Nutanix has signed a deal with construction specialist Laing O’Rourke Australia to deploy its Enterprise Cloud OS software, supporting the construction firm’s digital strategy and helping enable its focus on technology development.
Laing O’Rourke is a $6 billion international operation with 50 years of involvement in Australian construction and infrastructure including more than a decade under the Laing O’Rourke banner. The business is currently delivering some Australian projects across the transport, building construction, defence, airports, mining, civil and social infrastructure sectors.
Laing O’Rourke developed a prototype camera which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to detect if workers are wearing protective clothing in hazardous areas. Other technology initiatives include using big data to test the hardening of newly-laid road surfaces.
Nutanix is supporting Laing O’Rourke to further develop similar technologies by providing its Enterprise Cloud OS software to run core applications.
“We believe in the benefits of building twice, once digitally and once in the real world, and Nutanix helps us to achieve this,” said James Fields, Head of IT Infrastructure and Operations, Laing O’Rourke Australia.
“Laing O’Rourke uses its data to support critical decision-making on projects throughout the business,” added John Rich, Data, Integration and Development Manager, Laing O’Rourke Australia. We use data to optimise and analyse our opportunities, supply chain and projects to ensure that we deliver value for our clients, while continuing to lead the way in innovation in construction and engineering.”
The enterprise cloud environment is being rolled out by Nutanix and partner MOQdigital and hosted in the NEXTDC S1 and NEXTDC B2 colocation data centres in Sydney and Brisbane.