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Engineering Services

Engineering Services



Not only do we design the subdivision layout, our surveyors are also experienced in the civil engineering work required to implement the subdivision.  Be it a simple right of way or a large greenfields subdivision, we can design the roading, earthworks, building platforms, and the sewer, stormwater and water supply services.  We understand the requirements of councils and are able to work towards not only cost effective and good engineering solutions, but solutions that are acceptable to Council.


We work with a number of local contractors and regularly monitor the construction to ensure that work is completed and signed off to the required standard.


Often developments require other specialist consultants to provide advice on other matters such as ground stability and traffic effects.  We have professional relationships with the right consultants to ensure results.


Geoworks can assist to simplify the process and guide clients through:

  • Roading/right of way design

  • Services design

  • Construction monitoring to ensure compliance with council standards

  • Compile appropriate certificates of compliance and suitability



In order to establish a site that is suitable for a proposed building platform a “good ground” test may be required by local authorities.  

The testing determines the “ultimate bearing capacity" in accordance with NZ 3604.  This information can be passed on to the building designer.


The requirements for farm dairy effluent ponds are driven by most councils under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA).  Aspects of pond construction are also regulated by regional councils and district councils under the RMA and Building Act 2004; Building Code.

Geoworks specialise in clay liner design.  Field investigations are carried out to support consent applications, taking into account:

  • Herd size and effluent discharge areas using the Dairy Effluent Storage Calculator

  • Along with Farm Dairy Effluent (FDE) Design Code of Practice and IPENZ Practice Note 21

  • Size and design of proposed pond (including drawings and specifications)

  • Slope stability, surface water and vegetation type of proposed site

  • Soil types present and associated physical properties – sampling and testing of the clay for liner material to NZS 4402

  • Water table and location of drains


The Geoworks team have a comprehensive understanding of all the regulatory requirements, and have relationships with local and regional councils which can help streamline the process, meaning less disruption to farming operations.

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