Sellafield deal for Yorkshire technology firm

A YORKSHIRE-based technology company has signed a contract to provide Sellafield, the UK's largest nuclear site, with software.

Andrew Frank of Opentree Ltd Photo: Dave Charnley Photography

Opentree, based in Stokesley, North Yorkshire, provides document management software for the steel, manufacturing, rail, oil and gas and energy sectors.

Opentree fought off stiff competition to provide Sellafield in Cumbria with a software programme to improve its document management systems.

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Opentree, which has a turnover of around £1m and 20 staff, is joining forces with Newcastle-based Atlas Cloud to deliver the contract.

Atlas Cloud delivers and manages virtual IT systems, which allow people to use applications from anywhere on any device.

The company specialises in delivering complex applications in sectors such as architecture, engineering and construction.

Andrew Frank became Opentree’s owner in 2014, after being involved with the business since its inception in 1992.

Opentree’s software is globally recognised and meets all standards set by the BSI’s (British Standards Institution) Building Information Modelling (BIM) requirements.

Mr Frank, who lives in Hutton Rudby, near Stokesley, said: “The team at Opentree comprises highly-skilled engineers that have carefully developed state-of-the-art software to provide simple solutions for BIM teams and document controllers. Compared to some global competitors, we’re agile and able to be on hand whenever we’re required.

“This is an incredibly interesting project for our team and one we hope to build on.”

Pete Watson, chief executive officer at Atlas Cloud, said: “Opentree’s Cabinet is a very clever piece of software and has a quality customer base with an international footprint. Using Atlas Cloud is a huge benefit for a site as vast as Sellafield and where data security is of utmost importance.”

Mr Watson said that Opentree is the ideal partner for the company’s technology, because its software is secure, reliable and straightforward.