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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.

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.

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.

What’s a realistic Hydrogen roadmap to 2050?

If we were to accept that hydrogen could play a significant role in plugging the energy gap and accelerating the UK’s journey towards net zero carbon by 2050, what would a roadmap for a hydrogen economy look like?

Digital twin

How a digital twin can deliver immeasurable benefits without immeasurable costs

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

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

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.