The sinkhole phenomenon – what causes them and how are they remediated?

When it comes to ground issues, sinkholes can appear suddenly, often with dramatic and serious consequences.  While the ground may seem to unexpectedly collapse, the reality is that sinkholes generally develop over a period of time until the ground above simply loses support and gives way, leaving a gaping hole. Understanding what causes sinkholes Sinkholes

The value of ground strengthening for redevelopments in seismic prone areas

The devastation caused by seismic events in New Zealand, including the significant 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence, has seen growing awareness about the interaction between building structures and soil during an earthquake. The challenge for home owners and developers undertaking earthquake strengthening works is to consider both ground strength and building behaviour so that

How extreme weather can affect your home’s foundations

Extreme weather events, natural disasters and extended dry spells have a significant impact on the ground and subsequently, on building foundations. Summer 2018/19 was the third-warmest ever recorded in Australia, and the hot weather pattern has continued, with January one of the hottest on record across both Australia and New Zealand.  While many of us

What to do if your home is subsiding

Foundations are a structurally significant part of any building. While solid, stable foundations help ensure your home has the support it needs for years to come, buildings can and will move. A fundamental reason for this movement is often due to changes in the ground under your home’s footings. Many homes experience foundation movement due

Protecting critical infrastructure from the ground up

How ground improvement can deliver long-term resilience to earthquake prone infrastructure How can you make an earthquake-prone structure more resilient? This was the question posed recently by operators of a waste water treatment plant in Wellington, New Zealand, as they sought proactive measures to protect the asset following the introduction of The Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings)

When is sonic drilling the right solution?

Geotechnical engineers often specify the use of deep drilling to assess soil conditions before commencing complex construction projects. Choosing the right drilling method is one of the most important decisions and can directly impact project outcomes.

Transport infrastructure maintenance solutions

The community relies heavily on a network of roads, bridges, tunnels, railways, ports, airports and public transport. However, as Australia and New Zealand’s populations soar, these assets will come under increasing pressure, requiring an innovative and efficient approach to maintenance and remediation.

Fast and efficient solutions to help councils preserve and maintain critical infrastructure quickly and cost effectively

Local councils and government departments are responsible for a significant range of assets, from roads, bridges and footpaths, to water, sewerage, and drainage.

Inside Mainmark: Introducing Laurie Andrews, NSW and ACT Business Development Manager

What is your role at Mainmark? I’m a civil/structural engineer by trade and have worked in sales and business development for the last 15+ years. My role with Mainmark is very much about identifying new opportunities in civil, infrastructure and asset preservation industries, whilst also managing the NSW/ACT sales team. 

Dr Alan Jeary wins AIB Professional Excellence Award highlighting local STRAAM project

As the exclusive partner of STRAAM technology in ANZ, Mainmark was particularly proud to be present as Dr Alan Jeary won the Research, Development and Technology category at the National Professional Excellence in Building Awards for 2018 on 7th September.

Are unstable foundations affecting the safety, performance and operation of your manufacturing business?

Some of the biggest challenges facing manufacturing and warehousing facilities are ongoing maintenance and safety hazards. When reviewing your workplace health and safety practices and business efficiencies, ask yourself, are the foundations beneath your warehouse, loading dock, transport hub and driveway stable?

Inside Mainmark: Introducing Dr Phil Irwin, VIC and TAS Area Manager

Can you explain your ground engineering experience and qualifications? I have a PhD in earth sciences. After completing an undergraduate degree with Honours at The University of Melbourne, I undertook a PhD at Deakin University majoring in palaeontology, which is a specialist field examining the fossil remains of animals and plants.

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