ABOUT
GEOCONSULT

Geoconsult is a privately owned New Zealand engineering consultancy established in 2009, specialising in the fields of geotechnical engineering and engineering geology.

Geoconsult provides affordable geotechnical services with quick turnarounds, primarily to the New Zealand market, with a focus on delivering practical, cost efficient solutions to our clients. Our client base includes local government, developers, contractors, private individuals and other consultants.

With over 10 staff members between our offices in Auckland, Christchurch, Tauranga, Hamilton and Whangarei our team of professional Geotechnical Engineers and Engineering Geologists have a wide range of experience and expertise within both the geotechnical and geological professions. The Geoconsult team includes Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) with current registered memberships of IPENZ (The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand), the Geological Society of London (GSL), the New Zealand Geotechnical Society (NZGS), The International Society for Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engineering and the International Society of Rock Mechanics.

Our Christchurch office was set up in 2012 following the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence between September 2010 and June 2011 with the aim of providing geotechnical services for the Christchurch rebuild. Geoconsult is committed to being involved with the immediate rebuild and long term growth of Christchurch and the Canterbury Region. Since opening our Christchurch office we have undertaken hundreds of geotechnical investigations across the Canterbury region in all technical categories, becoming familiar with both the unique geotechnical and geological aspects of the region and specific geotechnical requirements of the Selwyn, Christchurch, Lincoln and Waimakariri Councils.

Our Christchurch office works closely with Ground Investigation Ltd, who use drill rigs fitted with dynamic probes and the latest CPT and SDMT testing equipment, so that we can provide both fieldwork and consulting services to optimise time and costs in delivering geotechnical reports.

OUR
SERVICES

GEOTECHNICAL REPORTS

It is often a requirement of the local council that a Geotechnical Report or Soil Report be provided for a building development as part of the Building Consent process.

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PRE PURCHASE APPRAISAL

If you are considering selling or purchasing a property, it is prudent to have the property checked for possible problems with building foundations or ground instability.

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Geoconsult - geotechnical earthworks monitoring

EARTHWORKS MONITORING

Earthworks are the process of moving soil from one area to another. This may appear to be a simple process, but is actually an engineering activity that requires skilful operation.

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RETAINING WALLS

Retaining walls are structures that support a vertical face of earth, usually a cut or fill face.

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BUILDING SETTLEMENT

Movements of the ground can often result in displacement of house foundations. This can cause damage or cracking to the house. There are five main causes of foundation movement:

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LIQUEFACTION ASSESSMENT

Liquefaction is a phenomenon in which the strength and stiffness of a soil is reduced by earthquake shaking or other rapid loading. It occurs in saturated soils, which are subjected to shaking.

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LANDSLIP AND HAZARD ASSESSMENT

If you have had a slip on your property or you are concerned about the stability of your property, you will need a geotechnical engineer to assess the site.

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CONSTRUCTION INSPECTIONS AND CERTIFICATION

It is usually a council requirement that excavations for foundations are inspected by a geotechnical engineer during construction and prior to pouring the foundations.

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STORMWATER & EFFLUENT DISPOSAL

On site disposal of stormwater or wastewater often requires design of stormwater detention tanks or septic tanks and effluent treatment plants.

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OUR
STAFF

Principal Consultant
BE ME MIPENZ CPEng IntPE

Marco is a geotechnical engineer with over 25 years of experience in the profession. READ MORE

Geotechnical Team Leader
BE ME MIPENZ CPEng IntPE

Phil is a Chartered Professional Engineer with approximately 40 years experience. READ MORE

Geotechnical Team Leader
BSc PGDip Geology

Warren is an engineering geologist and currently runs our Christchurch office. READ MORE

Senior Geotechnical Engineer
BSc MSc CGeol FGS (UK)

Kevin is a geotechnical engineer and Chartered Geologist with over 16 years experience. READ MORE

Senior Geotechnical Engineer
NZCE

Bryce is a geotechnical engineer with over 25 years in geotechnical site work. READ MORE

Engineering Geologist BSc Geology

Evan is an engineering geologist and currently runs our Northland office. READ MORE

  • Kopiko Road, Titirangi

    Project: Kopiko Road, Titirangi – Road Slip
    Client: Auckland Transport
    Date: April 2011 – August 2011

    Project Description: Geoconsult provided a preliminary geotechnical assessment within 24 hours of being notified of the slip, a relatively large deep seated underslip associated with a gully feature. This consisted of a walkover survey, photographic record and identification of the slip failure mechanism and risk category.

