Claims adjusters, appraisers, examiners, and investigators.
The scope of this project consisted of designing and developing a tool that would help users to measure and to modify buildings based on EagleView reports.
My role on this project was to design the tool and the features associated with the sketching application. In addition, I contributed to the styling of the tool by modifying and creating css styles.
John Adjuster wants to sketch the storm aftermath of his last visit to the Smith’s House. This property has been damaged by the last storm that occurred in Springfield.
For John, due to his job (Insurance Carrier – Zone Adjuster), it would be very useful to have a tool where he can sketch a diagram of a structure, select the related project costs, review and verify the accuracy of the estimate and print a copy of the data.
Thus, at the hotel room after his visit to the Smith’s home, he opens his laptop and launches the Binford tool. Our user needs to create a damage estimate for the Smith’s property. This estimate report must be accurate, detailed, and professional-looking. Also, he needs to access the most up-to-date and reliable pricing information in order to provide a precise estimate of the repair.
Our user needs to create a sketch based on his notes taken during his field trip to the Smith’s house. In order to be able to create the sketch, John needs to associate the Estimate ID to the Sketch. As a result, John clicks the “Create Sketch from Estimate” from the Estimates page and he is redirected to the sketching tool where all the information related to the Smith’s House Estimate displays.
“As an Insurance Carrier I want the ability to add different types of roof into the sketch tool to simplify the sketching process.”
Once John accesses the Binford workspace, he selects the “Add Roof” option from the “main” menu bar located on the top-left side of the screen.
The “Add Roof” feature provides a graphical display of the roof shapes that users can select from.
He selects “Gable” from the menu. Starting from the upper right corner of the canvas, John starts his drawing by clicking and dragging the mouse pointer. “Roof 1” has been created.
John glances at the characteristics of the roof that he just sketched from the “Roof Property” panel. This panel displays values for the “Pitch”, “Height” or “Rake” of the primitive roof. John changes some values altering the sketch by manually dragging the corners. Also, he can change the values by entering text into the textboxes.
After finishing sketching the first primitive, John selects from the “Add Roof” menu another shape of roof to add it to the original. The same type of interaction from the previous case occurs with the second roof. The label for this roof will be named “Roof 2.”
“As an Insurance Carrier I want the ability to select different primitives so it is easier to identify each part from the Sketch. ”
John selects the entire primitive when he clicks on the label “Roof 1” located in the middle of the roof sketch. When this action happens a panel label “Roof 1 Characteristics” shows the dimensions of the “Faces” of that particular primitive such as SQ FT, SQs and Slope.
In addition, the Characteristics panel has a series of icons with functionality such as “Hide Dimensions,” “Print,” “Full Screen,” or “Save”. In our case, John wants to hide the “Characteristics Panel.” Therefore, he clicks on the “Hide Dimensions” icon and the panel closes.
However, he forgot to check the measure of the Slope of this primitive so he needs to open the Characteristics Panel again. In order to complete this task, John right clicks his mouse and a menu displays a series of options that includes “Show Characteristics.” As a result, Johns clicks on the option and the menu shows back again.
John needs to select different primitives rather than selecting the whole primitive. In order to accomplish this task, John clicks on the area of the roof that he wants to select.
As a result, the primitive selected changes its color and a panel shows all the dimensions of that particular primitive.
In addition, John uses the Control Click selection method to group more than one primitive. The result displays two parts of the sketch highlighted and the information of each in the Roof Characteristic panel.
“As an Insurance Carrier I want the ability to select different types of views like in the EV reports that I order online.”
John navigates through the different types of views using the “Views” option from the top menu bar. The views “Length,” “Pitch,” and “Area” can be selected at the same time. Each of the views works as a layer.
Each view provides the same information as the EV online reports.
In addition, a 3D view provides a more realistic view of the dimension of the structure. John clicks on the 3D option to take a look at this view.
“As an Insurance Carrier I want the ability to draw round walls so I can match the original structure.”
John took notes in his last visit to the Smith house where one of the walls in the structure has rounded corners.
In order to sketch the building with this particular characteristic, John uses the “Round” feature in the Binford tool to draw the round wall.
First, John selects the “Round” feature. After that, he clicks on one of the corners from the sketch and without releasing the mouse clicks on the other corner of the primitive where the round corner will be located. An extra point is added between the two points. This new point location helps John to resize the new round wall.
“As an Insurance Carrier I want the ability to open and close panels from the Workspace so I have more space to work with.”