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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/New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe/Middle East
T: +61 7 3316 3000
E: Jaco Liebenberg

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

Newcastle Airport Master Plan


The Defence and Airport Related Employment Zone made a significant contribution to the growth and development of the Hunter Region.

GHD prepared the land use development strategy for approximately 100 hectares of rural land for a specialised employment centre south of the Williamtown RAAF Base and Newcastle Airport. The project progressed from initial site selection through to development of the control framework.

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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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Sharjah Airport Expansion


The proposed expansion and redevelopment of Sharjah International Airport is an exciting architectural opportunity. The project involves expansion of the transit area through the creation of three new gate lounges with new air bridges and increased access through the duty free area, transfer counters and cafeterias. The design also includes extension of the arrivals area (with an in-bound baggage system), arrivals concourse, customs areas, immigration pod, renovation and upgrade of driveways and substantial external landscaping. GHD was responsible for the total project solution, including: 

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Sunshine Coast Airport


GHD was commissioned to undertake design and documentation of the Sunshine Coast Airport departure lounge upgrade and terminal extension for the new baggage handling facility.

GHD undertook the design, documentation and post contract engineering services for the redevelopment of the terminal departure lounge at Sunshine Coast Airport.

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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

Van Tang

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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

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Michael Ryan

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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

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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 – New Zealand
+64 9 370 8293

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