About Us

Clients and Partners

Aldata BNP Paribas

British Land Capita Health

Birmingham Community Healthcare Nottingham City PCT

Cad Capture Balfour Beatty

North East Lincolnshire care TrustLeicester and Rutland Trusts

George Stevenson (managing director)

I've always been interested in process improvement and have supported many research projects to this end some of which have evolved into successful businesses e.g. BIW (now Conject) which I co-founded with Tim Aikin and is now the UKs largest project extranet business

I've been a passionate promoter of BIM for many years; UK Chair of the FM group of the IAI (BuildSmart) for 4yrs. I don’t believe technology alone can make the difference and have been very active in industry initiatives , helping establish Construct IT in the early 1990s and serving on the Board for several years. I was a member of the DBF that evolved into Construction excellence and helped develop some of the  Strategic Forum Guidance.
I’ve led the Activeplan team working with British Land, Bovis and Mace to develop much better ways of capturing O&M information and delivering it to maintenance management applications - now COBie compliant.

We are the IT partner on the Integrated Project Insurance that is being funded by the Technology Strategy Board and I am a Collaborative Working Champion which translates design and development into Value for clients.

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Robert Poulter (chairman)

Bob has been involved in graphical and database applications for the past 33 years, working in UK, HK, China and the USA. Being a Chartered Civil engineer these applications were primarily based around the Construction and Civil Engineering industries.
However in 1993 on his return to the UK from HK, Bob identified numerous opportunities in the retail sector in the planning and optimisation of retail space. This was at both a macro (overall floor areas) and micro level (the gondola and shelf) with the opportunity to integrate and optimise the two thus increasing profitability whilst minimising the space required.
Development commenced which culminated in the delivery and installation of systems for market leaders such as Sainsbury and Tesco in the UK and Publix in the USA.

During 2001 it became clear to Bob that these applications had a far greater market potential outside of these traditional markets. In particular in the FM (facilities management) area, which embraces all market sectors.

At this time Bob renewed his relationship with George Stevenson who was working in a similar market. activeplan was born. As it was realised the key to growth laid in the delivery of these system across the web offering far greater accessibility and usage of the systems within the user base, Tim Aikin, was asked to join and develop this integrated environment with Bob concentrating on the Desktop and graphical integration issues.

The rest as they say is history with the development and release of the state of the art and market leading system activeplan.

Tim Aikin (director)

I am a UK Qualified Architect and became a professional web applications developer after 10 years practice within UK construction. 

I first got involved with computing in a serious way when I worked with Bob Poulter in Hong Kong in early 1990’s where we produced added value products for building modelling and document management systems throughout the Far East based, in part, on the core applications George Stevenson’s Engineering Technology was developing in the UK.

In 1993 with Engineering Technology working on building modelling applications which led into the creation of UK’s first construction portal the Building Information Warehouse, biw.co.uk in 1995 when Internet technology was in its infancy.

In 1996 I and George started developing the UK’s first web-based project extranet from first principles, evolving into the Information Channel, which became the UK’s most widely used Project Extranet.

I was also the architect for the Information Channel Standards, which reinforced the service as a Client-centric suite of knowledge based information of property assets for construction projects when BIW became a separate company in 2000, 

At the start of 2002, I helped establish activeplan to complement the success of the Project Extranet, but take it onto the next dimension and develop solutions that extract data from the project documents and create an interactive Building Model using Web Technologies. A series of web applications were developed using the core Activeplan retail platform. This included Room Briefing, O&M data capture through construction process, Space Utilisation, Site issues, KPIs, Co-ordinated modelled information. We consolidated these applications into a unified suite PLACE, ROOMS, ASSET and RESOURCE marketed to Estates management for space and estate utilisation. 

We have been practicing and developing Building information modelling since 1990 which the industry is now embracing as BIM.

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Richard Woodhouse (projects director)

After leaving university with a Bsc (Hons) In Building I started my career with BDP working with their proprietary CAD system called Acropolis.

A series of career moves took me to software developers and supplies who wrote their own applications based upon a core programming language. This is when I first met Bob Poulter in Australia in 1993. I joined George Stevenson in 1995 where I helped write and deliver Retail software to Tesco in the UK and Publix in Florida. Further career moves broadened my experience as a Software Support Manager running an offsite helpdesk for a large financial institution; and Business Analyst where I specified and delivered a print production application saving the client £1M in annual costs. I qualified and joined the Association for Project Management in 2000 and following working in Retail Surveying and CCTV software development, again teamed up with George and Bob in 2006 where my building background was applied to the variety of Healthcare and Education projects within which Activeplan was being employed.

Since being with Activeplan I have helped develop its five vertical markets both in the UK and worldwide and have been working closely with a government department in its use and deployment of a bespoke application.