Materials Technology

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GHD’s Materials Technology team provides cost-effective, independent professional advice to a diverse client base. We deliver:

  • Design and specification of materials appropriate for their intended service life, environment and loads
  • Engineering management to achieve the design life of structures/plant and their construction materials
  • Engineering of remedial measures for deteriorated structures appropriate to their operating requirements and intended future service life

Access to materials testing and research enables our professionals to develop cost-effective and timely solutions for materials-related issues.

We are committed to assisting clients in achieving lowest life cycle cost asset life, minimising operations downtime and promoting long-term efficiency for ongoing processes.


Our network of materials technology consultants provides solutions for clients in:

  • Diagnosis investigation
  • Remedial engineering
  • Durability assurance
  • Corrosion engineering
  • Construction materials technology
  • Materials testing and research

We advise owners, designers andcontractors to achieve durable structures.

Partner with us and benefit from a unique combination of state-of-the-art knowledge and practical engineering skills.

For further information, contact:

Chris Weale
Service Line Leader, Materials Technology – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T: +61 3 8687 8125
E: Chris Weale 

Francois Cote
Service Line Leader, Materials Technology – North America
T: +1 514 339 0144
E: Francois Cote

Eleanor Schonell - bridge durability


GHD provided durability assurance as part of design and construction support for the 100 year design life, with review to extend to 150 years. Opened on 17 December 2006, the Eleanor Schonell Bridge is Australia’s first bus, cycle and pedestrian-only bridge. It links Brisbane’s Southern suburbs and the St Lucia campus of the University of Queensland. GHD provided structural and civil design for the AUD55M project for Brisbane City Council.

The cable-stayed steel composite structure is only the third of its kind to be built in Australia and is an impressive 520 metres long, with a 185-metre main span. The harp configured support cables are suspended from two reinforced concrete towers rising 70 metres above the river. This landmark infrastructure project features a number of environmentally sustainable design elements, including bio-retention ponds to control the quality of water run-off, minimal use of refill from off-site sources and a bridge alignment that has saved a number of native trees.

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Chris Weale

Chris Weale

Chris is a civil engineer with 30 years’ experience in concrete durability research, reinforced concrete cathodic protection, structure condition assessments, remedial engineering and durability design in Australia and United Kingdom, covering a wide range of marine, industrial, commercial, residential, transport, energy, and water supply and wastewater structures. He has worked as project director for Four Mallee Bridges in Victoria and durability consultant for projects such as Blythe River Rail Bridge, Victoria Street Bridge, and Superway Adelaide in Australia, and Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE.

Service Line Leader, Materials Technology – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T: +61 3 8687 8125
E: Chris Weale

GHD Thought Leadership

Below is a selection of technical papers and presentations by members of GHD’s Materials Technology group.

2015 papers

GHD Library

The GHD library is a collection of relevant resources to this service line.