John graduated from the University of Nottingham in 1971, in Civil Engineering and is a founder member of AiC. Following his graduation, John spent three years in the industry, working with contractors on large UK motorway contracts. Later, with a design consultancy, he presented a paper to an ICE Associate meeting in London, on a large water retention scheme he’d designed.
In 1974 he returned to Nottingham to undertake research into Digital Terrain Modelling, which was still in its infancy. Following his PhD, John remained in education, teaching in several Polytechnics and Universities, both in the UK and overseas. He is the author of several papers and has run PhD research projects in CAD, Ground Modelling, GIS and Knowledge Based Engineering (Expert Systems).
After leaving a teaching and research post at Loughborough University of Technology in 1986, he formed AiC with Mike, putting much of what was learnt in research to practical use.
Mike is a graduate in civil engineering from Loughborough University of Technology (LUT) and is a founder member of AiC. After obtaining his first degree in 1981, Mike spent three years at LUT, researching the use of computers in the design of reinforced concrete, with reference to use of codes of practice and the international nature of civil engineering.
Following this, Mike was employed on a joint project between LUT and the Severn Trent Water Authority, to produce software for the computerised analysis of the hydraulic flow through waste water treatment works.
After leaving this post in 1986, he joined John and formed AiC as a programmer and has authored three major projects, namely ProSURVEYOR, 4CE and n4ce.
Phil is a graduate in Civil Engineering from Loughborough University of Technology and joined AiC in 1998 fresh from LUT. As part of his degree, Phil took an industrial gap year out and worked as a Site Engineer for O’Rourke’s on the Blue Water shopping centre, gaining valuable practical experience.
After returning to Loughborough to complete his degree, Phil worked on a virtual reality project and contacted AiC, who had started working in this area using a package called Realimation. He impressed sufficiently to be offered a post-graduation placement, working on developing VR and providing support on AiC’s new n4ce product.
Phil has also been involved in developing his own software products, such as 4Site Survey and its offshoots, like 4Site Sonar. Working with Isaac, Phil helps out on support when he’s not helping the engine room cook up some new amazing tools to help move n4ce onwards and upwards. He is also very much involved with Isaac’s guidance in developing new Machine Learning models to help classify point cloud data, and also identify and label objects within the scan data.
After her A Level’s, Karen completed her AAT qualifications and then worked for several different companies within Accounts. Karen joined AiC in 2004, working in accounts alongside Judith Strodachs, the then Office manager. On Judith’s retirement, Karen temporarily took up the mantle of office manager, a post she held until 2015. Karen is now fully responsible for all financial issues within AiC.
Following a few years as a Dental Nurse, Debs moved into facilities management in 2001, working with a global, FM company.
She began as a Technical Coordinator on a nationwide bank contract, after which she moved to work on the Boots contract in Nottingham, changing roles to Project and Financial Assistant. Debs then moved to the global Service Delivery team within the same FM company, as a Business Applications Support Specialist, supporting databases for multi-national companies. This role also required international travel, to provide training on company systems.
Her role as office manager includes customer relations and she is very active on social media. The management and computer skills Debs has learnt elsewhere are invaluable to us.
Isaac joined AiC on an IT apprenticeship scheme, in the summer of 2019. His college studies will bring a wealth of IT technical knowledge into the business and he is now studying with the Open University for a degree in IT & Computing.
Highly proficient at video production, Isaac is renewing and constantly adding to our online support documentation and Video library, to make learning n4ce even easier. Isaac supports clients using n4ce daily via email, phone and live chat and is also our Principle n4ce Trainer.
Tom is another new and valuable member to the AiC team, joining us shortly after graduating from the University of Nottingham with a Physics degree, in 2014. Tom works very closely with Mike and Phil on software development, including the new 3D viewer, Point Cloud Engine and specialist projects for underground mining surveys.
When he’s not working, Tom is a bit of a high flyer, quite literally! On weekends, when the weather allows, he enjoys skydiving. He has also recently taken up paragliding, along with power kiting on windier days. Tom relaxes by playing video games and catching up on TV shows.
Anthony joined AiC shortly after finishing his Masters in Scientific Computation from the University of Nottingham in 2019. Anthony works closely with Phil, Mike and Tom on software development, including feature extraction tools.
When he’s not working, Anthony enjoys running, playing board and computer games, and catching up on TV shows.
Ben joined AiC as part of his work experience in 2019, at the age of 16! At the time, he was completing a Game Development course at Loughborough College. Shortly after completing his work experience, he joined AiC part-time, moving to full-time after finishing college.
Ben mostly works with Tom on the 3D side of n4ce, and his first major addition to the software was the IFC Viewer. His hobbies have always involved video games. As such, in his free time, Ben is usually either playing video games or even making his own. If not, you’ll probably find him watching the latest releases in the cinema.