Materials Technology

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GHD’s Materials Technology team provides cost-effective, independent professional advice to a diverse client base. We deliver:

  • Design and specification of materials appropriate for their intended service life, environment and loads
  • Engineering management to achieve the design life of structures/plant and their construction materials
  • Engineering of remedial measures for deteriorated structures appropriate to their operating requirements and intended future service life

Access to materials testing and research enables our professionals to develop cost-effective and timely solutions for materials-related issues.

We are committed to assisting clients in achieving lowest life cycle cost asset life, minimising operations downtime and promoting long-term efficiency for ongoing processes.


Our network of materials technology consultants provides solutions for clients in:

  • Diagnosis investigation
  • Remedial engineering
  • Durability assurance
  • Corrosion engineering
  • Construction materials technology
  • Materials testing and research

We advise owners, designers andcontractors to achieve durable structures.

Partner with us and benefit from a unique combination of state-of-the-art knowledge and practical engineering skills.

For further information, contact:

Chris Weale
Service Line Leader, Materials Technology – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T: +61 3 8687 8125
E: Chris Weale 

Francois Cote
Service Line Leader, Materials Technology – North America
T: +1 514 339 0144
E: Francois Cote

South Road Superway


The Urban Superway Joint Venture invited GHD to join them as the designer for the construction of the South Road Superway in South Australia.

A significant challenge of this project was the narrow corridor within which the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) of South Australia planned to deliver a new managed motorway standard elevated roadway with up to four lanes in each direction, over an existing arterial road with two lanes in each direction and almost no new land acquisition.

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Two Decades of Durability in Docklands


GHD has been providing durability design and assurance services for Melbourne Docklands public area promenades for more than two decades.

All Docklands developments must ensure uninterrupted public access to the river and dock areas and so all developers are required to provide wide promenades in front of the buildings. As ultimate owner of the promenades, City of Melbourne has required a formal durability planning process for all promenade structures to comply with its maritime structures design standard. The key requirement is for minimal maintenance for the first 25 years of service, and to then achieve a 50 year service life with planned maintenance.

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Upgrade of Bolivar WWTP Aeration Tank Diffused Air System


SA Water required refurbishment of the wastewater treatment plant aeration tank diffused air system at Bolivar, the largest WWTP in South Australia.

The company engaged GHD to advise on the upgrade, with the objectives of improved reliability of diffusers (current changeover is every two years); increased removal of nitrogen from effluent; and decreased power consumption of blowers.

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Chris Weale

Chris Weale

Chris is a civil engineer with 30 years’ experience in concrete durability research, reinforced concrete cathodic protection, structure condition assessments, remedial engineering and durability design in Australia and United Kingdom, covering a wide range of marine, industrial, commercial, residential, transport, energy, and water supply and wastewater structures. He has worked as project director for Four Mallee Bridges in Victoria and durability consultant for projects such as Blythe River Rail Bridge, Victoria Street Bridge, and Superway Adelaide in Australia, and Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE.

Service Line Leader, Materials Technology – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T: +61 3 8687 8125
E: Chris Weale

GHD Thought Leadership

Below is a selection of technical papers and presentations by members of GHD’s Materials Technology group.

2015 papers

GHD Library

The GHD library is a collection of relevant resources to this service line.