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Comment and opinion


Roger Williams_Costain

Changing perceptions of careers in highways

When East Sussex County Council awarded the Costain/CH2M joint venture the £300 million contract for highway maintenance at the beginning of the year, we knew we had some ambitious aims to meet. Not only were we determined to achieve measurable value for money over the seven-year life of the contract, but we would do that by having the right skills in the right place

Simon Ellison, Costain Highways

Digital technology is a vital enabler

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.

Katie Swanick, Costain

The world is your oyster if you want it to be

I came into civil engineering – and Costain – as a result of going to a conference organised by CITB at the end of my GCSEs. We had a family friend who was an architect, so I had always known about the industry; I just wasn’t aware of all the opportunities available to me.

Harriet Jones, Costain

Engineering at its best

I started out with the intention of becoming a domestic electrician, and – to get my foot in the door – got a job as a portable appliance tester, working in car dealerships and supermarket distribution centers across the UK. Read my blog to find out how I progressed my career to being an electrical engineer.

Natalie Peacock, Costain

Engineering isn't just a man's world

Three years ago I would never have thought I would work in engineering construction. Now I feel like I am never going to leave the industry. Read Natalie's blog to find out why.

How innovation shall drive the outcomes of PAS 2080

Tim Embley, group innovation and knowledge manager, discusses how innovation shall drive the outcomes of PAS 2080.

Richard Howell, Costain

PAS 2080: The Implications for Procurement

Richard Howell, group head of supply chain, discusses the implications of PAS 2080 for procurement.

Dan Rennison, Costain

PAS 2080: The Implications for Design

Dan Rennison, head of design management, discusses the implications of PAS 2080 for design.

Tony Scutt, Costain

Transforming the Road Network

The decision by the UK government to set up the National Infrastructure Commission in October of last year is a strong signal that the country is taking a longer-term view in terms of improving nationally significant infrastructure while at the same time providing greater certainty for those of us involved in making those improvements happen.

Adrian Jones, Costain

A Spotlight on Hazards, Risk and Process Safety

Identifying major hazards and managing their associated risk is a significant challenge for organisations operating in industrial sectors, and this includes Costain. As a designer, constructor and operator of plants and processes in high hazard sectors such as oil and gas, nuclear, chemicals and rail, Costain has a responsibility to ensure that we do not cause major or significant harm to people or the environment.