  • Papakura Stormwater Upgrades

    Project: Papakura Stormwater Upgrades (4 Catchments -Central Papakura) – Public Stormwater
    Client: Auckland Council
    Date: April 2010 – December 2011

    Project Description: Geoconsult was engaged to provide ground investigations and geotechnical advice for the Central Papakura area over a number of stormwater catchments, the significant depths of weak alluvial soils including extensive Peat deposits and the proposed open cut trenching pipe installation

  • Henderson Creek

    Project: Henderson Creek (Central Park Drive to Sherwood Park Reserve) – Public Water main
    Client: Watercare Services Ltd
    Date: September 2012

    Project Description: Geoconsult was engaged to undertake ground investigation works to identify the feasibility of various proposed directional drill route options and associated ground related risks for replacement of a leaking water main which supplies Te-Atatu.

CASE
STUDIES

TESTIMONIALS

  • “Constructure have been working with Geoconsult for a number of years. We appreciate the responsiveness and knowledge of Geoconsult and frequently refer our clients accordingly for geotechnical engineering expertise”

    Cory Bedford – Constructure
    Cory Bedford - Constructure
  • “I have been working with Geoconsult since 2012. In this time I have worked with many geotechnical engineering firms, and Geoconsult are my ‘go to’ geotechnical engineers in Christchurch. I find Geoconsult very pleasant to deal with, knowledgeable in their field, understanding of my architectural requirements, and realistic in their responses. This gives me faith that we’ll be provided with a cost effective geotechnical solution to our requirements, that will also comply with code and legislation.”

    Greg Young – Young Architects
    Greg Young - Young Architects
  • “We have been collaborating with Geoconsult for a number of years and they have always proven to be reliable, cost effective, and professional. We confidently recommend their services to anyone for any size job.”

    Danielle Hancock – Thomas Civil & Environmental Consultants Ltd
    Danielle Hancock – Thomas Civil & Environmental Consultants Ltd
  • “Geoconsult has a clear focus on meeting Auckland Zoo’s needs, this ensures complete understanding and compliance with our projects specific and unique requirements.”

    Carl Milner – Auckland Zoo
    Carl Milner – Auckland Zoo
  • “We have used Geoconsult for eight different projects in the last two years. In that time I have found Geoconsult to be helpful and have always delivered on their promises in terms of deadlines, and quotations.”

    Austen Clarke – Clarke Group Management Ltd
    Austen Clarke - Clarke Group Management Ltd
  • “We would highly recommend Geoconsult based on our recent experiences engaging them to provide Geotechnical reports and ongoing site advice on tricky boundary excavations. We welcomed the practical approach and prudent suggestions on methodology that saved our client time and money.”

    Nik Morrison – Permit Shop Ltd
    Nik Morrison – Permit Shop Ltd
  • “The Team at Geoconsult have provided me, albeit a small job in comparison to others, an overall very high standard of work ethics. Your website was great & informative, the follow up enquiry accurate & prompt with quotes & timeframe. The onsite team brilliant & well mannered, reception general enquiries and accounts have all been prompt and helpful when any question arose. I used to be a company accountant, so I know how hard to find and how valuable a good team can be.

    So thanks again for everything and well done, for making this part of my subdivision invisible to me, yet well presented.”

    Georgina
    Georgina
  • “A quick note to let you know how much we appreciate the professionalism and speed of your response to the questions from Council about our plans. When our Architect recommended you to us, he talked about the quality of your work. He was right. This is a somewhat nerve-wracking process for us. Know how much your work is appreciated.”

    John & Sandra
    John & Sandra