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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


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 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.   


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 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.

Director of Education

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.

Head of Research & Development

Patrick O'Donnell

Head of Research & Development

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 Engineer and Facilities Site Lead managing Energy Projects & Utilities Maintenance. 

Financial Controller

Shaune Glackin

Financial Controller

Shaune is a Chartered Accountant since 2017. He has 10 years experience working in Construction and over 10 years working in Accounting and Finance. He has a BEng in Civil Engineering from Queens University Belfast (2003). In Future Cast he is responsible and accountable for the financial performance of the business with key focus on the effective operation of the accounting and financial control activities.

Marketing Head

Mamta Bhardwaj

Marketing Head

Mamta Bhardwaj is Digital Marketing Manager at Future Cast. She has an education background in electronic and communication engineering and has worked with MNCs in software development. She changed her career path by pursuing Master’s in Management and Marketing. In Future Cast she takes care of marketing, content creation & strategy. She is a creative person and involved in marketing of WICQI and organizing events. 

Training and Sales Manager

Ylenia Morselli

Training and Sales Manager

Ylenia has solid 5 years experience in training  providing the Irish AEC/Construction sector with 30% funding towards ICT courses’ fee to decrease skills’ gap, increase employees’ retention and to build a more digitized, greener and safer industry and over 10 years experience in digital marketing, event management, customer service excellence and finance in various sectors: charity, audit, online payments and construction.

Geological Scientist

Dave Plunkett

Geological Scientist

David brings over a decade of wide-ranging experience as a geologist, having worked for Irish and multinational companies in the mineral exploration and geotechnical industries. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Geology and Chemistry) from The National University of Ireland, Galway, along with a master’s degree in Geochemistry from the University of Leeds. At Futurecast, Davids is running the Materials Testing Laboratory as well as helping to design experiments as we work towards the green, and just, transition.

Administrative Assistant

Patricia Mc Padden

Administrative Assistant

Patricia has worked for local community development groups and has been involved with many projects and businesses in the North Leitrim area. She was a support worker with vulnerable groups. In Future cast takes care of administrative work, accounts, bookkeeping, payroll securing funding etc. She very closes works with our CEO JJ’O Hara as a Personal assistant. She is also involved with networking with various organizations such as LCC, LDCO, and funding bodies. 

3D Construction Printing Expert

Mark McGowan

3D Construction Printing Expert

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 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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