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Histories Engineering Lessons

An engineering failure may be defined as an unforeseen, substandard, performance of an engineered element, ranging in catastrophic...

Stormwater Management

Stormwater Management: The change from natural landforms and vegetative cover to impervious surfaces has two major effects on stormwater:...

Geotechnical Engineering Snapshot

Geotechnical Engineering Geotechnics is the branch of civil engineering concerned with the engineering behaviour of earth materials. ...

Foundations on Expansive Soils

Expansive soils are soils which experience volume change when soil moisture changes. All clay soils experience some volume changes from...

Retaining Walls

I often see inadequately built retaining walls which should have been designed by an engineer and I see these walls fail. ​ It isn’t...

What Does A Geotechnical Engineer Do

What exactly does a geotechnical engineer do? Every structure, be it a bridge, building or retaining wall is tide to the earth. By nature...

The Why of Engaging a Geotechnical Engineer

Introduction Councils require applications for building consent to provide sufficient information to enable Council to make a decision on...

Steep sites

A steep building site generally has gradients exceeding 20 degrees, however even a 1V:4H, (14 ) slope should assessed for ground...