ENGINEERING consultancy firm Douglas Partners has opened its newest office in Gladstone, bringing its total number of Queensland offices to six.
This highlights the firm's presence and growth in the State, with the majority of its 15 offices now based in the QLD.
The company said it is a reflection of QLD's decentralised nature and the growing needs of the state's resource and development industries, which regional director Alan Lee said the company responds to with its local knowledge.
"We're familiar with local conditions after having worked here for many years from Brisbane and Townsville, and our new Gladstone office will make our work much easier by coordinating these services locally," he said.
The geotechnical investigation for port expansion at Wiggins Island, which required months of drilling and soil testing on land and over water, has been the company's largest project in the Gladstone district.
"We're now interested in making contact with local industries and clients to build our consulting business, and will be doing this over the next few months."
Mr Lee said Douglas Partners' new office is in the centre of Gladstone, at 100 Goondoon St and enables the company to improve its delivery of services to the local industry.
This is particularly useful with services such as acid sulfate soil monitoring and piling inspections during construction, which require a presence onsite within short notice.
"We've actually had to turn away some local work because we were not able provide the required quick service. That shouldn't happen now," Mr Lee said.
Groundwater consulting services are also provided by Douglas Partners and the new office will be handy to service the mining and coal seam gas industry in the area.
"We're building our base in central Queensland, and aim to be the geotechnical, environmental and groundwater consultants of choice," Mr Lee said.
Environmental scientist Kent Hutchinson has been appointed to the Gladstone office and Mr Lee said he brings a wealth of local knowledge and experience following three years of professional work in the district.
"Kent has visited most of the main industries in the region during his previous employment, and knows many of the companies and their sites intimately," Mr Lee said.
Other geotechnical engineers are currently being considered for appointment. The company has opportunities for at least five new engineers and scientists this year, to add to their 350 engineering and support staff Australia-wide.