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Our team of industry professionals work collaboratively across the globe and harness the most up to date technology in the air and noise management sphere.

GHD provides practical, scientific based air quality and noise management solutions. We consider sustainable practice and legislative demands on air and noise outcomes to help you reach your targets efficiently – to keep you ahead of the pack.

The right advice in air & noise can help the environment, improve your project success and reduce life cycle costs.

Services:

  • Emissions inventories
  • Emissions monitoring
  • Atmospheric dispersion modelling
  • Ambient air quality monitoring
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (Air and Noise)
  • Air quality policy
  • Emissions reduction
  • Industrial and mining noise assessment
  • Noise mitigation strategies
  • Building acoustic services
  • Road and rail acoustic assessment
  • Environmental noise monitoring
  • Environmental noise modelling
  • Integrated acoustics noise attenuation

For further information, contact:

James Forrest
Tel: +61 8 6222 8380
Email: James Forrest

Air Monitoring in Western Australia

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GHD conducted one of the most comprehensive ambient air monitoring programs ever to be undertaken by an Australian company, on the remote Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia.

The project, for Woodside Energy, on behalf of the North West Shelf Venture, involved GHD’s environmental team designing a program to monitor the ambient and occupational air quality around the Karratha gas plant and offshore facilities, particularly for benzene, toluene and xylene (BTX) emissions.

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World’s Quietest Caterpillar Truck

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GHD has won international acclaim for its scientifically engineered quiet Caterpillar truck. Developed to comply with stringent noise standards in the Hunter Valley, the trucks are 20 times quieter than an untreated truck.

GHD scientists used advanced acoustics technology to limit the noise emitted by the engine, fan, transmission and differential of the Caterpillar 789C off-highway trucks. Reducing the noise level of the trucks was important because of the proximity of the nearby town of Muswellbrook, just 6km away. The stringent noise standards are regarded globally as industry-leading for open cut coalmines.

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World’s Quietest Truck

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Mt Arthur Coal mine is a large open-cut mine in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia.

To meet the most stringent noise limits for mining operations, GHD was commissioned by WesTrac (Caterpillar dealers for NSW/ACT and WA) to acoustically attenuate three Caterpillar 789C off-highway trucks.

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James Forrest

James Forrest

James has a broad range of experience with air quality including development and implementation of management and monitoring plans, policy development and project management and implementation. He is skilled in the areas of meteorological and air dispersion modelling (using TAPM, AUSPLUME and CALPUFF), air quality monitoring, data collection and analysis, project management, policy development and reporting. James also has experience in completing noise assessments including noise monitoring and modelling (using CadnaA).

James's experience with GHD has included the successful delivery of air quality and noise assessments that have formed components of Environmental Impact Assessments. He has also been involved with a number of air quality and noise studies. In addition, James has a solid understanding of Commonwealth and State air quality and noise legislation and requirements.

Position: Service Line Leader, Air & Noise
Tel: +61 8 6222 8380

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Australia

Victoria - Barry Cook

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Barry has more than 30 years’ experience within the environmental consulting and meteorological sectors. He has an extensive knowledge of meteorological analysis, emission characterisation and weather forecasting to complement 3D wind field, meteorological and air pollution dispersion modelling. His previous involvement as a meteorologist at environmental consulting firms, EPA Victoria and Mount Isa Mines provide him with a depth of service offering appreciated by his clients.

Barry has managed air quality impact assessments for a wide range of industries including LNG production, mining, metals smelting, resource extraction, manufacturing, power generation, municipal and industrial wastewater treatment, intensive agriculture and transport (rail and road). He also has extensive experience in consulting to state and local government agencies, technical peer review for environmental regulators and local governments, litigation (courts/panels/tribunals) and best practice reviews of management practices.

Position: Meteorologist
Tel: +61 3 8687 8649

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Victoria - Tim Pollock

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Tim coordinates and manages major projects both in Australia and overseas involving the assessment of impact of emissions to air.

His experience in air quality modelling covers the arenas of works approvals and licensing, modelling for EIA and EIS’s, modelling for expert evidence in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), Independent Panel, and Land and Environment Court forums. He focusses on modelling of odour impact from intensive animal husbandry industries such as broiler and egg layer farms, piggeries and cattle feedlots, as well as wastewater treatment plants, rendering plants, abattoirs, waste transfer stations, composting facilities and pulp mills.

Position: Environmental Engineer
Tel: +61386878717

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New South Wales - Evan Milton

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Evan has more than 10 years’ experience in the areas of noise and vibration. He is often called on to work on a range of projects – from small developments through to large infrastructure projects across a variety of industries including power generation, road, rail, airports, mining, water, waste, sewerage and buildings.

Position: Senior Acoustic Engineer
Tel: +61 2 9239 7205

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New South Wales / Queensland - Craig Evenden

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Craig has 12 years’ experience in acoustics & vibration engineering and has a Bachelor of Science (Physics) degree from the University of Newcastle.

He has gained extensive experience in environmental noise monitoring & modelling, OH&S noise exposure, mobile plant noise emission testing & control, noise control design as well as weapons noise testing, mechanical equipment vibration testing, whole body vibration (WBV) assessment, blast monitoring & architectural acoustics.

Position: Senior Acoustic Engineer
Tel: +61 2 4979 9056

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Queensland - Sonia Holzheimer

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Sonia is a mechanical engineer with more than 12 years’ experience. Her knowledge in the design of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) plant with specialised acoustic requirements led to the expansion of her abilities into the noise sector early in her career. As a multi-discipline engineer, Sonia has provided a number of successful, cost effective and practical solutions for a range of projects including power generation, water, sewerage and buildings.

Sonia also has extensive experience in noise impact assessments for proposed developments impacted by road, air-traffic and industrial noise.

Position: Principal Engineer
Tel: +61 7 4044 7635

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Philippines

Benjamin Roa

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Benjamin has more than five years’ experience in environmental consulting in the Philippines. He has been involved in the conduct of environmental impact assessment and monitoring studies, compliance and due diligence audits in the energy, water resources, mining, telecommunications and industrial sector. He has relevant experience in project management, air quality management, and ambient air quality monitoring using portable real-time loggers and sampling equipment. He is also currently undergoing training for various modeling software including CALPUFF for air pollution dispersion modeling and CadnaA for acoustic modeling, in order to address the growing demand for specialist modeling services in the Asian region.

Position: Environmental Scientist
Tel: +63 2857 4894

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Chile

Betsabe Velasquez

Betsabé is a geography civil engineer close to five years’ experience and a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Planning for Projects. As a project engineer, she has developed environmental impact studies and statements for several projects within the energy and mining industry.

Her recent professional experience includes training in modelling and monitoring techniques in the field of air and noise quality and participating in local and international training courses and seminars.

Position: Environmental Engineer
Tel: +56 2 2429 5713

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