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The Sydney office, which has operated for nearly 80 years, now employs more than 400 people. Organised around key disciplines including engineering, strategy and economics, environmental science, planning, project management, geotechnics, infrastructure and architecture, our teams deliver innovative solutions for business-as-usual issues or groundbreaking new projects.

Our clients are public and private organisations delivering projects related to roads, rail, water and waste infrastructure, natural resource and environmental initiatives, energy and mining, through to policy and strategy, land-mark buildings and civil structures.

A sample of our work includes Sydney's first desalination plant,  the landmark Gore Hill redevelopment (Sydney's first five-star mixed use high technology park). the Rouse Hill Infrastructure Project (the largest residential recycling scheme in the Southern Hemisphere), the Liverpool to Ashfield Pipeline, and Norwest Business Park.

Our teams continually strive to create and deliver enhanced services for our clients based on an understanding of the commercial imperative to deliver projects on time and on budget, coupled with our proven knowledge of the regulatory and operating environment in NSW - critical to the success of any project.

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Our Sydney practice provides a comprehensive range of services to both public and private sector clients, including:

  • Water and wastewater
  • Transport infrastructure for roads, rail and marine
  • Public infrastructure
  • Buildings, architecture, civil structures and materials technology
  • Environmental management and engineering, contaminated sites and pollution control, natural resources and hydrology, waste management
  • Sustainability, greenhouse and climate change
  • Geotechnics
  • Energy, mining, major industry and agriculture
  • Economics, strategy and evaluation
  • Urban development, planning and stakeholder engagement
  • Asset and risk management
  • Project management
  • Industrial electrical and automation

For more information, contact:

Tasos Katopodis
T: +61 2 9239 7100
F: +61 2 9239 7199
E: Email GHD in Sydney

Location/postal address
Level 15, 133 Castlereagh St
Sydney NSW 2000
Australia

Water Quality Risk Assessment

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GHD conducted an environmental risk assessment, using the Australian Standard Risk Assessment Framework to assess the risks posed by treated effluent discharges into a major river in Sydney. In this assessment, we developed maximum discharge criteria, acceptable to regulators. The outcome of the risk assessment was to create new discharge criteria for the releases into the river, based on the likely concentration of specific contaminants, the current concentrations of the same contaminant in the river, likely scenarios of mixing, and potential ‘hazard quotient’ of those mixed concentrations.


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Catchment condition reporting for water quality

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The development of catchment condition reporting for water authorities assists in meeting reporting requirements of due diligence as set out in the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines for risk management. The active management of catchments by water authorities is regarded to be an integral process for risk mitigation and the protection of source water.

Catchment condition reporting is considered to be a viable option for water authorities as it provides them with clear management objectives and detail to assist them with understanding and managing catchments.


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Sea Level Rise Risk Assessment

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GHD was commissioned by Sutherland Shire Council to determine the potential impacts of a changing climate on coastal and catchment flooding as part of the development of Council’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan. The study enabled a more complete understanding of risks and quantified the possible extents to which projected sea-level rise, changes in storm event patterns and river flooding may impact on the Shire and its various assets over time.


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RF EME Assessment Services

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GHD has carried out full audits of radio communication sites to provide assessment on occupational health and safety requirements and compliance to standards for Telstra, Optus, John Holland, Urbis, Daly International and the New South Wales Government.

Exposure to electromagnetic energy (EME) assessments include a variety of site compliance documentation, and checking on the safety of personnel accessing the site, via a preliminary radio frequency EME and RadHaz (radiation hazard) drawings, environmental EME reports (Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency report), site assessment reports, radio communication site management books and site compliance certificates.


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South Kempsey – Integrated Social and Master Plan

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Located on the traditional lands of the Dunghutti people, South Kempsey has been identified as a high priority area under the Australian Federal Government’s “Closing the Gap” initiative. The Government has identified seven priority areas for improvement which this project reflected, including early childhood, schooling, health, economic participation, community safety, housing and governance/ leadership.

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Cable Tunnel Litigation

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GHD provided Expert Witness Services over a period of three years, in response to a summons filed in the Supreme Court of NSW. GHD received instructions from lawyers acting on behalf of one of the co-defendants and their insurers.

