Established in Adelaide in 1988 and originally trading as Highway Design Services, the company first specialised in the provision of road design services to state road authorities and other major engineering consultants throughout Australia. In 1990, services were expanded to include the development of quality management systems for the civil construction industry. In the same year, the company began introducing road pavement management systems to local government, covering data collection and analysis, together with the modelling of road behaviour in support of strategic planning and operational decision making.
With the acquisition of Eagle Consulting Services Pty Ltd in 1994, expertise was gained in computer graphics, information management and geographical information systems. Regional expansion occurred at the same time, with the opening of a permanent office in Melbourne and the subsequent establishment of additional project offices in both South Australia and Victoria.
In 1996 the company was renamed HDS Australia Pty Ltd to reflect its national focus. Further expansion saw the company begin operating on an international basis in 1998, with the opening of a strategic alliance partner office in Hong Kong.
Over the past 30 years, HDS Australia has forged a strong reputation as a specialised civil engineering and project management consultancy that can provide high quality services to all levels of government, and to the private sector, in a cost effective and professional manner.
The company is Australian owned and operated, with its headquarters in Adelaide. Current annual turnover is around $1.7 million. It presently has a total of 12 full time or part time staff engaged on a variety of consulting projects or in support roles, with 9 based in South Australia, 3 in Victoria and 1 in Sydney. Up to 25 additional personnel are employed on a casual basis to assist with a variety of traffic data and asset information collection tasks.
In addition to the main Adelaide Office, the company has an office in Victoria at Glen Waverley (an eastern suburb of Melbourne) and an office in Sydney, NSW at Chifley Square, together with an international alliance partner office in Hong Kong.