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Cephas Rock

Structurally sound: structural engineering firm Cephas Rock

Naturally when it comes to structural engineering firms, you want a name you can trust, which is why Cephas Rock Limited should be top of your list.

Cephas Rock

Founded by experienced Chartered Professional structural engineer Joshua Wong in 2010, Cephas Rock Ltd specialises in the property service industry. Joshua and his experienced team are well trained, qualified design and structural engineers, able to provide you with a range of services to cater to all budgets.
Whether you are undertaking a new build or planning an extension on your existing property, you can be safe in the knowledge of Joshua’s experience of more than 500 build projects. Ranging from single storey houses right up to the very best architecturally designed homes, Cephas Rock will meet with you and your architect and go over the design to completion process step by step.
Along with its structural engineering services, Cephas Rock can provide geotechnical reports to determine the ground conditions of your site.
After nearly a decade of seismic activity battering our city, the structural assessments carried out by Cephas Rock are also essential to give you a clear understanding of the potential damage your building has sustained and its repair methodologies etc.
For more information on what Cephas Rock Limited has to offer, visit www.cephasrock.co.nz for more information, or phone
03-338 5387.

Customlight Engineering

An impressive line-up: Customlight Engineering delivers the goods

The line-up of designs and products Customlight Engineering puts out is nothing short of impressive.

Customlight Engineering

Design Engineer Glen Wykes bought the company three years ago, but he has been in the industry for most of his adult life. With his wife Toni-Jane, he has grown the business from its Treffers Road premises, where it manufactures for the lighting, sheet-metal, signage and building industries, among others. Its clientele covers a broad spectrum, from homeowners to international hotel chains, and from retail outlets to universities and hospitals.
Products range from steel gates for residential and commercial clients to metal staircases, window flashings, and presentation furniture such as computer stands and lecterns at the University of Canterbury, Lincoln University and ARA, with home dialysis trollies also made for DHBs.
Glen’s innovative thinking and design skills have seen LED backlit mirrors adorning motels in Melbourne, Fiji and New Zealand, and children running and playing on their custom-built playground at Cathedral Grammar School. There may be no end to Glen’s potential, with lighting units for salmon farms currently under development.
All this and much more suggests Customlight Engineering is the go-to place for all things related to metal fabrication, sheet metal and powder-coating, lighting and signage structures.
Glen is also focused on landscape products such as planter boxes and borders, bollards, gates and fencing. His latest creation is a pizza oven chimney and bench area for a residence in Christchurch. It is the kind of thing Glen hopes to do more of. Many, many satisfied customers attest to the quality and professionalism his company provides. See customlight.co.nz or contact Glen on 03-341 7175.

Fraser Thomas Geotechinical Engineers

Foundations right first time: we talk to local firm Fraser Thomas about finding the right geotechnical engineer

Geotechnical engineering is a highly specialised form of engineering that deals with foundation design for buildings. If the engineer gets it wrong, remediation can be very expensive.

Fraser Thomas Geotechinical Engineers

In California, insurance companies sick of paying out on claims covering negligence of incompetent engineers started a special licensing regime to ensure only qualified geotechnical engineers undertake geotechnical work.
In New Zealand there is currently no robust system in place to ensure only qualified chartered professional (geotechnical) engineers are providing geotechnical advice for building developments.
“When seeking geotechnical consultancy services, you should satisfy yourself that the engineer is appropriately qualified and experienced,” says Mason Reed of Fraser Thomas Limited.
“The Chartered Engineer register on the Engineering NZ website can confirm whether an engineer is Chartered and in which field (ie. structural, fire, civil). If you take advice on geotechnical matters from an engineer who is not a chartered professional (geotechnical) engineer, you do so at your own risk.”
Fraser Thomas has been providing expert geotechnical consultancy services for 50 years. “We have a sound understanding of geomechanics and provide foundation solutions which are best suited for the site conditions, which can sometimes result in significant cost savings for our clients in foundation construction costs.”
Fraser Thomas has a long history in identifying and mitigating the effects of a variety of geotechnical hazards ranging from residential and commercial to large infrastructure projects, such as landfills. “We have particular experience in slope stability assessments, including cliff lines/coastal erosion affects, foundation design on soft highly compressible soils, piled foundation design and the provision of foundation solutions for sites on liquefiable soils.”
In a shaky land, it is vital work.