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

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.