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Since 1986, Greg Betros has held the position of Managing Director at GBA Projects. For 31 years under Greg's watch, the company has continued to deliver new success stories with over 750 projects delivered globally. The company now employs 20 people in three states - the largest it has been in its 31 year history.

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The devastation of the 2015 Earthquake in Nepal left almost 9000 people deceased and many left homeless. Nick Abraham, a cousin of the Betros Family, was a 20 year old carpenter travelling Australia when he befriended some Nepali whilst working in Darwin.

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30 Years in 30 Weeks: 2016 - 30 Years of Success

On the 22nd of August 1986, G. G. Betros & Associates was born and 2012 saw it’s rebranding to GBA Projects. Today marks the 30th birthday for a company whose humble beginnings started in the family home in Coromandel Valley, Adelaide.

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30 Years in 30 Weeks: 2015 - Award Winning

2015 was a jaw dropping year for markets and investors and it had a major impact on businesses all over the world. Our small business was not exempt from the dramas unfolding within a tumultuous economy. The up-and-down turbulence within the chinese economy had great impacts on the mining sector and the wide spread over production of oil meant a sharp down turn on oil prices.

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30 Years in 30 Weeks: 2014 - The New Royal Adelaide Hospital

As I walked to work this morning I noticed my iPhone had gone crazy with LinkedIn notifications. Apparently it was my 13th anniversary, that is 13 years at GBA Projects. And then, just this afternoon following a meeting regarding the New Royal Adelaide Hospital my phone buzzed at me to write this weeks 30 years in 30 weeks article.

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30 Years in 30 Weeks: 2013 - Turnarounds Galore

April 2012 had seen company Director Luke Betros take on a full-time role, having previously worked for AECOM at the Incitec Pivot (IPL) Plant at Mount Isa. During the later part of 2012, Luke had played a pivotal role in establishing GBA's presence as project control SME's on the "Turnaround Scene". So it was only natural that by 2013, GBA Projects had started to gain a reputation for specialising in Turnaround systems and scheduling.

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30 Years in 30 Weeks: 2012 - the rebranding

As we progress closer to the 30th week, we look at 2012, a special year for our company. Up until 2012, GBA Projects had flown by the name of G G Betros & Associates, a small family owned business with many close relationships to other similar businesses in Australia. And so in January of 2012, The name was shortened and we slapped "PROJECTS" on the end!

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30 Years in 30 Weeks: 2011 - Proud South Aussies

As 2011 began, the company was actively engaged in numerous projects across the city. Matt returned from Adelaide (from the UK) in April of that year and began providing support to BHP Billiton and Santos. Santos had begun to expand it's project services department which meant providing support to a handlful of projects (initially) but as the year drew to a close approximately 50 projects had their PDF schedules stamped with the GBA name!

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In late 2009 we received a phone call from Sembawang Engineers in Singapore who were looking for assistance in preparing and submitting numerous extensions of time for one of their major contracts, C421 - "Kallang Paya Lebar Expressway". Not much can be said (at this point) as the dispute is still currently in progress, however this one phone call led to 5 additional engagements across other projects such as "Mass Rapid Transit – Circle Line", "Lower Seletar Woter Works" and a tender for the Jurong Ship Yards.

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As most small business owners appreciate, we often rely on word-of-mouth to meet new people and source fresh opportunities. our year in 2009 was such a year where one phone call from a past client changed the company dynamic for the next 5 years.

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Last week we looked at late 2007 which saw GBA Projects engaged to provide project control services to ElectraNet SA for their Adelaide Central Reinforcement project. This development originally included the establishment of a 275/66 kV substation at Keswick Terminal which was to be supplied with high-voltage electricity from Torrens Island via a new transmission line. It was to be connected to ElectraNet’s telecommunications network via a new underground fibre-optic cable.

