Waterways & Coastal

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Our waterways and coastal capability is an integral part of our service. We were involved in the water industry when the company started in 1928 and the skills of our staff have continued to grow as the company has expanded and diversified.

Today, GHD has one of Australia’s largest groups of dedicated water management professionals. We provide leading technical support for the study and management of all forms of waterways, including rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal areas.

GHD’s Waterways & Coastal offering service line covers background and baseline studies, strategic and planning studies, and impact assessments. We can work with you on all stages of the feasibility and design process through to the supervision of construction projects with respect to waterways and developments affecting waterways.

We focus on the interactions between the natural, built and social environments. Our work stretches across the globe, meaning you can benefit from experience in the urban, industrial, mining, agricultural, rural and environmental sectors.


  • Background and baseline studies
  • Strategic and planning studies
  • Impact assessments
  • Feasibility and design
  • Stormwater and flood management
  • Wetlands and waterways design and management
  • Coastal and estuarine processes
  • Water quality and catchment management
  • Water resources, climate change and drought management advice
  • Construction supervision
  • Integrated surface and groundwater modelling
  • Modelling
  • Storm tide
  • EPCM services
  • Project management

For further information, contact:

Nick Deeks
Service Line Leader, Climate Change – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T: +61 8 6222 8956
E: Nick Deeks

Juraj Cunderlik
Service Line Leader, Waterways & Coastal – North America
T: +1 519 8840510
E: Juraj Cunderlik

East West Link


GHD has been working as part of the East West Link Planning Alliance alongside the NZ Transport Agency, Beca and Buddle Findlay since 2016 to deliver the suite of consents for the project with the aim of having the NZD1.25 to NZD1.85 billion project ‘tender ready’ by December 2017.

The East West Link is one of the New Zealand Government’s top priority transport projects in Auckland. It is also one of the top priority projects identified in the ‘Auckland Plan’ – the planning guide for the city. The project aims to:

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Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary Wetland Design


We have placed a key role in the reconstruction of the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary, one of the largest wetland rehabilitation projects of its kind ever undertaken in Western Australia.

The deteriorating manmade wetland was experiencing poor water quality in both the wetland and the adjacent Bayswater Brook. This in turn was impacting bird numbers, water quality of the Swan River and public amenities.

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Terminales Canal de Chacao


Ingeniería terminales de transbordo Canal de Chacao - Región de Los Lagos, Chile.

El Ministerio de Obras Públicas contrató los servicios de GHD para realizar estudios básicos e ingeniería de detalles de las obras portuarias, terrestres y marítimas para nuevos terminales de transbordo en el Canal de Chacao, que conectan al continente con la Isla de Chiloé en el sur de Chile. Entre las obras proyectadas se encuentra ampliar las rampas existentes en Punta Coronel y Chacao para permitir que operen en toda situación de marea y además plantear la construcción de una rampa adicional en Punta Coronel, que permita manejar los servicios en períodos de alta demanda. También se incluyó proyectar terminales en los dos sectores, que cuenten con todo tipo de servicios para atender las necesidades de los pasajeros que esperan cruzar el canal.

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Terminal Pto.Williams


Diseño para el mejoramiento del terminal para transbordadores en Puerto Williams, Región de Magallanes y Antártica Chilena.

GHD fue contratado por el Ministerio de Obras Públicas de Chile para llevar a cabo los estudios y el diseño para dotar a la localidad de Puerto Williams de la infraestructura portuaria necesaria que permita mejorar la conectividad regular y el servicio de transporte marítimo público. El objetivo del estudio es desarrollar a nivel de ingeniería de detalles una solución con el fin de mejorar las condiciones de las maniobras de embarque y desembarque de personas, vehículos y carga en general en la localidad de Puerto Williams.

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Ross Fryar

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Ross has more than 20 years’ experience with the assessment of waterways and water quality associated with major engineering infrastructure. Working jointly between our water and environmental teams, Ross has helped GHD deliver some very significant environmental water impact assessments covering major port developments, desalination projects, wastewater treatment plants and urban development. Using an understanding of the complex interactions between ecosystems and water and by applying good science, our teams have been successful in helping many of our clients gain approval for their infrastructure with minimum impact on the environment. Ross looks forward to working with our environmental teams and clients to realise more sustainable developments.

Service Group Manager – Surface Water
+61 7 3316 3619
E: Ross Fryar

New Zealand

Tony Miller

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Tony has efficiently designed and managed projects for more than 35 years. He has worked on construction and consulting engineering projects for a range of work with both government and private sector clients in New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Australia, UK and Canada. His areas of particular civil engineering experience include technical lead and peer review for rural and urban surface water, sewer and water supply and pumping stations. Tony has designed more than 50 water quality and attenuation dams, lead or been a team member with seven hydro schemes as well as river and coastal protection projects.

Tony has taken an active role in developing consenting strategy for projects, the preparation of AEE and technical reports, the presentation of evidence before council hearings, environment court, boards of inquiry and serving on EPA assessments. Tony is an experienced multidisciplinary civil engineer and has provided strategic advice on the management of flooding and flood effects, urban and transportation stormwater and stormwater quality works as well as peer review, mentor and constructability checks on a range of other projects.

Service Line Coordinator, Waterways & Coastal – New Zealand
+64 9 370 8371
E: Tony Miller