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Getting the right priorities in place to deliver efficient, reliable and well-planned transportation systems are fundamental to a community's economic prosperity and quality of life.

Economic and population growth, greater urbanisation and increased mobility are boosting demand for new infrastructure and services straining the capacity and effectiveness of existing assets. Single mode approaches are no longer viable as governments and stakeholders recognise the need for multi-modal solutions across the whole integrated network.

Across the whole transport spectrum of airports, maritime, roads and highways, rail and logistics, our team provides integrated transport services throughout the project lifecycle - from initial policy, transport planning, economics and business case advice, through concept, procurement, detailed design and construction to operations, maintenance and asset management.

Demand for resources globally can only be met through the provision and maintenance of innovative, flexible and sustainable transport infrastructure. Working with our team, our clients benefit from the security that comes with a presence on the ground, coupled with global industry experience. Our transportation offering extends beyond the trusted advisor relationship. We’ll work closely with you and offer reliable, cost-concious advice to ensure you meet your objectives

We help clients develop sustainable solutions which balance infrastructure investment with demand reduction, land use strategies and system efficiencies.

For further information, contact:

David Kinniburgh
Tel: +61 2 9239 7224
Email: David Kinniburgh

A New Busway for Brisbane

Queensland Transport engaged GHD to undertake a pre-feasibility investigation into the need, scope and likely issues involved with a proposal for the busway in the locality of the Gympie Road corridor. This corridor is a major arterial road that serves as both a regional linkage and a key component in the central northside district road network.

A range of previous studies, including the Corridor Selection Report, identified the need for a northern busway to provide a new public transport line haul (high quality, high frequency) route to support existing and future north side suburban services.

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Australian National Ports Strategy

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Launched in January 2011, the Australian National Ports Strategy provides a coordinated planning approach to assist Australian governments in planning for port infrastructure and the associated road and rail linkages that connect these important gateways to all Australian cities and towns.

Through the provision of five themed background papers, several presentations and support at two stakeholder forums, one in Melbourne and the other in Adelaide, GHD assisted Infrastructure Australia and the National Transport Commission to develop a draft strategy.

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ARTC Bridge Inspections

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GHD was engaged by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to inspect bridges along the Melbourne to Adelaide railway line between Geelong and Wolseley.

The client required structural inspections to determine the bridges' current condition, load carrying capacity and future life expectancy.

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Bridge rehabilitation and road improvements

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GHD’s inspection of the 18 m span Wentworth Street Bridge in Oshawa, Canada for the Region of Durham revealed a number of serious safety concerns.

These included substandard narrow traffic lanes and sidewalk, non-existent clearance between the edge of the exterior lane and sidewalk, deterioration in the condition of the bridge and a barrier system that didn’t comply with the relevant regulations.

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Burwood Highway Pedestrian Bridge

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GHD was engaged by Southern and Eastern Integrated Transport Authority to develop a concept and detailed design of the Burwood Highway Pedestrian Bridge as part of EastLink.

GHD developed concept designs that were economical and retained consistency with other pedestrian bridges on the EastLink project. The selected design provided an aesthetic and functional bridge that would not inhibit future development.

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City East Alliance, Perth, Western Australia

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A 4.2 km stretch of Perth’s Great Eastern Highway is being upgraded from four lanes to six lanes between Kooyong Road and Tonkin Highway. Scheduled for completion by December 2013, key improvements include a widened central median, on-road cycle facilities, a continuous pedestrian path and bus priority lanes.

The investigation, design and construction is being delivered by the City East Alliance (CEA), comprised of GHD, Leighton Contractors, NRW and Main Roads Western Australia (Main Roads). The project presented key risks in areas of utility impacts and road network operations. The team generated more than 100 qualifying innovations during the costing phase of the project spanning technological, process, methodology, materials and delivery improvements.

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Daly River Bridge, Northern Territory

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GHD was engaged by the Department of Infrastructure (NT) to investigate and design a new high level bridge over the Daly River.

