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50 Years of ICD

ICD Asia Pacific celebrates 50 years of excellence in engineering.

In 2020, ICD Asia Pacific is celebrating its 50th anniversary. ICD is regarded as one of Australia’s leading engineering consultancies, specialising in brownfields engineering services to the oil & gas, resource and infrastructure industries.

“ICD is a valued contributor to Australian industry” said Trevor Walker, General Manager of ICD Asia Pacific. “Over the past 50 years, ICD’s culture of precision and quality has developed strongly and we see the results of this culture in the relationships built with our clients.”

Started by Andy Liddle and Ray Laughton in Western Sydney in 1970, ICD was established as a small team of engineers and designers to supply personnel and services to local companies including Babcock’s and the Shell Clyde refinery and terminal.

By the early 90’s, ICD had grown into a mid-sized engineering consulting business servicing the Hydrocarbon and Power industries. In 1995, management of the company was passed from founder Andy Liddle to his son Geoff Liddle, who went on to serve as CEO for over 20 years before stepping down in 2018.

Recognising the value the team offered, Shell Engineering Australasia bought ICD in 1999, with view to expand into the Asia Pacific region, as well as continuing to supply engineering services to its regular customer base.

ICD became part of Broadspectrum (then Transfield Services) in 2009, with the two companies having previously partnered on several design and construction projects during the 90’s and 2000’s. ICD has since grown to be an integral part of the service offering of Broadspectrum across various industries.

Geoff Liddle acknowledged the history of ICD: “It’s been an honour and a privilege to see ICD grow and change through the years. While no longer a family owned business in 2020, I’d like to think that the company has kept the same level of customer focus and flexibility to this day.”

ICD has participated in a number of major projects around Australia, including engineering and project management of key upgrade projects within Shell’s Clyde and Geelong refineries, key involvement in the Caltex Horizons project at Newport and the engineering of Orica’s Ammonium Nitrate Emulsion Plant in the Hunter Region of NSW.

Through the years, ICD has faced a number of challenges in line with the local oil & gas industry including price shocks, regulatory changes and the shutdown of refineries in recent years including Shell’s Clyde refinery in 2012 and Caltex’s Kurnell refinery in 2014.

In 2020, ICD is still servicing the Australian oil & gas and power industries, while in recent years the company has successfully diversified with engineering projects within the water, defence, materials handling and food & beverage industries. Partnerships with universities and research groups including the University of Newcastle and the University of Sydney have furthered ICD’s reputation as a leader in innovation.

ICD anticipate further growth in these areas, making use of the latest technology to add value on behalf of clients, including Virtual Reality, 3D laser scanning and knowledge management platforms.

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Survey assistance after bushfires

Surveying reference marks are easily lost in the aftermath of fires as property owners unknowingly remove them when clearing land around damaged fences. By getting in soon after fires are put out, surveyors can preserve the marks and save property owners time and money in the case of boundary disputes or sale of the land.

ICD surveyor Peter Howie has been volunteering his time and skill set to assist bushfire recovery in the Blue Mountains region of NSW over recent weekends, finding and re-establishing these survey marks to assist local residents.

Surveying reference marks are placed sub-surface at the time of subdivision and are essential in when re-establishing property boundaries. “These marks are part of the local history” said Peter. “It’s great to be able to do my little bit in helping these communities recover from these fires and preserve this history which sometimes goes back nearly 100 years.”

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