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In early 2007, GBA Projects continued to provide support to Adelaide University's capital works program. During this time, Greg received a call from KBR who had been engaged to provide support services to BHP Billiton for the pre-feasibility study of the Olympic Dam expansion project (ODX). Specifically for the mine materials handling portion of the work.

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Greg, as MD of GBA Projects, completed our commitments with the EOS JV project in April 2006. With a back that could only be described as 'shot to bits', Greg returned from Brisbane in April 2006 to have his back fixed. The operation required 5 months of rest and this meant that in the middle of 2006, things were pretty quiet at GBA Projects.

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Previous work on the Adelaide Oval Lights Dispute had fostered a strong relationship between the Managing Director of Asea Pacific and GBA Projects. In early 2005 Greg received a phone call from the MD of Asea Pacific, Rod Hearne. This phone call further defined what was to be a long lasting business relationship between the two businesses.

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Last night, Santos' LRP A Cold Box Project finished as a finalist in the 2016 PMI Project of the Year Awards. The project was Managed by Mr Mark Schefe of Santos, with our consultant Kurt Siu as the Project Engineer and Project Controller.

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GBA Projects continued to manage the Engineering consultant and specialists in the production of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Shute Harbour Marina development during 2004. Part of the EIS development process was to engage with the local Indigenous communities to walk over the property, assessing if there were any culturally significant heritage sites. T

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Whilst providing ongoing support to the Greek Orthodox Community in 2003 for their aged care facility, Greg was invited to give his first lecture on Project Controls at the University of South Australia. 

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2002 was yet another busy year for GBA Projects with many tenders being called across the building sectors in Melbourne and Adelaide. In 2002 we took on several new clients including Mossop, Romaldi, Hansen Yuncken, Baulderstone, Broad, Land Management Corporation, Whitsunday Lakes Estate and the Greek Orthodox Community. 

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As part of work on the Emergency Services (ESAU) Portfolio in 2001, we recognised that there were synergies that could be obtained by standardising CFS building design. Consultation with the various CFS brigades concluded that the vast majority of buildings were similar in in their layout and construction and so we set out to standardise a series of 1, 2 and 3 bay fire station designs. This significantly reduced the cost of future design work in each of the subsequent budget years. 

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And with a simple turn of the clock, the world waited with baited breath for the Y2K bug to wreak havoc across the globe. Until the 1990’s computer programs had been designed to abbreviate the year into two digits to save precious memory space. Thankfully this did not impact our systems or our clients as we strolled into the new millennium without issue. Systems that we had developed such as Constress’ modular precast system had been built on Open Plan and as such required little effort to update.

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The end of the millenium was fast approaching and 1999 was like many other years for GBA Projects, flat out busy!

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In early 1998 the Contractor for the construction of the Darwin Central Hotel submitted a consolidated claim for the varying Extension of Time Claims already produced by their Expert Consultant. GBA Projects became involved with the newly formed “conclave of experts” as part of the Project's entitlement assessment process for Contractors claiming Extensions of Time.

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GBA Projects continued to provide services to the construction of the Darwin Central Hotel during the start to the 1997 year. We were able to assess the actual progress of the project and provide advice to the Owner’s team of Architects and Engineers of the requirements to complete the project, demonstrating that it (the project) would be completed late. This was despite the construction contractor advising that they were on time and would complete by their due date.

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In early 1995 Leightons Asia, in partnership with Kumagai and China State Engineering Construction Company were listed as one of the preferred tenderers on the Hong Kong MTR Contract 501 for the construction of the new MTR Central Station to be constructed on reclaimed land.  GBA Projects was called in to review the programme for this very complex project. Working around the clock over 7 weeks, we were able to correct some of the anomalies in the programme as well as save time in the overall construction period. We also assisted at Senior Management Meetings in identifying and quantifying risks to the overall project.

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Testimonials

“I have known and worked with the GBA Projects team for many years and I’m always happy to recommend their skills and capabilities to our clients.”
Pat Weaver, Managing Director, Mosaic Project Services
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