Counter Intelligence is a custom Web-based application designed to meet the needs of countertop industry. The application is organized as a set of Web forms and dialogs that helps countertop manufacturer to go through the whole production cycle, from initial customer request and countertop design to final shipment of countertops to the customer.
The web application includes CounterCAD Designer module, which delivers high-quality 2D graphics inside browser window. It utilizes Adobe’s SVG plug-in (standard Microsoft Internet Explorer plug-in) to take advantage of high performance and quality for rendering vector graphics.
CounterCAD Designer module utilizes rich scripting capabilities of SVG plug-in to offer intuitive and user-friendly interface that allows the user to quickly create complex design drawings for countertops.
Designer module has built-in template library that includes large number of countertop templates and variety of products. User can select one of predefined countertop templates to start with or, alternatively, he or she can easily create and store its own countertop templates to use in the future.
Once countertop template is on the drawing board, user can customize different template parameters like countertop dimensions, materials, colors etc. Or user can add different products and features he or she needs for the countertop to satisfy client’s demands. For example, one can place sink or secure space for sink cutout on the section of countertop, apply cutouts and bump-outs of different profiles to countertop sides and backsplashes, specify location for seams and electric outlets on the countertop, apply different corner treatments to countertop and its backsplashes.
CounterCAD Designer module can also generate printable version of design drawing. It can be printed out directly from the browser or user can choose to save it on the local computer.
Target server platform: Windows 2000 Server, IIS 5.0 and higher
Target client browsers: IE 6.0
GUI Framework: ASP.Net 1.0, 1.1
Data sources: SQL server, XML files
Data accesses: ADO.Net, XML parsers
Time line: February 2002 - March 2004
Resources: project manager, team of developers and testers
Development methodology: Agile, Scrum
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