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Survey | How does the industry support and nurture innovation?


New Civil Engineer has teamed up with Costain to explore how much the industry is supporting technology start-ups and SMEs - and we need your help.

It is inarguable that the civil engineering industry is entering a time of profound change, with technology emerging to alter how infrastructure is designed, built and maintained and to challenge what infrastructure is designed, built and maintained.

The real agents of change in this are likely to be technology-led start-ups and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). These are the companies that bring a laser-focus and agility to solving specific infrastructure challenges. They can also disrupt conventional thinking.

But these companies find working in the infrastructure world challenging. The structure, the reluctance to invest and the way the industry views risk are often seen as blockers to this kind of firm.

The government, through its Industrial Strategy, is determined to put SMEs centre stage to make the UK the innovation test bed of the world. Yet is the infrastructure market, through its government-backed investment programme, making the most of the small business innovation to solve national challenges?

We are looking for practicing engineers involved in project delivery to tell us how much the industry is supporting start-ups and SMEs. Let New Civil Engineer know your views here by answering 10 simple questions.

Fill in the survey to be in with a chance of winning two tickets to the Festival of Innovation and Technology plus an iPad mini.

We will report our findings at our new Festival of Innovation and Technology in September, and in New Civil Engineer in November.

Festival of Innovation and Technology

New Civil Engineer’s Festival of Technology on 14 September is an exciting new gathering for thought-leaders, decision-makers and emerging minds from the built environment community to share and scrutinise the latest technology-led innovations that are set to make a mark on the industry.

A highlight of the festival will be the Festival of Technology Awards, which will showcase the best technology-led innovations that are driving civil engineering forward.

Our judging panel is packed with business leaders representing clients, consulting engineers and contractors – and so to win an award is to truly excel. Guests will join key clients including

London Underground, Crossrail, High Speed 2 and Tideway at the gala dinner with one thing in mind – who are 2017’s leaders in innovation and technology.

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