Solutions to help maintain and remediate seawalls

Australia and New Zealand are surrounded by the sea with coastal living, seaside views and access to water all playing a big part in our way of life. However, when the ocean or an open body of water intrudes too close to urban environments, seawalls are valuable assets for protecting low lying waterfront infrastructure, addressing

Aerial view of Surfers Paradise on Queensland's Gold Coast

Regional spotlight series: assessing the geological landscape in Queensland, Australia

Following our recent regional blog that looked at the different ground conditions in New Zealand, we now turn our attention to Queensland, Australia’s second largest state with a total area of 1,852,642 square kilometres, known for its diverse natural environment and extreme weather patterns. Mainmark services Queensland with a dedicated team based in Brisbane, the

Understanding foundations – what you need to know to keep your building structurally sound

The integrity and longevity of any built structure starts from the ground up, which is why it is often said that a building is only as good as the foundations it is built on. However, different types of foundations are used for different buildings, generally determined by the site’s geological factors, the type of building,

Auckland city skyline Waitemata harbour New Zealand

Regional spotlight series: how geological considerations differ in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, New Zealand

When it comes to ground engineering, topography and geological conditions will often impact the built environment. The ground conditions will also inform the remediation approach Mainmark uses for different projects. With a global footprint spanning from Australia and New Zealand to Japan and the United Kingdom, Mainmark has considerable experience working in different regions, many

Mainmark is challenging WHS culture for the better

Wednesday, April 28 marks World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day. It is a time to reflect on the importance of workplace practices, with the aim of reducing and preventing work-related occupational diseases, deaths, injuries, and illnesses. Despite a 53 per cent decrease in workplace fatalities between 2007 and 2019[1]

10 years of engineering development after the 2011 Christchurch earthquake

Even though 10 years have passed, it seems like only yesterday that New Zealand experienced the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that shook the foundations of Christchurch’s central business district on Tuesday 22 February 2011. The catastrophic event claimed the lives of 185 people and caused widespread destruction, coming less than six months after a 7.1 quake

Mainmark supports #ChooseToChallenge on International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day on March 8 is a time to recognise women around the world and why it’s important to stand up against gender inequality. The theme for this year, #ChooseToChallenge, highlights the choices we make as a society and the need to support gender equality. #ChooseToChallenge is based on the idea that we can

Putting cracks into perspective

Our homes are typically one of the biggest investments we make in our lives. It therefore stands to reason that the last thing we want to see are cracks in the walls, as they can be an indication of structural damage which can lead to financial strain. However, cracks have a variety of implications, so

Key considerations when building a stable structure on a difficult site

Australia and New Zealand are lands of diverse topography, with thousands of communities situated in areas where hills, slopes, embankments and elevations are prevalent. And while that may mean stunning views and natural light for those wishing to live on an elevated site, it raises significant challenges for builders and engineers who must consider the

Inside Mainmark: introducing senior technician, Pip Buunk

Before joining Mainmark earlier this year, Pip Buunk was New Zealand’s only registered female driller, managing drill rigs for geotechnical site investigation, water bore, and geohazard stabilisation projects. After more than 15 years of working in the drilling industry, and being named the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Tradeswoman of the Year in

Innovative lining and coating solutions for critical water infrastructure

In our recent blog, we introduced Mainmark’s range of specialised resins, gels and coatings. The blog outlined how engineers and contractors can use these products to reinforce, revitalise and seal critical infrastructure that can be impacted by water ingress, such as tunnels.  In this latest blog, we look at the benefits of using these innovative

How Permeation Grouting stabilises structures impacted by coastal sandy soils

With almost 50,000kms of coastline and more than 10,000 beaches around Australia, it’s only natural that many Australians choose to live by the ocean. Yet, despite the lifestyle benefits of coastal living, construction methods near a shoreline typically need more careful consideration to account for the loose, sandy soil conditions prevalent in these areas. Sandy