Prof. Andrew T Harris

Engineering Director,
Engineering Excellence Group, Laing O'Rourke

Andrew Harris joined Laing O’Rourke in 2011 to help set up and lead a centre of excellence in strategic innovation.

The Engineering Excellence Group is a specialised innovation lab designed to promote positive change in the construction industry.

The multidisciplinary group has doctoral level expertise in the sciences, engineering, arts, and more. Its role is to identify and develop strategically important or disruptive innovations to improve safety, quality, productivity and profitability.

“They have invented … a hardhat that measures your health in real time.”

They have invented, commercialised and deployed innovations in virtual and augmented reality, construction-scale 3D printing, intelligent infrastructure (bridges that ‘talk’ to the trains running over them), next-generation health and safety technology (a hardhat that measures your health in real time and warns you if you are in danger), and the world’s first relocatable hybrid solar-diesel system.