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Workshop For Costain’s Design Partners

8 April 2014

Costain has made a significant move to improve further its design management capability.

Thirteen companies attended a design management workshop called ‘Designer Partners for Progress (PfP)’ which was chaired by Costain’s Dan Rennison, Head of Design Management, at the Holiday Inn, Maidenhead.

Dan said: “The purpose of the meeting was to improve engagement with key design partners, look at areas for development in 2014 and to move those companies in attendance towards BS 11000 relationships with Costain.”

During the workshop, Costain and its supply chain partners anonymously voted on which three key areas they believed to be of highest importance for improvement in 2014.  The subjects agreed upon were risk mitigation, BIM implementation and sharing best practice and working parties have been set up to make improvements in these areas. 

Dan said: “It was encouraging to see so many of our strategic design supply chain companies in attendance with a real desire for open collaborative dialogue to some of the issues in the industry at present. The working parties for risk mitigation, BIM implementation and sharing best practice will see further improvement between our companies and will ultimately deliver a better service to our customers.”

Costain’s Patrick Bruce, Group Commercial Director; Alan Kay, Group Technical & Operations Director and Bill Hewlett, Technical Director, also attended the workshop.

Patrick Bruce, said: “These workshops are an important aspect in improving relationships with design partners and a further example of our Engineering Tomorrow strategy in practice.”

The PfP group will meet every four months to evaluate progress and to vote on the next three areas of focus.