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The Department for Health has hired consultant Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) to deliver a £2.3bn modernisation of the NHS's computing and IT systems.

KBR has no previous experience of working on IT or health projects, winning the contract on the strength of its track record in project management, according to a spokesman.

lmperial College professor of civil engineering David Nethercot has been named the 83rd president of the Institution of Structural Engineers.

Nethercot will take up the post in October when he will succeed Scott Wilson director Bob McKittrick.

Costain said that it was looking to secure more long term water utility framework contracts as it published its end of year results last week. The company is aiming to increase the current 40% contribution of framework contacts to 50%.

Profits of £11.3M for 2002 are up by 30% from £8.7M in 2001, said the company, with turnover up from £462.9M to £543.4M.

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