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About Us – A Construction Innovation Centre for Ireland

Future Cast is an Innovation, Education, and R&D centre focussed on the Construction and Quarrying industries. We work with companies in these sectors and throughout their manufacturing supply chains on projects to increase the adoption of advanced technology and processes. We are a non-profit organisation with a remit to research and disseminate technologies in Industry 4.0 to our member companies. We help solve pressing issues with our accumulated knowledge and expertise in industries automation, innovation, and funding.

The Future Cast Construction Innovation centre

What We Do

Innovation

We will meet with your company in your quarry, construction site or manufacturing facility to develop your innovation ideas. Our team will work with our academic partners, funding agencies and Future Cast technology team to develop a solution and deliverable road map for your project.

Education

Education is the key to our success. We are living in an ever changing global world. Our companies need to up-skill their staff under Industry 4.0. Future Cast courses  cover the topics of robotics and cobotics, artificial intelligence, smart data, IOT development, software development, virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D industry printing and Work place of the future 

Research and Development

Future Cast has a staff of academics and industry experts dedicated to developing the future methods of construction in Ireland and abroad. We work with industry and our links in academia to develop new techniques and technologies.

Women in Construction; a group created in the construction innovation centre

Women in Construction

Our women in construction project seeks to build a better future together by diversifying and improving the construction site of the future to include more women. Creating an inclusive environment for a gender diverse construction site and quarry for the benefit of society as a whole and making construction a leader in gender equality in Ireland.

Future Cast want to create a scalable and sustainable framework for a diverse construction and quarrying workforce, specifically increase female participation and drive action behind conversation.

Through education and training programmes, we hope to create a cultural shift in attitudes towards women involved in construction and quarrying, develop and support career pathways for girls and women into construction and quarrying, normalise construction and quarrying as a career choice for girls and women, develop accessible educational programmes for all school goers and develop a pathway for career changers.

The W8 Centre – Construction Innovation and Technology Centre

The W8 Centre is a regeneration project in North Leitrim. The Centre was an abandoned building on a derelict site until it was purchased  in 2014.

The W8 project began in March 2018. W8 now consists of 15 three bedroom holiday homes (Failte Ireland 4 star approved), an award winning Restaurant,  Conference rooms, Meeting rooms, 10,000 sq. ft of Office space, several small companies and hot desking facilities.

Future Cast is currently developing its Innovation, Education, and R&D Centre in the W8 centre. This will include educational equipment and courses on topics such as: robotics & cobotics, artificial intelligence, software development, virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D industry printing and the work place of the future.   

Creative Communities First (CCF) Project 

CCF seeks to forge an effective and replicable HEI led digital model for creative industries training and support in communities.

Creative Communities First (CCF) recognises the key role the creative economy has to play in regenerating Europe post COVID as it straddles economic, social, cultural and technological issues and is at the crossroads of the arts, business and technology.

CCF is also mindful of the transformational power of higher education institutions and new partnership formats as engines of social mobility, innovation and equality of opportunity.

Creative Communities first in Future cast Construction Technology and Innovation centre

Creative Sectors with COVID19

COVID19 has decimated the creative economy and it needs saving. Creative sectors are important in terms of their economic footprint and employment.

They also spur innovation across the economy, as well as contribute to numerous other channels for positive social impact (well-being and health, education, inclusion, urban regeneration, etc.).

The dynamics vary across sub-sectors, with venue-based activities and the related supply chains most affected.

Policies to support firms and workers during the pandemic can be ill-adapted to the non-traditional business models and forms of employment in the sector.

Where to find the Construction Technology Centre

Located in the centre of  Manorhamilton, a town in North Leitrim, Future Cast is playing a central role in providing attracting talent and creating quality jobs for the North West. 

We are here to help

The Future Cast team is always here to help, we specialise in working with companies to achieve their goals. Get in contact today to learn more about our mission and how we can help you.

JJ O'Hara
CEO

JJ is the CEO of Future Cast, Innovation, R&D and Education Centre under Industry 4.0 and Industry 5.0 for the Quarry, Construction and Manufacturing industries based at W8 Complex. JJ has a great deal of experience as he has worked in the industry for many years.

Paul Quinn
Skillnet Network Manager

Paul has over 35 years in the Automation and Robotics Industry mainly in the Automotive Industry but also Automated warehouse and Robotic picking systems. He has been involved in projects all over the world. In March 2021, Paul joined Future Cast as an Automation Manager, from here Paul became the Industry4.0 Skillnet Network Manager.

Mary Whitney
Director of Education

As an Education professional, Mary is committed to enhancing the learner experience using digital tools and universal design learning. Mary is an effective leader who gets the best from her team by creating the right conditions to allow them to love their job, meet their goals and give their best every day.

Patrick O'Donnell
Director of R&D

Patrick has worked for 10 years in the Construction Industry as a Project Engineer and Civil Engineer. He also worked within the Pharmaceutical/Medical Device Industry for several years as a Project/Facilities Engineer and Facilities Site Lead managing Energy Projects & Utilities Maintenance. At Future Cast, Patrick leads the R&D department researching Modern Methods of Construction and is currently developing a Geological & Materials Laboratory for testing of Construction Materials.

Niamh Kenny
HR/Finance Administrator

Niamh has a educational background in Economics and HR, as well as having worked in the banking sector. She joined the FutureCast team in April 2021 and has been the lead for the Finance and HR departments working alongside the company directors and the board to ensure a smooth running of these operations.

Dara O'hEocha
Marketing

Deeply passionate about odd things. Dara loves to connect with people over what they know and love best. That is why he chose a career in marketing,
What sets Dara apart is an ability to think outside the box, he will bring you ideas so you can figure out what matters to you. To do this, he has developed a set of skills from graphic design and copy writing to web design and software development. He has always found these skills tend to bleed into one another, giving him a unique perspective on each.

Dr Julia Powers
Laboratory Manager

Julia completed a first-class honours BSc degree in Forensic Investigation and Analysis at IT Sligo in 2011.  In 2012 she accepted a funding offer from the Irish Research Council to begin research into the effects of ultraviolet light exposure on mitochondrial DNA with a view to developing a suite of prognostic biomarkers for skin cancer risk, culminating in the award of a PhD.  She has worked as a water analyst for an environmental remediation project, as a lab technician investigating a novel form of cancer therapy and as an assistant lecturer in inorganic chemistry.  She is now employed by Future Cast as a geo-technical laboratory technician and quality manager.

Mark McGowan
3D Concrete Printer Instructor

Mark has over 23 years’ experience as a cabinet maker in the Wood Technology sector and has extensive knowledge of Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) milling/manufacturing processes. Mark returned to education and spent 5 years in total Between Southwest College, Enniskillen and the Institute of Technology, Sligo. He achieved a BSc in Advanced Wood Technology and sustainable construction followed by a B.A. (Hons) in Industrial Design. Mark has been involved in the 3D technology world since 1999 and 3D printing since 2013. Mark is now working on 3D concrete printing research and development within Future Cast

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