Comment and opinion
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.
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.
The benefits of having a digital twin for just one infrastructure asset are many: This single source of information can reduce the number of site visits, enhancing safety and minimising downtime, as well as minimise the risk of delays and escalating costs to capital projects, to name a few. The benefits of a digital twin at a national scale would be immeasurable.
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.
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.
Jeremy Dick, systems engineering director, shares the three benefits that Costain achieves by using ‘systems thinking’ in the context of engineering.
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.
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...
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.