Company history

Over the life of the Company, GPA has developed all the features of a fully functional, multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm. Here are some milestones achieved:

  • 1987: The formation of the company with offices at East Terrace, Mile End (3 staff)
  • 1991: The award of Katnook Gas Plant Development Project.
  • 1992: The award of Beharra Springs WA Gas Plant Development Project
  • 1993: First Operations Support contract, SANTOS SMG
  • 1994: The first international project in the Taranaki region of NZ
  • 1995: First major turnkey SCADA projects won
  • 1996: The award of the Katnook Gas Plant Expansion project
  • 1998: The award of project management of the Berri to Mildura Pipeline (185km) project for Boral Energy
  • 1999: Receipt of QA Accreditation - AS/NZS 9001:1994
  • 2001: The award of the SA Water SCADANet project
  • 2001: Appointment as the SEAGas Project Owners Engineers
  • 2001: Retirement of founding Director, Glen Parkinson
  • 2001: Appointment of new Director, Alf Sanzo
  • 2003: Certified Safety Functional Expert status achieved
  • 2003: Office shift to current office Hanimex House, Magill Rd, Stepney (42 staff)
  • 2004: Appointed to SA Water SCADA Panel
  • 2004: South East South Australia (SESA) project
  • 2006: Zinifex (Nyrstar) Engineering Alliance Partner
  • 2006: Retirement of founding Director, Phil Morrell
  • 2006: Mortlake power station pipeline project
  • 2007: Expansion of Tenancy in Hanimex House (55 Staff)
  • 2008: Appointment of new Directors, Tony Williams, Andrew Ursini, David Johnston and John Elliott
  • 2009: Certified to ISO14001 & AS/NZ 4801
  • 2009: Award of Christies Beach waste water treatment plant upgrade project
  • 2010: Passing of Director, Andrew Ursini
  • 2010: Opening of GPA Brisbane office
  • 2010: Milestone of 100 permanent staff members
  • 2011: Alf Sanzo appointed to Managing Director
  • 2011: GPA Andrew Ursini Charitable Trust – Funding to Sarcoma Research
  • 2011: Retirement of our Director Geoff McKinnon – the final of the three founders
  • 2011: Completion of the first spoolable composite high pressure gas pipeline in Australia for Beach Energy
  • 2012: Appointed to Santos Engineering & Project Management Panel
  • 2012: Host sponsor of the APIA (Australian Pipeline Industry Association) Conference
  • 2013: Awarded the AGL BMS Upgrade Project at Torrens Island
  • 2013: GPA adds Civil/Structural capability
  • 2013: Milestone of 150 staff
  • 2013: Appointment of new Directors Ian Kuchel and Robert Lake
  • 2014 GPA pre-qualifies for ISNetworld and CM3
  • 2015 GPA pre-qualifies for Achilles
  • 2015 Head office moves to 121 Greenhill Road Unley
  • 2015 GPA awarded Nyrstar Port Pirie Transformation Process Control System Project
  • 2015 GPA awarded Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline Project
  • 2015 Richard McDonough receives APGA's Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Pipeline Industry award
  • 2016 GPA opens Perth Office