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captivating the crowds in Sydney over the last two years with his humorous and
engaging sessions, Professor Andrew Harris, Director of Laing O’Rourke’s
engineering and innovation consultancy, is coming to FutureNet Newcastle.
Professor Harris will present “Engineering the Future – Transforming
him will be Ian Hardcastle, Digital Engineering Technical Director, Jacobs.
Ian’s session will delve into the challenge of deploying transformational
technology on major NSW and Australian projects today and discussing what the
future may look like for our industry.
and Ian will be joined by Andrew Mears, Director & Co-Founder of Eighteen04
Inc and CEO of SwitchDin Pty Ltd.
the speaking session will be a panel discussion where you’ll have the
opportunity to ask our innovation leaders questions.
$45 (drinks and canapés included)
Andrew Harris, Engineering Director, Laing O'Rourke Australia
Professor Andrew Harris is a Professorial Fellow in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The University
of Sydney, and the Australian director of Laing O’Rourke’s engineering and innovation consultancy, the
Engineering Excellence Group. Laing O'Rourke is Australia's largest private
engineering and construction business, with local turnover of $3 bn p.a.
received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2002 and is a Chartered
Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and
Engineers Australia (IEAust). Through-out his career he has worked at the
interface between industry and academia.
Hardcastle, Digital Engineering Technical Director, Jacobs
Ian Hardcastle is responsible for the development
and delivery of Digital Engineering strategy at Jacobs and previously led teams developing and
executing Digital Engineering at Laing O’Rourke, both in Australia and the UK.
In recent times, Ian led the deployment of BIM technology on major
projects such as Custom House Station in London and the Woolgoolga
to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade.
to specialising in Digital Engineering, Ian also worked as a structural
engineer, allowing him to develop his technical capabilities and enhance his
knowledge of the construction process.
Andrew Mears, Director & Co-Founder of Eighteen04 Inc and CEO of SwitchDin
Dr Andrew Mears is an engineer and innovator with more
than 20 years of experience in the areas of renewable energy
and commercialisation covering Asia & Pacific, Africa and Australia. He has delivered more
than 40 major assignments in 18 countries with various agencies involving
more than US$200million in programme funds.
Mears first start-up in satellite communications in 1990 led to further work at
the leading edge of control systems R&D and commercialisation. This included
fabrication systems for advanced solar photovoltaic thin films and development
of optical sensors for biomedical applications.
by his interests in decentralised energy services, Dr Mears established a
significant portfolio of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects
involving various multi-lateral clients including World Bank and United Nations.
Subsequently, he joined the United Nations first as their Chief Technical
Advisor on renewable energy in Southern Africa and then for Climate Change in SE
Mears has developed policy and programmes and provided electricity market
development support affecting the lives of millions of people. In 2014 he
founded SwitchDin to develop virtual power management solutions for renewable
energy and battery storage for developed and emerging markets.
Mears is a recipient of the 2011 Newcastle University Alumni award for
International Leadership and is co-founder of the Newcastle-based clean tech and
smart city incubator space Eighteen04.