For Teachers

For Parents


Maths Practice App


BirdsEyePM

Platforms
  • iPhone
  • iPad

Teacher Overview

The software application ‘BirdsEyePM’ is a graphical project and visualization tool for creating site plans. The application creates building, road paths and vehicles that can be moved at scheduled times. The application has been designed mainly for the industry but could give an insight into project management, town and city design, site-plan mapping, transportation infrastructure and encourage the use of computeraided design. The application is free from in-app adverts and in-app purchases. It is noted that the interface is designed for industry and we recommended that the application should be used by students aged 13 and above.

Teacher Review

Upon opening the application, the user is shown four icons in the Main view/Watch mode. These include upload/download, settings and Editor-mode. For education use, we recommend an opening splash screen for the application and app instructions such as a user instructional overlay, a demonstration video or access directly to a user manual via the application. The ‘Settings’ icon allows you to save your design to a configured server. 

The ‘Edit’ mode enables the user to create a Bird's Eye View of a site plan. The interface shows a series of icons on the left-hand side that include: vehicles, roads, buildings and an icon to return to the Main view/Watch mode.

The ‘Vehicles’ icon includes a forklift, truck, digger, plane, cab and bus (these are known as assets). Once these icons have been pressed the vehicle will appear in the main window. We would like to see the background in a lighter colour than grey as this makes the lines difficult to see. The Asset can be selected to add attributes such as a name, start/end time and more.

The ‘Road’ icon allows the user to add a series of roads to the site plan. We particularly like the auto path icon where a road can be laid in succession to create a continuous path, however, we did find this very difficult to master.

The ‘Building’ icon includes several different styles of buildings that can be added to the site plan. Once these icons have been pressed the building will appear in the main window.

Once an asset has been added such as a vehicle, building or road they can be edited using the icons at the bottom of the screen. These include move, rotation, link, delete, save and more. We found these icons intuitive and relatively easy to use, however, we found ourselves wanted to click and drag the assets rather than click to place or rotate. 

Returning to the ‘Watch’ mode is a valuable experience. Here you can see the model in 3D and the real-time movement of vehicles if the asset information has been assigned. We did find this view difficult to navigate at times. A ‘reset’ button would help where the drawing is reset into a Plan View for the user to manipulate once again.

‘BirdsEyePM’ is an interesting application that offers some educational value. We certainly could see this being used in a subject such as Design and engineering, Geography and Information Technology. However, the user interface has been designed for industry and the developers would need to simplify the interface and controls to make it suitable for a younger audience. We would suggest an opening splash screen, a link to instructions, a demo, text to support the icons/controls, further assets so the application could be used in subjects such as Geography and the option to share via applications such as Dropbox and Google drive.

Read More Less

App Details

1569801600

4

Teacher Ratings for the app

Teacher Ratings

App Advertising or In-App Purchases

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No

  • BirdsEyePMBirdsEyePMBirdsEyePM

Description

BirdsEyePM is a front-end graphical project/personal management site-plan orchestration and visualization tool. Build a layout adding building road paths, vehicles, and buildings into the editor. Assign information such as timestamps, destinations, and other attributes to your layout’s vehicles and watch them move at their scheduled time. The editor and view mode of BirdsEyePM allows you visually inspect the textual information of a vehicle or building asset in a menu through the click of a button. BirdsEyePM also features a bidirectional tcp client that allows you to send each vehicle’s attributes to your own backend server. BirdsEyePM also allows you to download into your site plan any updated information stored on your own server. Due to this nature, this app is instantly scalable which allows many users to be in sync with each other. With BirdsEyePM you have the ultimate control on how to view, build, and orchestrate your daily tasks without the need to comb through text documents/emails. View your world through the eye of a bird.

Read More Less