenges. The PathFinder tool for educators is a searchable database of these programs.
Web Application Development
My work involved the backend PHP application development. The goal was to let users search for the most relevant programs against a set of criteria and add them to personal their bookmarks.
I developed a custom Laravel application to search and rank these programs against the educator’s needs. Professional users of the app would specify a range of criteria such as the age range of their students, the particular issues they need help with and the context in which the training programs would be delivered.
The PathFinder application would then rank programs agains that criteria to show the most relevant matches and allow users to bookmark those results in their own collection.
The search logic is able to apply different weight to each search criteria, allowing the algorithm to be adjusted to favour some requirements more heavily.
Common Login System
In addition to the core features , I also built a common login system that will allow the organisation to have a single sign on location with users then able to connect to different RealWell applications. This will simplify their navigation through the RealWell tools and reduce the complexity of managing login credentials for each app.
(Frontend design was performed by another agency. My role was backend PHP development work)
I designed and developed MySquash.pro as a self-initiated project, both to learn more about the Laravel PHP Framework and as a tool I would use myself as a squash player.
MySquash.pro is a mobile-friendly web app that lets squash players track their results and keep notes about their matches and opponents to help them win more. The ‘gamification’ aspect of a seeing a streak of wins on the home page also helps keep players motivated to keep the streak going.
High Conversion are a lead generation company and they needed a crisp new website quickly. Their Director, Darrell, has WordPress experience so it was an obvious choice to build the new site on it. I created a Divi based site that’s easy for High Conversion to maintain.
Slade Point Medical were in pretty desperate need of a design refresh. Their previous site was straight out of the 1990s with design, usability and search issues. I developed a WordPress site for them with a responsive design, appointment enquiry form and a cleaner visual design.
Hydro Excavac Mackay use a non-destructive digging process that lets them dig safely around underground services. They’ve always used photos to show what they do but their old website was showing its age. I designed a major upgrade of their site. The new website is based on the WordPress CMS and features a custom-built responsive theme for mobile and tablet support and a tweaked admin area that makes adding content very easy.
The new site features videos from their YouTube channel showing what their technology can do and the CMS is valuable as the staff at Hydro Excavac can maintain the site themselves.
NewCourse Financial offer highly personalized financial advice to successful people. Their service is very much in-person, and so a basic, attractive single-page basic site is all that was needed. The page is limited to only the essential information potential clients need and has a responsive design to work well on mobiles and tablets.