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What is the relationship between ‘systems thinking’ and ‘systems engineering’?

When the going gets tough...

Resilience. We all need it to overcome tough challenges – personally, organisationally, technologically. And water companies are facing some tough challenges right now.

Digital innovations in archaeology enables Costain to focus on past whilst embracing the future

This week we’re celebrating the British Festival of Archaeology and the theme this year, decided by the Council for British Archaeology, is ‘archaeology, science and technology’ or #ArchaeoTech. Caroline Raynor, principal archaeologist and project director for CSjv at HS2 enabling works contract, talks us through the innovative technology solutions being used to restore the past whilst embracing the future.

Amie Dornan

Why there’s no such thing as a “typical” Engineer anymore

In celebration of International Women in Engineering Day, 23 June 2019, Amie Dornan, process engineer at Costain, reflects on her career and describes why she believes there's no such thing as a "typical" engineer anymore.

Five Stages to engineering a carbon-neutral future

Five Stages to engineering a carbon-neutral future

Jyoti Sehdev, one of our section engineers, provides her thoughts on the five stages of a project lifecycle that we influence to engineer a carbon-neutral future.

What is the relationship between ‘systems thinking’ and ‘systems engineering’?

The relationship between ‘systems thinking’ and ‘systems engineering’

Jeremy Dick, systems engineering director, shares the three benefits that Costain achieves by using ‘systems thinking’ in the context of engineering.

Sept 18 progress of Crossrail Bond Street Escaltors

The escalator challenge

Every infrastructure project comes with its own unique set of challenges and specific site characteristics, which is why variety is never in short supply when it comes to being an engineer. That is certainly the case for the work I am currently overseeing at Bond Street station which forms part of the Crossrail project and the construction of the Elizabeth line - London’s newest railway.

Gareth Davis, Costain

10 guiding principles for energy and resource efficiency

I was recently invited to be a contributing author of the Institute of Chemical Engineer's energy and resource efficiency guide. My article provides a summary of the 10 guiding principles. Although the guide has been written from the perspective of industrial plant, it contains guiding principles that will ring true for any business…

Phil Carson Costain

This generation's biggest challenge

A report was published towards the end of last year by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) claiming that the global temperature rise needed to be capped at 1.5° rather than the previously stated 2° (rise measured against pre-industrial global temperatures). The last time the global temperature spiked in such a dramatic fashion was 56 million years ago when a vast quantity of carbon was injected into the earth’s atmosphere. The outcome of which completely flipped the world on its head.

Kevin Reeves

Moving towards the infrastructure digital twin

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.

Amy Shuffleton, Costain

Costain is fully committed to Waste to Wealth

In October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a stark warning: ‘we have just 12 years to mitigate the risk to catastrophic climate change and reverse the destruction of natural habitats’. We must make the most out of precious resources, aim to waste as little as possible and find ways of turning the waste we do create into new wealth.