Safe, efficient and sustainable transport infrastructure is important for any country around the world. Funding and constructing transport infrastructure projects can be complex and risky. They are often built on challenging and sensitive environments and over unexpected geotechnical conditions.

Whether it’s rural or urban roads, freight or passenger rail, commercial ports and airports or small regional or private operations – we have worked on transport infrastructure projects around the globe. Providing practical, cost effective and timely solutions to our clients.

Our expert teams of project managers, environmental consultants, geotechnical and geophysical engineers and technicians can take a transport development project from feasibility to operation. 


  • Feasibility stage

    Identifying geotechnical, environmental and contamination risks early in a project is critical to success.  Building mitigation strategies into your approval, design and construction processes will unlock cost savings, prevent unnecessary delays and reduce a project’s risk profile.

    Understand stakeholder requirements – our project management experts will scope and structure your project to unite your stakeholders around common project parameters and meet their needs. The brief they develop will streamline planning and design and fast-track approvals.

    Identify geological features – our geotechnical and geophysical specialists will prepare a geotechnical route options or site study so you know what’s going on beneath the surface – on, near or off shore. Preventing unexpected geological features from causing construction delays or cost blow outs, which are often underestimated during project preparation. 

    Assess social and environmental issues – our experienced team of specialists will help you understand the potential social and environmental impacts of construction and operation. Their high level advice at this early stage will help guide the project to avoid potentially damaging delays.

    Find contaminant issues – our contamination specialists will assess risk and develop appropriate management strategies. Their expert advice, early in the feasibility stage, will ensure a safe and efficient construction process. 

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  • Planning and approvals

    To support your planning process, our expert team will use risk management techniques to identify and tackle problems before they arise.

    Field assessment – using advanced field assessment techniques to make physical, chemical, ecological and social assessments we can help understand the critical risks early enough to address them in your application.

    Environmental Impact Statement documentation – our environmental specialists will draw on their relationships with regulators and extensive knowledge of legislative requirements to prepare the initial advice statements, project-specific terms of reference, EPBC Act referrals and your Environmental Impact Statement.

    Route and site selection – GIS analysis provides an understanding of a project’s environmental and geological constraints. Our experts will help select a sound route and site for project facilities – making sure you don’t have to change course down the track.

    Geotechnical design – our geotechnical experts will conduct investigations and risk assessments on the proposed route or site. They’ll advise you on any issues and develop smart, in-ground solutions to mitigate them. To minimise uncertainty for an alignment or project site, we’ll develop a concept geotechnical design. This process combines geophysical services with conventional geotechnical methods to ensure accuracy and certainty.

    Development application and other authority requirements - our project management team will track progress, coordinate and implement all the actions required to gain the approvals for your project as quickly as possible.

    Oil spills – our team will assess a port development’s full range of credible oil spill risks and the risks of various response options. We’ll help put tested response measures in place to give confidence that the port is prepared to both prevent oil spills and respond effectively.

    Dredging and reclamation – our environmental and geotechnical engineers will assess borrow and reclamation areas using a combination of intrusive borehole drilling and non-invasive geophysical techniques. We’ll identify every opportunity to build a safe, cost effective and environmentally sound reclaimed site, including assessing the likely effects of dredging and soil disposal on water quality and recommending mitigation strategies.

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  • Design

    Good design must promote safety, mitigate environmental impacts, consider legislative and technical issues, manage the cost of construction and maintenance, and deliver productivity and social benefits.

    Risk analysis register – we’ll create a register early in the design stage, in consultation with you, your stakeholders and designers. A list of all risks associated with a project will be provided together with suggested mitigation strategies to build into its design.

    Cost control – every design decision has cost implications for your project. Our project managers work with designers to understand the cost and value of different decisions. They’ll also oversee cost control and use value management strategies to help keep the design within construction budget.

    Geology and geomechanics – whatever is below ground, from soft soil to hard rock it all presents different challenges.  Our experts will study the geology and geomorphology and undertake targeted geotechnical and geophysical investigations so you can have confidence in the distribution of soil and rock strata and their properties. We’ll interpret the results, propose appropriate solutions and suggest any necessary mitigation strategies to ensure the safety and integrity of structures. 

