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If it needs a cable, requires power, has voltage or is wireless, then we’ve got it covered. We deliver solutions across the project lifecycle; from the generation, local distribution and application of electrical power associated with buildings and collections of buildings on campuses and standalone, to building related instrumentation and control technology.

Carefully integrated design, highly efficient lighting, effective power distribution systems and the maximum use of natural, renewable sources of light and energy will significantly reduce the impact your project has on the environment. We provide integrated electrical engineering services as part of a total building services package.

Our clients include:

  • Government institutions and the education sector
  • Museums, galleries, libraries, performance venues
  • Health & aged care
  • Commercial, retail & hospitality
  • Detention, correctional facilities & emergency services
  • Energy, industry, water
  • Air, road, rail & sea transportation facilities

Our services include:

  • LEED, Green Star, Estidama, BREEAM services
  • Electrical building infrastructure: substations, cable reticulation, switchboards, UPS, generators
  • Building energy, power generation & distribution: cogeneration, tri-generation
  • Renewable energy generation: wind, photovoltaic
  • Low energy, smart controls, LED; for buildings, roads, tunnels, architectural & airfield lighting
  • Analysis; includes solar reflection, daylighting factors, glare ratings, & solar shading
  • Communications: cable & fibre, ICT, cable management, active equipment, pits and pipes
  • Videoconferencing, PA, sound & video
  • Security: access control & monitoring, CCTV, intrusion, integration
  • BMS, BAS, KNX, web based, IP based controls
  • Lifts, hoists, escalators, pneumatic conveying
  • Medical: smart theatres, nurse call, patient & aged care monitoring
  • Fire detection, alarms: fast response, AS/NZS, NFPA
  • Project & facility management

For further information, contact:

Joel Cox
Service Line Leader, Electrical Engineering (Buildings) – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T: +61 7 4720 0420
E: Joel Cox

Tim DeRuyscher
Service Line Leader, Electrical Engineering (Buildings) – North America
T: +1 315 314 5642
E: Tim DeRuyscher

ADNOC Head Office, UAE


GHD was appointed to design the electrical, communications, fire alarm, mechanical, and plumbing fitout services for the new ADNOC head office building in Abu Dhabi. The building comprises 72 levels of offices topped with a feature frame, equipment rooms and a helipad. ADNOC is the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, a major client in the region.

The team detailed such diverse systems as the building wide external feature lighting, audio visual installations on every floor and a data centre. GHD designed all specialist lighting, audio visual and communications systems for the venue.

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BAE Offices integrated refurbishment


GHD provided the electrical engineering building services designs for an integrated fitout in a new building constructed on the fringe of the Melbourne CBD. The fitout scope covers 6000sqm over three levels and accommodates approximately 200 staff.

The facility included a number of highly secure shielded spaces, defence grade data centre and fibre optic cable distribution systems, electronic laboratories and workshops, and Defence related simulation and test rigs.

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Green Star Rated Office Design


GHD adhered to the principles of ecologically sustainable design (ESD) for the fit out of its Honeysuckle premises.

The building facade has mesh and vertical shading fins with double glazed insulated units to regulate solar heat.

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Henderson Champion Arch Residential Development


This project is a large residential development in Changsha and is being developed by Hong Kong Henderson Land Development Company Ltd. The development has a land area of 241,038sq m and a total building area of 442,000sq m. GHD has undertaken the architectural design in phase one of the project working on a building area of 240,000sq m.

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Strategic Asset Management Plan and Asset Register, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery


We developed a Strategic Asset Management Plan (SAMP) and Asset Register for the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery’s (TMAG) buildings and fittings. This work has helped TMAG to effectively maintain and manage its back of house assets, including the extensive front of house public facilities that attract more than 350,000 visitors annually.

A major challenge with TMAG’s facilities is managing the ongoing preservation of heritage-listed buildings and meeting compliance standards for Museums and Art Galleries for environmental conditions and security. The SAMP and Asset Register developed by GHD provides the direction to manage these assets by outlining the current condition, useful life and future demands for any ongoing requirements for artifact capacity. It also provides details for operational and capital expenditure required to manage these assets and growth for the next 15 years.

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Third Rail Receival Facility


GHD designed the third rail receival facility as part of the AUD750 million expansion of the RG Tanna Port in Gladstone Queensland.

The design and construction of the third rail receival facility in Gladstone is a unique engineering feat due to the challenging design requirements, difficult site conditions and fast track construction.  

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Traeger Park


Traeger Park sporting complex is the main sporting facility for Alice Springs and is a leading Australian venue for national and international sporting events.

In 2003, GHD prepared the master plan for the redevelopment of Traeger Park. This process involved public consultation, scoping and concept development for any future upgrading of the facility.

