Munich, Germany-based SaaS construction collaboration vendor think project! will be getting advice from one of UK construction’s most prominent chief information officers. Gareth Burton, CIO at UK-based main contractor Laing O’Rourke, has been appointed as a non-executive member of the company’s board.
Burton worked in various technology companies including Motorola and BT, and has held board level IT positions within the oil and gas, mining and construction sectors, serving as CIO for Baker Hughes, African Minerals and Laing O’Rourke, gaining insight into the technology and process automation requirements of construction businesses. He established the UK Construction CIO Forum (not to be confused with the ACE CIO conference) and is an advisor to the engineering department at Swansea University (where he gained an engineering and mathematics degree before attended the International Executive Program at Insead Business School in Paris). He said:
“I am delighted to join the think project! Board, particularly given that the construction sector is one of the leading market segments for embracing the benefits of digitisation. Customers in this market are dealing with some of the most complex global engineering projects and must ensure the complete ecosystem of architects, designers, contractors, sub-contractors and supply chain are seamlessly connected and able to communicate at speed and leverage the benefits of BIM standards and mobile technology.”
(Note: CIO Gareth Burton is a different person to the Gareth Burton who was construction director at Laing O’Rourke, 2005-2014 – now working in Canada.)