With our team of IT and BIM consultancy experts as well and highly skilled engineers, our mission is to help businesses in the AECO industry deliver business and project success through a cutting-edge cloud-based Project Information Management solution.
After a very enjoyable 5 years working in the nascent internet search space before Google existed, I earned a PhD in Computer Science from Nottingham University in 1996 followed by post-doctoral research at Queen Mary University London in distributed system security.
I was then swept up in the dot com boom working on website development and hosting at various companies before joining Nittygritty as a director in 2006. Our first application from that era, BigFilebox, still serves customers today 15 years later.
The development team has grown over that time and I now manage three developers as well as the sales and marketing for our primary product Atvero. Whilst I coded the first prototypes of the product it’s now rare that I get to code any more, instead leading the team in making architectural decisions and helping the product reach a wide market of customers.
In my spare time I’m a core team member for the Grain project which allows me to engage a passion in building a next generation language, developer tools, improve the developer experience and learn more about the next big thing: Web Assembly.
I have been working in the construction industry for over 25 years, starting as an apprenticed carpenter “made in Germany”, architecturally educated at University College London, and practiced design with complex building types such as healthcare facilities and science-technology campuses.
Later in my career I acquired competencies in developing information management strategies for smart cities, facilitating partnership initiatives for construction software companies and delivering digital transformation projects to architecture, engineering, construction, owner and operators.
My mission is to develop Atvero’s product roadmap by liaising with future customers and technology thought leaders to translate their functional requirements and aspirations for industry improvement into technical specifications. I am also developing partnership with key platform providers to explore new opportunities for the Atvero team. I strongly believe that the future of data environments for construction is not “common” and reliant on extranets, but comprised of interconnected intranets, a vision which is shaping the future development of Atvero.
As I have an equal interest in strategic visioning for digital transformation with an understanding of hands-on execution, I am building digital offices for our customers to prepare the ground for better project information management to be delivered successfully. I am contributing to industry community efforts being a core member of the 4D construction group, BIM 4 Housing, the Society of Digital Engineering and UKBIM Alliance Technology Group.
I joined Atvero as a Junior Software Engineer in 2019 a year after working as a summer internship with Nittygritty, having just graduated from Queen Mary University London with a degree in Computer Science. During my first year, I helped build and officially launch Atvero, contributing to improving the performance and overall design of the product.
My Atvero mission as Product Manager has been to identify and preempt the every evolving requirements of those in the AECO industry, planning this in our public Road Map and driving the development team to turn that vision into a reality. Over the years I have taken on various challenges including redesigning the Atvero product to make it more intuitive to our users, designing and building our website, and curating the knowledge base for all our Atvero help guides.
With my passion for user experience and design I have been able to continue transforming Atvero, paving the way for bigger and more exciting endeavours in the near future. exciting endevours in the near future. In my spare time I build and explore deep learning networks, practise latin and chess.
After completing an apprenticeship and a part-time degree in Engineering, at what is now North-East London University, my career transitioned from welding and engineering design into the world of software. In my 20 years there my career transitioned with the growth of the company from technical to commercial and management roles. Over the past 15 years or so I have had senior commercial roles in construction industries.
My journey with Atvero started just before leaving my previous role as Regional Director at Newforma. I was aware that Newforma customers were asking for more value from their Microsoft subscription with closer integration. It wasn’t until I was having discussions with Andy Hudson at Chapman Taylor that everything became clear. He outlined that SharePoint had come of age with Microsoft piling investment into a cloud only strategy.
With global connectivity for project teams built in and powerful search, security and data governance capability information sharing became a no brainer for use as an intranet, but lacked process, structure, and standardisation for the construction industry. Addressing this pain point, Atvero was born in July 2018. After a few discussions with Marcus and Lee Briscoe in late 2018 and I was offered a rare opportunity to bring a new disruptive product in Atvero to market. I joined Nittygritty in March 2019. The early months were spent defining business strategies, product positioning, raising brand awareness, collateral, website, social media platforms and content. All of which culminated in a product launch to over 80 design professionals at the RIBA, London in September 2019.
Qualifiying as a Systems Engineer, I’ve spent the last 25 years in the software development across at tech leaders in the Defence, Telecoms, Mobile Computing and Medical industries. After over 10 years as a C++ software engineer, I moved to Nittygritty in 2009 as a web developer. At Nittygritty I have contributed to the portfolio of products including Bigfilebox, Shoski and Syncview.
My Atvero mission has involved developing the Atvero product from the start using new web technologies, including ReasonML, ReScript, Azure and MS Graph.
I now lead the Atvero team and focus on Atvero customer satisication and support. In my spare time I like, live music growing vegetables and looking after our retired commercial hens.
My mission as an Atvero developer sees me building new features and maintaining the product, making sure Atvero continues to grow and adapt to a changing environment.
My current focus is to learn about underpinning decisions like tooling and platform for a project, how to make them, what to consider and what the implications might be.
I recently joined the Atvero team as a marketing intern in June 2021, only 2 weeks after graduating from University of Hertfordshire with a degree in Marketing with Digital Communications. As a fresh graduate, I feel extremely lucky to have landed a role that ticks all the boxes of what I was looking for in a graduate job, especially in the middle of the pandemic. My responsibilities mainly include creating marketing assets in various mediums and monitoring digital campaigns, with an overall goal of leveraging Atvero’s brand image and amplifying the voice of the product in the AECO industry.
The Atvero team has re ally given me the valuable opportunity to work in a supportive, inclusive and welcoming environment where I am constantly learning new things everyday thanks to the diverse scope of work that is filled by multiple tasks related to all things marketing, from content writing and graphic design to video editing and social media monitoring. Seeing Atvero’s branding and online presence being gradually improved day by day has given me the motivation to continue enhancing my knowledge and skillset in order to make more positive contributions to the team.
I am really enjoying my time as a part of the Atvero team, where I can step out of my comfort zone and introduce myself to many new challenges by doing marketing in an industry that is completely new to me, and therefore being able to develop both professionally and personally. I look forward to celebrating future milestones with Atvero and devoting my best ability on our journey ahead.
I have had a convoluted journey to arrive at the place I am today with Atvero. I was once a cycle courier then model maker before studying architecture at the Glasgow School of Art. I graduated just as the profession entered its original digital transformation in the mid 90’s and I gravitated towards the technology. I became a full-time IT and CAD manager for several architectural practices in London before co-founding nittygritty.net in 2003.
We were inspired to create Atvero when a client that wished to replace an on-premises document management solution and who, quite reasonably, wanted to know why they couldn’t leverage the SharePoint platform that they were already paying for. We established with them that there are many reasons why SharePoint does not work out of the box in the way an AEC business needs it to, like versioning, revisions, and transmittal records. Following on from the initial conversation, our development team took this as a challenge, did a gap analysis, and concluded that there was scope in the Microsoft API to deliver what was required.
My vision for Atvero is an ever-more connected Cloud future. There is a serious push towards open standards for information exchange from the UK’s Centre for Digital Built Britain as well as from the BuildingSmart alliance. Proprietary information siloes will be a thing of the past and “Managed Sharing” will be the future.
Lee co-founded Nittygritty in 2003, with Liam Southwood. With a background of furniture technology, design and fabrication, Lee moved into IT manager roles at AHMM and Squire and Partners. With 20 years’ experience in IT support management, Lee leads the IT team.
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