Bechtel Corporation is a global engineering, procurement, construction, and project management company as well as being the largest construction company in the United States. The existing Bechtel Production System (BPS) needed to be updated and positioned in a more future-forward manner. Comprehensive reimagining of Pipefighter - a critical centerpiece of Bechtel’s robust digital ecosystem - was a necessary component of this work. Hypergiant was well-suited to provide engineering leadership and mentorship as Bechtel works to become more contemporary in their digital operations and positions itself to remain at the forefront of their industry.
As with all software created by Hypergiant, the problem was addressed in a user-centric fashion. By understanding the needs of end-users, the design and development teams can ensure that all pain points and workflow challenges are addressed. To this end, the Hypergiant team collaborated with Bechtel to evolve the PipeFighter application that streamlines workflows, provides management with holistic oversight of key summary data and outlier stats, and prompts corrective measures.
The work Hypergiant performed for Bechtel was foundational for their Digital Enterprise Platform (DEP). Hypergiant led the architecture and systems design of the next-gen Bechtel Production System (BPS), and mentored their teams on best practices throughout the engagement in order to build a more formidable, agile internal team. From an engineering standpoint, designing the services that facilitated communication between legacy software and an intelligent GraphQL-driven back-end that normalized data for native Android and web-based clients was a feat. The Android and web clients needed to work flawlessly in remote areas of low or no connectivity, which relied on low-level offline support and heavy caching. The back-end services needed to be intelligent and flexible enough to support various project-specific configurations, interface with a variety of internal and external systems of record, and reconcile multiple levels of caching and mutation for the clients they were serving. All of this work was in service of ensuring that the architecture for the evolved BPS was constructed in a way that would support future intelligence applications across the “xFighter” ecosystem.
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