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50 Years of ICD

ICD Asia Pacific celebrates 50 years of excellence in engineering.

Starting with a small team of engineers in Western Sydney in 1970 to supply personnel and services to local companies including Babcock’s and the Shell Clyde refinery, ICD has grown and developed through a number of key changes through the past 50 years.

By the early 90’s, ICD had grown into a mid-sized engineering consulting business servicing the Hydrocarbon and Power industries. 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.

After being spun off from Shell in 2009 as the parent reduced their downstream business, ICD became part of Broadspectrum (then Transfield Services), who had partnered with ICD on several Design and Construction projects during the 90’s and 2000’s. ICD has grown to be an integral part of the service offering of Broadspectrum over this last decade.

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, however in recent years ICD has diversified with engineering projects within the water and wastewater, defence, materials handling and food & beverage industries. Into the future, ICD anticipate further growth in these areas, while continuing to innovate around the use of technology including Virtual Reality, 3D laser scanning and knowledge management web applications.

Dr Trevor Walker, General Manager of ICD Asia Pacific said of the milestone: “ICD is a valued contributor to Australian industry. Over the past 50 years, ICD’s culture of precision and quality has developed strongly and the company is well placed to grow through the decades to come.”

Geoff Liddle, who served as ICD’s CEO for over 20 years acknowledged the history of ICD: “It’s been an honour and a privilege to see ICD grow and change through the years, and 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.”

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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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