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Upstate Medical University, Geneva Tower, Syracuse, New York USA


GHD was instrumental in the renovation of the existing 23 story, 137,000 square foot Geneva Tower building located in downtown Syracuse. The 1974 building was completely gutted and renovated to include two floors of common spaces and 21 floors of apartments for students attending the Upstate Medical University. 

GHD provided HVAC, plumbing, fire protection and electrical design and construction administration services for the project. We also served as the LEED consultant for the owner, design team and construction manager and verified that all systems were working as efficiently as possible and in accordance with the contract documents. This included facilitating the LEED certification process and creating a roadmap to guide the inclusion of sustainable concepts and processes into the project. As a result, we identified that the renovated building would use 40 percent less energy.

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Wynyard Walk pedestrian tunnel tender design, Sydney


Wynyard Walk is a pedestrian walkway in the Sydney CBD linking Wynyard Station and the multi-billion dollar Barangaroo waterfront development. The project comprises a pedestrian tunnel (110 meters in length), a multilevel entrance building, underpinning of two large buildings, a pedestrian bridge across Sussex Street and a new public plaza at the corner of Kent and Napoleon Street. GHD was Technical Advisor to Transport for NSW, providing technical review and support across all engineering disciplines for the design and construction phases of the project, including: geotechnical, tunnelling, demolition, structure, building and tunnel services, fire engineering, noise and vibration, and project management, including support for commercial negotiations, as well as Building Code of Australia (BCA) and disability access advice.

The 9 m wide tunnel (initially valued at AUD284M) is at shallow cover within the Triassic Hawkesbury Sandstone. Complex interactions with existing high-rise tower foundations and congested overlying services corridors were a critical aspect of the project.

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Tim DeRuyscher

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Tim has more than 30 years’ experience in the design, management and consulting for large multi-discipline projects and leading extensive fire engineering, life safety and code consulting services. His clients include universities, large retail facilities, medical centers, manufacturing and warehousing plants, utilities and federal and state governments.

Service Line Leader, Electrical Engineering (Buildings) – North America
T: +1 315 445 2650
E: Tim DeRuyscher


Brad Gaston

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Brad has a proven track record in the health and biomedical sectors. A member of Institution of Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating, Brad has a comprehensive understanding of the services requirements of health and biomedical facilities. He has the ability to identify ‘left field’ opportunities and quickly focus on key issues.

His experience includes working as principal mechanical engineer for projects such as Robina Hospital Expansion and Princess Alexandra Hospital New Emergency Department, and as project director for the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay Oral Health and Cancer Care Centres, Redcliffe Hospital Theatres 3 & 4, and Rural & Remote Infrastructure Rectification Works for 12 Queensland hospitals.

Principal Consultant
T: +61 7 3316 3583
E: Brad Gaston

North America

Rob Pompo - East Coast, USA

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Rob has more than 17 years’ experience in design and production of construction documents for electrical distribution systems, high voltage substations, medium voltage distribution systems, emergency power systems, fire protection systems, communication systems, sound systems, data systems and illumination systems for a variety of project types. This includes higher education, medical, industrial, K-12 schools, commercial and retail facilities.

Electrical Engineer – East Coast, USA
+1 315 314 5637
E: Rob Pompo

Bert Braden

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Bert is a Senior Electrical Engineer with 30 years' experience specializing in Property and Buildings projects which includes all aspects of electrical design for buildings, sites, campuses, and production environments. His repertoire includes design of power distribution, emergency power systems; interior & exterior lighting, fire alarm systems; data network & telecommunications distribution, public address, intercom, & sound reinforcement system, title-24 lighting efficiency & lighting control measures, and various signal and control systems.

Electrical Engineer – West Coast, USA
+1 707 236 1549
E: Bert Braden

Middle East

Jagadish Uchil

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Jagadish and more than 30 years’ experience in design consultation, supervision and construction of a significant number of international and local projects in various sectors including commercial, retail, residential, public works, transport and infrastructure, hotels and culture.

In particular Jagadish has gained significant experience in design consultancy, CAD design drawing preparation, shop drawing preparation, contracting, retail, development, office construction, business parks, data centres, fit out, palaces, villas and apartments, schools, universities, private health facilities, public health facilities, public administration buildings, airports, industrial, manufacturing and distribution, energy and utilities, roads, water, waste water, sewage, sewage treatment plants, marine, hotels and resorts, sports and leisure.

He is also very familiar with a variety of international codes including IEE, IEEE, NEC, NFPA, CIBSE and designing of high-rise buildings, sport facilities, hotels, mixed-use developments and project management.

Principal Electrical Engineer – Qatar, Middle East
+974 4428 9466
E: Jagadish Uchil