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Airport operators, government and local authorities are under increasing pressure to reduce overheads, meet more stringent security and safety guidelines, comply with regulatory requirements and maximise the return on high-value assets. They are also challenged with implementing an environmental policy to reduce noise and emissions.

In addition to enhancing the way assets are managed, a new holistic approach to delivering integrated aviation services is needed to improve operational performance, commercial opportunities and returns to stakeholders. As the global industry evolves in response to economic, environmental and social drivers, it has never been more critical to deliver effective services and achieve maximum benefit on capital investment.

To address these challenges, GHD’s aviation solutions provides services underpinned by integrated transport strategies and aviation business knowledge. Our people combine technical skill with an intimate understanding of the aviation industry to address challenges.

For more than 30 years, our professionals have undertaken more than 150 projects across 60+ airfields and airports around the world.

Our services include:

  • Aeronautical studies 
  • Aircraft noise studies
  • Aircraft pavement design
  • Aircraft pavement evaluations, geometric design and maintenance systems
  • Aircraft support facilities
  • Airfield capacity analysis
  • Airfield lighting and navaids
  • Airport and operation manuals
  • Airport masterplans
  • Airport technical and safety inspections
  • Airside and landside planning
  • Airspace analysis and design
  • Aviation operation analysis
  • Aviation risk analysis
  • Building and engineering services design
  • Circulation road and car park simulation and design
  • Cost benefit analysis
  • Environmental management and assessment
  • Fast time simulation  modelling
  • Feasibility studies and  business cases
  • Project management and construction phase services
  • Property development (e.g. hotels, business parks, etc.)
  • Retail and concession planning
  • Security assessments
  • Site selection
  • Terminal pedestrian simulation
  • Terminal planning and design
  • Traffic forecasting

For further information, contact:

Jaco Liebenberg
Service Line Leader, Aviation – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T: +61 7 3316 3186
E: Jaco Liebenberg

Paul Murphy
Service Line Leader, Aviation - North America
T: +1 571 325 5048
E: Paul Murphy

Port Lincoln Airport Terminal


GHD was engaged by the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula to deliver the architecture, interior architecture, building services and structural engineering services for the upgrade of the Port Lincoln Airport Terminal in South Australia.

GHD provided design and documentation services for the facility and assistance during the construction phase.

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Teledyne Ryan Demolition


GHD has been retained to provide predesign, design engineering and general consulting services for the TDY Demolition Project. The site is owned by the San Diego Unified Port District and is currently leased to the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.

The Teledyne Ryan site is being prepared for future expansion of Lindbergh field as part of the Airport Master Plan.

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Pavement Engineering
Pavement Engineering

Jaco Liebenberg

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Jaco has more than 20 years’ experience in project management, design management, pavement design and contract administration in major road and airport construction and rehabilitation projects across Australia and Africa.

He is also experienced in infrastructure design and delivery, and providing professional advice to airport and road pavement projects, such as peer reviews and compliance at the National Aircraft Pavement Maintenance Program for the overlay at RAAF Darwin.

Jaco has a keen understanding of the operational and stakeholder requirements as well as the impact that maintenance decisions have on the longer-term performance of pavement structures. His project management skills include the ability to generate strong team performance and deep understanding of program requirements.

Service Line Leader, Aviation – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T: +61 7 3316 3186
E: Jaco Liebenberg


Van Tang – South Australia

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Van is a civil engineer with more than 17 years' experience in the design, design management documentation, project management and verification of airfield and other major transport infrastructure projects. Based in GHD's Adelaide office, Van is the manager of our South Australian Operating Centre.

Her experience in both landside and airside projects enables Van to apply a holistic approach to delivering integrated solutions. She has delivered a number of significant projects with GHD including the Port Lincoln Airport Terminal for the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula, Ceduna Airport Terminal for the District Council of Ceduna and parallel taxiway for Doha International Airport.

Operating Centre Manager – South Australia
+61 8 8111 6600
E: Van Tang

Michael Ryan - Western Australia

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Michael has more than 39 years’ experience in all aspects of airport engineering including the site selection, masterplanning, geometric and structural pavement design, development, maintenance and operation, cost estimation, contract documentation and administration, pavement inspections and evaluations, supervision of pavement repairs, land use planning, and project and construction management. He is based in GHD’s Perth office.

Michael has delivered a number of key projects with GHD including Mount Keith Airport upgrade for WMC Resources, Boolgeeda Airport upgrade for Rio Tinto Iron Ore and DeGrussa Airport detailed design for Sandfire Resources.

Principal Airports Engineer – Western Australia
+61 8 6222 8521
E: Michael Ryan

New Zealand

James Palmer

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James has 13 years’ international experience having worked on major airport projects in New Zealand, Australia, South Pacific, and the United Kingdom. His project experience includes landside / airside infrastructure design, project management, procurement, construction supervision, maintenance implementation and specialises in heavy duty pavement infrastructure. James is New Zealand’s Aviation Lead and is based in GHD’s Auckland office.

He focusses his service delivery on a comprehensive, customer-focused outcome. His broad experience and knowledge base allows him to consider each issue holistically and assist his clients in developing robust and pragmatic solutions which are suitable for all planning, design, operational and financial requirements.

Aviation Lead
+64 9 370 8293
E: James Palmer

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