Comment and opinion
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.
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.
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.