    Foundation design – designing strong, efficient in-ground structures requires collaboration between your structural and geotechnical design teams. Our geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineers will work with your designers to ensure every structure is designed to optimise the geological conditions. Our specialist soil and rock technicians will test and assess ground conditions using our national network of laboratories – ensuring we understand the parameters your project is dealing with, so they can be built into appropriate designs.

    At the interface between the sea and land, nearshore foundations need to withstand extreme pressure from the elements. Our geotechnical experts have extensive experience designing high-performance foundation piling, ground anchors, caisson walls, embankments, seawalls and stockpiles.  We’ll use advanced soil structure analysis to optimise solutions and provide economical designs. Where necessary, we will propose feasible ground improvement methods as an alternative to or in conjunction with simple foundations.

    Pavements – a large component of any road, port or airport investment and operational costs is taken up by pavement. Our pavement designers consider the whole life of this vital component. Our solutions include advice on the right thickness, strength and stiffness, drainage and durability – minimising long-term lifecycle costs associated with operation, upkeep and replacement. Ports and airports often require pavements to be designed to withstand sustained and heavy use. We bring geotechnical engineering and geophysical imaging skills, combined with a detailed knowledge of material behaviour, pavement design and practical construction experience. Resulting in pavements with the necessary extreme performance capabilities where needed.

    Dredging and reclamation design – Most ports are located near low lying areas and reclamation is an important and necessary aspect of port development.  We can support the in-house management of these complex and costly programs – meaning better and more cost effective outcomes.  We’ll advise on material suitability and handling, and develop a progressive reclamation plan.  By designing ground improvement programs for reclamation we can negate the need to import costly materials or perform unnecessary spoil dumping.

    Environmental design implications – Our environmental experts will help you build sound environmental management into each design. We’ll also develop an Environmental Management System to support the construction phase and build environmental protection into day-to-day practices once the project is operational.

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  • Construction

    Our team of project managers, environmental specialists, materials technicians and geotechnical engineers will supervise your construction from a risk perspective. Risks are understood, managed and issues are tackled on the spot – before they escalate.

    Cost and time blow outs – our project managers will continually review and manage construction quality, so the final product meets your and your stakeholders’ expectations. This involves managing progress against the Project Master Program, catching any slippages and putting strategies in place to quickly get back on track.

    Environmental threats – managed poorly, construction can have damaging impacts on local marine environment, waterways and wetlands, wildlife communities, groundwater and public amenity. We’ll design measures that avoid the most adverse impacts, and mitigate, manage, offset or compensate for any unavoidable impacts.

    Unsafe working conditions – our safety experts will give you practical recommendations for improving worker safety. Where needed, we’ll develop techniques to anticipate and control potentially hazardous situations during construction.

    Unfavorable or unexpected ground or seabed conditions – to avoid putting your budget, timing and constructability at risk our geotechnical engineers will monitor ground and seabed conditions throughout construction, with ongoing quality compliance and quality control testing – either on site or in our NATA accredited labs. If conditions hamper construction, our on-site specialists will work with you to modify designs.

    Pavement construction delays – to ensure an adequate supply of the right quality of earth, rock and materials, we’ll identify the best local pits, quarries and suppliers. Pavement construction will be supported by timely and appropriate supplies: natural gravels, crushed rock, recycled products, binders and stabilisers.

    Sediment disposal – to reduce the cost of sediment disposal, our team will advise on the potential to re-use dredged material for construction. We’ll also manage any necessary disposal, selecting environmentally sound spoil disposal sites. Including managing and monitoring the spoil grounds, developing management plans that consider the site’s environmental conditions and capacity.

    Instrumentation and monitoring –we’ll propose suitable instrumentation, geotechnical and environmental, and monitoring frequencies, taking into account the parameters to be measured and the performance criteria adopted. Alert levels for measurements will be incorporated during the design phase and our engineers will monitor and analyse results during construction.  We’ll provide advice where adverse behaviour is observed.

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  • Operation & Maintenance

    Slope risk assessment - embankments and cuttings along a road or rail alignment can be at risk of landslide.  Our experienced geologists can identify high risk sites and develop remediation or slope management plans.  Using remote monitoring we provide near real time displacement and pore water pressure data to manage the ongoing risks and ensure road user safety.

