Maritime & Coastal Engineering

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A strategic approach to maritime and coastal infrastructure is key to amplifying the environmental, social and economic benefits to community.

We take the time to understand your needs and requirements, providing unique, innovative and robust solutions. Our team of industry leaders have a breadth of experience in coastal engineering, small craft facilities and ports. We can assist with the full spectrum of maritime and coastal infrastructure developments, upgrades or refurbishments.

Services

  • Masterplanning
  • Policy and strategic advice
  • Planning approvals and permits
  • Conceptual through to detailed design and documentation of maritime and coastal structures
  • Numerical and physical modelling of coastal processes
  • Offshore metocean studies
  • Dredging, reclamation and beach nourishment advice
  • Coastal management planning
  • Sea level rise risk assessment and adaptation
  • Logistics and financial modelling
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Environmental management
  • Due diligence and asset management
  • Condition assessment and rehabilitation
  • Procurement strategies and tender evaluation
  • Construction supervision and certification

Our integrated, global team offers a diverse range of maritime services across the project lifecycle. Our clients represent a range of stakeholders in industry: small to large enterprise, both private and public entities. We take a collaborative approach to delivering project success - engage GHD and you’ll see ‘best for project’ solutions from the get-go.

For further information, contact:

Craig Dengate
Service Line Leader, Maritime & Coastal Engineering – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T: +61292397442
E: Craig Dengate


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

Brannan Street Wharf

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GHD, as the lead design firm in a joint-venture, performed site investigations, conceptual engineering design of structural alternatives, design development and final design for the Brannan Street Wharf in San Francisco, California.

The wharf is a major new open space constructed over the water in the heart of the South Beach neighbourhood, replacing the wharf and pier structures built in 1908 and later closed due to unsafe conditions.

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Calwell Slipway Remediation

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Port Nelson Ltd, in partnership with the Ministry for the Environment, engaged GHD to investigate the nature and extent of historical contamination to one of the largest slipways in New Zealand – the Calwell Slipway at Port Nelson.

Environmental investigations identified historical inadequate containment of used antifouling paints and other products of vessel maintenance had contaminated marine muds with Tributyltin (Tbt) and Copper among other contaminants. The levels exceed allowable limits for disposal of the dredged muds to the consented marine spoil dump. Navigability through dredging is fundamental to the port’s continued operation and due to the contamination, conventional dredging and disposal of the spoil at sea was not possible.

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Capital Strategic Dredging

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NPC proposed the development of additional berth sites within the South Arm of the Hunter River, in the Port of Newcastle. The developments would assist NPC in meeting its objectives of diversifying trade and development options within the Port.

GHD was engaged by Newcastle Port Corporation to undertake an Environmental Assessment and associated engineering studies for the capital dredging of ten berth box sites and ancillary channel widening in the South Arm in Hunter River, Port of Newcastle.

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Coastal hazard adaptation strategy (CHAS) study

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GHD was commissioned to undertake this pilot project to demonstrate how Queensland’s coastal councils can better prepare coastal communities for the impacts of projected sea level rise, storm tide and beach erosion risks associated with long-term climate change. This comprehensive study incorporated hazard assessment, vulnerability mapping, quantitative impact analyses, scenario development, planning strategies, multi-criteria and benefit-cost analyses of a wide range of adaptation options between the present and the year 2100. Funding was provided by the Commonwealth Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency’s Coastal Adaptation Pathways Program. The Griffith University Centre for Coastal Management assisted GHD with some aspects of the project.

The results show that parts of the City of Townsville and surrounding coastal communities are under significant threat from coastal hazards over the 88 year study period (2012-2100) and that the optimum timing for some adaption measures will be within the next 30 years. This study represents the first step in identifying potential practical coastal adaptation strategies to respond to existing and future threats from coastal hazards in the region; these being categorized nominally as either Defend, Retreat or Accommodate.

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Gulf of Carpentaria Storm Tide Study

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The Queensland and Northern Territory Governments jointly commissioned GHD to investigate the risk of extreme water levels generated by tropical cyclones and other severe weather events within the remote Gulf of Carpentaria of Northern Australia, for both present and future projected climate conditions.

There has long been concern about the possible increase in some natural hazards as a result of projected climate change, with tropical cyclones (hurricanes or typhoons) being one of the more dangerous. While many over-simplified interpretations of such effects have been made, it is possible to undertake rational investigations of these potential effects. This study, for example, provides open coast storm tide probability estimates (up to 10,000 yr return periods or 0.01% AEP) for over 2,500 km of coastline bordering Queensland and the Northern Territory. Hydrodynamic tide, storm surge and spectral wave modelling was undertaken considering the effects of both tropical cyclones and non-cyclonic monsoonal influences. This was completed for the present climate and also the 2050 and 2100 projected future changed storm climates and with projected increases in mean sea levels over time. High resolution hydrodynamic modelling and mapping was also prepared for a number of vulnerable low-lying communities.

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EIS Ports of Hay

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The Ports Corporation of Queensland (PCQ) will be undertaking capital dredging at Port of Hay Point to increase water depth for ships departing the port.

An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been completed for the project in accordance with approved Terms of Reference (ToR) and the requirements of Commonwealth and state approval agencies. All development approvals have now been obtained for the project and dredging was approved to commence on 1 May 2006.