Approximately 220km from Darwin, the Daly River Bridge is a key link between the Port Keats community and Darwin. This project addresses flood immunity issues and improves the reliability and efficiency of freight traffic. The bridge spans 184m across the Daly River and is constructed as a single lane bridge which will be widened to a double lane bridge in future.

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Darra to Springfield Transport Corridor

GHD was engaged by Queensland Rail (Horizon Alliance) to deliver the Darra to Springfield Transport Corridor Project, a major transport initiative required to service the future needs of the growing western corridor region.

The Queensland Government built a new passenger rail line from Darra to Springfield and duplicated the Centenary Highway between Richlands and Springfield. This project is part of the State Government’s South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Program 2007 – 2026 and will be delivered in stages.

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Deer Park Bypass

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The Deer Park Bypass (DPB) is a jointly funded project between the Victorian Government and the Federal Government.

VicRoads engaged Leighton Contractors to design and construct the DPB in Western Melbourne. GHD was commissioned by Leighton Contractors to prepare the detailed civil and structural design works and associated structures for the project.

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Design & Construct Travel Demand Management Auckland Motorways

GHD is currently providing professional engineering services for the safety management of over half of Auckland City’s road network. This is a two to five year contract and is a key initiative toward meeting the objectives of the government’s Road Safety 2010 strategy.

The contract calls for investigation, feasibility analysis, preliminary and detailed design of road safety improvements. To meet these requirements, GHD has carried out and supplied Auckland City Council with:

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Doha Airport Terminal Extension

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Qatar Airways at Doha Airport needed a two-storey extension to the existing departures terminal. Building on previous experience gained from similar project work, GHD provided architectural and engineering design services, as well as contract administration and project management services.

The extension was designed and constructed on a fast-track basis, which enabled its completion within just six months. The new section has given Qatar Airways additional gate boarding lounges, a first class lounge and cafeteria, increased check-in area capacity and additional baggage handling systems.

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Doncaster to Water Orton (D2WO)

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D2WO is the latest part of the UK rail network to be tackled as part of the gauge enhancement programme to clear the route for large container freight traffic. GHD is collaborating closely with the contractor, Carillion, to provide design management service. As the vital link between design and delivery, GHD is managing the development, review, submission and approval of designs against a very tight programme of track possessions whilst driving efficiencies and value engineering initiatives.

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Land freight transport study

The National Transport Commission (NTC) engaged GHD and SKM, in association with the University of South Australia's Transport Systems Centre, to research what actions Australia should take to cope with the forecast increases in the land transport of freight.  

This major study included:

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Michael Herbert Bridge

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GHD worked collaboratively with the client, City of Holdfast Bay, on the development of the Michael Herbert Bridge (formerly King Street Bridge) which opened with a well-attended community opening ceremony.

GHD was intricately involved in all aspects of the project including architectural, structural, civil and traffic, geotechnical investigation, environmental risk assessments, urban design, procurement services, superintendent services and construction phase services.

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Network Management Operations Contract

GHD has a long-term contract to manage the entire traffic network for Auckland’s arterial and motorway networks.

This includes traffic signal optimisation, incident management, special events management and optimising traffic flows.

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Perth to Bunbury Highway

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The Southern Gateway Alliance (SGA), comprising GHD, Leighton Contractors and WA Limestone in partnership with Main Roads Western Australia, was awarded the contract to build the AUD511 million new Perth to Bunbury Highway in 2006.

The Perth to Bunbury Highway project will increase the efficiency of the north-south road network and improve regional transport through a high standard road link between Perth and the south west.

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Road resurfacing improves accessibility

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Resurfacing of a 3300 m stretch of Danforth Road for the City of Toronto in Canada posed some specific challenges for GHD.

As part of our engagement to provide the design and tender preparation for the road, we addressed the need for sidewalk grades to conform to the city’s Accessibility Guidelines, and the location of catch basins in the travelled portions of the lanes.

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Sorell Causeway

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GHD provided the client with an innovative bridge design that improved the project durability and constructibility.

