In the late 1980’s NDY conducted energy audits on Defence bases in Queensland, helping Defence with their first sustainable initiatives. From there, we become involved in master planning and building design for Defence precincts such as the Canberra Russel complex, and now a quarter of a century later NDY is working with Defence on projects ranging from medical centres to simulators for the Hawk lead in-fighters.
In March 2014, the final Single LEAP Stage II site at Robertson Barracks in the Northern Territory was accepted. The $900M national project was designed to raise the standard of single living in accommodation across Australia to come into line with community standards, enabling Defence to attract and retain personnel to provide the strength and capability to defend our country.
The successful completion of this is the latest in a long line of support projects NDY have undertaken to enhance Defence’s strategic capability, and we look forward to many more. NDY projects currently in progress include:
- US Forces Posture Review – temporary accommodation for US Marines in the Northern Territory.
- Lead-in fighter – design of simulator facilities for the Hawk 127 lead-in fighters at RAAF Amberley, RAAF Williamstown
and RAAF Pearce.
- DSTO Fishermans Bend – laboratory and testing facility for Defence Science and Technology Organisation.
- Joint Health Command – design of Larrakeyah Interim Medical Facility, and peer review of remaining interim facility
sites across Australia.
NDY is actively involved in ongoing works at bases across Australia, and we have created a specialist Defence group including representatives in each Australian NDY office. We have developed a range of Defence-specific project delivery and design guides capturing the DEQMS policies and standards, and the lessons we have learnt.
Every NDY Defence project is led by personnel with Defence specific experience, and the NDY Defence group creates a project specific delivery plan and reviews every report and deliverable before issue.
In addition to core electrical, mechanical, fire, hydraulics and communications projects, we are providing SCEC advisory services, and through our DISP facilities are able to process and store documents up to and including confidential. A key to our success is understanding that Defence projects are rarely about a building or infrastructure item, but are driven by a strategic need or capability. By making sure we understand both the specific capability requirements of each project, as well as maintaining our knowledge of long term strategic goals such as the redistribution of personal as reported in the Defence Posture Review, we are able to able to better understand project requirements and assist in scoping design to accommodate future needs.
In several cases we have used our detailed knowledge of Defence standards and methodologies to complete peer review roles, including specialist computing/data centre facilities and also separate Joint Health Command projects at RAAF Pearce, Puckapunyal, Gallipoli Barracks, Larrakeyah Barracks, RAAF Townsville, and 2nd General Health Battalion.
We have a good knowledge of the DEQMS delivery methodologies, and of Defence standards including the MFPE, MIEE, Defence Communications Standard, Defence Server Room Standard, Building Energy Performance Manual, Defence Security Manual and others.
Our goal is to become the Defence services engineering consultant of choice through our specialised understanding of Defence processes and requirements, and we are continually working to improve our offering to achieve this.