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Economic growth, ageing infrastructure, rising congestion and underfunding are putting pressure on existing land transport networks. These challenges are compelling road-controlling agencies, governments, councils and municipalities to reconsider strategy and adopt a whole-of-life approach.

For more than 50 years, we have delivered innovative road systems including rehabilitation, expansion and development of new highways, complex interchanges, toll roads, bridges and tunnels. Our planners and engineers provide integrated services to plan, design, construct, maintain and manage all aspects of the road corridor life cycle.

From planning and procurement through to feasibility and investigation, and design, construction, delivery and maintenance, our clients enjoy bespoke solutions for roads that incorporate masterplanning, funding and economic analysis, transport planning, asset management, environmental management, risk management and more.

Our services include:

  • Planning - Masterplanning, transport, traffic and strategic route planning, bicycle and pedestrian planning studies, road safety audits, parking and corridor studies, and procurement strategies
  • Feasibility - Economics, concept design, financing, environmental appraisals, funding options and AusLink grant assistance
  • Investigation - Geotechnical, risk and option analysis, surveys, estimates, geological assessments, foundations, contract documentation and tender evaluation
  • Design and engineering - Geometric design, structural advice, bridges, tunnels, tollways, signals, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and pavements
  • Construction - Project, risk and tender management, procurement, D&C, owner’s agent and alliances
  • Maintenance - Network, asset and life cycle management, systems/process pavement management and deteriorating modelling

For further information, contact:

Russell Clayton
Service Line Leader, Road Systems - Australia/New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe/Middle East
T: +61 8 6222 8769
E: Russell Clayton

Paul Murphy
Service Line Leader, Road Systems - North America
T: +1 571 325 5048
E: Paul Murphy 

Australian National Ports Strategy

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Launched in January 2011, the Australian National Ports Strategy provides a coordinated planning approach to assist Australian governments in planning for port infrastructure and the associated road and rail linkages that connect these important gateways to all Australian cities and towns.

Through the provision of five themed background papers, several presentations and support at two stakeholder forums, one in Melbourne and the other in Adelaide, GHD assisted Infrastructure Australia and the National Transport Commission to develop a draft strategy.

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Bengalla Link and Wybong Roads

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GHD was engaged by Muswellbrook Shire Council to conduct a review of the plans for the Bengalla Link and Wybong Roads that are being constructed as part of the approval requirements for the Bengalla and Anvil Hill Mines.

 

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Bridge rehabilitation and road improvements

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GHD’s inspection of the 18 m span Wentworth Street Bridge in Oshawa, Canada for the Region of Durham revealed a number of serious safety concerns.

These included substandard narrow traffic lanes and sidewalk, non-existent clearance between the edge of the exterior lane and sidewalk, deterioration in the condition of the bridge and a barrier system that didn’t comply with the relevant regulations.

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Burwood Highway Pedestrian Bridge

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GHD was engaged by Southern and Eastern Integrated Transport Authority to develop a concept and detailed design of the Burwood Highway Pedestrian Bridge as part of EastLink.

GHD developed concept designs that were economical and retained consistency with other pedestrian bridges on the EastLink project. The selected design provided an aesthetic and functional bridge that would not inhibit future development.

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Call Centre Site Development

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GHD provided civil engineering services for the renovation of an existing warehouse in Auburn, Washington. The warehouse was renovated so the Social Security Administration could provide a call centre to account for the upcoming increase of retirees in the national workforce.

Civil engineering services included grading, paving, storm drainage and utility design for the site.

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Charlestown Bypass

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GHD Newcastle undertook the concept and detailed design and documentation for the Charlestown Bypass near Newcastle, as well as providing environmental, geotechnical investigation and traffic assessment services.

Representing a major road infrastructure improvement for Newcastle, the project involved designing a 6 km section of highway as part of the city’s inner city bypass. GHD designed a four-lane divided carriageway with three grade-separated intersections, six road bridges and a pedestrian bridge.

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Christchurch Priority Lanes, GHD

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GHD have been commissioned to design and construct bus priority lanes in the Christchurch CBD in order to alleviate the escalating congestion problem.      

