After completing his PhD in designing solar-powered chemical reactors, Rowan was invited to join the Laing O’Rourke Engineering Excellence Group as a founding member. Designed as a specialist innovation team, the Engineering Excellence Group’s purpose is to drive fundamental and disruptive change in the construction industry. Currently the Lead of Data in the Engineering Excellence Group, Rowan has designed, developed and delivered award-winning initiatives that have utilized technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality and massive data analytics.
He has also played key roles in developing initiatives utilizing 3D printing, robotics and reality capture methods. Alongside this work, Rowan is also the lead of Site Navigator, an early-stage start-up aiming to transform the way that image data is captured and used on construction sites. While this experience has given Rowan both a broad and deep understanding of many emerging technologies, he passionately believes that the most impactful areas of innovation are those that impact the cultures we create, and how we perceive ourselves and our relationships to others and the wider world.
Rowan regularly gives guest lectures on innovation and culture at local universities and is a contributor to several educational outreach programs.