"DP is in a very strong position, as evidenced by its continued growth and recognition from its clients in the BRW Awards. The focus going forward will be to stick to what we do best, and that is providing integrated practical solutions to clients across a range of geotechnical, environmental and groundwater projects, with a further emphasis on providing efficient, timely and cost effective services."

Will Wright 
Managing Director 

About Us


Douglas Partners is an Australian Engineering company, wholly owned by employees.

We are an engineering consultancy specialising in the fields of geotechnic engineering, environmental engineering and groundwater engineering.

Clients use us primarily to manage the geotechnical and environmental risks associated with their projects. We aim to be acknowledged leaders in our chosen fields of consulting and allied services in Australia and South East Asia.

We operate a network of ISO9001 accredited offices and NATA registered laboratories located throughout Australia. Hence 'local' quality assured solutions are provided for each project based on our previous experience and knowledge of the site or area.

Many of our staff have postgraduate qualifications and international experience giving us access to the latest technology from around the world.

Our History

The company was formed as Ground Test, a division of piling contractor Frankipile, in 1963 by the late Don Douglas and specialised in geotechnical engineering and site investigations. In 1983 senior staff bought the company and formed Douglas Partners as a geotechnical, environmental and groundwater consultancy.

The records, equipment and personnel were retained by the new company, which now operates Ground Test as a subsidiary for drilling and sampling.

Today Douglas Partners comprises a team of highly skilled engineers, engineering geologists, hydrogeologists, geophysicists, scientists, technicians and support staff.

Fifty Years Experience – Eighty Thousand Projects

Douglas Partners has accumulated a large body of information on site characteristics and ground conditions in many locations across Australia and in South East Asia.

Our database contains over seventy thousand completed project records readily accessible through our company’s computer network. This resource provides background knowledge and an understanding of both site specific and regional conditions, enabling Douglas Partners to provide quicker advice and solutions, and in many cases avoiding unnecessary costs for our client’s projects.

What is ‘The Douglas Partners Approach ?'

We believe that the hallmark of a good consultant is being a trusted business partner in whom clients have confidence.

Integrity in technical standards and the way we do business, listening to client’s needs, applying ‘state of the art’ technology, striving for the highest quality in respect of accuracy, interpretation and presentation, and responsive and reliable service are all part of Douglas Partners’ approach to building trust and a mutually satisfying long term relationship with our clients.

Our goal is to understand and satisfy our clients’ needs by developing and providing practical, workable, ‘world class’ solutions and cost-effective alternatives based upon our many years of experience.

To quote Don Douglas: "Keep it Simple, Get it Right, Do it Well."

Why ‘Integrated Practical Solutions?’

Increasingly clients require a wide range of specialist technical services to satisfy their needs and overcome the constraints facing their projects. At the same time cost pressures and shorter development timetables demand a more efficient specialist response.

To meet this need, Douglas Partners’ range of geotechnical, environmental, groundwater and quality systems consulting services offer clients an integrated package of related services efficiently and conveniently from a single source.

Coupled with our acknowledged reputation for practical advice, clients now benefit from Douglas Partners’ integrated practical solutions approach to project needs.

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