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Costain Launches Cloud Mobile Apps for Civil Engineering Projects in United Kingdom



 Costain Launches Cloud Mobile Apps for Civil Engineering Projects in United
                                   Kingdom

  PR Newswire

  LONDON and STOCKHOLM, August 27, 2013

LONDON and STOCKHOLM, August 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

EC funded MobiCloud project makes the construction industry more efficient

Costain, a leading engineering solutions provider, and Appear, the European
leader in mobile cloud platforms, announced today the deployment of innovative
workforce applications for the construction industry, as part of the MobiCloud
project.

MobiCloud is a corporate app-store infrastructure supported by the European
Commission, consisting of an application container deployed in a smartphone or
tablet connecting to corporate systems via a cloud-hosted platform. MobiCloud
applications address a broad range of construction use cases, such as managing
safety permits, access to policies and site procedures, incident reporting and
asset management.

The first MobiCloud application deployed by Costain is a tablet-based site
diary, replacing the cumbersome paper-based records where engineers record all
the events taking place on a site. "The average value of construction disputes
in the UK rose to £6.5M, while they have become more time-consuming, taking an
average of 8.7 months to resolve," says Jason Scott, consultant for COMIT, an
industry association promoting the use of mobile technologies in construction.
"The MobiCloud site diary enables Costain to quickly search for the relevant
records and matching pictures, but also to make sure that the information is
more accurately documented by its engineers. As a result, it can substantially
reduce the frequency, cost and duration of disputes."

Tim Embley, Group Innovation & Knowledge Manager at Costain, comments:
"Costain has a commitment to innovation and the application of new technology
and MobiCloud enables us to explore how mobile and cloud technology can help
us improve our operations and deliver better service to our clients. Following
the deployment of the MobiCloud site diary, we have received a large number of
internal requests for new mobile applications, some of which will be rolled
out in the coming months."

The MobiCloud consortium is led by Appear (Sweden) and includes Nettropolis
(Germany), EsperantoXL (the Netherlands), Costain (UK) and COMIT Projects
(UK). The project's focus is to stimulate mobile services in the cloud and to
support the emergence of a European ecosystem of mobile cloud application
developers.

The MobiCloud Partner Program allows any organization to access an
infrastructure to develop and run its own corporate app-store, or evaluate an
existing MobiCloud application.

Media Contacts:

Tim Embley,Costain tim.embley@costain.com +4407825533825

Mia Falgard, Appear mfa@appearnetworks.com +46709559356
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