Defence & National Security

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Global economies rely on a stable environment, free from threat.

The defence environment is evolving; new challenges emerge daily and threats are dynamic and ever changing. Operations are carried out in an environment of increasing global interaction — where systems are critical, facilities are essential and equipment reliability is vital.

A key challenge is how to make the most efficient and effective use of available assets in training and operations. This demands improvements in the development and function of facilities, in facility maintenance, in equipment reliability and in personnel availability – all within tight budgetary constraints.

GHD has a long history of supporting defence and security in Australia and the South Pacific region with a growing capability in the Americas through our international single-source network of services. We support sea, land, air and joint capabilities for defence, police, immigration and customs directly and as partners with major contractors.

Services include:

  • Strategic, project and procurement management
  • Master, airfield and explosive ordnance planning
  • Air, land and maritime forces facilities design
  • Maintenance engineering analysis
  • Specialist integrated logistics support services
  • Technical writing and publications
  • Specialist engineering services
  • Blast resistant design and weapons storage
  • Structured communications systems
  • Contaminated sites including nuclear, radiological, unexploded ordnance and hazardous materials
  • Risk management and assessment
  • Security systems and structures

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The School of Air Traffic Control (SATC) is located at the RAAF Base in east Sale in Victoria and provides training facilities for air traffic controllers.

GHD provided architectural and engineering consulting and worked closely with the defence stakeholder team to clarify a comprehensive functional design brief and to create and document a design solution for tender.

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