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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

Inside Mainmark: introducing Francesca Davis, Mainmark’s new workplace health and safety manager in ANZ

With October dedicated to National Safe Work Month in Australia, we sat down with Mainmark’s new workplace health and safety manager, Francesca Davis, to discuss her new role and how she hopes to further develop a culture of safety within the business by introducing some new initiatives. You’ve recently joined Mainmark. Can you describe your

Insights from Coffey principal engineering geologist, Nick Clendon

Nick Clendon is the principal engineering geologist and team leader for the Wellington office at Coffey, a Tetra Tech company, specialising in geotechnical engineering, environmental services and project management services. Last year Mainmark collaborated with Nick on a large project to deliver a seismic strengthening solution for the Seaview Wastewater Treatment Plant. The facility treats

Road damaged by earthquake

The impact of earthquakes in Australia: What Australia can learn from earthquake events in the Pacific region

Planet earth is a living entity that is constantly moving. Many forces impact the earth’s movement; however, ground force is primarily impacted by what’s happening deep within the earth’s core and the tectonic plates that cover the earth’s surface like a crust. The seven major and eight minor tectonic plates are like giant slabs, joining