Comment and opinion
The digital twin is something I have been fascinated with throughout my career. I started life as a control systems engineer with a particular skill in complex SCADA systems, which could be considered as early 2D versions of a modern digital twin solution but with limited analytical capabilities.
We've been chatting to some of our team about their Costain journey and how their work at Costain looks to change the world we are living in today. Here we speak with Costain’s director of energy, Faye Banks about her route to success, her advice to her younger self and how to attract talent into STEM subjects.
At Costain, we believe one of the most practical options for clean energy growth is hydrogen. We are working with industrial, academic and governmental partners to propose safe, cost effective approaches to the use of hydrogen across the energy market, for industrial and domestic power and heat as well as an alternative fuel for transport.
Chartered Environmentalist, Jennifer Pollard, has a passion to protect the environment and raise environmental awareness. As part of Green Great Britain Week, she tells us about her career journey and the work she has been involved in, doing what she loves.
It is going to be a busy few months at Ofwat, the regulator for the water sector. They will be poring over the business plans which have just been submitted by the UK’s water companies setting out their five years plans for delivering for customers and the environment. Read our insights...
Well it’s that time of year again when those of us with children or involved in the education sector hold our breath as we wait for the exam results to be announced. For almost everybody this will involve some flashback to the past and their own experience. For me, it reminds me of ‘first love distractions!’ and a lack of real focus and direction in my A-levels leading to a happy four years at my ‘back up’ university choice!
Through the wonderful organisation Girls Out Loud, I have just completed a year as a mentor to a 13 year old girl. This wasn’t part of the plan, when asked, my inner voice screamed “Noooo!”, but having done it, I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Not for the warm fuzzy feelings we associate with doing good for a youngster, but for the massive impact it had on me.
When East Sussex County Council awarded the Costain/CH2M joint venture the £300 million contract for highway maintenance at the beginning of the year, we knew we had some ambitious aims to meet. Not only were we determined to achieve measurable value for money over the seven-year life of the contract, but we would do that by having the right skills in the right place
For most of the last two centuries, the solution to infrastructure reaching capacity or becoming life expired was to build more of it: more roads, more railway lines, more water treatment works and power stations. But in recent decades it has become clear that we can’t always build our way out of our most complex challenges.
I came into civil engineering – and Costain – as a result of going to a conference organised by CITB at the end of my GCSEs. We had a family friend who was an architect, so I had always known about the industry; I just wasn’t aware of all the opportunities available to me.