Engineering better environments for a better future
For excellence in engineering, you cannot choose better than Terra. We are industry leading specialists in civil engineering, structural engineering & environmental engineering – it’s the core of our business and what we do best.
Our project managers are experienced in managing multi-disciplinary subdivision projects with both in house and external consultants. We represent our clients to the council and other project stakeholders to deliver projects that meet time and budget expectations. Every project is different and will require some careful management to ensure a balanced outcome is achieved.
Feasibility & Concept Design
The first stage of many projects is to check that development is possible in terms of available infrastructure and council development controls. It is advantageous to know the potential issues of a site up front to avoid costly constraints during the detailed design or construction. We offer simple or comprehensive feasibility investigations into a site to unlock its development potential.
Preparing Flood Assessments
Some of the sites have been identified by the council as prone to potential flooding during heavy rainfall events. Our flood engineers are able to analyse the stormwater catchment for your site and predict the overland flow paths and flow depths to allow developments to proceed safely.
Infrastructure Assessment Reports
Every project lodged with council for a Resource Consent requires an Infrastructure Assessment Report (IAR) which needs to be prepared by a suitably qualified Engineer. Our expert engineers are able to compile this report for your project that fully describes the existing infrastructure and the modifications required to allow development.
Create Detailed Drawing Sets
Clear and detailed drawings are essential to illustrate the proposed works to the council and allow contractors to accurately price and construct from the plans. We have a strong team of experienced Computer Aided Design (CAD) operators that make the best use of the newest versions of drawing software. We are able to produce 3D images of your proposal and make 3D fly throughs to give a project overview for sales purposes.
Preparing Design Calculations
To ensure our proposals will get approved by council and to be confident they will be fit for purpose, we provide detailed design calculations appropriate to the complexity of the project. Our engineers are able to utilise the latest computer softwares to quickly compute and present professional calculations for all aspects of the project.
Liaise with Council
During the design phase we talk to the council and it’s subsidiaries such as ones for transport, stormwater, wastewater to explain to them how the proposal meets their expectations. Although this phase can take some time we manage the process as efficiently as possible to get responses back to the council when they have queries.
Design Reviews on behalf of Council
We also assist the council as an approved sub-consultant in reviewing other consultants work for compliance. We are responsible for verifying their designs are compliant with the councils code of practice.
CASE STUDY - PUMP STATION
Terra Consultants were engaged on behalf of the Cosgrave Land Owners Group for the upgrade of the Grove Road Pump Station, Takanini. This will ultimately approximately 1000 dwellings adjacent Grove and Cosgrave Roads. The upgrade involves replacing existing pumps and electrical plus installation of 200m3 of underground overflow storage. The upgrade works have a value of approximately $2M.
The project works are complicated by the existing pump station bring in continuous operation and the new storage tanks being required to be installed 5m below the surface in soft peat. The works are anticipated be completed by late December 2018.