About us

Founded in 1986, Advanced Technology Testing and Research (ATTAR) was established to conduct materials testing and research using the most advanced techniques available and to provide Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) training to Australian industry.

Our story

Gradually expanding capabilities to meet market demand, ATTAR’s expertise now encompasses an expansive array of non-destructive testing, failure analysis and forensic engineering, risk assessment services, specialist testing of structures and vessels, and the provision of expert witness services.

ATTAR remains committed to ensure that quality of service is maintained in all aspects of our operations. As an Authorised Qualifying Body (AQB), Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and industry leader, ATTAR provides expert Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) training, including the provision of private and customised courses as well as consulting, auditing and specialised Level 3 services.

Commencing 1 January 2019, ATTAR is pleased to offer Technical writing training courses to both individuals and companies. Training courses are undertaken anywhere across Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. Private courses can be arranged for Technical Writing, Scientific Writing and Technical Report writing. Private courses can be tailored to our client’s specific requirements.

Leadership team

Glenn D'Costa

CEO

Paul Grosser

General Manager Training &Technical Director

Lori Podger

head of finance

Adrian Grosvenor

GENERAL MANAGER (ENGINEERING CONSULTING) & PRINCIPAL ENGINEER

Brett Hyland

GENERAL MANAGER COMPLIANCE SERVICES​​

Austin

NATIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER​

Board members

Gary Martin

board member

Gary Martin is ATTAR’s co-founder with 52 years experience; Conducting materials failure analysis on metals, polymers and ceramics.

Providing a forensic materials engineering service to all courts. He has also undertaken non-destructive testing, particularly acoustic emission testing of metallic pressure vessels, storage tanks, fibre reinforced plastic and timber.

He conducted slip-resistance testing since 1985 and based on that experience prepared the first draft for AS 3661:1993. He also established and delivered courses and set examinations in the 5 main NDT Methods as well as Visual Inspection and AE since 1990.

Glenn D'Costa

board member

Glenn D’Costa is ATTAR’s CEO with 18 years experience in the utilities and associated services industry.

He has held several senior leadership roles in asset management, strategy, business development and operations across both Australia and Internationally.

He has been involved in leading the growth of a variety of specialist services businesses that are leaders in their respective fields.

Paul Grosser

board member

Paul Grosser is ATTAR’s General Manager (NDT) & Technical Director responsible for all NDT Training and NDT Services, with over 20 years experience in NDT Consulting, Management and Training worldwide.

Roy Rose

board member

Roy has over forty years’ experience in the paint, chemicals, fertiliser, medical products and alternative energy industries. He spent most of his career with Orica (formerly ICI) largely within the Dulux paints business both in Australia and the UK where his roles included R&D, business, operations and general management. He also spent several years at Orica head office as General Manager Technology in addition to simultaneously holding a number of general management roles. He retired from Orica in 2005.

He has been a non-executive director of several companies including Incitec Ltd, Qenos Pty Ltd, ITL Ltd and Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd. He currently chairs the Technical Advisory Board at ANT Energy Solutions and he is also a member of the Paintback Technical Advisory Committee. Roy is graduate of Monash University with a major in chemistry.

Tom Williams

board member

Tom Williams is a business coach with experience in founding several businesses, as well as developing innovations for global companies, such as video marketing for GSK, business class air travel for Qantas domestic airlines and a mathematical model of the stock market for HSBC. Tom has university qualifications in science, business, film production, mentoring and coaching. He lectures at the University of Melbourne and Monash University, teaching business planning, commercialisation of research, leadership and entrepreneurial skills