Geotechnical Engineering

Stratum's Newest Associates

Andrew, Colin, John, Bart and Stephen are pleased to announce three new Associates to Stratum Consultants Ltd. 

Elles Pearse-Danker from our Tauranga office, Matt Powdrell from our Te Puke office, and Craig Pollard from our Rotorua Office are all outstanding in their respective geotechnical engineering, surveying, and civil engineering fields. 

Their promotion reflects our determination to continue to provide great support to our clients and their projects across the wider Bay of Plenty region.

Well done and very well deserved!

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Nga Potiki Residential Development: Papamoa

Stratum Consultants Ltd is proud to assist the Nga Potiki a Tamapahore Trust (an entity of Nga Potiki hapu) to develop their land in Papamoa. 

Stratum Consultants Ltd applied for and obtained subdivision and land use consent approvals for Nga Potiki under the Special Housing Accord legislation.  This included input from our highly capable and experienced resource management planners, civil engineers, geotechnical engineers and land surveyors.

From the outset it was important to Nga Potiki that, in addition to meeting commercial objectives, any development of the site is undertaken in a way that is socially, culturally and environmentally responsible.

The master planning undertaken for the proposed development realised an affordable residential housing development of 200+ lots that will be available to the public but will also provide for specific outcomes for Nga Potiki.  A portion of the developed sites will be retained by the Trust and made available to members of the iwi with a range of social housing and tenure types, including Kaumatua housing for 20 units, rental housing, and licences to occupy.  Significant land will also be set aside for conservation and cultural purposes.  In addition an area is intended to be developed as a Retirement Village.  Some non-residential facilities are envisaged to support the neighbourhood scale development, including some limited scale retail opportunities.

Stratum Consultants Ltd looks forward to continuing to work on this project and congratulate Nga Potiki on this exciting high quality and socially, culturally and environmentally responsible development.

You can read more about this development in a recent news article in the following link: 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=11887474

Rotorua Residential Development

The signs continue to be positive for residential development and subdivision within Rotorua.

Stratum's team of planners, geotech engineers, civil engineers and surveyors have been busy recently obtaining subdivision consent to develop our clients land.

As you will see near the bottom of the following 'Rotorua Daily Post' article, we are proud to have been involved in 4 of the 5 subdivisions mentioned that have been approved by Council since August 2016.  These subdivisions will soon release over 100 new residential lots to the Rotorua market. 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503434&objectid=11812976

Recently Published Article: NZ Geomechanics News

Stratum Consultants own Senior Geotechnical Engineer Elles Pearse-Danker (in conjunction with Liam Wotherspoon) prepared an article for the NZ Geomechanics News for their June 2016 edition.  The NZ Geomechanics News is the bulletin of the New Zealand Geotechnical Society Inc.

Elles’ article is a follow-on from the testing and research of site subsoil classes around Tauranga that she did during her Masters in Geotechnical Engineering (MEng) qualification. 

The main conclusion of the article is that most of Tauranga should be Class D (deep or soft soils), which is important information to structural and geotechnical engineering professionals.  The article also recommends that the local community of geotechnical and structural engineers consider the geological setting when using relatively shallow data to determine the appropriate subsoil class for seismic design of buildings.   

This article can be viewed in full on page 62 at: http://www.nzgs.org/library/site-subsoil-class-determinations-in-tauranga/

Kiwifruit Industry Development

The kiwifruit industry is one of the largest employment and business sectors of the western Bay of Plenty and accounts for around 20% of the GDP in the region. 

It has recently been through a tough period with the arrival of PSA, however has now bounced back in a spectacular way.  This has resulted the industry as a whole now in a growth phase.

Stratum is heavily involved in kiwifruit industry related development at present where we are providing planning, engineering and survey services to our clients led from our Tauranga and Te Puke offices.

Post-Harvest Facilities

With the pending release of several hundred hectares of new kiwifruit varieties and the large volume of the new gold kiwifruit crop coming on stream, many of our existing clients in the Kiwifruit Post-Harvest sector have been expanding existing facilities and developing new post-harvest facilities to cater for the increased production and crop.

From a resource management planning perspective, Stratum is currently involved in the master planning of greenfield development sites, and the development of existing post-harvest sites.  This involves planning site layouts, obtaining consents for increased throughput of existing facilities, land use consents for new facilities from local authorities and earthworks and discharge consents from Regional Council.

Our engineers are currently undertaking geotechnical investigations and assessments, our civil engineers designing roading, wastewater, water supply and stormwater, while our structural engineering team involvement includes packhouse and coolstore design. 

Stratum's surveying teams are assisting with topographical surveys, as-builts and building set out.

Production Land Conversion

Many existing and new clients are also undertaking greenfield development by converting pastoral land into kiwifruit orchard.  Stratums involvement has included obtaining earthworks consents for the recontouring of land, orchard layout and set out, and the subdivision of properties into productive horticultural allotments. 

Stratum is considered one of the leading professional consultancy firms in the development of kiwifruit associated land and facilities with many years of experience in the industry.  We are at the forefront of understanding the industries specific needs and our solution based and pragmatic approach is well received by the kiwifruit industry sector.

For more information on developments we have been involved within the kiwifruit industry, please view the Projects page of our website.

Welcome Elles Pearse-Danker: Geotechnical Engineer

Stratum Consultants is excited to welcome Elles Pearse-Danker to the team. 

Elles is a highly experienced Geotechnical Engineer with particular knowledge of the Bay of Plenty area.  She has qualified as a Tauranga City Council Category 1 Geoprofessional which means she can provide specialist geotechnical advice on difficult sites in the Tauranga area. 

Her experience and technical expertise will be a valuable asset to Stratum’s growing geotechnical team.

Welcome Elles!