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New Awards Showcase Civil Engineering At Its Best

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7 April 2016

Costain has been shortlisted in four categories in the New Civil Engineer 100 Companies of the Year Awards 2016.

The NCE100 is a new awards scheme designed to find, assess, recognise and showcase outstanding civil engineering contractors and consultants operating in the global market. The NCE100 aims to seek out the firms that are not only at the cutting edge of technical excellence but also the best places to pursue a civil engineering career.

Costain’s nominations are for Talent Champion, Technology Champion, Technology Trailblazer and Technical Excellence.

Its submission for Talent Champion highlights Costain’s graduation recruitment and apprentice programmes. Also key are Costain’s talent reviews, which increase the visibility of high potential employees, identify positions with missing successors and help plan for future leadership needs.

The Technology Champion submission includes the first use of drones to survey a live carriageway; the millimetre accurate surveying used to understand the structure of breached sea defences at Dover; and examples of how BIM (Business Information Management) has been central to Costain project delivery since 2012.

The Technology Trailblazer submission describes how Costain encourages its entire team to embrace technology, through its systems and training. The company is involved in industry working groups and forums, shapes priorities for the research councils and access grants helping the supply chain bring technology solutions to the market, and has been an active contributor to the Government’s Construction Industrial Strategy and Network Rail’s Digital Railway.

The submission for Technical Excellence details the UK's only self-healing concrete research project, where Costain, as sponsor and constructor, works with Cardiff, Bath and Cambridge Universities. The three-year Materials for Life (M4L) project is developing techniques to improve the resilience of concrete structures. The UK’s first self-healing concrete site trial was constructed in 2015 on the A465 Heads of the Valleys project in South Wales, where Costain is main contractor.

Tim Bowen, Costain corporate development director, commented: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted in four categories that recognise our increased focus on developing the ‘best in class’ teams and developing sustainable solutions by continuing to invest in research, innovation and emerging technologies.”

The NCE100 winners will be announced on May 11 at a ceremony at Grosvenor House Hotel, London. There will also be a countdown of the top 100 to reveal the number one NCE100 Company of the Year.


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