The matters involved alleged defects in the design of a partly unlined tunnel in the Hawkesbury Sandstone, with regards to permissible water inflows, drainage, rock support and the accumulation of iron “sludge” (ferric oxy-hydroxide precipitate) deposits in the tunnel over time. The case was concluded successfully by a negotiated settlement at mediation and Notices of Discontinuance were filed in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in May 2014.


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Contamination Assessment of Industrial Site - Sydney, Australia

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As part of the sale of a large industrial site in Sydney, GHD was engaged by a major manufacturing company to prepare remediation cost estimates following the completion of a comprehensive environmental assessment of soil and groundwater conditions.

The assessment identified contamination issues associated with the site’s fill and the underlying groundwater. GHD undertook probabilistic modeling to generate 50th, 75th and 95th percentile remediation cost estimates using a Monte Carlo simulation approach.


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SRLE Roofing Project

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A GHD project team from our Wollongong office has been working with Wingecarribee Shire Council to provide engineering support to assist in the delivery of the Southern Regional Livestock Exchange (SRLE) roofing project located in Moss Vale, NSW.

The AUD4.8 million project incorporated a number of environmental initiatives including thermal insulation, solar panels, and a rainwater harvesting and re-use system that is expected to save 1.8 million litres of water annually.


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City Road footbridge, NSW

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The design of the City Road footbridge was the subject of an International design competition won by John Wardle Architects.

GHD was engaged by The University of Sydney, NSW to develop and detail an economical and aesthetically pleasing alternative pedestrian bridge to satisfy Sydney City Council planners.


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Australian Plantation Forestry Climate Change

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As part of the Australian Government’s Forest Industries Climate Change Research Fund program, GHD was engaged to examine how plantation fire risk profiles may change under climate change scenarios.

One of the key climate change risks for the plantation forest industry is increasing losses from fire, coupled with rising bushfire risk management costs.


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S1 Operational Doppler Radar

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GHD was commissioned by the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) to design and construct an S1 Operation Doppler Radar facility at Terrey Hills, New South Wales. Due to the nature of the selected site, on approximately 15m of landfill, and the sensitivity of the structure to movement; the project required the resolution of a number of challenging foundation engineering issues across several disciplines.

The new radar system is carefully sited to provide enhanced weather surveillance over north-eastern Sydney and could not be relocated to an area with more suitable ground conditions. The radar system effectively offers early and improved weather warnings resulting in better and faster communication with the community about weather patterns and changes.


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Redfern Waterloo – Social Sustainability

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GHD was involved in the preliminary Scoping Social Impact Assessment for Redfern Waterloo/Social Sustainability Plan for Preliminary Master Plan.

Three concentrated NSW LHC sites in Redfern Waterloo are being investigated for renewal over the next 25 years. This could be one of the largest urban renewal projects in Australia, changing the existing 3,500 social housing dwellings to a mix of social, affordable and private dwellings and resulting in a significant increase and change in population for Redfern Waterloo.


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Contamination liability assessment for Department of Defence, Australia

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The wide range of activities at military sites gives rise to a broad spectrum of potential contamination risks.

Over several years, GHD has provided the Australian Department of Defence with financial risk and remediation cost assessment services to quantify its estate-wide contamination liability. This high level project has included extensive information collection and review, implementation of a liability decision tool, and generation of probabilistic remediation cost estimates through a Monte Carlo simulation using Crystal Ball™ software.


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Decentralised Water Master Plan - New South Wales, Australia

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The City of Sydney's decentralised Water Master Plan investigated opportunities to reduce Sydney's dependency on the drinking water supply through targeted water efficiency and use of alternative sources for non-drinking purposes. It also included a comprehensive assessment of opportunities to improve the stormwater system and reduce discharge of pollution to Sydney Harbour, Cooks River and Centennial Park.

Spatial technology was utilised to analyse extensive volumes of baseline data across the Local Government Area (LGA), including the central business district. This enabled GHD to map the distribution of high water users and pollution hotspots and to identify geographic relationships between water efficiency, alternative water sources and water sensitive urban design opportunities, at sub-catchment, catchment and LGA scales.


