Food Processing

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Excellence in manufacturing and process design, unrivalled hygiene standards and a focus on ecologically and economically sustainable operation are essential elements of success in the food industry.

Community expectations and government regulation demand that the highest standards are set and maintained in the handling and production of food. Stakeholders in this industry are constantly under scrutiny and face complex challenges to meet these expectations. GHD offers considered solutions for the baking, dairy, beverage, confectionary & snack foods, seafood, fruit & vegetable, meat, seafood, cold chain, FMCG, pharmaceutical, biotechnical markets and beyond.

Key areas that we focus on include:

Industrial water and waste management
Our experienced team assesses and manages water and waste in industrial applications. We understand the increasing need to improve process and waste management, to develop site specific solutions that are practical.

Irrigation and the environment
Our engineers, scientists and planners can provide sustainable, cost-effective and innovative irrigation solutions that meet the needs of communities, industry and national policy and strategy. We also understand the impact that developments have on ecosystems, creating measures that mitigate environmental effects on land and water.

Transportation infrastructure
We understand that transport needs are inherently linked to land use; the two cannot be understood in isolation. Our integrated team offers advice and solutions related to the entire system, rather than one item in isolation. Our thinking incorporates an understanding of economic and financial factors impacting on efficient freight movement, such as road versus rail freight options.

Planning
Enhanced community and government expectations mean that land use planning systems are becoming increasingly complex. We’ll work with you to realise more sophisticated planning responses, which result in more effective land use and development outcomes.

Food processing and manufacturing
Leveraging considerable experience in the design and operation of a wide range of food industries, GHD provides comprehensive services ranging from planning, design and project management of new facilities, to the engineering of new and expanded plant and equipment.

Building Design
Our services cover all areas of building design including geotechnical, structural, architectural, and building services. We see geotechnical engineering as a science – the art of determining the properties of an unseen and variable material to produce structures that are safe, reliable and cost effective. Our structural engineers technically assess, plan and deliver highly functional, cost-efficient and elegant structures for our clients across all industries.

For further information, contact:

Seamus Hoban
Service Line Leader, Food Processing – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T: +61 3 8687 8833
E: Seamus Hoban

Jason Haelzle
Service Line Leader, Food Processing – North America
T: +1 519 8840510
E: Jason Haelzle

Blue Tongue Brewery

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GHD was engaged to provide preliminary design and concept studies for a proposed Bluetongue brewery in Warnervale, Central Coast,  New South Wales.

Assisting in the development application, GHD conducted an environmental assessment involving a number of specialist studies of the proposed site in relation to:

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Brewery upgrade in Queensland

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The extension of the Carlton & United Brewery at Yatala in Queensland has more than doubled its production capacity.

The 3 million-hectalitre expansion of the brewery increased annual capacity to 5.5 million hectalitres. The GHD team provided structural, mechanical, civil, hydraulics, electrical, architectural, water process and chemical services, as well as project management contract administration.

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George Weston Foods

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George Weston Foods (GWF) has completed an upgrade of its bakery ingredients processing facility in Sydney’s Wetherill Park, to meet growing customer demand for bread and cake premixes.

GHD was involved throughout the lifecycle of the project. At the onset, our team consulted with GWF internal stakeholders to define the project. We then developed a 3D concept model of the entire site and the tender packages for the works and acted as Owner’s Engineer during the construction and commissioning phase. A range of specialist services including hazardous area compliance works were also provided.

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Synlait Blending and Canning Plant

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Synlait owns and operates one of the main dairy plants in Canterbury, New Zealand. A recent boom in the dairy industry has seen large dairy companies expand their facilities to keep pace. As a result, smaller companies such as Synlait have had to follow suit, in a bid to remain competitive.

Apollo engaged GHD to assist with the Design and Construct of a new baby formula blending and canning plant. The objective was to deliver a solution focused on the need for the Chinese clients to regularly view the plant, meet and exceed hygiene specifications, and safeguard food security and traceability whilst taking into account the latest technology and robotic design.

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Tassal Salmon

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Tassal Operations is the largest aquaculture company in Australia accounting for 70 percent of the Tasmanian salmon industry’s total production. In March 2007, Tassal engaged GHD on a five-year plan to significantly expand their production capabilities.

Our team has assisted Tassal with a strategic review of the company’s processing facilities and logistics, as well as providing engineering and project management services.

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Seamus Hoban

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Seamus combines strong economic and scientific understanding, with outstanding research and analysis skills to address complex natural resource management issues. With more than nine years’ experience, Seamus has delivered a range of services to both industry and government clients, including: policy development, performance review, program evaluation, strategic planning, research prioritisation, economic modelling and analysis, stakeholder consultation, program development and service delivery. His experience includes managing the delivery of the Stage 1 Bioregional Assessment for the Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority.

Service Line Leader, Food Processing – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T:
+61 2 9239 7288
E: Seamus Hoban

Jason Haelzle

Jason Haelzle

Jason’s professional practice encompasses all aspects of regulatory compliance, environmental investigation/remediation and engineering for facilities primarily in the agricultural and agri- food sectors. Jason’s areas of expertise include green field developments, storm water, groundwater and wastewater permitting and compliance; engineering and consulting for facility expansion, demolition and remediation activities. Jason has also implemented numerous monitoring and remediation programs, site operations, building assessments, decommissioning and demolition, groundwater, soil gas, and storm sewer monitoring and regulatory compliance programs for large scale industrial facilities.

Service Line Leader, Food Processing – North America
T:
+1 519 8840510
E: Jason Haelzle

New Zealand

Robert Sinclair

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With more than 30 years’ experience in the food industry, Robert leads our New Zealand operations as well as our Food & Agribusiness group. Robert has delivered realistic and successful outcomes for his clients including the detailed design of a baby formula canning plant in Canterbury and an abattoir in Niger. To talk about how we can help you add value to your business and operations, touch base with Robert.

Area Manager – Central North Island, National Business Leader – Food & Agribusiness
T:
+64 2 7444 6706
E: Robert Sinclair

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