Cardno ERI

Cardno ERI

Cardno ERI

At Cardno ERI , we`re experts at providing safe, high quality, cost-effective solutions to environmental concerns. We`re large enough to tackle extensive, complex projects, yet small enough to provide exceptional service in a timely manner while paying close attention to controlling costs. In short, we combine the expertise, technology, and dedicated service you need to receive the best possible solutions to your environmental concerns.

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20372 North Sea Circle , Lake Forest , CA 92630 USA
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Business Type:
Service provider
Industry Type:
Soil and Groundwater
Market Focus:
Nationally (across the country)
Year Founded:

Early beginnings

The original engineering practice from which the Cardno group evolved commenced operations in Brisbane, Queensland in 1945 as Cardno & Davies.
Gerry Cardno and Harold Davies met while employed by the United States Army Australian Base Command. Davies was a visionary engineer who was part of the team that created one of the most internationally recognisable Australian structures, the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Following the end of World War II, the two men combined their engineering expertise to establish Brisbane-based consultancy Cardno & Davies.

During the post-war boom years through to the 1970s, Cardno & Davies was a driving force in the development of Queensland. The company designed and supervised water supplies, bridges, dams and roads throughout the state, as well as sewerage systems in Brisbane and regional towns.

Company growth

In what was a pivotal move for the Company, in 1999 Cardno & Davies merged with McMillan, Britton & Kell, a consulting engineering practice based in New South Wales with origins dating back to 1936. At this time the Company was known as Cardno MBK.

Following the 1999 merger, Cardno grew from strength to strength through mergers with local and international firms and the organic growth of its existing operations. Cardno’s service areas steadily grew to encompass a broad range of planning, surveying, engineering and environmental services, as well as project management of development assistance programs internationally.

In 2004, Cardno Limited listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:CDD) to position the Company for further growth.

Shaping the future

From early beginnings as a Brisbane-based engineering firm, Cardno is now a global company on a mission to shape the future for communities around the world.

Cardno’s continuing success is largely attributable to the provision of diverse and complementary services, a strong emphasis on exceptional client service and a growth strategy which positions the Company to make the most of strategic markets that deliver new services and accelerate organic growth.

The Cardno group has continued to strategically merge with businesses to augment and enhance the Company's capabilities. This expansion has been supported by internal growth of existing services throughout its operations.

Cardno has a strong regional focus which complements specialist teams in major cities. About 8,200 staff now work in 300 offices on projects in over 100 countries throughout the world.

Cardno was recently ranked at #27 on the Engineering News Record's Top 500 Design Firms list; and Leading US industry publication ZweigWhite recently awarded Cardno the top spot on the 2013 Hot Firms List , recognising Cardno as the fastest growing engineering and environmental services firm in North America, for the third year running.

Cardno was recently honoured to win its second consecutive Australian Export Award; the 2014 Business Services award. In 2013 we were the recipient of the national award for Infrastructure and Construction.

In 2014, Andrew Buckley retired after 17 years at the helm of the company. In that time, Cardno completed 50 mergers and grew into a high-performing global firm with annual revenue exceeding AU$1 Billion.

Cardno is an ASX-200 professional infrastructure and environmental services company, with expertise in the development and improvement of physical and social infrastructure for communities around the world.

Cardno’s team includes leading professionals who plan, design, manage and deliver sustainable projects and community programs.

The diverse skills and experience of Cardno’s global team allow us to offer integrated services in ten market sectors worldwide:

  • Buildings
  • Land
  • Coastal and Ocean
  • Environment
  • Emerging Markets
  • Management Services
  • Mining and Energy
  • Transportation
  • Water
  • Defence


Cardno's vision is to be a world leader in the provision of professional services to improve the physical and social environment.


Cardno provides services to plan, design, manage and deliver sustainable physical, social and economic infrastructure for local and international communities. 

We will achieve our vision of being a world leader through:

  • attracting, developing, retaining and rewarding valued people
  • understanding and meeting the expectations of our clients
  • sustaining the growth of our profile and markets
  • continually improving the safety and quality of our service delivery
  • creating shareholder value through high performance 


Cardno’s core values shape the way we work as individuals and as an organisation. They help ensure that we attract and retain staff with common values which will help us meet the needs of clients, the communities in which we work and our shareholders. Developed in conjunction with our staff, our values represent who we are, the way we work and who we want to be.

  • Self confidence: Positive, Valued, Confident
  • Safety: Responsible, Aware, Vigilant
  • Partnering: Client-focused, Trusted, Inclusive
  • Great people: Determined, Successful, Professional
  • Passion: Committed, Courageous, Dynamic
  • Innovation: Forward-thinking, Entrepreneurial, Creative
  • Integrity: Ethical, Honest, Accountable
  • Sustainability: Balanced, Aware, Considerate

Cardno is committed to a rigorous Zero Harm approach to safety in all our operations.

Zero Harm means no harm to anyone, at any time while at work. This approach is reinforced by our safety policies, processes and systems.

All Cardno employees are required to seek to continually improve safety across our business; to take individual and company-wide responsibility for safety in daily activities; to conduct a risk assessment before every potentially hazardous activity; to actively encourage other employees to be involved in making work safer; to readily share information that could make a difference to safety; and to embrace a reporting culture where all safety issues are promptly reported and addressed.

Cardno’s global Health, Safety and Environmental Policy has been put in place to continuously improve and to minimize the environmental impact of our business activities. The strategies include:

  • proactively promoting and implementing the global policy across the Company
  • monitoring and reducing the use of resources
  • encouraging environmental best practice for Cardno’s clients and across the Cardno business group
  • promoting a business culture which recognizes the importance of developing and maintaining strong health, safety and environmental values throughout the Company.

Sustainability is one of Cardno’s core business values, embedded across all operations.

At Cardno we strive to find new ways to protect, conserve and enhance our physical, social, economic and cultural environments, while promoting the responsible management of the resources and ecosystems on which future generations depend.

We are committed to applying the principles of sustainable environmental management in the work that we do and in the operation of our business.

Partnering with private clients, governments and communities we create appropriate and sustainable solutions to local issues by integrating social, economic, cultural and environmental interests into our all aspects of our business.

We promote responsible professional services that enhance long-term value to clients, shareholders, employees and the global community.

Cardno's corporate objective is to provide quality outcomes and ensure safety in project delivery through a process of continuous improvement.

  • A clear focus on meeting our clients’ needs as we comply with their project requirements
  • The maintenance of a quality system based on the requirements of ISO 9001, including third party certification where appropriate
  • A focus on recruiting and retaining highly motivated people with the appropriate qualifications and proven work skills
  • Encouraging and facilitating the professional development of our people aimed at enhancing and expanding their work skills
  • Ongoing development and maintenance of an effective information management and documentation system
  • Adoption of a management structure that engenders positive attitudes, encourages personal and technical development, and which rewards effort, integrity and initiative
  • Being adaptive to changing management, technical and physical environments in which we work
  • Encompassing the principles of 'Safety in Design' in our quality system for the delivery of infrastructure.