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Rebuilding customer confidence covid-19

Rebuilding customer confidence in the age of Covid-19

At Costain, we believe that leveraging behavioural insights and technology is at the heart of attracting customers back to public transport. We want customers to travel with confidence and we recognise that it is only by working with transport providers to understand their challenges that we can make this a reality.

Systems engineering

Understanding the Big Picture to ensure successful project delivery

In this article, Costain's chief systems engineer, Hazel Woodcock explores the types of boundaries and connections for major programmes. Overall, the goal is a ‘one team’ mindset. Know where the boundaries are, know who the stakeholders are, but work in an open 'zero defects attitude' culture.

Andrew Abu-Bakar

The role of leadership in risk management

Our head of risk services, Andrew Abu-Bakar, discusses the ways in which project leaders can influence the effectiveness of risk management through active participation, a dose of realism and a collaborative environment.


Engineering Matters Podcast #74 Weaving a new data fabric for infrastructure

Our experts, Tim Embley and Zoe Rogers, have teamed up Neil Robertson from the National Skills Academy for Rail, Stuart Harvey from Transport for London and Engineering Matters to talk about a major programme that is being spearheaded by the UK’s transport sector: The Transport Infrastructure Efficiency Strategy Living Lab (TIES Living Lab, or just ‘the Living Lab’ for short).


Engineering Matters Podcast #73 How to build a digital twin

Our experts, Kevin Reeves and Carolina Toczycka, have teamed up Guy Gregory from Anglian Water and Engineering Matters to talk through the realities of building a digital twin.

Rolling wave planning - Costain

Rolling wave planning (part two) - can it break on a fixed year financial funding model?

On all critical national infrastructure and major complex programmes, there is a continuous conflict between the funding cycle and the planning process. While funding is necessary to progress, it is sometimes out of sync with the overall programme.

Rolling wave planning - Costain

Rolling wave planning (part one) – the ebb and flow of planning major projects

How far ahead can you reasonably build a detailed plan for a large, complex programme? Six months ahead? Probably. 12 months? Hopefully. Two years? Five years? Probably not. How far ahead should we try to plan in detail? Maybe a much shorter time period.

Airports International interview with Andy Clarke

Restoring confidence

Andy Clarke, aviation director at Costain, explains how integrating thermal imaging technology will help to restore air passengers’ confidence.

Sue Kershaw

“There is a view that we must invest and the best thing to invest in to get people back to work is infrastructure.”

Our transportation managing director, Sue Kershaw, shares her views on investment in infrastructure in the first interview of a series published by Burges Salmon, an independent law firm.

Delivering operational efficiency and certainty

Delivering decades of operational efficiency and certainty with through-life thinking

We live in a world where #servicedelivery is non-negotiable and the safety, resilience, reliability, and security of Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) is paramount. So what steps have you and your organisation taken to ensure timely service will meet demand without fail? In this article, Nick Jacques explores how important it is for those involved in delivering an asset to understand that their role is to deliver decades of operational capability not just handover a nice new shiny, high-profile asset.