The Applied Computing Research Group has established a number of industrial links though the application of computing by developing a number of systems for external clients, including but not limited to:

Budgie Transport (Lancaster Canal Boats)

Budgie Transport logo

Budgie Transport / Lancaster Canal Boats are a tourist transport company based in Barton Grange, near Preston, Lancs. They organise and operate canal cruises through the scenic Lancashire countryside, including the Lune Aqueduct. They also charter and organise special rail and coach tours. They needed a new computerised booking system to streamline their own internal administration and to allow customers to view availability and book their own cruises online.

The system was developed using C# and ASP.net, using a MS SQL Server database and SQL Server Reports to generate PDF-format invoices, remittances and tickets. As of May 2012, the developed system is currently in the final phase of acceptance testing and live rollout with Budgie.You can read more about this project in the LJMU News release published shortly after the live rollout.

Sustainable Future

Sustainable Future required the development of an online collaboration portal to facilitate the assessment of building compliance against the ‘Code for Sustainable Homes’ government legislation with the aim of attracting 3% of the 28000 nationally registered architects. The developed system enabled both architects and assessors to create projects and upload and review required documentation and evidence and was based on the a Service Oriented Architectural approach using Microsoft C# ASP.NET 4 technologies including Windows Workflow and Entity Framework (ORM), LINQ with SQL Server 2008 as the database backend. The system was completed within the agreed time frame.

Lewis Reed

The Lewis Reed Group required a detailed requirements specification for a proposed system to replace the disparate and disjointed systems and technologies currently used to manage the business, to a centralised business management system (CRM/ERP) from which they could effectively manage their business operations and functions. A comprehensive requirements specification was produced for the client, including a detailed report, UML Use Cases, Activity diagrams, ER-Diagrams, Dataflow diagrams, and detailed function requirements. Following the delivery of the requirements specification, the client has decided to proceed with the systems development. The system was completed within the agreed time frame.