Time efficient solutions for lifting large concrete slabs in industrial environments

Large concrete slabs play an important role in warehousing and logistics environments, where hardstands for loading and unloading heavy road freight trucks and haulage vehicles, and vast storage facilities are essential to core business operations. If these heavy concrete slabs are compromised in any way, due to underlying issues below ground, it can significantly disrupt

Inside Mainmark: developing a career in ground engineering

For most young undergraduate engineers, ground engineering is not a top-of-mind focus when deciding on career path. However, the opportunity to learn about new ground improvement technologies and methodologies has made the journey incredibly worthwhile for three young engineers in the Mainmark team. When Theo Hnat (BE (Hons), MEngNZ) was a first-year student completing a

How innovative monitoring and engineering solutions can help renew bridge networks

As bridges gradually age and absorb increasing traffic volumes, regular inspections and maintenance are crucial, to ensure structural integrity, stability and safety well into the future. There are an estimated 53,000 public road bridges in Australia covering various distances to provide access across rivers, inaccessible terrain, elevated surfaces and city infrastructure. For the asset managers

Silvia rides again! Paul Hickman’s 2019 Peking to Paris

Mainmark Chief Executive Officer and car enthusiast, Paul Hickman, has again taken part in the famous Peking to Paris rally, behind the wheel of his lovingly restored 1953 Bristol 403, “Silvia”. Paul was joined by friend and co-pilot Sebastian (Bas) Gross, a recognised Bristol car restorer, who has dedicated many hours to preparing Silvia for

The tape tells a story when treating the causes of wall cracks

Not all cracks are the same; the type, size and location of cracking is important to consider when identifying the cause of the issue, as well as the best steps to resolve the problem. In the same way, measuring the success of a remediation project draws on a combination of tools. Different types of wall

How leaking water pipes can wreak havoc on a home’s foundations

Cracked pipes, blocked gutters and broken sewer lines are a surprisingly common cause of the foundation issues that can affect properties. Put simply, when the ground becomes oversaturated and waterlogged, the soil is weakened and loses strength, which can result in structural issues. For homeowners, the best way to avoid the costs of repairing foundation

Global markets continue to embrace Mainmark’s innovative ground engineering solutions

Mainmark has been providing specialist ground engineering and asset preservation solutions since 1983. Originally founded in Australia, our local operation has grown into a global enterprise with offices in New Zealand, the UK, Japan and Thailand. Mainmark’s global standing received a boost after it won a major Ground Engineering Award in 2016 for its work

A commitment to excellence: remembering Mainmark founder Philip Mack

On 9 April 2019, Mainmark staff bid a sad farewell to our company’s founder and chairman, Philip Mack. Philip originally established the Mainmark group back in 1983, building the business from the ground up. The name came from an Aboriginal word ‘manymak’, which translated to ‘good’ or ‘excellent’, a word that strongly resonated with Philip

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