APTUS DESIGN SYSTEM
Migrating 3 Excel systems into a single, streamlined web application.
Aptus uses patented coupler technology to streamline the construction process. Their unique technology, paired with a design system that ensures quality has led to cost and time savings in the construction industry.
Understanding the problem
How might we design structures faster without compromising quality?
The current Aptus design system is not scalable as a result of its complexity and its limitations due to being built on Microsoft Excel. The process of designing an Aptus building was known only by the business owner. In order for the business to scale, Aptus had to create a scalable solution that could be used by not only other stakeholders within the business but also by external organisations.
Modern web app with integration to engineering algorithm
WorkingMouse scoped out a solution which merged the existing 3 part process (comprising of 3 very large Excel spreadsheets and ofﬂine communication with an engineer) into a seamless design experience. It was built as a responsive web application targeted towards desktop users but mobile responsive for users wanting a quick preliminary design.
Aptus Design System
One of the challenging parts of implementation was being able to integrate the engineering code written in python (by a third party) with the web application, built on Csharp and React. This was initially estimated as a two week task but with careful tech spikes, it was de-risked and able to be completed within a week.
When determining whether the project was successful we are measuring against our initial goal. Since developing the solution, the business owner (Steven) has not had to be a part of the design process. It could be understood and applied by other stakeholders within the organisation. It will soon be shared with external organisations, allowing the company to scale up faster.
Head of Product