Upon completion, the 460m long replacement of the Sorell Causeway across Pitt Water, east of Hobart, was the only match-cast, precast segmental ‘channel’ road bridge built outside of Europe or the United States. It was built just to the south of the original bridge which was demolished after the completion of the new bridge. GHD proposed the channel concept during the tender stage as an alternative design. Detailed design was completed once the contract was awarded. The unique cross section of the bridge was very efficient and provided many advantages compared to other conventional designs. The design made extensive use of precast technology to achieve the owner’s durability requirements, improve the constructibility of the bridge, enable swift construction and reduce the amount of works over water.

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South Road Superway

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Located in Adelaide, the South Road Superway project will deliver a 4.8 km non-stop corridor, including a 2.8 km elevated roadway, from the Port River Expressway to Regency Road. Its objective is to connect the rapidly expanding industrial and residential growth areas in the north and the south of the city, and to provide new opportunities for economic development. This is the biggest single investment in a South Australian road project, and the state’s most complex engineering road construction project to date. The project is being managed by the South Australian Government’s Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI).

GHD has been engaged to provide the engineering design services for the contractor, Urban Superway Joint Venture, which comprises John Holland Pty Ltd, Macmahon Contractors Pty Ltd, and Leed Engineering and Construction Pty Ltd. SMEC Australia and International Bridge Technologies (San Diego) are supporting GHD as subconsultants.

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Terrace Road Bridge, New Zealand

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Terrace Road Bridge is a two span bridge carrying a rural road over the Oroua River. In February 2004, a flood event in the Manawatu District resulted in peak flows in this river.

During the flood, the river scoured 30m into the true left bank and it fully bypassed the bridge. In addition, the piles of the central pier failed with the pier punching vertically down by 1200mm. Prompt action was required as the bridge is the only practical access into the hinterland.

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Transport Assessment Aids Port Expansion

GHD recently completed a transport assessment on the impacts of a range of proposed infrastructure expansions at the Port of Portland in south-western Victoria. The project is one of high significance and the assessment played a critical role in the evaluation of the planning application by Victoria’s Minister for Planning.

A paramics micro-simulation transport model, developed by GHD, was a key feature of the assessment, allowing highly effective testing of the proposed impacts of the development on internal and external road and rail networks.

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Wimmera Regional Intermodal Freight Hub

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In response to the Victorian Government's aim to increase the share of freight transported to Victorian ports by rail, GHD is playing a lead role in the planning, design and construction of a vital freight transport hub in northwest Victoria.

Efficient and strategically located intermodal terminals facilitate the transport of freight from one mode to another.

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David Kinniburgh

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David is the Australian Transportation Market Leader. He is responsible for overseeing the development and delivery of GHD's transportation strategy and focusing on providing our clients in this area of business with the highest level of service and value. 

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

Position: Market Leader - Transportation
Tel: +61 2 9239 7224

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Andrew Collinson

Andrew Collinson

Andy's varied project experience includes multidisciplinary design leadership of the eastern end of the UK's Channel Tunnel Rail Link, leadership of the concept development of the new Kings Cross Thameslink Underground Station and acting as the UK Rail Regulator's strategic advisor on Asset Knowledge Management.

Andy's business leadership experience has included being the MD of the multidisciplinary, multinational rail business of a major European consultancy and co-founder of the successful international strategic rail consultancy, CDL, recently acquired by GHD. These roles have provided Andy with a clear understanding of the whole life cycle, whole business challenges of building, running and maintaining a successful railway system.

A Chartered Engineer and Chartered Director, Andy has worked in the Middle East, Australia, the UK and Ireland and on projects in locations including Africa, New Zealand and Eastern Europe. His 29 years in industry include over 20 years in rail.

Position: Business Leader Rail - Middle East and UK
Tel: +44 1904 436 100

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Paula Arias

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Paula Arias is a Structural Engineer with a Masters in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering. She has more than 17 years of experience in ports and marine projects, consulting to a broad range of public and private sector clients. Previous to GHD, Paula worked in the Ministry of Public Works of Chile, where she contributed to major projects within the Ports Authority. From 2000 - 2006, Paula was responsible for project development and implementation for the Engineering Unit of the Department of Projects. Paula's extensive experience covers ports, artificial beaches, waterfront developments, fishing coves, passenger terminals and connecting port infrastructure.