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Sea Level Rise Risk Assessment

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GHD was commissioned by Sutherland Shire Council to determine the potential impacts of a changing climate on coastal and catchment flooding as part of the development of Council’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan. The study enabled a more complete understanding of risks and quantified the possible extents to which projected sea-level rise, changes in storm event patterns and river flooding may impact on the Shire and its various assets over time.

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Swansea Bridge Cathodic Protection Work

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Swansea Bridge at Lake Macquarie in New South Wales is an opening bridge to allow vessels to pass underneath and was constructed in the mid 1980’s. Since then, harsh marine exposure conditions had resulted in corrosion and bridge deterioration. A solution was needed to increase the longevity of the bridge.

Working with the Roads and Traffic Authority NSW (RTA), GHD helped develop a long-term, environmentally-sustainable durability solution to be adopted  which would increase the bridge’s longevity plus minimise community disturbance and achieve best value for money outcomes.

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West Vancouver Freight Access - Schedule 1

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The Port of Vancouver manages a significant link in the rail corridor, providing critical connectivity for freight mobility throughout the Pacific Northwest. A chokepoint at the entrance of the port leads to track conflicts and causes severe congestion, hindering the port’s ability to maintain smooth operations and a competitive edge in the global marketplace.

GHD, (as a sub-consultant to DEA), was selected to complete Schedule 1, the catalyst in a series of important projects that will increase rail capacity and maximizes future port growth potential.

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Craig Dengate

Service Line Leader, Maritime & Coastal Engineering

Craig is a maritime and coastal engineer with solid experience in investigation, concept design, detailed design, tender documentation, environmental assessment and construction supervision. A member of Institution of Engineers Australia, he has worked on a number of high profile coastal and maritime projects, including Coffs Harbour Northern Breakwater Upgrade Feasibility Study, Ballina Northern Breakwater Repair and Restoration Strategy, Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypassing Project, Sydney Desalination Plant, and Camden Haven Northern Breakwater Repair and Restoration Strategy.

Service Line Leader, Maritime & Coastal Engineering – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T:
+61 2 9239 7442
E: Craig Dengate

Australia

John Nicholls - New South Wales

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John is the manager of the Maritime & Coastal Group in New South Wales.

He is a structural engineer with more than 20 years of civil, structural & marine experience for clients in the defence, oil & gas, nuclear, power and leisure sectors in the UK and Australia. John’s dominant area of activity has been in the design, analysis and assessment of offshore, coastal harbour, marine and oil & gas structures with experience of design management of related projects.

John has significant peer review and due diligence experience relating to the assessment of multi-disciplinary maritime and defence projects.  John also has experience in risk assessment and management techniques and applying these to asset integrity management studies.

Manager, Maritime & Coastal – New South Wales
T:
+61 2 9239 7371
E: John Nicholls

Scott Vivian - Queensland

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Scott is the Project Delivery Manager for the Queensland Maritime and Coastal team. 

A Maritime structural engineer, Scott has a broad experience base in the delivery of maritime projects both from a technical and management perspective. Delivering projects through the integration of design, constructability and environmental outcomes at every stage of the project are key tenets of Scott's approach. 

Scott has been involved in a wide range of projects including oil and gas and bulk material terminals, general purpose and small craft facilities, coastal defences, construction and MOF facilities, dredging projects, condition assessment and remediation of port infrastructure and marine temporary works.

Project Delivery Manager, Maritime & Coastal – Queensland
T:  +61 7 3316 3556
E: Scott Vivian

Richard Hill - Victoria

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Richard is a principal in the Victorian Maritime & Coastal Group and has close to 20 years' experience in port and maritime engineering.

Richard is a Board member of PIANC Australia and previous Chair to the UK Section of PIANC. Richard has also acted as a specialist business advisor to UK Trade & Investment (Ports team) in the UK in 2011.

Richard has extensive international experience of ports, terminals, maritime structures and small craft facilities, having managed and delivered a string of high profile projects. His skills and knowledge extends to container terminal planning, bulk material terminals, fishing ports, marina developments and waterfront developments.

Principal, Maritime & Coastal – Victoria
T: +61 3 8687 8160
E: Richard Hill

Fred Bicker - Western Australia

Fred Bicker

Fred is a civil engineer with 31 years’ experience in project, design, construction and contract management for projects in Canada, Qatar, Australia, Malaysia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Sudan, Egypt, Nigeria, Germany, South Africa and the Netherlands. He has considerable knowledge of the oil and gas sector having recently worked in Canada on a FEED study for a major LNG processing plant and marine export terminal. Earlier he worked on an assignment as Project Director for a FEED Study for the importation of LNG into Mossel Bay in South Africa for PetroSA.

Marine Infrastructure Manager – Western Australia
T:  +61 8 6222 8783
E: Fred Bicker

North America

Craig Lewis

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Craig has more than 18 years’ experience with the design and analysis of structural elements for infrastructure, coastal and utility systems. He has also performed static and dynamic analyses for various finite element structural programs and has extensive experience with seismic design. Craig is extremely familiar with various types of structural materials and construction methods, including reinforced concrete and steel.

Craig has direct experience with design details, both new construction and repair/retrofit and has worked with various design codes including AISC, ACI, UBC, CBC and API. He has provided repair and retrofit design details for various structural elements including concrete load-bearing piles, bent caps and slabs. He also manages several extensive site inspections and field surveys to determine the above and below water condition of marine structures.

Manager, Maritime & Coastal – USA
T:
+1 415 296 3605
E: Craig Lewis