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Graham Herries
Director of Digital Technologies / Project Director for EU H2020 FoF Project at Laing O'Rourke


Dr Graham Herries is Director of Digital Technologies in the Engineering Excellence Group at Laing O'Rourke. This role provides the executive leadership for the ongoing strategic digital transformation of Laing O’Rourke. He leads innovation through adoption of cross sector technologies to both manufacturing and construction site operations.

Graham is also Project Director of the 36 month EU H2020 Factory of the Future project OPTIMISED which has recently completed. This €7m EU research grant has developed and demonstrated Industry 4.0 technologies focussed on providing a manufacturing scheduling optimisation system that uses real-time sensors, digital twin and AI methods to react and improve manufacturing performance. The project has also developed a rail digital twin to optimise Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) operations leading to significant benefits for the partner involved.

Graham holds a Ph.D. in algorithm development for data classification using statistical classifiers and neural networks. He is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the IET and APMP qualified. Graham is a member of the Education and Skills Policy Panel at The IET, where, working in a volunteer position, he supports the education and skills agenda to address matters of policy, and public concern from the perspective of the IET.