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Beyond the Desktop: TestFit Cloud-Based Experience

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The way we work is changing and as TestFit has evolved, our technology needs to change with it. We’re evolving TestFit into a connected ecosystem of product experiences with cloud technology that will allow architects, developers and contractors to work through the Real Estate Execution Model (REX) — a software system focused on cost, constructibility, and design — even more seamlessly.

Here’s an overview of TestFit’s history in technology and where we’re going next.

TestFit’s Technical History

TestFit was originally born as a desktop app, written in the C programming language, in pursuit of a real-time AI product experience for the key decision makers on the deal. By focusing on an integrated single code base first, we’ve been able to rapidly evolve the application with a small team.

This rapid evolution has allowed us to iterate and optimize quickly in order to find the product market fit that has propelled us forward. Today TestFit is evolving into a fully connected experience in the cloud that tie 2 key elements together:

  • Stakeholders: collaborate with all deal team participants
  • Ecosystem: interface with connected apps

The Collaborative Nature of Real Estate Development

In the world of real estate development, collaboration is especially important. Every building is a prototype being built by multiple stakeholders across multiple companies who may have never worked together before.

From developers putting their investment on the line, contractors building on tight margins, to architects designing within the constraints of both developers and contractors, efficient team workflows are critical to help the entire deal team move and experiment faster.

This means we need a way to share information across machines and network boundaries no matter where you are. The Cloud is great at making this possible.

Ecosystem with Connected Apps

Within the REX model, there are additional pieces of technology that TestFit needs to interface with to create an ecosystem of cost, design and constructibility early on in the feasibility stage.

There are other key components in the development decision making process that require tools beyond TestFit for more in-depth analysis such as:

  • Financial analysis (Detailed Proforma)
  • Constructability analysis (Quantity takeoff and estimation)
  • Development scheme comparison (Visual comparison of different  metrics and design approaches)

These necessary apps are evolving to be web-based, allowing everyone to easily access the latest version of the product experience with minimal friction to the product experience. Modern cloud APIs are the best way to make this sort of connection happen so we can build an integrated ecosystem for the deal team to make the most informed development decisions.

The Future of TestFit Cloud Technology

The TestFit that you love today isn’t changing. Its real-time AI experience for specific building types and rapid development speed is the soul of our product experience. By leveraging cloud technology, we can connect both stakeholders and third party applications to deliver our vision of democratizing data-driven building design.

With better access, collaboration and connectivity, the cloud-based development pipeline will help us deliver a higher quality and more secure application experience for architects, developers and contractors to make deals faster and easier.

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