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27 July 2015

An innovative app-roach

Laing O’Rourke’s drive to challenge and change the face of construction worldwide also extends to having industry-leading communication tools at our fingertips, to tell our important stories to both internal and external audiences.

Augmented reality on-siteUsing Laing O'Rourke's new applications to deliver certainty to our clients

Laing O’Rourke recently launched a unique new application to showcase its Digital Engineering capabilities.


The LORAR+ technology provides a platform to Laing O’Rourke’s unique augmented reality approach to demonstrating projects.  It will allow our clients, workforce and other parties on a project to interact with 3D models, animations, detailed fly-throughs, holograms and other virtual project information.


While in its early stages, augmented reality has the potential to change the way construction plans are used on site by overlaying digital information into a real world context. The app allows users to understand complex information in a tangible and simple form, and to step “inside” the technical model.


The digital content can be displayed on handheld devices or wearable displays such as smart hard hats with digitised visors combined with an electronic compass to produce an immersive experience.


Head of Strategy and Investments, Andrew Henderson said that Laing O’Rourke will continue to explore and invest in cutting edge technology that keeps the organisation at the forefront of industry innovation. 


“We have successfully applied this unique technology on a number of projects including the Sydney CBD Light Rail early works, which allowed stakeholders to visualise, in real scale, the underground services below them or the completed rail system with trams passing them by,” Andrew said.


“We will continue to explore emerging applications that can improve the way we go about our business, including geographically tagged site diaries, safety and method statement visualisation tools.” 

In another mobile innovation, another Laing O’Rourke’s app called 'Our People', won a prestigious prize at the 2015 Queensland iAwards - taking out the Industrial and Resources category. The iAwards honour companies at the cutting edge of technology and recognise the achievements of Australian innovators.


Laing O’Rourke partnered with software developers Readify to build a mobile application to further improve communication throughout the company, and in particular to help communicate with the large number of employees working in remote locations or on fly-in, fly-out deployments.


Application Development Manager Robert Phillips, who accepted the award on behalf of Laing O’Rourke, said the Our People app allows Laing O’Rourke to ensure its people get news, photos, alerts or other important messages – direct to their smartphone - whether they are working in capital cities, the Pilbara, the UK, Canada or the Middle East, or travelling elsewhere in the world.


The app works across iOS, Android and Windows devices. Content is targeted to different teams and the app even provides publicly-available materials to interested stakeholders.


Both LORAR+ and Our People are available for download in any of the mobile app stores, just search for Laing O’Rourke.

George Street, SydneyWe mapped Sydney's underground services to help deliver the CBD's Light Rail Early Works project
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