Fraser Thomas was established in 1969, following the merger of two existing firms. Fraser & Thomas, an engineering practice based in Papatoetoe; and Jackman, Gunman & Partners, a surveying company based in Otahuhu. Today Fraser Thomas Ltd remains 100% NZ owned and is guided by a team of eight directors, each a specialist in their field of expertise.
Since 1969 Fraser Thomas has grown into a multi-disciplinary consultancy agency employing more than 70 staff across five offices throughout New Zealand, with a strong reputation for delivering exceptionally high-quality service both in New Zealand and internationally. Our head office is based in Highbrook, Auckland, and a second office is based in Riccarton, Christchurch. We can also now offer our services to clients in Hawkes Bay and Central Otago, from our locations in Napier and Cromwell.
The fifth office operates under a separate brand – Barry Satchell Consultants Ltd – based in central Auckland and specialising in construction surveying and civil/development engineering.
Our Christchurch office has provided geotechnical and structural engineering services as part of the Canterbury Rebuild following the devastating earthquakes that hit the region in September 2010, and February 2011. Fundamental to our work in Canterbury has been the geotechnical and structural investigations and assessments of residential, “hillside”, commercial, institutional and industrial sites for insurance purposes and in support of applications for subdivision and building consents. As well as engineering design of appropriate repair works, addressing liquefaction and seismic strength issues.
Employing a very high calibre of staff, Fraser Thomas have highly qualified and experienced experts across; civil, environmental, geotechnical and structural engineering; resource management, surveying and land development. This allows the team at Fraser Thomas to provide expert support across every stage of a project. This experience and versatility is reflected in their vast range of project experience and many senior staff has acted as experts in technical peer reviews, mediation, and litigation processes, both in New Zealand and overseas.
Since the 1980’s Fraser Thomas have been involved in a considerable number of projects throughout developing counties.
Fraser Thomas are registered and work strongly in conjunction with international agencies such as the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, United Nations and many localised aid agencies. Fraser Thomas’ international work covers an immense array of disciplines, but tends to focus on infrastructure, urban water supply and sanitation.
As a Professional Development Partner of Engineering New Zealand (formally known as IPENZ), Fraser Thomas provides continuous support for the professional development of all its staff. With a scholarship programme in place to financially support students studying engineering at Auckland University or surveying at Otago University; and an ongoing mentoring programme for all junior and intermediate staff at the firm.