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Comment and opinion

Leadership behaviours

Improving major project performance through the right culture and leadership behaviour – PART ONE OF THREE

At a national level, project reviews play a fundamental role in ensuring the nation’s critical infrastructure gets delivered on time and on budget. When properly run they enable the teams involved, and their leadership, to see through the fog, evaluate a project’s underlying health and make effective decisions on future activity. This all centres on the encouragement of desired behaviours and the discouragement of undesired behaviours through different consequences.

Sue Kershaw

Flattening the climate curve? – Lessons from lockdown for tackling for climate change

“Never let a good crisis go to waste”. This statement on the lessons of action in adversity, attributed to Winston Churchill, describing post-war attempts to create the United Nations as a force to rebuild the global community is absolutely pertinent in a COVID-19 impacted Britain right now.

Thermal imaging and control room technology

Integrating thermal imaging technology to help restore air passenger confidence

Thermal imaging technology will play an important role in the aviation sector’s strategy to minimise risk, keep staff and passengers safe and increase public confidence in flying following the Covid-19 pandemic. Several airports have already announced their use and Costain is right at the heart of this development, helping to drive the role of digital technology and innovation in supporting UK recovery and productivity.

Biodiversity

How can infrastructure do more to boost biodiversity?

With an increase in UK government investment in infrastructure, now is the time to look carefully at how we as a sector can do more to minimise any negative impact on biodiversity. If we use the right technology tools early on in all projects, the industry has an opportunity to maximise its positive impact and biodiversity net gain across the UK.

Trio of powerhouse women leading the fight against climate change

A trio of powerhouse women leading the fight against climate change

In celebration of International Women’s Day, 8 March 2020, and in light of the recent launch of our industry leading climate change action plan, we are proud to put a spotlight on a trio of powerhouse women at Costain that are leading the fight against climate change across some of our major projects, ultimately helping to improve people’s lives.

Lara Young, Costain group carbon manager

Walking the talk on climate change action

The net zero carbon agenda is changing the infrastructure landscape at an unprecedented pace and the recent series of environmental announcements made by leading companies in the sector promises to further accelerate that change.

Measuring and maximising the social value of major infrastructure programmes

The lives of individuals and their communities can be transformed not only by the creation of well-designed infrastructure but also by the project team doing social value brilliantly during the delivery phase.

Improving car and lorry drivers’ lives

At Costain, rather than talking about a long-term self-driving vision, we’re busy helping our clients deliver near-term benefits for car and lorry drivers today. Our technology solutions director John Batterbee explains how.

Katie Dawson, Biodiversity and GIS specialist at Costain

New digital tools help infrastructure developers minimise their impact on the environment

How do we ensure the infrastructure we’re building to underpin our towns and cities and enable our way of life doesn’t cost us the earth? As an industry, we have to find a way to balance the demand for better transport connections, more housing, cleaner energy and a steady flow of fresh water with the urgent need to protect our environment.

Ioanna Papanikolaou PhD researcher at Costain

Smart materials: how could they transform infrastructure intelligence?

Every year in the UK we spend billions of pounds repairing and maintaining our vital infrastructure . But new, smart materials could enable us to cut those costs, improve sustainability, and the safety of major project delivery.