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Our Queensland operations are best characterised by our involvement in projects that span the decades as well as our continual refinement of solutions that reflect a culture of partnership, innovation and technical leadership.

From the Gold Coast to Cairns, we deliver multi-disciplinary services to a range of clients in the public and private sectors to meet the demands of a rapidly developing community, while overcoming the challenges of the remoteness of the environment.

Our clients benefit from our longevity in the market, our local knowledge and experience, and our ability to draw on global resources, when needed.

We have a remarkable history in Queensland and continue to be focused on delivering economically viable and ecologically sustainable outcomes.

Forgan Bridge Duplication


GHD was commissioned, as part of a team, by the Department of Transport and Main Roads to update Forgan Bridge connecting the northern suburbs to the central business district of Mackay in North Queensland.

Forgan Bridge, across the Pioneer River in Mackay, was first opened in 1938 by the then Premier of Queensland and Member for Mackay, William Forgan-Smith. The bridge has undergone significant maintenance over the years including underpinning and widening in 1979 and girder repair work more recently. Increased traffic volumes brought about by Mackay’s rapid population growth and expansion of the northern suburbs of the city, has seen the original bridge reach peak capacity and nearing the end of its design life. The condition of the old bridge combined with carrying approximately 30,000 vehicles per day with an anticipation of increase to 35,000 by 2015, warranted a case for the replacement of Forgan Bridge.

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Gasworks contamination liability estimate, Australia


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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Public Bike End-of-Trip Facilities, Gold Coast, Australia


GHD is playing a key role in helping the City of Gold Coast to develop publicly available end-of-trip facilities for cyclists. End-of-trip facilities is a term which refers to bike parking and other associated cycling services.

Our team developed an approach that looked at the opportunities presented at various potential sites. The approach sought to attract the broadest possible market of cyclists- from families with young kids, commuters, beach-goers and sports cyclists.

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Jim Giannopoulos

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Jim joined GHD in 1993, as a graduate engineer, and is currently the manager of the South Queensland Operating Centre. Jim has served in leadership positions for GHD in Australia, Asia and the Americas.

Jim has significant experience in major infrastructure and environment projects. His recent project leadership experience includes his roles as Project Director for the AUD2.5 billion Westlink project planning and consultation study, program alliance leadership team member for the AUD150 million Melbourne Water Pipelines Alliance and Project Director for the AUD3.5 billion Victorian Desalination project.

Jim’s background is in water, environment and project management.

Operating Centre Manager – South Queensland
+61 7 3316 3000

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José Foruria

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José Foruria is the Manager of the North Queensland Operating Centre, which consists of office locations in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Gladstone, with the recent addition of the Whitsundays Office. In recent years, he was the Business Development Manager and has played a key role in North Queensland delivering large water, wastewater and civil projects such as water supplies, water and wastewater treatment plants and infrastructure systems. José has managed significant projects to the benefit of the region, including the AUD100 million water and wastewater projects for Whitsunday Regional Council as well as Defence's AUD500 million upgrade of Lavaracks Barracks, Townsville.

Operating Centre Manager – North Queensland
+61 7 4720 0400

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