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Clients benefit from a full range of engineering skills covering the entire bridge lifecycle - planning, design, construction, rehabilitation and replacement.

From simple, single span structures through to major landmark bridges, including the Eleanor Schonell Bridge in Brisbane and South Road Superway in Adelaide, our skills and experience present clients with a variety of cost-effective bridging solutions.

We deliver solutions for several bridge types including:

  • Girder bridges
  • Pedestrian bridges
  • Cable stayed bridges
  • Post-tensioned segmental bridges
  • Steel beam and box girder bridges 

Our knowledge extends beyond local solutions. We harness a global network of professionals to deliver the most innovative, cost-effective outcomes.

With more than 40 years' experience delivering small to large projects, our team offers services that include:

  • Studies and investigations
  • Preliminary tender design
  • Detailed design and documentation
  • BIM modelling of bridges
  • Proof checking
  • Construction engineering 
  • Contract administration
  • Asset management
  • Bridge inspection
  • Bridge inspection, rating and strengthening
  • Bridge safety audits and risk rating
  • Remedial engineering
  • Hydrology and hydraulics
  • Geotechnical and environmental investigations
  • Surveys
  • Project management

For further information, contact:

Matthew Carroll
Service Line Leader, Bridges – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T: +61 7 3316 4326
E: Matthew Carroll

Michael Shallhorn
Service Line Leader, Bridges - North America
T: +1 905 429 5023
E: Michael Shallhorn

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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CityLink Tullamarine Widening (CTW) Project – Bulla Road to Power Street

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GHD was engaged by CPB Contractors on the delivery of the CityLink Tullamarine Widening project. This involved the widening of a 24km section of three major Melbourne freeways which were the western section of the CityLink tollway, and the Tullamarine and Westgate Freeways.

The project incorporated additional lanes, upgrading of existing and design of new bridges and civil structures together with other measures, including development of a new freeway management system to increase capacity of the existing road corridor, reduce travel times and improve safety across the network.

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Darra to Springfield Transport Corridor

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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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Duffs and Marlee bridges, NSW

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GHD was engaged by the Greater Taree City Council to provide project management services for the replacement of Duffs Bridge and Marlee Bridge in NSW.

The project involved the demolition of the existing 100 year old truss timber bridges and construction of replacement structures. The two rural bridges were in poor condition and were load limited.

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Eleanor Schonell - bridge durability

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GHD provided durability assurance as part of design and construction support for the 100 year design life, with review to extend to 150 years. Opened on 17 December 2006, the Eleanor Schonell Bridge is Australia’s first bus, cycle and pedestrian-only bridge. It links Brisbane’s Southern suburbs and the St Lucia campus of the University of Queensland. GHD provided structural and civil design for the AUD55M project for Brisbane City Council.

The cable-stayed steel composite structure is only the third of its kind to be built in Australia and is an impressive 520 metres long, with a 185-metre main span. The harp configured support cables are suspended from two reinforced concrete towers rising 70 metres above the river. This landmark infrastructure project features a number of environmentally sustainable design elements, including bio-retention ponds to control the quality of water run-off, minimal use of refill from off-site sources and a bridge alignment that has saved a number of native trees.

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Maroondah Highway Bridge

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GHD was engaged by Linking Melbourne Authority to provide design and documentation services for the Maroondah Highway Pedestrian Bridge.

The Maroondah Highway Pedestrian Bridge is one of the 88 bridges built as part of EastLink. The bridge is 5.4m above Maroondah Highway and provides a 3m wide pathway for pedestrians and cyclists.

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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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Réfection d’un pont et améliorations routières

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L’inspection par GHD du pont Wentworth Street Bridge, d’une longueur de 18 m, pour le compte de la région de Durham à Oshawa (Canada) a révélé un certain nombre de problèmes de sécurité importants.

Ces derniers comprenaient des voies de circulation étroites et troittoirs ne respectant pas les normes, l’absence de dégagement entre la bordure de la voie extérieure et le trottoir, la détérioration de l’état du pont, ainsi que des éléments de sécurité (trottoirs et glissières) non conformes à la réglementation en vigueur.

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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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Tanderrum Bridge

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The Tanderrum Bridge is a pedestrian bridge connecting the Melbourne & Olympic Park, home of the Australian Open, to Birrarung Marr and the Melbourne CBD. This new bridge allows pedestrians to move safely and quickly from the CBD and Flinders Street Station to the event areas.

The bridge extends from Birrarung Marr, over Batman Avenue and into Melbourne Park, over a total length of approximately 300 m and a width of 8 m (7.5 m clear width from handrail to handrail).

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Taylors Road Rail Underpass

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GHD was engaged by Abigroup Contractors to deliver the design and documentation of the civil works, bridge works, rail bridge works and associated structures with the Taylors Road Rail Underpass.

The aim of this project was to provide improved road safety and reduced travel times for western suburbs residents.

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Terminal Pto.Williams

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Diseño para el mejoramiento del terminal para transbordadores en Puerto Williams, Región de Magallanes y Antártica Chilena.

GHD fue contratado por el Ministerio de Obras Públicas de Chile para llevar a cabo los estudios y el diseño para dotar a la localidad de Puerto Williams de la infraestructura portuaria necesaria que permita mejorar la conectividad regular y el servicio de transporte marítimo público. El objetivo del estudio es desarrollar a nivel de ingeniería de detalles una solución con el fin de mejorar las condiciones de las maniobras de embarque y desembarque de personas, vehículos y carga en general en la localidad de Puerto Williams.

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WTS Werribee River Aqueduct

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Following on from GHD’s structural assessment report of the Western Trunk Sewer Werribee River Aqueduct, GHD was engaged by the Melbourne Water Corporation to assess options for rehabilitation and prepared budget cost estimates for each option.

