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Rider Levett Bucknall

Client Name: Rider Levett Bucknall

Solution: Smartphone Application for iPhone, Android, Windows 7 and Blackberry Platforms

Category: Smartphone Applications

Target Audience: International commercial developers, builders, investors, occupiers and contractors in all sectors

Client Summary: Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) is an international property and construction consultancy which combines local knowledge and expertise with access to a robust global network of over 2,500 staff in more than 100 offices throughout Asia, Oceania, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas.

The company is a leading independent firm and provides clients with the best property and construction advice available. Their team of experts are focused on developing new services aimed at supporting clients to enhance business.

rlb_03Client Objective

RLB required a unique Smartphone application to aid with current and predictive calculation for commercial projects; intended for use by staff and clients around the globe.

The company’s existing database comprising of a pricing index, cost calculators, market commentary and current projects was to be accessed by employees from remote locations with the ability to update in real-time. The aim was to implement real-time functionality to the database, enabling live changes to be reflected in the application.

The app was intended for worldwide use, so it needed to suit mobile platforms for different countries. News, commentary and video were to be replicated across all platforms and update accordingly.

Pricing structures had to include multiple currencies while the language of the application had to extend to both English and Chinese.

The Challenge:
The construction cost Smartphone application was not only a first for the company, but the first of its kind to produce current and predictive figures for commercial development world-wide. Development required a steady approach to ensure the one-of-a-kind application could be established.

Exa Solution:
Current and Predictive Calculation:
With developers, builders and investors at the forefront of RLB’s mind, the Smartphone app was built to assist and simplify the construction process. The app works to provide current figures while predicting construction costs for a wide range of building types in global locations. The one-of-a-kind device offers comparisons between cities, countries and regions and can calculate in different currencies.

A Global Application
With a Construction Cost Calculator and a global Tender Price Index, users can compare relative building prices in many cities, world-wide. Users can obtain an estimate of costs for current or proposed developments and have access to price movements within local markets, wherever they are located. English and Chinese language options further enhances global communication.

Multiple Mobile Platform Use:
Compatible with the iPhone, Android, Windows 7 and Blackberry platforms, this Smartphone application is available to download free from the iTunes App Store, Windows Marketplace, Android Market and Blackberry App World. The diversity of the application means RLB clients and employees have access to fundamental information on a range of mobile devices.

Real-time Market Commentary and Advice:
Users can gain up-to-date market commentary from leaders in the field. The market commentary describes the level of construction activity, price movements, major projects under construction and those coming to market, and market activity forecasts.

Fast Webcast Streaming
With unique video hosting capabilities, the company can upload webcasts for instant streaming in the application. Clips are stored on the company’s network and are available for viewing within the app rather than outbound links to YouTube.

End Results:
Since its launch in May, more than 3000 people have downloaded the unique application on the different mobile platforms. RLB is now working with Exa to integrate the app onto a desktop computer; developing a website based on the success of the Smartphone device.

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