Fraser Thomas Ltd needs no introduction when it comes to the best professional geotechnical, civil engineering, land surveying and land development projects in Canterbury.
With a core team of civil engineers and surveyors led by Christchurch Director and Geotechnical Manager Mason Reed, Fraser Thomas Ltd offers a one-stop-shop for civil, environmental, geotechnical and structural engineering, not to mention resource management, surveying and land development.
Now with the addition of offices in Central Otago and Hawkes Bay, more families and businesses than ever before can benefit from the professionalism and attention to detail that Fraser Thomas brings to every project.
The company’s new Central Otago office, headed by a tightly knit team of engineers and surveyors, is situated in the ever-growing community of Cromwell.
Many structural, civil engineering and land development projects can now experience the Fraser Thomas treatment like so many in Canterbury.
The same can be said for residents of Napier, where Fraser Thomas’s Hawkes Bay office has been leaving its mark on cutting-edge projects thanks to a team of highly qualified engineers and surveyors.
With more offices on the cards throughout New Zealand, Fraser Thomas Ltd is going from strength to strength.
For more information on Fraser Thomas Ltd and the engineering and surveying services they provide, visit the website.
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.
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.