GHD’s structural analysis quantified the consequences of long-term concrete erosion from acidic gases and enabled the client to review allowable safe flows. GHD also completed the planning and execution of a condition assessment of this critical main sewer connection, assessment of economic repair options, and concept design for a possible replacement aqueduct. GHD was engaged to carry out both inspection work and analysis in order to adequately assess the existing capacity of the Werribee River aqueduct structure that carries the Western Trunk Sewer (WTS). Given the critical nature of the aqueduct as part of the WTS, it was necessary to minimise destructive testing of the aqueduct and access into the aqueduct.

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Wodonga Rail Bypass

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The Wodonga Rail Bypass project for engineering design services was awarded to GHD by the Victorian Department of Transport (DOT) in June 2001.

GHD was engaged to deliver the design and documentation for all the civil works, bridge works, rail design works and associated structures.

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Matthew Carroll

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Matthew is a Chartered Engineer with more than 23 years’ experience across many aspects of bridge engineering including design, construction, inspection and assessment, contract documentation, feasibility studies and conceptual tender design for major design and construction projects.

Since joining GHD in 2007, Matthew has delivered several major bridge projects, including his roles as Structures Design Manager for the Cooroy to Curra Section A upgrade of the Bruce Highway and Port of Brisbane Motorway Upgrade (POBMu).

Prior to joining GHD, he was Structures (Surface) Lead on the Dublin Port Tunnel and as well as Design Lead on the M3 Clonee to North of Kells, Ireland and the Design Check Lead on the M50 Widening in Dublin Ireland.

Service Line Leader, Bridges – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T: +61 7 3316 4326
E: Matthew Carroll

Mike Shallhorn

Michael Shallhorn

Mike is a Senior Structural Project Manager specialising in transportation structures, with over 35 years’ experience providing functional planning, detail design and construction services for road, rail and marine structures. He possesses a broad base of experience and knowledge in a wide variety of structures, including vehicular and railway grade separation bridges, light rail transit structures, multi-span high-level bridges over navigable waters, lesser-scale conventional stream crossing bridges, culverts, tunnels, pedestrian footbridges, retaining walls, locks, dams, jetties, docks, shorewalls and breakwaters.

Service Line Leader, Bridges – North America
T: +1 905 429 5023
E: Michael Shallhorn

Australia

Bernard Shepherd – Victoria

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Bernard has more than 45 years’ experience in bridge design, construction engineering and remedial engineering. Based in GHD’s Melbourne office, Bernard is the the Global Technical Leader for Transportation and a Project Director.

He has extensive international experience. He is the Public Officer of the Australian French Association for Science and Technology (AFAS), a Victorian Committee member of the Railway Technical Society of Australasia (RTSA) and a past Chairman of the Victorian Branch of the Association of Consulting Engineers Australia (Consult Australia). Bernard is the GHD representative on the Victorian Chapter Board of the French Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FACCI).

Bernard has worked on several high profile bridge projects including the Mekong River road and rail bridge between Thailand and Laos.

Principal Consultant  Transport
T: +61 3 8687 8348
E: Bernard Shepherd

Peter Selby Smith – Victoria

Peter has more than 40 years’ experience in the design, construction and management of major bridge projects. Joining GHD in 1998, Peter has previously worked with John Holland Constructions in Australia, and other contractors in Germany and the UK. He has also held senior positions with Maunsell and Partners where he was responsible for delivering major bridge projects including the first Mekong River Bridge.

Based in GHD’s Melbourne office, Peter’s current role is Bridges Technical Director for GHD globally. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Member of the Code Committee for Standards Australia.

Peter has delivered several major bridge projects, including the Eleanor Schonell (Green) Bridge in Brisbane and the South Road Superway project in Adelaide.

Technical Director, Bridges
T: +61 3 8687 8349
E: Peter Selby Smith

George Lee – Victoria

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George has more than 25 years’ experience in structural engineering, project management, multi-discipline co-ordination, construction supervision and contract management. He has worked across Australia and overseas, and is currently based in GHD's Melbourne office.

George has significant experience in leadership roles for large infrastructure developments, and in providing structural design capability for bridges and rail facilities.

Principal Bridge Engineer – Victoria
T: +61 3 8687 8539
E: George Lee

Liam Donnelly – Western Australia

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Liam is a structural engineer with more than 20 years' experience in the investigation, design, construction and management of infrastructure projects. He has delivered projects with major consultants and contractors across Australian and the UK. Liam is based in GHD's Perth office.

He has delivered a range of projects including road and rail bridges, tunnels, ports and infrastructure development. Liam has significant experience in all stages of the planning and delivery of a project, including initial feasibility studies through to construction and maintenance works.

Principal Structural Engineer – Western Australia
T:
+61 8 6222 8176
E: Liam Donnelly

New Zealand

James Powers

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James has more than 20 years’ experience as a structural engineer and is based in GHD’s Auckland office. He has significant experience in design management, with a particular focus on major developments with large and complex programs of work. James is an accomplished principal structural engineer proficient in leading and mentoring structural teams, delivering quality outputs, providing efficiency of design and managing multidiscipline teams.

James is experienced in leading civil and structural design teams for complex civil projects and building designs. He has delivered a number of significant projects including his role as design project manager for The Wave, a mixed-use development including a 400 berth marina, seawater waterways, stunning streetscapes, luxury residential properties, and retail and hotel schemes spread along a stunning 6km stretch of Muscat’s coastline in Oman. He was responsible for project managing the design of the Lemar residential development which was named the 2012 Oman Construction Week Innovative Energy Project of the Year.

Service Group Manager, Structural Services – New Zealand
T:
+64 9 370 8254
E: James Powers

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