Pavement Engineering

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Our clients tell us they are seeking customer focus and capability across a full range of services. We provide a diverse portfolio for pavement engineering including whole of life analysis options to optimise pavement life and minimise maintenance costs.

Your single most valuable asset is arguably the pavement system within your network. We understand that pavements are subjected to static and dynamic loads as well as exposure to the elements; only sound engineering judgment, informed by experienced and qualified staff, can provide cost concious and appropriate solutions to your pavement challenges.

We demonstrate an innovative, sustainable approach through our relationships with research centres of excellence at Delft (Holland) Wisconsin (USA) Stellenbosch (South Africa) Transit New Zealand UWA (Western Australia) and ARRB (Australia).

Our teams undertake investigation, analysis, design and documentation services for the construction, rehabilitation and strengthening of pavements. Our services cover pavements for local roads, major freeways, highways, airport runways, mine access, heavy industrial and haul roads.


  • Specifications
  • Rehabilitation designs
  • Economic analyses
  • Pavement management systems
  • Forensic investigations
  • Material investigations and utilisation
  • Construction support

For further information, contact:

Russell Clayton
Service Line Leader, Pavement Engineering – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T: +61 8 6222 8769
E: Russell Clayton

John Westland
Service Line Leader, Pavement Engineering – North America
T: +1 905 814 4358
E: John Westland 

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The project incorporated additional lanes, upgrading of existing and design of new bridges and civil structures together with other measures, including development of a new freeway management system to increase capacity of the existing road corridor, reduce travel times and improve safety across the network.

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Cocos (Keeling) Islands Aircraft Pavement Refurbishment


The Australian Department of Finance and Deregulation appointed GHD in 2011 to undertake the feasibility, design and construction phase services of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands (CKI) Aircraft Pavement Refurbishment Project on behalf of the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport.

The airport plays a significant role in the life of the local community. All goods and services delivered to CKI are by either ship or aircraft. These delivery services are dependent on facilities, the weather and limited local resources. During the wet season when the unloading of ships is not possible, the delivery of essential food, supplies and services is dependent on airfreight. The CKI Aircraft Pavement Refurbishment works aimed at extending the life of the aircraft pavement.

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Gateway WA Western Australia Road Project Pavement Design


The Gateway WA project is an AUD1 billion road infrastructure project that was developed to improve the movement of traffic around in the vicinity of the airport. It is a vital link to move freight around the city.

The Leach Tonkin Interchange, one of four new interchanges constructed as part of the project, is located at the approach to the airport runway and designed to meet height restrictions to enable aircraft to land and take off safely.

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The Gateway WA project is an AUD1 billion road infrastructure project that was developed to improve the uninterrupted movement of traffic in the vicinity of the airport. It is a vital link to move freight around the city.

The client brief called for a sustainable, aesthetically pleasing innovative design. The geometric design was severely constrained by height limitation due to aviation operations, high groundwater levels, sensitive wet lands and a restricted site. The project achieved an Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) IS Rating of Excellent.

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nnovative Taxilane Pavement Rehabilitation


GHD was appointed to investigate pavement distress on a Taxilane and provide an innovative pavement design solution that would address the weak subgrade, reduce the disruption to a minimum and provide ease of construction.

The high ground water level and very weak subgrade would be challenging to address within the period. Standard pavement design options were considered but subsequently rejected by the client.

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Perth Gateway WA – Design groundwater level determination


Main Roads Western Australia engaged GHD to advise on the Perth Gateway WA – Design Groundwater Level determination.

The Gateway WA Project included a major upgrade of road infrastructure in the area around Perth Airport. Due to a relatively shallow depth to groundwater within the project area, development of a project-wide design groundwater level was key in allowing the design and specification of pavement structures and several large bath structures that required dewatering.

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Prebbleton Scheme Assessment


GHD has completed a review of five intersections adjacent to the Prebbleton, a township in the Selwyn District in the Canterbury Region of New Zealand, located 11 km southwest of the centre of Christchurch.

The objective of this project was to propose suitable upgrades to improve safety, reduce severance through the township, and provide more efficient linkages to the motorway interchange currently under construction.

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Russell Clayton

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Russell has over 21 years' professional experience in geotechnical and civil engineering and has three alliance projects to his credit. He has significant experience in concept and detailed design through to the delivery and on-site superintendence of projects. As a geotechnical and pavements engineer he has project-managed and designed new rural and urban roads, rehabilitation, repair and reseal projects, as well as airport runway construction. His experience includes the investigation and design of new and existing embankments on soft soils, cutting design and investigation of both soft and hard ground as the responsible engineer and superintendent.

Service Line Leader, Pavement Engineering – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T: +61 8 6222 8222
E: Russell Clayton