Laing O’Rourke pushes forward tech drive with cloud software

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Software company Nutanix and Laing O’Rourke Australia have announced a deal to deploy Enterprise Cloud OS software to support the construction firm’s digital strategy and help enable its focus on technology development.

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Laing O’Rourke is a $6 billion international operation with 50 years of involvement in Australian construction and infrastructure including more than a decade under the Laing O’Rourke banner.

Recently, it developed a prototype camera which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to detect if workers are wearing protective clothing in hazardous areas. Other technology initiatives include using big data to test the hardening of newly-laid road surfaces.

Nutanix is supporting Laing O’Rourke to further develop similar technologies by providing its Enterprise Cloud OS software to run Laing O’Rourke’s core applications.

"We believe in the benefits of building twice, once digitally and once in the real world, and Nutanix helps us to achieve this," says James Fields, head of IT infrastructure and operations, Laing O’Rourke Australia.

"Laing O’Rourke uses its data to support critical decision-making on projects throughout the business," added John Rich, data, integration and development manager, Laing O’Rourke Australia.

"We use data to optimise and analyse our opportunities, supply chain and projects to ensure that we deliver value for our clients, while continuing to lead the way in innovation in construction and engineering."

The enterprise cloud environment is being rolled out by Nutanix and partner MOQdigital and hosted in the NEXTDC S1 and NEXTDC B2 colocation data centres in Sydney and Brisbane.

"Laing O’Rourke has shown the rest of the industry that the status quo is not an option," says Neville Vincent, vice president ANZ, ASEAN and India, Nutanix.

"As the construction industry in Australia continues to transform, cloud technologies will become vital to securing a long-term profitable, productive and sustainable future. The future, continued success of Australia’s construction industry will rely upon using the simplest, most effective and most flexible solutions out there – and they all emanate in the cloud."

As increasing productivity, cost efficiencies, greater competition, rising customer sophistication and health and safety all make increasing demands on the industry, the requirement on businesses to re-think their IT and technology strategies to keep pace is only set to grow, says Laing.

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