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 […]


August 3

Infill Development Opportunities under the Auckland Unitary Plan

In November 2016 the proposed Auckland Unitary plan was issued as being operative in part. The Unitary Plan which was first notified in September 2013 provides the planning rule book for the Auckland Super City. The Key drivers of the plan were to create a higher quality and more compact Auckland City. The Unitary Plan […]


April 18

Slope Stability on the Port Hills of Christchurch

The Port Hills of Christchurch provide a unique location for siting a dwelling. They offer views across the Canterbury plains, the mountains and the Pacific ocean which are unparalleled.  However there are some hazards associated with living in the Port Hills (and I don’t mean fire hazards).  The Port Hills have moderate to steep slopes […]


March 14

Changes in the Demand for Christchurch Rebuild Works

The nature of the Christchurch rebuild works, at least for consulting engineers, has changed over the past 12 to 18 months. The first 3 to 4 years following the commencement of the Canterbury earthquake sequence resulted in a high demand for geotechnical and structural engineering services, primarily involving the assessment of earthquake damaged structures and […]


November 8

Canterbury Earthquakes Highlight Need for Renewed Confidence in the Engineering Industry

One of the effects of the Canterbury rebuild is that it has really put the spotlight on the professional engineering community. Engineers are not typically used to being in the spotlight.  The public now use words such as “geotechnical” and “liquefaction” in their general vernacular (which certainly wasn’t the case pre-2010). Now, more than ever, […]


October 19

Fraser Thomas Selected for Cambodia Project

Fraser Thomas have been selected by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to provide project analysis and preparation services for a major water supply and sanitation project worth US$ 86 million. This is a reflection of the level of experience we have acquired in water supply, sanitation and municipal engineering generally in Cambodia over the last […]

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