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24 February 2016

Building it twice, once virtually

Laing O’Rourke’s Digital Engineering Leader in the Australian business has been named on an elite list of internationally accredited Digital Engineering experts. 

Laing O'Rourke Australia's Digital Engineering Leader - Ian Hardcastle

Ian Hardcastle has been awarded Certified BIM Manager status from the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors).

The RICS is the world's leading professional body for qualifications and standards in land, property and construction and the BIM Manager Certification sets the standard that demonstrates the skills and competence of construction professionals in using Building Information Modelling.

Engineering and Design Leader Alan Ainsworth welcomed Mr Hardcastle’s recognition.

“Laing O’Rourke continues to lead the way in the application of Digital Engineering and other technologies, to improve the safety and efficiency of complex infrastructure projects, and drive certainty for our clients,” Mr Ainsworth said.

“Ian is one of only 26 people in the world to achieve this level of accreditation, and we’re all extremely proud of his efforts.

“Laing O’Rourke will continue to deliver exciting innovations that challenge and change the way the construction industry goes to work. Our practical application of Digital Engineering has improved the time, cost and quality of delivery as we build every project twice, once virtually.”

“Ian is an industry leader in the application of Digital Engineering and this official accreditation confirms the knowledge, expertise and experience embedded in our teams.”

All applicants for the RICS BIM Manager Certification must have five years of experience in a relevant sector, a recognised professional qualification and at least 12 months of practical BIM experience. Applicants are also required to undergo a rigorous application and assessment process.

Laing O’Rourke’s pioneering use of Digital Engineering has been instrumental in the successful delivery of a number of major projects across Australia in recent years including the Moorebank Units Relocation Project in Sydney’s southwest, the NGRS Train Maintenance Facility near Ipswich in Queensland and the Stadium Station rail project in Burswood, Perth. 

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