Industrial Water & Waste Management

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GHD has been delivering sustainable solutions for industry in all facets of water and waste management for more than 80 years. We recognise that wastewater management is a cost, but contribution of environmental, social and economic aspects of the business will enable payback. Let us help you by providing practical and effective solutions to achieve this.

Our experienced team works with you to assess and manage water and waste in industrial applications. We understand the increasing need to improve process and waste management, and work with you to develop site specific solutions that are practical. We offer a consultancy that provides a full spectrum of services including operational troubleshooting and optimisation, design, analysis and reporting, augmentation specifications and project management of upgrades. With comprehensive in-house experience in chemistry, biology, hydraulics, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and control, materials handling, plant layout design and risk assessment, GHD has the skills to tailor solutions that will achieve the best outcome for you.


  • Water cycle management, including water use minimisation and recycling of effluent for industrial applications
  • Treatment technology design, incorporating physical / chemical, biological treatment, natural process, membranes, disinfection
  • Residuals management, including stabilisation and dewatering, hazardous wastes
  • Environmental, water quality management review and programme development
  • Waste to energy solutions
  • Research and development
  • Feasibility studies, incorporating investigations, modelling, mass balances
  • Plant design (civil, mech, elec) and specifications and tender evaluation
  • Operational troubleshooting, maintenance and commissioning
  • Project management and EPCM services

For further information, contact:

Mitchell Laginestra
Service Line Leader, Industrial Water & Waste Management – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T: +61 8 8111 6600
E: Mitchell Laginestra

Thor Young
Service Line Leader, Industrial Water & Waste Management – North America
T: +1 240 206 6846
E: Thor Young

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Mitchell Laginestra

As a principal process engineer, Mitchell Laginestra provides technical advice and management for projects dealing with the treatment of wastewaters (municipal sewage and industrial and agricultural wastewater) and odour control. He has over 25 years' experience in wastewater treatment and is GHD’s Service Line Leader, Industrial Water & Waste Management.

Service Line Leader, Industrial Water & Waste Management – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T: +61 8 8111 6600
E: Mitchell Laginestra

Thor Young

Thor Young

Thor has more than18 years' experience in the planning, design, and construction management of water and wastewater systems. He specialises in treatment facility design and plant operations, having managed projects from study through design and construction and ranging in size up to USD140 million in capital cost. Other capabilities include enhanced biological nitrogen and phosphorus removal, advanced wastewater treatment processes, headworks facilities, membrane bioreactors, and solids stabilisation and dewatering systems. Thor is a member of the International Water Federation and the Water Environment Federation and has presented papers on a wide variety of topics at local and international conferences.

Service Line Leader, Industrial Wastewater Treatment & Recycling – North America
T: +1 240 206 6810
E: Thor Young


Robbert van-Oorschot

Robbert van-Oorschot joined GHD in March 1989, following employment as a process systems engineer with the Kellogg Corporation in The Netherlands and after completing his PhD at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) on the subject of hydrogen sulphide generation in sewer slimes. He is GHD’s Service Line Leader for Wastewater Treatment & Recycling (includes biosolids management). He is a specialist in wastewater treatment, BNR, sludge handling and management, odour control and effluent reuse having managed and contributed to over 60 such projects. Robbert has written and contributed to more than 30 papers in these areas.

Technical Executive
T: +61 3 8687 8000
E: Robert van-Oorschot

North America

Rhodes (Rip) Copithorn

Rip has more than 37 years' experience in wastewater engineering. He has a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University and is a member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. His experience includes the application of suspended growth, fixed film and hybrid treatment processes for nutrient removal. He was one of the principal authors of a WERF study entitled "Investigation of Hybrid Systems for Enhanced Nutrient Control" (May 2000) and a contributing author to the Water Environment Federation (WEF) manual on the operation and maintenance of BNR facilities (MOP 30). He is currently working with the WEF on a new manual on Biofilm Reactors. Rip was instrumental in building the Stearns & Wheler business in the Chesapeake Bay area, and is a leader in the wastewater treatment field in the USA.

Wastewater Treatment Engineer – USA
T: +1 301 805 5629
E: Rhodes (Rip) Copithorn