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10 October 2014

Top 50 Innovators

Laing O'Rourke was today named the eighth most innovative company on BRW's 50 Most Innovative Companies list in Australia.

The list ranks Australia’s top 50 idea-driven companies delivering change that adds value. It recognises great innovation across all areas, including products and services, processes, and communication.

To make the cut, BRW evaluates an organisation’s ‘innovativeness’ using both quantitative and qualitative data, taking the following components and weightings into account:

  • Rating of two innovations implemented within the last 12 months (40%)
  • Responses to open-ended questions on how innovation is integrated and embedded into the organisation (20%)
  • Innovation Audit results (40%)

Laing O’Rourke put its best foot forward through its unique R&D operation, the Engineering Excellence Group, as well as showcasing FreeFABTM Wax – a new 3D-printed concrete formwork technology. Other innovations being developed by the company include:

  • Hardhat-installed worker wellbeing monitoring systems;
  • Transportable solar-diesel hybrid generators – in collaboration with the Australian Government, and
  • The unique soil binding polymer Stabilor, which enables the rapid construction of roads, hardstands, embankments and related infrastructure.
Advanced roboticsThe FreeFAB 3D printed formworks technology

In addition, Laing O’Rourke is an industry leader in Digital Engineering – or advanced Building Information Modelling using data matched against interactive models – with a number of reference projects currently being tested by State and Federal authorities.

Australia Hub Managing Director Cathal O’Rourke said it is great to see the construction and engineering industry acknowledged for innovation on a list typically dominated by the technology and financial services sectors.

“The engineering and construction industry is making great progress, and being recognised in the BRW Top 50 Innovators is a testament to this,” Cathal said.

“While we still have a long way to go on the innovation front, we are incredibly proud of what we have done so far.

“Laing O’Rourke is absolutely committed to challenging and changing traditional methods of construction, and we believe that bringing together the best people, technology and processes will ultimately enable us to achieve this.”

Remote infrastructure energy suppliesOur Solar-Diesel technology is being supported by the Australian Government

Laing O’Rourke is an $8 billion global engineering enterprise with 50 years of involvement in Australian construction and infrastructure – including a decade under the Laing O’Rourke banner. With 5500 employees in its Australia Hub, the business has delivered some of the country’s largest, technically-complex projects within the oil and gas, transport, building construction, airports, mining, marine, civil and social infrastructure sectors.

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