The Future of construction – Robots, self-repairing buildings and a virtual world

AIR CONDITIONING AND MECHANICAL CONTRACTORS’ ASSOCIATION (AMCA)

MEDIA RELEASE

5 June 2018

The Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors’ Association (AMCA) is pleased to announce that Dr Andrew Harris from Sydney, Australia will deliver a keynote at this year’s Construction Innovation Forum. Andrew is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The University of Sydney, and the Australian director of Laing O’Rourke’s future engineering and innovation consultancy, the Engineering Excellence Group. Laing O’Rourke is a $6 billion international engineering enterprise with 50 years of involvement in Australian construction and infrastructure including more than a decade under the Laing O’Rourke banner.

Andrew will use examples from his work at the University of Sydney, Laing O’Rourke and elsewhere to explore the changes coming to the profession and to the practice of engineering as a whole. This includes practical examples in robotics / automation, exoskeletons, digital tech, big data, additive manufacturing (3D printing), intelligent infrastructure, augmented reality, advanced materials and biomimicry.

Andrew received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2002 and is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and Engineers Australia (IEAust). Throughout his career he has worked at the interface between industry and academia. He is an expert in disruptive innovation, with deep experience of most of the technologies likely to impact all industry sectors in the future, including IoT, robotics and automation, big data, digital, augmented and virtual reality, biomimetics, smart cities and AI. Andrew is a non-executive Director of Hazer Group (ASX:HZR), a listed clean tech and serves on the board of the Australian Research Council Centre for Robotic Vision. He was recognised as one of Australia’s 50 most innovative engineers by peak body Engineers Australia in 2016.

Andrew will be joined at the forum by thought leaders and practitioners from across the globe and supply chain, each providing unique insight into how leading firms such as Laing O’Rourke are utilising technological advancements to deliver innovative best practice solutions in the building and construction industry.

This year’s forum is at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre – 23 – 24 August.

Tickets are available at www.bimmepaus.com.au

CONTACTS

AMCA

Sumit Oberoi                                                     Shannon Thomas

sumit.oberoi@amca.com.au                       shannon.thomas@amca.com.au

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