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Costain in the spotlight

Shane Forth, Costain

Project vs programme managers: the right skills for the right job

Since the early 1970s when project management began to emerge as a recognised profession, customers in the engineering and construction industries traditionally set three core objectives as the basis for project success: time, cost and quality. With the added emphasis on safety over the years, these requirements have been the guiding force for good project managers.

Shane Forth, Costain

Viewpoint: Blazing the Skills Trail

We are all well aware of the challenge facing the UK engineering and construction sectors: it is our job to provide the infrastructure needed to meet future demand for energy, transport and water supply with ever-tightening budgets and stretched resources.

Platform at London Bridge Station

Mapping it Out - Safe delivery of London Bridge Station Redevelopment

What more is there to write about Thameslink? The project will forever change rail travel through central London for the better, transforming one of the capital’s busiest interchanges and helping to develop the next generation of signalling technology.

Nitrogen removal for chemicals production

Increasing nitrogen levels in gas fields drive an increased need for efficient cryogenic nitrogen removal plants.

delivering effective programme management

Delivering Effective Programme Management

Earlier this year, the National Audit Office (NAO) reported that more than a third of major government projects due to be completed over the next five years were at risk of failure. Costain, which has recently acquired management consultancy Rhead Group, hosted a round table with New Civil Engineer to discuss the barriers to effort to move these projects forward.

Viewpoint: Improving Programmes

Andrew Poole, Costain's Principal Risk Consultant, shares his viewpoint on improving programmes.

Terry Morgan and Darren James

Sewing The Seeds

How the construction industry addresses the looming skills shortage was the subject of the recent NCE/Costain round table discussion. Alexandra Wynne reports.

Enhanced Oil Recovery

Enhancing Oil Recovery

Terry Tomlinson, Adrian Finn and Muneeb Nawaz, Costain Natural Resources, UK, give an overview of the use of carbon dioxide in enhanced oil recovery.

Passengers walking through train station

Why Big Data Is The Route To Success

Cameron Tonkin and Tim Embley make an interesting double act. It would be no exaggeration to say that Costain’s director for advisory services and the firm’s group innovation and knowledge manager respectively represent the transformation that is taking place at the company.

Employee analysing content

Costain: Growing Capability

When Costain acquired Rhead Group earlier this year it improved its position in the energy market and strengthened its programme management offering.