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CIWEM Epoty Case Study

Initial Problem

The success of the CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year competition has, year on year, put growing demands on the CIWEM staff, in terms of managing the increasing number of entries and organising the entry judging. Entries were received by email with images attached, each of which had to be stored, verified and categorised. Copies were then compiled on CD for Judges to view and score. Image file names had to be changed to ensure that the entries remained anonymous to the judges.

How the Helix Team Helped

Helix created upload controls and entry detail forms so that uploaded images were automatically sized and stored in a database. A system of online light boxes were developed that could be viewed only by authorised judges. The judges are able to select preferred images and add these to their own short listed light boxes for further review and final selection.

CIWEM have administration access to the excel reports with the details of the finalists.

Successful Outcome

This year CIWEM have received a record number of entries and the online management and judging of the competition has proved a great success.

We have enjoyed working with CIWEM on this project and congratulate this year's finalists on their outstanding photographs.

Visit the CIWEM site to view previous winners at: http://www.ciwem.org/competition-and-awards/environmental-photographer.aspx

Visit the Daily Telegraph site for this years finalists : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthpicturegalleries/8020185/CIWEM-Environmental-Photographer-of-the-Year-2010-award-winners.html

Engineering Council Case Study

The Initial Problem

The Engineering Council needs to make a large body of reference information available to its users in industry and the Engineering profession around the clock. This was previously being held online as web page content and downloadable documents. The volume of this information was making it difficult for users to navigate through to find what they needed. This was our challenge; to re-develop the site with a more logical and user-friendly structure, whilst simultaneously implementing the new corporate branding and maintaining an attractive appearance to the site.

How the Helix Team Helped

We began our extensive research during the proposal stage. We specifically looked into how the Engineering Council needed its information to work for its users and this included site content analysis. This thorough and targeted approach was one of the main reasons that the Engineering Council chose to continue with Helix for the implementation of this project.

Successful Outcome

On completion of the project the Engineering Council had a modern clean design to all aspects of their website, incorporating a much more efficient navigation system. This  system included the separation of supporting documents from the main page content, making them accessible through an easy to find side panel. As well as improving the style and functionality of the site for its users we also made it a more manageable tool for staff within the Engineering Council via the implementation of a top quality Umbraco Content Management System and the integration of satellite sites to provide single management across all EC sites.

Sainsbury's Management Fellows Case Study

The Initial Problem

The SMF current website, provided information to 3 primary audiences public, members and recruitment agencies. The information made available was managed by SMF with the content updates being carried out by a 3rd party service provider.

Access to the members area requires login with username and password.
The SMF steering committee recognised an opportunity to provide additional features to the site and wanted to build an active online community which could encourage the exchange of information,ideas and opportunities between members.

How the Helix Team Helped

Working closely with SMF, Helix designed and built a new website with both public and extranet managed content.

The public site is includes the following features: Latest Blog postings, Newsletters, Photo Slide show, SMF of the Week, Press Articles, Additional site sections, RSS feeds, Events.

The Extranet is accessed via a login and provides members with additional information and functionality to maintain their own profiles as well as being able to contribute to a number of collaborative features for sharing information and building a active online community.

The website was developed using the Umbraco CMS solution. Much of the desired
functionality is either part of the CMS or was easily added using existing components or by developing extensions to the CMS.

Successful Outcome

Since the SMF website went live 2011 in it has become a successful central communication point for its 280 plus members. The public site has developed into a popular way for members to share news and opinion with the blog regularly featuring guest contributors.

Helix have a working support contract with SMF to maintain and update the website, keeping it fresh and current for their members.

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