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Highlands Source Project

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The Highlands Source project was initiated during a time of severe drought and is a major initiative designed to secure water supply to Goulburn, in the southern highlands of New South Wales. It involved linking Goulburn to Wingecarribee Reservoir, which is part of the Sydney Catchment Authority’s network of dams. The project involved tight timeframes and funding constraints which drove efficient and innovative approaches.

An extensive community and stakeholder engagement program was implemented as part of the project, which involved construction of an 80 km pipeline through 145 individual properties.


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NRM Practice Change

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Much of the investment in Natural Resource Management (NRM) in Australia is targeted towards fostering changes in land management practices. There is therefore value in developing tools and resources that will help regional NRM bodies and other investors to understand the people whose practices they are seeking to change and hence, how that change can best be fostered.

The "Making Successful Investments in NRM Practice Change" project was a four year action learning project, with the project team from GHD working in close collaboration with staff from ten regional NRM bodies across Australia.


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Site remediation cost assessment for a property transaction, Australia

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GHD was engaged by a NSW government agency to prepare preliminary remediation budget ranges for two parcels of land located west of Sydney that it was considering purchasing.

Site specific data were combined with a series of broad judgment-based probability modeling assumptions. Monte Carlo simulations were then used to calculate the 50th, 75th and 95th percentile remediation cost estimates taking into account the uncertainties associated with the site characterisation at that stage.


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Social Sustainability – Defence Housing Australia

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GHD’s Social Sustainability team has been engaged by Defence Housing Australia (DHA) to develop social sustainability plans for the major housing projects for Breezes Muirhead, Northern Territory, Rasmussen Queensland and AE2 Ermington NSW which will incorporate both housing for Defence families and also private owners.

Using international best practice frameworks, the plans have focussed on working collaboratively with the client, community members and key stakeholders to identify potential social issues and opportunities which build community capacity, identity, integration and social benefits.


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Gasworks contamination liability estimate, Australia

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A government client engaged GHD to prepare liability estimates for a portfolio of properties for which it retained a contamination liability.

The project included a desktop review followed by a detailed source-pathway-receptor risk assessment. Contamination liability estimates were then generated for over 100 sites using a beta function with population distributions established based on the outcomes of the risk assessment and a combination of experience and published information.


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Raising water industry standards

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A project to benchmark water utilities around the world is providing meaningful comparisons on how assets are managed across the industry.

The Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) engaged GHD to undertake an Asset Management Process Benchmarking study in association with the International Water Association.


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Wynyard Walk pedestrian tunnel tender design, Sydney

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Wynyard Walk is a pedestrian walkway in the Sydney CBD linking Wynyard Station and the multi-billion dollar Barangaroo waterfront development. The project comprises a pedestrian tunnel (110 meters in length), a multilevel entrance building, underpinning of two large buildings, a pedestrian bridge across Sussex Street and a new public plaza at the corner of Kent and Napoleon Street. GHD was Technical Advisor to Transport for NSW, providing technical review and support across all engineering disciplines for the design and construction phases of the project, including: geotechnical, tunnelling, demolition, structure, building and tunnel services, fire engineering, noise and vibration, and project management, including support for commercial negotiations, as well as Building Code of Australia (BCA) and disability access advice.

The 9 m wide tunnel (initially valued at AUD284M) is at shallow cover within the Triassic Hawkesbury Sandstone. Complex interactions with existing high-rise tower foundations and congested overlying services corridors were a critical aspect of the project.


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Duffs and Marlee bridges, NSW

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GHD was engaged by the Greater Taree City Council to provide project management services for the replacement of Duffs Bridge and Marlee Bridge in NSW.

The project involved the demolition of the existing 100 year old truss timber bridges and construction of replacement structures. The two rural bridges were in poor condition and were load limited.


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Sydney Desalination Project

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In early 2005, GHD, and its partner Fichtner, were engaged by Sydney Water to undertake a feasibility study to determine if desalination was practical as an alternative water source that would complement Sydney’s existing water sources. The feasibility study, undertaken together with Sydney Water, in an integrated project team set the foundation for this milestone project.