Position: Maritime & Coastal - South America
Tel: +56 2 433 5409

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Dave Proctor

Dave Proctor

Dave Proctor has more than 30 years experience in the civil infrastructure sector where he has been responsible for the design and delivery of multi-disciplinary projects, particularly in the road / transport sector. As part of his career he has also been extensively involved with the maintenance and operations of road networks.

Position: Business Stream Manager - New Zealand
Tel: +64 7 8347903

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Erik Geidans

Erik Geidens

Erik is the Business Group Manager for GHD’s Transport business in Western Australia. He has over 30 years experience and has worked in most transport related disciplines including roads and bridges, aviation, rail and marine works. He has significant experience in design, project and construction management on major multidisciplinary civil infrastructure projects and more recently has represented GHD on Alliance Boards administering large and complex road projects in a highly urban environment.

Position: Business Group Manager - Western Australia
Tel: +61 8 6222 8677

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2014

  • Perth City Link Rail Alliance (including GHD), Government Partnership Excellence Award - Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (National Awards)
  • Regional Rail Link Alliance (including GHD), Project of the Year - Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (National Awards)
  • Brannon Street Wharf, Port of San Francisco, California, Airports and Ports Project Award - American Society of Engineers (ASCE)

2013

  • City East Alliance (includes GHD): Great Eastern Highway Upgrade, Earth Award (WA) - Civil Contractors Federation Earth Awards
  • M80 Ring Road - Furlong Road to Sunshine Avenue, Earth Award (Victoria) - Civil Contractors Federation Earth Awards
  • Project New Grad Program - Auckland Transport, Fulton Hogan and GHD, Commendation for Best Practice Award - People Category - Roading Excellence
  • Cocos Island Cocos Keeling Island Runway Overlay, Corporate Award - Australian Airports Association National Airport Industry Awards
  • Team M1 (includes GHD) Pacific Motorway Upgrade at Daisy Hill, Earth Award (QLD) - Civil Contractors Federation Earth Awards
  • Duffs and Marlee Bridge Replacement project, Regional Award for Excellence (Newcastle) Infrastructure Category, Greater Taree City Council
  • Daly River Bridge, Earth Award (Northern Territory), Category 4 Award, Civil Contractors Federation Earth Awards
  • Legacy Way Tunnel, Major Tunnelling Project of the Year - International Tunnelling Awards
  • Perth City Link Rail Alliance (including GHD)
    • WA Award for Excellence, Concrete Institute of Australia
    • National Award for Excellence, Concrete Institute of Australia
  • Jubilee Bridge Replacement
    • Queensland Award for Excellence, Concrete Institute of Australia
    • National Award for Excellence, Concrete Institute of Australia

2012

  • City East Alliance - Great Eastern Highway Upgrade
    • Innovation Excellence Award, Leighton Contractors Western Australia
    • Safety & Health Excellence Award, Leighton Contractors Western Australia
    • Community Excellence Award, Leighton Contractors Western Australia
    • Environmental Excellence Award, Leighton Contractors Western Australia

2011

  • East Coast Road Widening Project, Excellence Award, Medium Road Project Category,Roading New Zealand
  • City East Alliance - Great Eastern Highway Upgrade, Innovation Excellence Award
  • Canning Bridge Precinct Vision, Excellence Award (Western Australia), Planning Institute of Australia
  • Horizon Alliance Richlands Station - Part of the Darra to Springfield Transport Corridor Project
    • Team of Excellence Award, Alliancing Association of Australasia
    • Innovation and Environment Management Award, Australian Master Builders
    • Sporting and Community Services Facilities Award, Australian Master Builders

  • Shaun Smedley, Emerging Transport Professional, Institute of Transportation Engineers ANZ