GHD is in the initial design stage for the first of three bus priority lanes, along the Columbo Street corridor. The project involves the widening of this main arterial allowing for dedicated and on-peak-only bus lanes for travel into and away from the CBD. The lanes will extend for approximately 3.5 kilometres. Other design features include bus stop relocation, B-signals, PTIPS, cycle lanes and changes to roadside parking allowances.

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Church Street Bridge

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GHD was engaged by VicRoads to assist with the development and implementation of rehabilitation work for a Melbourne icon, the Church Street Bridge.

The Church Street Bridge spans City Link and the Yarra River in Melbourne. It was built in the 1920s and consists of three spans and reinforced concrete pinned arches supporting a reinforced concrete deck. The external surfaces are rendered.

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Department of Transport and Regional Services

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As part of the AusLink program, GHD is working with DOTARS to undertake three transport studies - the Adelaide to Darwin, Melbourne to Brisbane and Sydney to Brisbane corridor studies. These studies involve a description of the existing transport infrastructure, current freight and passenger volumes for all transport modes, demand analysis to forecast volumes to 2030 and an infrastructure efficiency analysis. GHD is also developing strategies and investment priorities for DOTARS so that existing infrastructure is upgraded to meet forecast volumes.

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Expanding Mackay’s Industrial Area

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The Bowen Basin mining boom in central Queensland is generating high demand for new industrial premises for mining services and supporting industries. This growth is boosting the expansion of the Paget Industrial hub, to the south of the Mackay city centre.

GHD has been engaged by the Mackay Regional Council to provide the civil infrastructure design for a new 70ha, 100-lot fully serviced development in Paget, on the site of a former sugar cane and turf farm.

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Gahans Road – Bargara Road Intersection Project

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The upgrade of the intersection of Gahans Road and Bargara Road in Bundaberg, Queensland presented a challenge to overcome merging traffic issues. The design needed to incorporate the upgrade of a nearby street intersection and a cane train crossing.

Working for the Department of Main Roads on the intersection upgrade, GHD took into account traffic merging from a number of side streets into a major arterial road. The design allowed for an additional ‘fourth leg’ for traffic from the proposed Bundaberg Ring Road and the existing cane railway crossing.

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Highbrook Business Park

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Highbrook Business Park in New Zealand is nearing completion after a twelve-year involvement by GHD.

GHD was part of a team of international designers who developed the concept for the 190ha Highbrook Business Park, adjacent to Auckland’s Southern Motorway. Highbrook Business Park has attracted tenants from a wide range of businesses and will eventually accommodate up to 12,000 employees in 550,000sq m of industrial and commercial floor space.

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KeriKeri Heritage Bypass

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GHD has provided an innovative roading solution which seeks to protect irreplaceable national heritage sites the Kerikeri Mission House and Stone Store from flooding and traffic vibration damage.

The design saw not only the removal of the old river crossing in favour of a new pedestrian bridge but also construction of a 1.6 kilometre vehicle bypass over an alternate stretch of the Kerikeri waterway. 

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Michael Herbert Bridge

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GHD worked collaboratively with the client, City of Holdfast Bay, on the development of the Michael Herbert Bridge (formerly King Street Bridge) which opened with a well-attended community opening ceremony.

GHD was intricately involved in all aspects of the project including architectural, structural, civil and traffic, geotechnical investigation, environmental risk assessments, urban design, procurement services, superintendent services and construction phase services.

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Mountainview High School

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RoseWater GHD provided plans and design of drainage, grading, paving, utilities, and temporary erosion and sediment control (TESC); and construction observation and support for a new
193,000 square feet high school in Auburn, Washington.

The development on the 40-acre site consists of buildings, paved pedestrian areas, parking lots (providing a total of 650 spaces), a bus drop-off area, four ball fields, a soccer/football track and field, and seven tennis courts.

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Nanjing ITS Strategy, CHINA

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The GHD Beijing team delivered the city-wide ITS strategy for Nanjing in China.

The project required analysis of national and international experience and relevant case studies.

