The practice was established in 1980 and operated under the name Davis Associates Pty Ltd until 1995. In the first decade, practice growth and skills were developed primarily through exposure to the industrial and commercial design and construct market and to various consultancy roles in the structural and civil design of industrial process plant facilities.
In the 1990’s the practice gained exposure to the Asian market undertaking a number of assignments in industrial, commercial, tourism, housing and institutional developments primarily in Malaysia, China and Myanman. Since the late 90’s the practice has moved into more mainstream areas including Retail, Food & Beverage, Pharmaceutical and Health. The practice has completed projects in every state of Australia and the Australian capital territory.
Four directors, Tony Davis, Ian Naismith, Jon McGovern and Adam Bethune now manage the practice known as Davis Naismith & McGovern Pty Ltd. Ian joined the practice in 1987 following a number of years with a large consultancy practice. Ian was appointed a director in 1995. Jon joined the practice as a graduate engineer in 1989, becoming a director in 2000 and Adam joined as a graduate engineer in 1994 becoming a director in 2008.
The four directors maintain hands on consulting roles within the practice and are supported by nine technical and three administrative staff. A number of the key technical staff have been with the practice for over 15 years.