Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec (WGA) aren’t mucking around with their engineering and project management. They’re winning awards. They’re running offices in Adelaide, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth, Whyalla and New Zealand. They’re over 360 staff strong. And WGA’s consulting services including structural, civil, maritime, mechanical, geotechnical, heavy lifting, temporary works, project management, electrical, pressure vessels, hydrogeology and demolition.
Yuh. It’s a lot. It’s impressive. It was exhausting just writing that list. So, when we were lucky enough to steal a few minutes with WGA director Cameron Jackson, we were all over it, like they are on engineering.
As one of the founding employees in their Melbourne office, Cameron’s been with WGA for 22 years (not coincidentally, that’s also how long WGA have been using Synergy software). “The company started in Adelaide back in 1981” Cameron says, “I came to Melbourne when they bought out a small firm — at that point there were four or five of us in this office.”
That’s some impressive growth, in our humble opinion, and Cameron says that a lot of it has happened in the last few years.
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“We’ve had fairly linear growth over time, but the last two and a half years has seen a spurt. In the Melbourne office we’ve branched out into more infrastructure-style work and industrial work, mimicking what we do in Adelaide.
“Adelaide’s business is substantially bigger than Melbourne’s, it’s about 180 people. And it’s made up of three distinct areas — buildings, infrastructure, and what we call our industrial section.
“With me being a structural and building engineer, Melbourne has predominantly been a buildings practice up until two and a half years ago. We seconded a couple of people from Adelaide to build the infrastructure side, the industrial side, and also the project management side of the business — which is chiefly to do with defence work.”
A great day at work for Cameron is still when he actually gets to do some engineering. However, he says that’s become more of a rarity due to the numbers. “Managing an office of 65 people, it becomes more and more problematic over time. We’ve grown in Melbourne, from about 35 to 65 in just over two and a half years.”
There’s no calculator around here, but you don’t need one to know those numbers are niiiiiiiiice. We cheered Cameron on to tell us about WGA’s experience migrating from Synergy desktop practice management software to Synergy cloud.