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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.

Services

  • 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:

Ross Fryar
Service Line Leader, Waterways & Coastal - Australia/New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe/Middle East
T: +61 7 3316 3619
E: Ross Fryar

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

Macquarie Marshes & Gwydir Wetlands

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GHD was engaged by the Central West (CW) and Border Rivers-Gwydir (BRG) catchment management authorities (CMAs) to study the distribution and management of Lippia in the Macquarie Marshes & Gwydir Wetlands.

Our work increased the CMAs' understanding of Lippia (Phyla Canescens) throughout the area, including the rate of spread, outbreak triggers and control measure successes.

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Enlarged Cotter Dam, Australia

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A prolonged drought during the late 1990s and early 2000s tested the security of the ACT water supply. In response to this a number of options to increase the reliability of the system during extreme droughts were considered.

GHD was engaged in 2004-2005 to undertake a study to investigate options for the augmentation of the ACT water supply. This initially included the consideration of three potential dam sites and associated pipelines, pumping stations and water treatment plants. The scope was subsequently widened to consider options involving the transfer of water from the Murrumbidgee River to the catchment of the existing Googong Dam. 

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Terminales Canal de Chacao

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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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Murray River wetland rehabilitation

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Known as the Wetland Rehabilitation Project – Reinstating Wetting and Drying Regimes, this is one of the first projects of its type in Australia. The Lower Murray-Darling Catchment Management Authority engaged GHD to investigate, design and implement rehabilitation works to restore flood flows and fish passage to approximately 700ha of wetlands.

The team investigated wetland ecosystems to identify environmental values, then used this information to propose works and complementary land management activities aimed at achieving specific rehabilitation objectives for each wetland. The process involved flora, fauna and aquatic assessments, grazing pressure and land management assessments, indigenous cultural heritage assessments, and hydrologic-hydraulic simulation of proposed water regime options.

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Regulating Murray River Flows (Australia)

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Improving the environmental health of the Murray River is a concern for all Australians. The Murray Darling Basin Authority regulates the river system. It offered to pay landholders affected by the release of water from storages.

GHD worked with the Murray Darling Basin Authority, the community and technical experts to identify the impact of released water on floodplain properties, to develop consistent assessment principles and to register the impact on title via easements.

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Salt River Ecosystem Restoration

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Working with a number of public agencies on one of the State of California’s biggest environmental projects, we provided design, permitting, and outreach services to restore more than seven miles of the Salt River and its floodplain and 290 acres of estuarine habitat.

The purpose of the Salt River Ecosystem Restoration Project is to restore historic processes and functions, necessary for re-establishing riparian floodplain corridor, wetlands and estuarine ecosystems as part of a land use, flood alleviation, and watershed management program, to the Salt River watershed. Levees constructed to protect the productive agricultural lands of the Salt River floodplain from the adjacent Eel River’s tidal and flood influences have altered regional drainage patterns, which, coupled with naturally high influent sediment loads, have resulted in accelerated aggradation and loss of stream and sediment transport function and habitat value across the Salt River floodplain. The ongoing aggradation and flooding of local infrastructure and agricultural land have led to loss of habitat for threatened and endangered species, reduced property values, and decline in agricultural productivity.

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Terminal Pto.Williams

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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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Water Allocation Planning – Mt Lofty Ranges

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GHD was engaged by the Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation in South Australia to develop water allocation plans for the Eastern and Western Mount Lofty Ranges Prescribed Water Resources.

The project involved providing advice on water allocations to existing users and water trading rules for consideration in the Water Allocation Plan. There were three main objectives of this project including:

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Water Plan for Wimmera Irrigation Upgrade Plan for Wimmera (Vic, Australia)

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GHD has been appointed by GWMWater to develop a modernisation plan for the Wimmera Irrigation Area in north-west Victoria.

The plan will consider the options available to increase the efficiency of the Wimmera’s irrigation system, taking into account issues such as climate change and the availability of water in the future.

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Waterproofing the South Stage 1

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GHD was engaged as the lead consultant for the detailed design of two wetlands, two detention basins, a 93 ML storage dam at Wilfred Taylor Reserve and approximately 18 km of non-potable water distribution network to harvest 850 ML per annum of stormwater runoff from the Christie Creek catchment.

The scope of the project includes:

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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.

Hydrology & Hydrodynamics Service Line Cluster leader
Tel:
+61 7 3316 3619

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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.

 

Hydrology & Hydrodynamics Service Line Coordinator – New Zealand - Australia/New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe/Middle East
T:
+64 9 370 8371

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