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SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER

COVID-19 UPDATE


With the reduction to Alert Level 2 for Auckland, it is back to business as usual for Fraser Thomas staff as they return to normal office work routines.  Despite the lockdown environment and the additional challenges it has presented, we are proud to say that we were able to continue providing our clients with the high quality services you have become accustomed to. 
 
The Ministry of Health's NZ COVID Tracer App QR codes are displayed at our offices for staff and visitors to check themselves in to their digital diary.
 
Opportunities Abound
 
Over the past few months many of you may have had the opportunity to reflect on your investment 'wish lists'.   History has shown property has always been seen as a ‘safe haven’ in times of uncertainty, and we are here to help provide you with due diligence, surveying and engineering professional services to help bring your project to fruition.
 
Our senior staff typically hold 20-30 years’ experience in the Land Development field, and are available to provide you with a free initial 30 minute consultation/assessment of your property.  We will also provide you a valuable one page summary at no cost.

Simply email website@ftl.co.nz with your query or request, include relevant supporting information such as the full site address of the property and proposed development plans (if these are available).  We will put you in touch with an experienced Engineer or Surveyor who will arrange a suitable time to talk to you about your project. 

Staff News

Cromwell Office

Experienced Geotechnical Engineer, William Martin, has taken over the reins at our Cromwell Office. This office was established in 2018, managed by Sam Gladwin, who has recently relocated back to the Christchurch Office.  Also based in the Cromwell Office was George Feitz, who regretfully left Fraser Thomas earlier this year to return to his native Australia. 

William can be contacted on 021 828 578 or by emailing wmartin@ftl.co.nz.
 
Christchurch Office

We are delighted to welcome Alastair McNabb to our Christchurch office team as Principal and Senior Civil Engineer.  Alastair brings a wealth of experience with him, gained both locally and internationally, having previously worked in Australia and the Pacific.  Alastair will be a valuable asset to the company.
 
Auckland Office

Fraser Thomas proudly announces, Richard Simonds, a Senior Geotechnical Engineer in our Highbrook Office, has recently been appointed as a Chartered Member of Engineering NZ (PEngGeol).  
 
Richard's area of practice is Engineering Geological assessments and ground model development for building foundation and infrastructure projects.
We have also acquired some "new toys' to play with, enhancing the structural, surveying and contaminated land services we can offer you!
Endoscopic Tool

The Structural Engineering team at Fraser Thomas, specialising in forensic engineering and structural damage assessments, has found their new endoscopic tool invaluable when conducting Drossbach Duct inspections, as well as for other site investigations that require minimal disturbance to the existing structure.
Associate and Senior Structural Engineer Ben Holliss putting the new industrial endoscope to use.
Survey Drone

Unsurprisingly, our Highbrook Survey Department offered no complaints when the opportunity arose to incorporate a drone into their repertoire of survey tools.

The team has invested much time and enthusiasm into learning to control this micro sized flying device, and the rewards are visible in the demand by clients for the new deliverables.  The drone enables us to capture data over large areas in a fraction of the time traditional survey methods would take. The high definition images captured can be used to create an up-to-date aerial photograph and an accurate digital terrain model that our clients love.
X-Ray Fluorescence
 
Fraser Thomas now has its own XRF (X-Ray Fluorescence) for use for detecting heavy metals in contaminated land work.
 
An XRF is a non-destructive analytical tool used to determine the chemical composition of soil by firing an x-ray at it and measuring the fluorescent (secondary) x-ray emitted back. It provides a rapid method for determining the horizontal and vertical extent of soil contamination (“contamination delineation”), giving you instantaneous results. It has some limitations (i.e. can’t detect organic compounds, high detection limits for cadmium and accuracy can be affected by high moisture content of the sample).
 
It is particularly useful for our clients undertaking redevelopment projects, where contamination exists around the perimeter (“HALO”) of dwellings or other structures. The beauty of this device is that you can be on-site, use the XRF and tell the contractor they have to dig a bit deeper or a bit wider in one area to remove additional contaminated soil outside the known contamination soil footprint, rather than take lab samples, wait 5 days and then discover you have some more contaminated soil to remove. The downside is that it is not exact, but generally “close enough” – hence it is useful for delineation sampling, but for validation purposes you need laboratory soil results as well as XRF results.
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