    Pavement serviceability and maintenance – significant load conditions and on-going ground movements degrade at the pavement and foundations. Our experts have extensive knowledge of pavement behaviour. They’ll assess any deterioration in pavements and foundations and help to rehabilitate the structures.

    Environmental monitoring and management – we’ll develop an EMS and environmental management plan that will integrate into your business-as-usual operations. The plan will set out how you will manage and monitor environmental and social performance to meet the conditions of project approval. We’ll help you develop policies, systems and processes to support the plan and implement it during operation, including training, communication, monitoring, reporting and internal audit.

    OHH&SE management - we can assist you to manage your OHH&SE compliance requirements – resulting in reduced liability costs, improved revenue generation and improvement in both the social and human environment.

    Maintenance dredging – dredging can threaten coastal ecosystems and species.  Our environmental engineers will monitor programs to avoid or mitigate against environmental impacts.  Where dredging materials are used for reclamation, our engineers can assist in the planning of reclamation and subsequent development.

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  • Feasibility

    Feasibility

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    • project scoping & structuring
    • brief development & needs analysis
    • feasibility studies
    • budget planning & cost control
    • environmental & social strategic advice
    • contamination remediation cost estimates
    • route selection

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    • alignment design
    • geotechnical & geophysical investigations
    • geomorphological surveys
    • geotechnical risk assessments
    • regional groundwater assessment
    • fill availability & cost estimates
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  • Planning & Approvals

    Planning & Approvals

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    • project management plan preparation
    • masterplanning & concept analysis
    • project brief development & needs analysis
    • risk analysis & management
    • procurement strategies
    • contract preparation, tendering & negotiations
    • community & authority stakeholder consultation

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    • environmental & social impact assessments
    • environmental due diligence
    • contaminated land assessment
    • hazardous materials inspection
    • construction environmental management plans
    • route optimisation
    • constraints analysis
    • laboratory testing for geotechnical investigation & design
    • concept geotechnical design
    • geophysical services
    • slope hazard assessments
    • geotechnical investigations & risk assessment
    • groundwater assessment
    • impact assessments for aquifer interference activities
    • geological modelling
    • construction materials sourcing & re-use
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  • Design

    Design

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    • consultant selection & management
    • design co-ordination
    • value management
    • authority compliance, approvals & co-ordination
    • acid sulfate & salinity management measures
    • groundwater management
    • environmental management system preparation

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    • detailed geotechnical investigations
    • ground improvement design
    • in-ground structures design
    • pavement design including heavy duty
    • tunnel support design
    • earthworks design & material re-use
    • groundwater infl ow assessment & control design
    • existing infrastructure impact assessments
    • instrumentation & monitoring design
    • state-of-the-art numerical analysis
    • settlement assessments
    • infrastructure protection measures design
    • rock mechanics
    • numerical modelling
    • monitoring & instrumentation
    • dredging & reclamation design
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  • Construction

    Construction

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    • tendering procedures & protocols
    • main contractor selection & appointment
    • contract admin (main contractor, suppliers, etc)
    • client representative
    • quality management
    • program review & time management
    • cost & budget management

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    • defects registers
    • close-out reporting
    • environmental & social post approvals support
    • occupational health & safety management
    • hazardous materials consulting
    • acid sulfate, salinity & contamination management
    • air, water, dust & noise monitoring
    • eMS compliance auditing
    • specialised soil & rock mechanics testing
    • construction monitoring
    • temporary works design
    • mapping of excavations
    • earthworks advice & material re-use
    • interpretation of pile load testing
    • interpretation of monitoring data
    • construction dewatering
    • water supply/disposal
    • vibration & ground movement monitoring
    • groundwater monitoring
    • dredging & reclamation monitoring
    • ground improvement monitoring & interpretation
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  • Management maintenance

    Management maintenance

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    • defect liability period management
    • building condition reporting
    • operations & maintenance & as-built documentation
    • environmental monitoring & reporting
    • contaminant incident mitigation
    • slope hazard risk assessments
    • asset condition surveys

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    • interpretation of monitoring data
    • pavement serviceability & maintenance
    • maintenance dredging & monitoring
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