US-based industry magazine Engineering News Record’s (ENR) has released its 2013 Global Sourcebook, which provides rankings for design and contractor companies.
GHD is ranked 38th in the Top 150 Global Design Firms list, climbing the highly-regarded annual ranking three places from 41st in 2012. Additionally, we performed particularly well in the sectors of Sewer (21st), Water Supply (27th) and Transportation (48th).
Top waste consultant, again!
GHD has been named Australia’s number one large waste consultant in 2014 by industry publication Inside Waste Magazine.
This is the third year in a row that we have been awarded first place in the large consultancy category. The results come from the magazine’s annual Consultants Review. GHD led the field in a number of categories, including: facility design and engineering; environmental and greenhouse management; technology and infrastructure review; and tender development.
GHD’s ongoing commitment to creating Indigenous employment opportunities in Australia has recently been highlighted at the fourth Annual CareerTrackers Gala Awards. We were recognised as a Major Partner & Supporter for companies employing 10 or more Indigenous interns. One of our interns, Harley Gleeson, also received an Academic Excellence Award for achieving a distinction/higher average in the final year of his Bachelor of Construction Management degree at the University of Newcastle.
Consult Australia gongs
Our Indigenous Action Plan, Women in GHD program and youth initiatives were recently awarded a Consult Australia Award for Excellence in the Diversity category. The judges found these programs, 'took a broad approach to diversity; with a variety of initiatives working to create a better working environment for Indigenous professionals, women and youth'. In addition, our Innovation team’s Smart Seeds program received a High Commendation in the People category.
Anne Arundel County in Maryland, USA has engaged GHD to implement Enhanced Nutrient Removal (ENR) technology at its Mayo Water Reclamation Facility and to significantly expand its capacity. The major project is to be completed by January 2017 to meet the Maryland Department of Environment ENR compliance guidelines. This project follows on from our report in 2010 that investigated seven different upgrade alternatives for the County.
Sydney Olympic Park
The Sydney Olympic Park Authority responsible for managing, developing and maintaining the 640 hectares that comprise the sporting, cultural and parklands suburb in Sydney, has appointed GHD to its panel.
Light rail for Newcastle
Transport for New South Wales in Australia has engaged GHD to provide early scoping studies for the Newcastle Light Rail. As announced in September 2013, our team will undertake detailed analysis on the location for the new transport interchange, the most appropriate alignment for light rail in the city's centre, and opportunities for future connections to link the light rail to surrounding suburbs, beaches and the broader Hunter region.
GHD is helping Humboldt County in California to plan for the future of electric vehicles. As part of the project, we are implementing a network of 10 Electric Vehicle (EV) plug-in charging stations at key locations throughout Humboldt County. The Redwood Coast Energy Authority and nine other public and private partners have provided support behind the project, which will add to the existing charging network in the county.
Vector Gas milestone
Vector Gas milestone GHD's team in New Zealand recently signed a five year agreement with the Distribution Operations Division of Vector Gas.
This is a significant milestone in our relationship with Vector Gas. The company's natural gas distribution network supplies more than 30 towns and cities across the North Island in New Zealand.
GHD has won a tender for the engineering design of a tsunami modelling laboratory in Chile. We will partner with Cornell University of New York to deliver the project to the National Hydraulics Institute (Instituto Nacional de Hidráulica – INH), located in Peñaflor near Santiago. This project will help understand and research tsunami impacts on the Chilean coastline.