With iQD now available, we caught up with our lead developer to discuss the process behind the app’s creation…
What was the motivation behind the creation of iQD? “Innovation through technology has always been a core philosophy at Hi-Level, from the early command-line based quoting system through to our latest iQD Pro quoting and management system. We wanted to challenge ourselves to bring something entirely new to the mezzanine floor industry, something that built upon our existing strengths but also set the foundations for our future”.
Why did you choose 3D rendering specifically? “We chose 3D rendering because it represents a key sales tool and core part of our design process, but also a constraint on efficiency due to the time-consuming process involved”.
We have become ultra-efficient at quoting, what will iQD bring to this process? “iQD allows us to quote a mezzanine floor in seconds. Our challenge was to build a prototype sales tool that coupled our quoting engine with 3D design. Our target: The power of a 3D mezzanine floor model in seconds, simple enough that anyone can use it”.
What were the key drivers for the project? “Great user experience was a key driver for this project, we decided that the iPad was the right platform. It empowers our sales people to deliver high quality presentations with touch-interaction, providing an immersive and intuitive user experience, wherever they are. The app allows the salesperson to input a few simple parameters from the client and will generate a 3D model of the mezzanine that they can move around to look at each aspect in detail. It also produces an automated quote document that is emailed to the client”.
How did you feel about the response from the debut of the app at IMHX 2016? “The response from customers was beyond all expectations, they were very keen to get their hands on it! This was very exciting for us but also presented us with a new challenge, developing the prototype into a polished application we could deliver to them by the end of the year. Needless to say, we made it happen and are currently in the process of on-boarding our customer base to the new platform”.
Summarise iQD in a sentence? “The real beauty of the iQD app is that it’s so simple to use, you forget that there are powerful servers doing complex engineering calculations in the background to make sure you have the best design at the best possible price”.
What’s next for the development team? “At Hi-Level we are extremely excited about the future of iQD. We are committed to constantly developing the platform to bring new features, with support for ancillaries and real-time project tracking coming soon. For us, iQD is not just a great sales tool, it embodies our new focus on creating added value for our customers”.
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