Atkins launches applied technology practice with ex-Costain director

Atkins has appointed John Batterbee, formerly technology solutions director at Costain, to lead its new applied technology practice, which has been formed in response to a growing demand for digital and technology capabilities across Atkins’ markets.

Batterbee will bring together and expand Atkins’ existing “expertise in digital strategy and architecture, complex technology integration and sophisticated data analytics and visualisation into a comprehensive service to help clients unlock the benefits of digital transformation”.

At Costain, Batterbee was responsible for helping clients with digital disruption and to realise the value of technology transformation. He has delivered solutions across a diverse range of sectors including defence, energy, transport and water.

Andy Finch, MD of the aerospace, defence, security and technology division at Atkins, said: “From capitalising on interconnectivity to innovating to meet Net Zero targets, our clients face an unprecedented number of opportunities and disruptions. John’s appointment will help us bring together a seamless end-to-end set of services to help our clients harness the power of data and technology, and digitally transform with agility, pace and resilience.”

Batterbee said: “As the world becomes ever more digitally integrated, new opportunities as well as resilience risks continue to arise. By understanding these challenges and providing holistic solutions, we can help clients realise the full potential of new technologies.

“I’m incredibly proud to lead the next chapter in growing these services and helping clients unlock the benefits of current technology trends such as digital twins, Internet of Things and artificial intelligence.”

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