Costain Limited

Digital Planning and Project Controls (IPDS)

Costain deploys this specific integrated control system which casts its controlling net over the Cost Control, Planning, and Information Knowledge Management functions. This enables our Delivery Teams to provide the customer with a clear and robust digital solution whilst maintaining one source of the truth in a secure controlled manner.


  • Experienced professionals share the ethos of Responsibility; Collaboration; and Delivery
  • Established systems and processes directly underpins the control environment
  • Single Cross IT Infrastructure integrates systems to a central source
  • Controlled Information Management system therefore removing onerous and unsupported communications
  • Outputs as anayltics managed by fact and not by supposition
  • Controls, collaborates and aligns with the official communication channels
  • Standardised governance underpinning process and procedures
  • Enforcing and managing best practice with Stakeholders and third-party suppliers
  • Bespoke tool, systems and approaches to satisfy individual client's requirements
  • Single Quality Management System


  • Systems optimisation creating cost efficiencies in time and labour
  • Cloud based optimizing and integrating applications through collaborative systems
  • Forecasting outturn costs with accuracy and confidence underpinning trused partnerships
  • Forecasting outturn costs with accuracy and confidence underpinning trused partnerships
  • Forecasting through AI 'on site' risks for specific activities
  • Making decisions with confidence and taking advantage of predictive technology
  • Provides a vehicle maximising profitability with a data rich environment
  • Project performance through an integrated reporting and data management process
  • Controlled document management and administration through a dedicated IT platform
  • Clarity; Value; Digital Expertise; Transparency; Our People Make The Difference


£550 to £1,850 a person a day

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Service ID

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Costain Limited Tim Ellis
Telephone: 01628842444


Planning service
How the planning service works
Costain have an impressive track record for their provision of planning services, Beit a consultancy contract or a Complex Delivery Programme. We can provide both a ‘Waterfall’ and/or an ‘Agile’ approach dependent upon the client’s needs & requirements.
We will review the client’s requirements and build the programme accordingly. This will entail the consideration & allocation of detailed activity levels, phasing; coding structures; WBS complete with ‘stage gate’ approvals. The planning software systems (Primavera; Microsoft Project) allows the ability to establish up to five or more levels of highly detailed activities complete with logic linked inter- dependencies.
The ‘defined’ levels of activities will be discussed and agreed with the relevant ‘teams’ including stakeholders though a method of review, operational excellence, subject matter experts, LFE. This will be facilitated through workshops, collaborative planning, sharing best practise, innovation, and continuous improvement underpinned by a questioning attitude and respected challenge process.
Robust baseline management is set at the appropriate level agreed by the relevant stakeholders. The project will then be subject to continuous period reviews specifically on ‘performance’ including baseline; change management by all stakeholders. The ‘performance’ is controlled by the P6 (CPI and SPI) functional KPI measures including CPA (Critical Path Analysis).
Planning service works with specific services


Training service provided
How the training service works
Costain provides training for the Primavera Planning software tool led by our recognised P6 instructors over a two-day period culminating ultimately in the allocation of a detailed P6 Training Manual. This manual subsequently becomes one of the ‘reach back tools’ for all course recipients to take away and digest. This ensures both the P6 ‘Gap Analysis’ is minimised and continuous professional development is maximised by imparting our planning knowledge though dedicated knowledge transfer.
Knowledge transfer is paramount for our delivery outcomes and this also ensures our customers can optimise their specific benefit realisation targets. Working collaboratively which sees the client as an important participant ensures that knowledge transfer/training are the basic building blocks of success.
We have enjoyed real success for our clients in Training and the Transfer of Knowledge building upon trusted relationships throughout this process by engaging and imparting our planning skills and techniques to the maximum and recognising that our strengths not only lie in lifecycle project delivery but engaging with our clients at all times.
The client will be exposed to our continuous depth of knowledge & understanding benefiting from our training and transfer of knowledge methodology which will result potentially in upskilling at every opportunity.
Training is tied to specific services
Services the training service works with
Primavera P6

Setup and migration

Setup or migration service available
How the setup or migration service works
The Costain Planning & Project Control delivery service will primarily interact with the client to review their immediate needs, requirements, and services within our offering and how we can then deploy these specialisations to underpin client delivery success.
We will then strategize with the client on how our offering can be set up and ultimately migrated directly into the client’s service portal. Our overriding ambition to our client is to provide transparency and maximum control of transfer data.
The migration/set up will be planned and executed in total collaboration after reviewing the client’s current systems of planning and project controls in line with their current available platform. To deliver the clients aspirations we will work professionally and diligently to meet those aspirations and therefore deliver upon our commitments.
These Planning and Project Control support services to be migrated will include a capability matrix which will embrace the principles of best in class cost and schedule management techniques.
Project Controls as part of our PMO discipline is designed to provide assurance to the Project Delivery team that the effective Management of Risk, Change, Cost Management, Schedule Control and Performance are considered the ‘Pillars of Success’ for our clients.
Setup or migration service is for specific cloud services

Quality assurance and performance testing

Quality assurance and performance testing service

Security testing

Security services

Ongoing support

Ongoing support service

Service scope

Service constraints
We provide a consultancy service which is equally applicable to any appropriate BIM systems that the Customer may be using.

User support

Email or online ticketing support
Email or online ticketing
Support response times
Support calls are categorised by urgency and assigned with a corresponding priority, according to impact and severity. Priority is ranked on a scale of 1 to 4, where 1 is most critical. Response times are: Priority 1 - 1hr response, 4hr resolution Priority 2 - 2hr response, 8hr resolution Prioirty 3 - 24hr response, 48hr resolution Priority 4 - 24hr response, 168hr resolution Service times are 9.00am to 17.00 (UK time), Monday to Friday.
User can manage status and priority of support tickets
Phone support
Phone support availability
9 to 5 (UK time), Monday to Friday
Web chat support
Support levels
Costain provides support and maintenance services, managed and certified to the ISO20000 Service Management standard. This ensures that we can focus on delivering value by being agile and flexible in meeting our clients service needs, whilst continually monitoring and improving our service provision. Our standard support times are 0900 - 1700 (UK), Monday-Friday and our service desk can be contacted via phone or dedicated gcloud email address ( All service staff are ITIL trained and we follow both the best practices set out by ITIL and required by our ISO certification. We provide: Mature Service Management process aligned with ISO2000 and ITIL; Service and contract management with dedicated service managers; Service level management and ability to work with clients to design services and define appropriate service requirements; Service management reports and KPI management; ESCROW services to ensure business and service continuity; Continual Service Improvements processes and reports. On-site support post-handover is based upon SFIA rates.


Supplier type
Not a reseller

Staff security

Staff security clearance
Other security clearance
Government security clearance
Up to Developed Vetting (DV)


£550 to £1,850 a person a day
Discount for educational organisations

Service documents

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