Auckland Round the Bays 2018
Fabulous day at Round the Bays yesterday! Well done to all who participated. A fabulous post race feed on Director Andrew’s Jamaican jerk pork and jerk chicken!
Christopher Robson – Senior Geotechnical Engineering Geologist
Christopher Robson is our dedicated Senior Geotechnical Engineering Geologist on the ground in Wellington who will assist you with all your geotechnical needs. Christopher has over 12 years of expertise in the New Zealand & Pacific regions.
Westpac Rescue Helicopter
A few of the team had a guided tour around the Westpac Rescue Helicopter hangar and even had a go at flying in their simulator!
Auckland Office Refurbishment
We recently underwent a complete refurbishment in our Auckland office. Check out the new digs!
Dean McCabe – Principal Engineer
Dean is a Chartered Geotechnical/ Structural engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the design of commercial, industrial and residential developments and has recently joined our Christchurch office!
He combines a high level of design expertise with practical experience in the field having been involved with geotechnical site assessments including slope stability assessments and subdivision earthwork inspections. He also has experience with heavy duty pavement design and the design of retaining walls and deep piling.
Dean has been involved with the structural design and construction inspections for a number of new commercial and residential buildings. He also has experience with the assessment of seismic strength and the repair and strengthening design for residential and commercial buildings.
Welcome aboard Dean!
Mark Sinclair – Principal Engineer
Mark recently joined Soil and Rock as a Principal Engineer in the Auckland Office. He is a member of Engineering New Zealand, a Chartered Professional Engineer, and holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from the University of Canterbury.
Mark has 26 years’ experience within the civil engineering field specialising in geotechnical disciplines across a diverse portfolio of public and private sector clients. This experience combines 10 years as an Engineering Technician involved within the disciplines of civil engineering draughting, general civil & dam design, soils laboratory testing and analysis (including site based tenures), and 16 years as a Geotechnical Engineer specialising in site investigations, geotechnical analysis and design, management of investigation contracts, construction supervision, and project management.
Welcome aboard Mark!
Raymond Lo – Senior Geotechnical Engineer
Raymond recently joined Soil and Rock as a Senior Geotechnical Engineer in the Auckland Office. He is a member of Engineering New Zealand, a Chartered Professional Engineer, and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree. He is originally from Hong Kong.
Raymond is an NZ registered Professional Engineer with deep and broad geotechnical design and construction experiences including retaining wall, foundation sub-structures, earthworks, basement, rock/soil slope stabilization, lateral supports for deep excavation and ground improvement works to mitigate foundation problems. He brings cost effective engineering solutions to projects.
Welcome aboard Raymond!
Soil & O Rock!
A few of our team participated in O Rock last weekend. It is a 5km obstacle course under ropes, over cars, climbing ladders and sliding down poles! Unfortunately it rained heavily the day before so here they are post race in all their muddy glory!
A Silver Medalist in our midst!
Our Senior Environmental Scientist is also a Silver Medalist! Sharon and her team came 2nd place for Volleyball at the World Masters Games 2017!
Soil & Rock…..Climbing!
Some of the team took to the walls at Extreme Edge the other week. After scaling the beginners wall, and having a play around all the different challenges the competition took off at the race wall!
90’s Old Skool – Soil & Rock is where it’s at!
More FM came in for their Top 90’s 500 Countdown on 20-24 March to giveaway old skool Spaceman Candy Sticks and Push Pop Candy!
Soil & Rock Beach Day Out
Chip butties, beach cricket and sunset on Muriwai Beach! That’s how we roll when team bonding. A lovely company outing on one of Auckland’s magical West Coast black sand beaches!
Article: Auckland Today
Soil and Rock Consultants are celebrating 30 years!
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ISO Management Standards
We have developed and implemented an integrated management system of standards for ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management), ISO1 4001:2004 & OHSAS 18001:2007 (Health & Safety) and AS/NZS 4801:2001 Certifications.
This will further strengthen our demonstrated commitment to providing a quality service and customer satisfaction.
Article: Central Park News
Our CEO, Paul Robinson is involved in the Central Park Business Association. He has written an article on Urban Development and how our company can assist you with your geotechnical project needs.
“As we experience an increase in urban development across West Auckland and the wider region, the opportunity for people now to subdivide or buy a section and build, is increasing at a dramatic rate. Given the Auckland Unitary Plan is opening up swathes of Auckland for development or rezoning, the focus on building has never been higher. When deciding if subdividing or building a new house (or commercial premises for that matter) is right for you, it’s very easy to forget about some important details…”
Check out the article on Page 11 using the following link
Soil & Rock Consultants – Quarry Conference
On the 13th – 15th July, we attended our very first Quarry Conference, which was hosted in Blenheim this year.
Through 2015 we’ve been working with Worksafe to produce a Geotechnical Report for Quarry Managers to satisfy the new Worksafe guidelines for safe quarry operation. The report was very well received by everyone we spoke to at the conference and it was fantastic to meet so many people who are passionate about their industry.
Given it was our first year attending, it’s always hard to gauge what to expect. Overall the conference was excellent in networking with suppliers to the industry and also hearing from industry professinals from around the country.
