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In 1945, two entrepreneurial Australian engineers, Gerry Cardno and Harold Davies established Cardno, following stints working for the U.S. Army command in Brisbane during the Second World War. Known then as Cardno & Davies, the company rapidly became one of Australia’s preeminent engineering firms.
Gerry Cardno and Harold Davies

We were instrumental in Queensland’s development during the post-war boom, designing and managing the construction of numerous water and sewerage plants, dams, bridges and roads across the state.

During this time, we opened our first offshore office in Papua New Guinea and designed Australia’s first residential canals at Florida Gardens on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

In 1999, in the first of a series of strategic acquisitions, Cardno & Davies merged with Sydney-based engineers McMillan, Britton & Kell to become Cardno MBK. In 2002, we rebranded as Cardno.

Listing on the Australian Securities Exchange in 2004 further enabled our entry into both mature and emerging international markets where we enhanced our expertise, experience and specialist skills across a range of complementary services.

By 2012, Cardno had experienced a period of accelerated growth, particularly in the United States, thanks to the acquisition of a number of engineering and environmental consulting businesses.

Today, we have a strong global presence across the United States, Asia Pacific and Europe.

The Cardno group also comprises three, stand-alone portfolio companies:


Cardno employs more than 6,000 specialists who work from more than 130 global offices delivering best-practice, community-defining infrastructure, environmental and social projects in more than 100 countries.

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