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Network Management Operations Contract

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GHD has a long-term contract to manage the entire traffic network for Auckland’s arterial and motorway networks.

This includes traffic signal optimisation, incident management, special events management and optimising traffic flows.

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Pacific Highway Upgrade

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GHD assisted the New South Wales Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) to improve road safety and reduce travel times on the Pacific Highway in Northern New South Wales. 

GHD's role involved the Woolgoolga to Wells Crossing and Oxley Highway to Kempsey projects. The scope of work included route option investigation, route selection concept design and extensive community consultation. An environmental impact study also looked at route selection to minimise impacts on sensitive environmental areas including endangered ecological communities, protected wetlands, national parks and nature reserves.

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Perth to Bunbury Highway

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The Southern Gateway Alliance (SGA), comprising GHD, Leighton Contractors and WA Limestone in partnership with Main Roads Western Australia, was awarded the contract to build the AUD511 million new Perth to Bunbury Highway in 2006.

The Perth to Bunbury Highway project will increase the efficiency of the north-south road network and improve regional transport through a high standard road link between Perth and the south west.

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Réfection d’un pont et améliorations routières

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L’inspection par GHD du pont Wentworth Street Bridge, d’une longueur de 18 m, pour le compte de la région de Durham à Oshawa (Canada) a révélé un certain nombre de problèmes de sécurité importants.

Ces derniers comprenaient des voies de circulation étroites et troittoirs ne respectant pas les normes, l’absence de dégagement entre la bordure de la voie extérieure et le trottoir, la détérioration de l’état du pont, ainsi que des éléments de sécurité (trottoirs et glissières) non conformes à la réglementation en vigueur.

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Road resurfacing improves accessibility

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Resurfacing of a 3300 m stretch of Danforth Road for the City of Toronto in Canada posed some specific challenges for GHD.

As part of our engagement to provide the design and tender preparation for the road, we addressed the need for sidewalk grades to conform to the city’s Accessibility Guidelines, and the location of catch basins in the travelled portions of the lanes.

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Route Optimisation for EECA

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GHD was commissioned to evaluate the benefits of route optimisation for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

GHD delivered a number of route optimisation reports detailing before and after evaluations using in-car groups to determine fuel, travel time and CO2 reductions of route optimisation.

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Sorell Causeway

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GHD provided the client with an innovative bridge design that improved the project durability and constructibility.

Upon completion, the 460m long replacement of the Sorell Causeway across Pitt Water, east of Hobart, was the only match-cast, precast segmental ‘channel’ road bridge built outside of Europe or the United States. It was built just to the south of the original bridge which was demolished after the completion of the new bridge. GHD proposed the channel concept during the tender stage as an alternative design. Detailed design was completed once the contract was awarded. The unique cross section of the bridge was very efficient and provided many advantages compared to other conventional designs. The design made extensive use of precast technology to achieve the owner’s durability requirements, improve the constructibility of the bridge, enable swift construction and reduce the amount of works over water.

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Sound Transit D755 Link Light Rail

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RoseWater GHD prepared utility, drainage and temporary erosion/sediment control designs for the five-mile long D755 segment of Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail project in Tukwila, Washington.

Services were provided for the construction bid documents and included drawings, specifications, Drainage Design Report, Utility Design Report, and quantity estimate. The project included aerial and at-grade sections of guideway, street improvements and parking lot redevelopment for a new station.

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Sunshine Motorway Upgrade Sippy Downs

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In 2006, the Queensland Department of Main Roads appointed GHD as Project Manager of the $66 million upgrade of the Sunshine Motorway at Sippy Downs on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

The upgrade provided a vital piece of infrastructure for a thriving residential, business and academic community.

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Surfers Paradise Traffic Management Scheme

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GHD was commissioned by Gold Coast City Council (GCCC) toprovide detailed design and documentation, construction stage design support, project management and construction superintendency services for the SPTMS. Project.

Construction was completed over three separate stages between June 2002 and August 2006.

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Taylors Road Rail Underpass

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GHD was engaged by Abigroup Contractors to deliver the design and documentation of the civil works, bridge works, rail bridge works and associated structures with the Taylors Road Rail Underpass.

