One-stop shop for specialist services
FAST-GROWING Queensland company Protest Engineering is well on its way to becoming a one-stop shop for specialist engineering and soil testing services.
The Gold Coast-based company was founded in 2015 by friends Sam Bamford and Liam Kelly after they met three years earlier while working on an LNG project on Curtis Island.
Mr Bamford, whose background is working in soil testing labs, said he immediately clicked with Mr Kelly, a former engineering student, regarding their views on the industry.
“We saw a better way of doing things,” he said. “We wanted to be innovative.”
Mr Kelly was the sole fulltime worker at Protest after the launch as Mr Bamford took on a full-time role as foreman for Axle’s Earthmoving & Civil Works to provide cashflow for the fledging business.
Mr Bamford said it started with a focus on soil testing, but they soon found there was plenty of demand for engineering services as well.
After 12 months, the business was performing so well that Mr Bamford quit his job and joined Protest in January, 2016. He said they gained their first major client – AE Group Civil & Mining Construction – that year.
Since the company’s launch, the suite of services has expanded to include geotechnical, environmental, structural engineering and drilling services, construction materials testing, traffic control and test and tagging, and several large mobile laboratories for on-site services.
Last year the company expanded to the Sunshine Coast after working on a project relating to the Bruce Highway.
This year new offices in Emerald and Melbourne have followed thanks to a surge in work in the mining and construction sectors.
Mr Bamford said the Emerald office would help manage the busy workload in central Queensland. Next week, the company will break ground on a 30-lot subdivision in Ipswich.
INNOVATIVE: Liam Kelly (left) and Sam Bamford at their factory in Burleigh.