Curtins's journey with Causeway's drainage design solution: Optimising workflow efficiency and driving sustainability

Topics: Drainage Design, Flow, SmartTools


Curtins is a leading engineering firm with a legacy of over 60 years in delivering innovative and sustainable solutions to enhance the world.

Seeking to further their commitment to excellence, Curtins adopted Causeway's complete end-to-end drainage design solution, to streamline their workflow, foster sustainability, and achieve lasting positive impacts on the projects they undertake.


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Customer Information


Customer Name: Curtins

Industry: Multi-disciplinary Consulting Engineering

Causeway Solution:

Causeway's end-to-end drainage design solution including Flow and SmartTools

The Challenge:

Outgrowing their Previous Software Supplier

Curtins, a forward-thinking company, encountered a pressing challenge when their existing software supplier's offering ceased to meet their requirements. The lack of ongoing development proved restrictive, impacting workflow efficiency and project optimisation. This deficiency led to communication bottlenecks, causing delays in decisions and project timelines.

Curtins' commitment to integrating sustainable solutions, like Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS), was hindered by the software's inability to align with local authority's requirements and industry advancements. As the industry rapidly evolved, Curtins needed adaptable software to remain current and competitive.

Furthermore, collaboration among dispersed teams was hampered by the software's limitations, obstructing seamless communication in their geographically diverse projects. This prompted Curtins to seek an advanced solution, as highlighted by David Price, IT Director at Curtins, who noted, "We had frustrations with our previous supplier with lack of development but within that software, and when we engaged with the Civils teams it was the start of understanding that actually the frustration there was a lot larger than appeared on the surface." This pressing need for progress and innovation underscored their requirement for software that could effectively address their challenges, making Causeway Flow an appealing choice.


Acknowledging Causeway Flow

Why Causeway Flow?


Recognising the need for a powerful and flexible software solution, Curtins made a strategic decision to adopt Causeway Flow, a renowned cloud-based platform that excels in driving project efficiency and promoting sustainability.


Causeway Flow and SmartTools proved to be instrumental in Curtins' endeavour to integrate sustainable engineering solutions seamlessly. These tools facilitated engineers in effortlessly incorporating SuDS into their projects. David emphasised the benefits of this integration, stating, "Flow naturally fits within our existing workflow. Being able to take files and import them into Civil 3D® and take that further on the drainage design has been imperative." This seamless integration with their existing workflow, notably Civil 3D®, not only streamlined processes but also resulted in substantial time savings and a reduced risk of errors.


When revealing why the business chose to work with Causeway, David shared:


"We explored the market to find other software options that could meet our requirements and deliver the same results. Since we already had a relationship with Causeway, we decided to try their Flow solution and discuss if it could replace our current software and bring additional benefits. The efficiency and usability of the software were major factors driving our decision."



Getting started with Causeway Flow


The adoption of Causeway Flow brought about a remarkable improvement in Curtins' workflow efficiency. The cloud-based nature of the software facilitated effortless collaboration amongst team members, irrespective of their locations. This seamless communication led to faster decision-making and reduced project timelines. Moreover, the software's powerful visualisation tools empowered engineers to efficiently map out complex drainage networks, even in constrained sites, significantly enhancing the overall project delivery process.


One satisfied user, Marc Barlow, Project Engineer at Curtins, has been using the solution since implementation and has been using Causeway Flow on recent projects:


"I recently used Flow for a hospital refurbishment and extension project that involved a proposed car park to the south of the site. The site had various constraints, including steep topography and varying gradients. Flow enabled me to quickly and efficiently map out the drainage network, resulting in visually appealing outputs and a modern feel compared to the outdated software I used before."


What's more, the transition from limited dongle or network licences to Causeway Flow's cloud-based licence has been a transformative journey for Curtins. This change addressed a crucial driver as it enabled users to utilise the software both within the office and remotely, regardless of their location, through remote desktops or virtual desktops. By eliminating previous licensing constraints, this transition has become a significant positive, resolving previous issues that hindered productivity.

“Being able to model different types of SuDS features, Causeway Flow is at the forefront of that and we are able to meet local authority's requirements”

Marc Barlow Project Engineer, Curtins

The Outcome:

Enable Continued Innovation

Curtins has now been using Causeway Flow for a significant period, reflecting on the business's decision to choose the solution, David said:


"We knew we had invested in software that was constantly being developed, and we see those developments coming in. It's certainly a positive from an account management perspective, but also from the team on the shop floor who utilise the software. Having that ongoing development is really positive."


With Causeway Flow as their versatile and ever-improving software solution, Curtins has fully embraced a future of delivering sustainable engineering excellence. The continuous development of Causeway Flow has made it an essential asset, empowering Curtins to implement innovative solutions and make a positive impact on the communities they serve.



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