The BMS lab offers access to its team of technical experts and developers as one of its services. If you have a project registered with the lab and approved, then you can make use of this service. Development time can be used for a variety of projects. It includes (but is not limited to): app development, adding functionality to existing BMS lab software, building connectors or scripts, creating VR and AR environments and building software. This page can be used to reserve time with our team for your project. Please read and follow the information on this page carefully. It saves the development team time and this time can then be used to develop your project. The lab discerns two types of projects:

  • An 80 hour project: Students and researchers tied to the University of TWente can request the use of 80 hours of time from the development team free of charge.
  • Funded projects: Projects that are estimated to take more than 80 hours of time from the development team need to have their own funding. The lab will charge the researcher or student for the usage of the development team.

Conditions and requirements

We can only evaluate proposals that are adequately detailed and concrete.

  • Projects should associated with the BMS faculty of the University of Twente.
  • Realistic scheduling and time management are needed. Our development team is busy throughout the year. Thus, your schedule should account for this. Moreover, requesters should include time needed to follow procedures in their schedules (e.g. 1 week to check the request).
  • The project will need to fit with the overall scope, mission, priorities and ambitions of the lab.
  • Development is a co-creation process. Thus, the requester is willing to be actively involved in the development process. This includes time for testing, writing specifications and making design decisions.

An employee of the lab will be assigned as main point of contact and project leader for most of the projects that are send to us. They help you navigate the process.

Procedure

The procedure consists 5 phases from the moment that you navigate to this very page. Please note that the process might not always be linear and might be iterative (repeating various steps).

  • Phase 0. Registration and fundamentals: The project is registered through the sign-up procedure and the researcher fills out the form for development time (the form found below). This serves as input for phase 1. Projects might be deferred or rejected at this stage.
  • Phase 1. Scope evaluation: The lab evaluates your request and reviews main information to determine the scope for the project and the basic architecture. Your request (in the form below) should therefore be complete, clear and thorough.
  • Phase 2. Specification: Requester provides the lab the methodology and requirements and works with the lab to form a full-fledged specification. This specification includes all the functional and technical requirements and a detailed schedule.
  • Phase 3. Building: The development team of the lab will work on realizing the project. Requester must take part testing and further specification processes. This especially concerns students.
  • Phase 4. First delivery and testing: An initial version of the product is delivered to the requester for testing and verification of it meeting the project’s scope. The requester will help create user documentation for the delivered product. This phase might be repeated multiple times until a final product is delivered.

Request the use of development time

The form below can be used to request time from the development team. Filling in this form and meeting the conditions set out above are however no guarantee that your request will be honored. The time of the lab’s development team is quite scarce. Thus, prioritizing projects and rejecting some is a necessity. Moreover, the schedule of a researcher might simply not fit with the lab’s schedule.

Do you have questions?

Are you not sure how to proceed? Or, are you not sure that the project fits with the lab? Then please contact us and provide us with information we can use to evaluate your proposal. More importantly, please include as many of the information from the form as possible.