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Halcrow turns to Active Navigation

April 02, 2008 | By Nybble

Halcrow turns to Active Navigation for better knowledge management and information sharing

Engineering consultants deploy Active Navigation’s Guided Information Discovery

Southampton, 02 April 2008 – Halcrow Group, the engineering consultancy company,
has selected Active Navigation’s Guided Information Discovery (GID) Solution to
improve the retrieval of information for use throughout its Intranet and web sites. Active
Navigation will be now deployed for use by its 6,000 strong workforce following a
successful pilot project.

“It was essential for us to select a solution that was flexible enough to meet our user
needs and that could deliver significant improvements to the retrieval of relevant
said Elaine Johnson, Group Knowledge Coordinator of Halcrow Group.

Active Navigation GID Solution aggregates information contained in many disparate
corporate repositories, in many different formats and enables an information ‘drill down’
discovery process allowing end users to find documents rather than merely search for
them. The system easily integrates into existing infrastructure, including security
mechanisms, and leverages existing investments in other document and content
management systems.

For Halcrow the fact that Active Navigation automatically analyses, categorises,
organises, and links both its existing legacy content as well as new content created by it
employees and partners was particularly appealing. Johnson comments: “From the
recent pilot project Active Navigation clearly demonstrated that access to global content
could be improved using the Active Navigation Guided Discovery solution – enabling us
to facilitate better knowledge management and information sharing.”

Peter Baumann, CEO of Active Navigation commented: “I am delighted that Halcrow
Group has selected Active Navigation following the successful pilot to deliver improved
access to content for all employees. With this solution they will increase productivity by
re-using known information to make better informed decisions.”


About Active Navigation:

Active Navigation was originally founded to commercialise innovative hypertext systems
research carried out at the University of Southampton. Since its incorporation in 2000
the company has developed software to address the needs of today’s information-laden

Active Navigation has pioneered a unique approach resulting in a system that
automatically and intelligently manages unstructured information. This enables
enterprises to extract maximum potential from their content instead of wasting precious
time trying to find it. Organisations also benefit from significant storage savings through
Active Navigation’s audit and de-duplication capabilities. Secure, stable, and seamlessly
integrated, the software includes elegant and intuitive interfaces that dramatically
enhance the user experience.

Today many well-known public and commercial organisations use Active Navigation’s
software. Recent and current customers include: the Royal Air Force, the US
Department of Defense, the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Army,
Halcrow Group, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, London Fire &
Emergency Planning Authority, Jane’s Information Group and Lloyd’s of London.

Active Navigation is a privately held company with offices in the United Kingdom and
United States of America. For further information about Active Navigation, please visit: or contact Active Navigation on  +44 (0) 23 8076 7678 .

For further press information please contact Xanthe Vaughan Williams at Fourth Day
Public Relations on  +44 (0) 20 7403 4411  or email

About Halcrow:

Halcrow specialises in the provision of planning, design and management services for
infrastructure development worldwide. Founded in 1868, the company has developed
into a leading consultancy in all of its core sectors – water, transportation, maritime and
property – and in 2006 achieved earnings of £330 million. The company’s 7,500
employees operate from a network of more than 70 offices worldwide.

Halcrow is owned and managed by its employees and staff shareholders, making it one
of the largest independent firms of its kind. The company provides consultancy services
to government departments, public sector authorities and utilities, industrial and
commercial companies, international funding agencies and financial institutions.

Halcrow places considerable emphasis on developing its capabilities in line with the
needs of its clients by placing them at the centre of its operations – by taking an extra
step and trying to behave as if the company are stakeholders in their business. To
enhance the way Halcrow delivers projects, it invests heavily in the systems to support
its clients, and is committed to staff training, quality, and developing appropriate IT

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