The project comprised three main components, a 250ML/day capacity reverse osmosis desalination plant, the intake and outlet tunnels and associated marine works, and the delivery pump station and 18km long transfer pipeline across Botany Bay to the centre of the city. In a world first cement lined steel pipes of this size had never before been laid simultaneously in a string and placed in an underwater trench.


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Jindabyne Dam

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GHD was engaged to develop detailed design and tender documentation for the upgrade of the Jindabyne Dam in New South Wales, Australia.

To comply with new dam safety requirements and statutory environmental releases, the upgrade almost tripled the spillway discharge capacity from 3400 m³/s to approximately 9500 m³/s. The economical solution allowed the works to be carried within the site constraints. The design enabled construction within a live reservoir without the need to lower the water level. The project also maintained traffic along the highway that traversed the dam crest.


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George Weston Foods

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George Weston Foods (GWF) has completed an upgrade of its bakery ingredients processing facility in Sydney’s Wetherill Park, to meet growing customer demand for bread and cake premixes.

GHD was involved throughout the lifecycle of the project. At the onset, our team consulted with GWF internal stakeholders to define the project. We then developed a 3D concept model of the entire site and the tender packages for the works and acted as Owner’s Engineer during the construction and commissioning phase. A range of specialist services including hazardous area compliance works were also provided.


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David Kinniburgh

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David is GHD’s Australian Market Leader - Transportation. He is responsible for overseeing the development and delivery of GHD's national transportation strategy. David is focused on providing valuable and high quality solutions to our transportation sector clients. He is based in GHD's Sydney office.

He is a civil engineer with more than 25 years' experience in project leadership, concept development, detailed design and construction management.

David has highly developed team building skills, including team culture development. As a strategic thinker and planner, David excels in collaborative environments. He has a strong desire to deliver cost effective, sustainable outcomes for clients and the community.

Australian Market Leader, Transportation
T: +61 2 9239 7224

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Tasos Katopodis

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Tasos Katopodis is the Operating Centre Manager for GHD's Sydney operations, responsible for our business in Sydney, Artarmon, Parramatta, Wollongong, Dubbo and Orange. Tasos has more than 20 years' experience in project direction, project management and senior line management roles. He is also a Principal Environmental Consultant providing services on a range of projects in the region.

Operating Centre Manager – Sydney
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Tony Colenbrander

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Tony is a geotechnical engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the civil and geotechnical engineering industry. He has had wide experience in a variety of projects, including a major hydroelectric scheme, numerous civil infrastructure developments, roads, earth dams, deep basements and pipelines. He has also prepared many “cause of damage” and “expert opinion” reports for legal and insurance disputes of a geotechnical nature.

Business Group Manager, Geotechnics & Dams
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+61 2 9462 4829

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Richard Fechner

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Richard has 25 years' experience in leadership of multi-discipline projects across energy, government, defence, infrastructure, ports and industry in Australasia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Richard has considerable experience in technical due diligence across these sectors and leads GHD’s Technical Due Diligence Review Group. Richard has held senior roles in the private and public sector, is a member of Infrastructure Australia’s Regulatory and Energy Working Groups and the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering’s Professional Performance Innovation and Risk Project.

Global Technical Leader, Energy & Resources
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+61 2 9239 7222

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Bernard Clancy

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Bernard has more than 20 years' experience working on and delivering water and wastewater related projects. He has experience at various project phases including investigation, approvals, concept and detail design, construction supervision, commissioning and project management. Bernard has lead or been involved in multidiscipline project teams operating within a range of relationship based contracts to deliver major infrastructure projects.

Market Leader, Water
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+61 2 9239 7416

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Andrew Porter

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Andrew is an environmental scientist with almost 15 years' experience in managing and delivering water related projects. Andrew has developed his technical skills in demand management initiatives targeting residential customers, having worked at Sydney Water Corporation for more than six years. Andrew has a strong research and development background in determining sustainable servicing solutions, for both existing and new development areas. Andrew’s understanding of soil and water processes has delivered consulting works associated with generating landscape water savings, effluent reuse assessments, contaminated site works, land capability assessments, management of acid sulfate soils and catchment wide water quality investigations.

Market Leader, Environment
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+61 2 9239 7258

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