February 27

The Future of the Engineering Industry

One of the biggest on-going problems facing engineering consultancy firms over the past, and in particular currently, is the lack of engineering professionals available in the industry.  This creates problems with resourcing projects and growing businesses. I heard recently that the average age of engineers is 45 and that a lot of the more senior […]


February 7

Asbestos Management Plan – Asset and Liability Management

The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 introduced the concept of Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU), who have specific obligations, including eliminating and minimising risks to health and safety. The Health & Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016 were introduced on 04 April 2016, with the aim of reducing worker exposure to […]


February 28

SESOC Celebrates 30 years

Founded in 1988 by a group of Auckland Structural Engineers, including our very own; Barry Brown, Structural Engineering Society New Zealand Incorporated (SESOC) is proud to be celebrating 30 years. Barry Brown played a fundamental role in getting the Society of the ground, and filled the role of Inaugural Chairman until 1990 after which he […]


February 21

Opening Ceremony for new Vihara Buddhist Temple

On Saturday the 3rd of February we were invited to join in the celebrations, as the Auckland Khmer Buddhist Associated officially opened the new Vihara Buddhist Temple at 455 Porchester Road, Takanini. The opening of the Vihara marked a major milestone for the Association and their development of the site over the last 15 years. […]


January 30

95 Lot Residential Subdivision in Te Kauwhata is taking shape

Located just 1.6km from Te Kauwhata’s town Centre, Swan Road Developments have been transforming a 8.73ha site at 25 Swan Road into a 95 lot residential subdivision.  Sections range from 600m2 upwards and have views to the north and west over the Waikare Golf Course and to the southeast over farmlands and Lake Waikare. Fraser Thomas […]


November 17

Technical Peer Review of Groundwater Settlement Effects

Fraser Thomas Ltd has been providing Auckland Council with Technical Peer Review services concerning groundwater diversion resource consents. Many large building projects, particularly in the CBD, involve basement excavations that extend below the groundwater level and affect the flow and/or the level of the groundwater. Under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) and the Auckland Unitary […]


October 12

Expert Witnesses in the High Court

There have been some High Court judgements passed down recently which are now available for the public to view. These judgements relate to matters arising between homeowners and insurers and make for interesting reading. The court proceedings have been undertaken because the two parties have not agreed on an appropriate repair strategy to address earthquake […]


October 9

Contaminated Land to Wastewater, our Environmental Engineering team are kept very busy

We’ve recently completed a number of projects in the Canterbury region involving stormwater and wastewater discharge consents.  These include several stormwater discharge consents on contaminated land, where the stormwater discharges have not been covered by Christchurch City Council’s global stormwater discharge consent. The wastewater discharge consents have involved retrospective assessments of factory derived domestic wastewater […]


September 13

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink!

New Zealand has certainly been subject to a lot of water this year, with floods in many parts of the country and a major water contamination scare, which has reminded us about the power of Mother Nature and put the security of our water supplies under close scrutiny.  To take just three examples: The Havelock […]


September 11

Loss of one of the Founding Partners/Directors of Fraser Thomas

It is with sadness that we advise that Rhys Thomas, one of the founding partners/directors of Fraser Thomas Ltd died recently at the age of 93 years. Rhys was a popular engineer who began his career in Whangarei working for Consultant Jack North and managing the James and North Office. In those early days in […]


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