The aim of this project was to provide improved road safety and reduced travel times for western suburbs residents.

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Waioru Interchange

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The Waiouru Interchange project represents a significant link in Auckland’s transport network. Manukau City Council and Transit New Zealand commissioned GHD as design consultant and then construction contract administrator on the project.

Key features of the project include two grade separated interchanges, the widening of more than two kilometres of motorway, the construction of local arterial roading as well as a large roundabout and a 200-metre long bridge. This challenging project required careful coordination to avoid interference with an adjacent power station cooling pond.

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Waikatipu Transport Study

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In a joint initiative, the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) and the Otago Regional Council (ORC) commissioned GHD to carry out a comprehensive study which would inform future transportation decisions in Queenstown.

The solutions researched and developed focused on Travel Demand Management (TDM) and maximising the public transport services in the district. Since the completion of the study, GHD has been assisting stakeholders in implementing the recommended strategy.

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John Ewers

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John has more than 29 years’ experience in the project management and design of structural, civil, marine and environmental engineering projects. John is a Chartered civil engineer and is based in GHD’s Adelaide office.

John’s background and experience gives him a sound understanding of the environmental issues and engineering considerations necessary in the development of infrastructure projects, and the ability to blend the needs and requirements of both fields. He has delivered a number of significant projects with GHD including the primary water supply system for BHP Billiton at Olympic Dam, project management of the concept design and cost estimates for the Osborne Maritime precinct, rehabilitation of the wharves at Birkenhead and the Adelaide rail freight study.

Principal Civil Engineer and Project Director – South Australia
T: +61 8 8111 6643

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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, Pavements Engineering and Road Systems - Australia/New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe/Middle East
T: +61 8 6222 8222

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Greg McGuire

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Greg is an engineering technologist with more than 25 years’ experience in design, documentation and contract administration for highway projects, urban road networks, access studies, car parking facilities and drainage works. He is based in GHD’s Hobart office.

Greg has experience in road transport planning and traffic engineering including impact assessments, safety audits and junction modelling. He has designed municipal infrastructure and external services for a number of major industrial and commercial building sites with a particular focus on sewerage, stormwater and water reticulation. Greg has delivered a number of key projects including the Brighton Bypass northern section design and the East Derwent Highway/Tasman Bridge upgrade, both for the Tasmanian Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources.

Project Director – Tasmania
T: +61 3 6210 0639

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Dave Proctor

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Dave is a civil engineer with more than 30 years' experience in the investigation, design and construction of transportation projects. Dave understands the client’s perspective through his experience as a project director and client liaison on large projects. Talk to Dave about how to drive transportation projects that unlock benefits for their end users.

National Market Leader, Transportation
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+64 7 834 7903

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Tom Brock

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Tom has more than 36 years’ experience as a civil engineer and surveyor delivering concept planning, investigation, design, project management and contract administration services for major roadworks and infrastructure. He is based in GHD’s Melbourne office.

Tom is experienced in managing all stages of project delivery including concept development, design and construction. He has delivered a number of key projects with GHD including Princes Highway East (Flynn to Rosedale) tender design for BMD Constructions, M80 Princes Freeway to Tilburn Road concept development for VicRoads and Peninsula Link pre-works (Lathams Road) for Linking Melbourne Authority.

Principal Civil Engineer – Victoria
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+61 3 8687 8290

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John Price

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John is a civil and traffic engineer with more than 10 years’ experience in roads and highways alignment, intersection design, car park design, pavement design, transport planning and traffic engineering. He is based in GHD’s Brisbane office.

John has significant project experience in concept planning, detailed design management, co-ordination and delivery of transportation and multi-disciplinary projects. He has delivered a number of key projects with GHD, both locally an internationally, including the Darra to Springfield transport corridor for the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, New York University for Al Futtaim Carillion in Abu Dhabi and the Go-Between-Bridge feasibility study for Brisbane City Council.

Senior Transport Engineer – Queensland
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+61 7 3316 3818

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