To be in a position to provide the industry with professional guideance for a safe working environment is something we’re very excited about here at Soil & Rock Consultants. We’ll definitely be attending next year’s conference in Auckland
NZIA Auckland Architecture Awards
Another great article spotted – Soil & Rock Consultants were engaged back in 2012 to complete the Stormwater Disposal study on this project. It proved a great lesson for one of our then Graduate Engineers. Now, the house has won an NZIA Auckland Architecture Award – No guesses as to why, it’s a beautiful house!
Remote Village Joins 21st Century (and we helped!)
Interesting article spotted by one of our Senior Engineers on Stuff.co.nz. Soil & Rock Consultants completed the initial walkover assessment, investigation and construction observations. We were even nearly stuck on site when DoC locked the gate!
Soil & Rock Mountain Bikers
Our team is an active bunch with a team culture who like to roll our sleeves up and get the job done. This also stems outside of work with many of our team members enjoying active outdoor pursuits. Whether that is getting out on the water, getting down with nature or getting involved in outdoor activities. Here from left we have Alex, Chris, Tim and Zeph enjoying a day of mountain biking at Woodhill Forrest.
2016 NZ Enduro Nationals
Recently, 2 of our team members participated in the 2016 NZ Enduro Nationals. Here’s what Jared had to say about his motor-cross riding experience:
“I would like to thank all directors, shareholders and upper management of Soil and Rock for the sponsorship given to myself and Carl Steadman by way of the work ute and supplemented fuel, to travel to the 2016 NZ National Enduro rounds in Christchurch and Mosgiel.
After the five round national series, I was lucky enough to realise a childhood dream of mine by standing on a National Championship podium for the first time and Carl who found himself sitting comfortably inside to top ten of the Pro class.
This dream of mine would have never been realised if it weren’t for the support of Soil and Rock.
My goal now is to win the number one trophy in 2017 with the support of the Soil and Rock Family.
Once again, Thank you all”
Good work Jared!
Junior World Gliding Championships
Alex McCaw competed in the Junior World Gliding Championships in December 2015, held in a place called Narromine, which is approx. 5hrs drive inland from Sydney. Narromine is a small farming town located in the featureless New South Wales Plains, it has a very hot and dry climate; great conditions for gliding. The competition was for pilots under the age of 25 from around the world. There were 60 pilots competing in two classes. Alex and a friend were the only competitors from New Zealand. Gliding is very popular in Europe with many of the attending pilots being semi-professional. The first week held great weather allowing the pilots to fly at really high speeds, often in excess of 250Kph. This put Alex in 3rd place after 7 days flying. Unfortunately due to a change in the weather there was a considerable change in scores. At the end of the competition Alex placed 12th, he really enjoyed this great experience and overall, he was happy with how he performed.
Alex has had support and help from a lot of people along with sponsorship from Soil & Rock Consultants to get him to the Junior World Gliding Championships. Soil & Rock Consultants really encourage and support our staff with sporting endeavours and success outside of the workplace.
Breakfast with Richie McCaw
Alex McCaw who works in our Christchurch Branch (Richie McCaw’s Cousin; is highly placed in NZ National Gliding Contests, Alex came 2nd in the Standard Class at the recent Multiclass Nationals Gliding Competition, and has spent the last three years in training and preparation for the Junior Worlds. Alex and his team held a fundraiser breakfast for their Junior World Gliding Championship Team and Richie McCaw was Guest of honour where where he shared his thoughts on elite sport, World Cup preparations and his love of his other sport – gliding. Our Christchurch Office took this opportunity to take some of our Clients and Staff to the breakfast to dine with Richie McCaw.
Farewell – Dave Convery
Dave Convery who co-founded the company in 1987 is retiring after 27 years of service. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Dave for the 27 years of geotechnical advice and management he has rendered with the company. The company is very appreciative of his loyal service and the growth of the company is largely due to his dedication, sincerity and efforts. He has certainly created a legacy and we wish him a fond farewell and a happy retirement. Dave will be assisting in a consulting capacity.
Enjoy your well-deserved retirement!
Team Building events
Where our staff put their cooking skills to the test
At Soil & Rock Consultants we believe team building is an integral part of the success of our business enabling our employees some time out from their daily tasks to interact with each other in a relaxed atmosphere. We arranged a team building event on the 22nd May 2015. Our Christchurch staff travelling up for the occasion to join our Auckland office for a high-energy Master Chef competition. The competitive event combined with a cooking class was a fun, creative and engaging team experience and a celebration of great food and great people all rolled in to one tasty team building event!
Blues Afternoon Tea
Thanks to More FM’s office shouts we were lucky enough to have Josh, Hamish and Luke who are Auckland Blues Rugby Players visit us with afternoon tea in February 2015!
Ski Trip – Mid-Winter Weekend Away
The Auckland team travelled to Mt Ruapehu in August for a fun-filled weekend with our colleagues and families.
We stayed at the Tarawera – Avondale College Camp Ground where there were plenty of huts and communal areas to cater for us all. We had an enjoyable time with lots of snowboarding and skiing, hearty meals, table tennis and team building.