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Communication systems and infrastructure are essential components of commercial, industrial, utility and government services.

Whether the requirement is office data and voice networks, specialist industrial systems or broadband high capacity links, our clients benefit from GHD’s integrated services from concept through to commissioning.

GHD uses communications technology extensively for:

  • Office voice and data systems
  • Power and water industry SCADA systems
  • Voice and data radio networks
  • Security classified Department of Defence requirements
  • Industrial process control and monitoring networks
  • Specialist systems for airfield lighting and navaids
  • Backbone communications networks and links
  • Digital and analog video systems
  • Security, surveillance and building services
  • Transportation

Experience what other clients such as Hutchison, Optus, Vodafone, Telstra, AAPT and OneTel have through our services such as site selection, acquisition, planning, engineering documentation of over 5000 telecommunications sites.


  • Mobile, cabled and satellite telecommunications
  • Integrated planning services
  • Independent technical assessment
  • Costing of communications options
  • Design and documentation for network integration
  • EPCM services 
  • Environmental impact & native title assessment
  • Electromagnetic energy (EME) radiation assessment
  • Structural engineering assessment
  • Project management
  • Property acquisition risk assessment
  • Land surveying and lease plans
  • Civil, electrical and structural design
  • GIS applications and database development

For further information, contact:

Graham Ackers
Service Line Leader, Communication Systems - Australia/New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe/Middle East
T: +61 8 8111 6726
E: Graham Ackers

Vince Wolcott
Service Line Leader, Communication Systems - North America
T: +1 703 488 9990
E: Vince Wolcott

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Instrumentation & Control

David Taddeo

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David is a Principal Electrical Engineer with more than 23 years consulting experience in electrical and communications services including the planning, development of user requirements, functional and scope definition, concept and detailed design, documentation construction phase support, commissioning and project handover. In recent years David has focused on planning, design, documentation and construction support on communications infrastructure for networks and systems over large geographic areas.

Service Line Leader, Communications Systems
+61 8 8111 6614

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Darren Walton

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Darren has more than 25 years’ experience in the Security, Communications & Technology industry as a designer and project manager in both the private and public sectors. Darren provides high quality consultancy advice within a commercially astute market and has a track record of project delivery and fiscal control.

Darren's experience includes a variety of Security, IT, Communications and Railway Telecoms projects, both as part of major/standalone construction and refurbishments projects and also smaller standalone client led projects. Darren provides a wide range of specialist consultancy services including system design, project and programme management from concept through to system handover.

Principal, Security, Communications and Technology Consulting Group - United Kingdom
+44 1904 436 122

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