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Comment and opinion


Nuclear energy

Stabilising and reducing the volume of nuclear waste through plasma vitrification

Our civil nuclear director, Leigh Wakefield, discusses how thermal treatment of nuclear waste offers a range of advantages over more traditional compaction, grouting and/or direct disposal by reducing volume and stabilisation of waste materials.

Rebuilding customer confidence covid-19

Rebuilding customer confidence in the age of Covid-19

At Costain, we believe that leveraging behavioural insights and technology is at the heart of attracting customers back to public transport. We want customers to travel with confidence and we recognise that it is only by working with transport providers to understand their challenges that we can make this a reality.


Engineering Matters Podcast #74 Weaving a new data fabric for infrastructure

Our experts, Tim Embley and Zoe Rogers, have teamed up Neil Robertson from the National Skills Academy for Rail, Stuart Harvey from Transport for London and Engineering Matters to talk about a major programme that is being spearheaded by the UK’s transport sector: The Transport Infrastructure Efficiency Strategy Living Lab (TIES Living Lab, or just ‘the Living Lab’ for short).


Engineering Matters Podcast #73 How to build a digital twin

Our experts, Kevin Reeves and Carolina Toczycka, have teamed up Guy Gregory from Anglian Water and Engineering Matters to talk through the realities of building a digital twin.

Airports International interview with Andy Clarke

Restoring confidence

Andy Clarke, aviation director at Costain, explains how integrating thermal imaging technology will help to restore air passengers’ confidence.

Sue Kershaw

“There is a view that we must invest and the best thing to invest in to get people back to work is infrastructure.”

Our transportation managing director, Sue Kershaw, shares her views on investment in infrastructure in the first interview of a series published by Burges Salmon, an independent law firm.

Delivering operational efficiency and certainty

Delivering decades of operational efficiency and certainty with through-life thinking

We live in a world where #servicedelivery is non-negotiable and the safety, resilience, reliability, and security of Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) is paramount. So what steps have you and your organisation taken to ensure timely service will meet demand without fail? In this article, Nick Jacques explores how important it is for those involved in delivering an asset to understand that their role is to deliver decades of operational capability not just handover a nice new shiny, high-profile asset.


Engineering Matters Podcast #66 Fever screening at airports

Our experts, Fiona O’Shea and Rob Middleton, have teamed up with Engineering Matters to explain how we are integrating thermal camera and management technology into airport and airline systems, to ensure greater safety, a more seamless passenger experience and smooth airport operations for the long term.

Leadership behaviours at Costain

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

We live in a world where pressure to deliver value for money on high-performing, complex infrastructure projects is relentless and yet there are numerous examples of over budget and over running projects in the UK. According to the Infrastructure and Projects Association, of the major projects identified between 2012-2019, the number of projects classified as “probable of a successful delivery” has fallen from 48% in 2013 to just 17% in 2019. A transformation that delivers faster and more efficient projects is required.

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.