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Earthquakes and Pallet Racking

21/12/2010 - Roger Twiname

On September 4, 2010 at approximately 4.35 a.m Christchurch had a magnitude M7.1 (Richter Scale) earthquake.  Roger explains all you need to know about Earthquakes and Pallet Racking.

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Queenstown Airport Runway Emergency Safety Area

21/12/2010 - Murray Smith

Since the beginning of 2010 the earth has been moving in Queenstown literally, more than half of the 750,000 m3 of earth required to construct Queenstown Airport Corporations’ Runway Emergency Safety Area (RESA) in fact.

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Futureintech - our involvement in 2010

21/12/2010 - Carolyn Powles

This year Carolyn has been involved a Transpower Neighbourhood Engineering project with Sunnybrae Normal, the brief was to re-design the library to address a number of issues.

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Crime Writing Student

21/12/2010 - Natalie Rooseboom

Congratulations to Ben Sanders for the publication of his first novel, and at the age of 20 he is one of the youngest New Zealanders ever to have a book published.

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Whitianga Waterways

15/06/2010 - Cam McGibbon

Whitianga Waterways on the Coromandel Peninsula is New Zealand's largest canal housing project. It is an exciting multi staged development comprising of almost 20 stages and it is expected to be developed over a period of 20 years.

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Modular Housing for disaster relief areas

16/06/2010 - Michael Williams

Airey Consultants Pukekohe office is currently involved with a client who has devised a method of creating rotationally moulded polyethylene housing modules for use throughout New Zealand and the South Pacific.

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Aireys turns 45!

06/06/2010 - Murray Smith

A bit of history on how it all started...

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Low Impact Design Innovative Grant

16/06/2010

Apply NOW (before the end of August) if you are a developer and want to look after Auckland's Environment by implementing Low Impact Design (LID). Grants of up to $20,000.00 value are available. 

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Engineering Student Community Work

16/06/2010 - Natalie Rooseboom

Do you know of a community organisation that could benefit from an Engineering student's input?

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New Takapuna Office

16/06/2010 - Natalie Rooseboom

Our Takapuna Office have relocated and we now have beautiful views

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Fire Reinstatement of Placemaker’s Building at Whitianga

7/12/2009 - Murray Smith

At about 8:30pm on Thursday, 8 January 2009 the fire siren at the Whitianga Fire Station sounded and most people in Whitianga could see a black pall of smoke coming from the Placemakers building located on Joan Gaskill Drive.

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Fire Safety of Buildings

7/12/2009 - Roger Twiname

The fire Safety Documents have seen extensive changes since the Building Act 1991, with many amendments as the relatively new science of fire engineering develops. Roger Twiname review the requirements.

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Another Aireys High Flyer (or rather low flyer)

7/12/2009 - Murray Smith

Congratulations to Simon Marshall for winning the Low Flying completion at the Royal NZ Aero Clubs Regional competition held at the Ruawai Airfield at the end of November 2009.

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Murray retires as director

29/06/2009 - James Greenwood

Murray Smith retired as a director of Airey Consultants Ltd on 31 March 2009, after a very, very, very long time with the company. 

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Why Install a Greenroof

22/06/2009 - Carolyn Powles

Green roofs have been around for centuries, with turf roofs used in Scandinavia as a warm and cheap alternative to timber. The advance in sustainable building practices fuelled by the threat of global warming has led to the development of the modern green roof.

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Airey Graduates Support Futureintech

15/05/2009 - Chris Concannon

Airey Consultants has volunteered the time of four young engineers in the Futureintech program since the beginning of 2008. Simon Marshall, Carolyn Powles, Andrew Hoogerbrug and Chris Concannon are all successfully involved in the program.

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First Ever Oxfam World Water Day Corporate Water Challenge

30/04/2009 - Asha Patel

Oxfam New Zealand organised an inaugural World Water Day Corporate Water Challenge for the Auckland Region on World Water Day the 22nd of March 09.  In the challenge relay teams of four swam, filled buckets with water and ran a “fairly easy route” (up North Head reserve!) through varied terrain carrying the buckets to the finish line.

Two teams from Aireys, the Airey Fairies and Hairy Aireys participated in the fundraising event. The start of challenge was staggered depending on how much funds were raised per department size. The teams from Aireys had amazing fundraising efforts and raised over $1200 and we started first and second. Both teams performed extremely well (the Airey Fairies did not finish last!).

All funds go towards Oxfam’s water & sanitation work in some of the world’s poorest countries. Some of the programmes include:
 
  • Helping communities to build their own rain water collection and storage systems in the highland of Papua New Guinea
  • Providing health education and raising community awareness on the importance of sanitation in East Timor.
  • Supporting villages in Tanzania to install hand pumps from wells using locally sourced materials. 
The event was so successful that Oxfam will arrange one again next year. If you’d like to learn more about their water & sanitation work, please check out website www.oxfam.org.nz/water.

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A Career in Engineering

The following article about Aireys Graduate Engineer Chris Concannon appeared in the IPENZ Auckland Branch September 2008 Bulletin:

Students at Mairangi Bay School are getting an in-depth look at the art of bridge building from Graduate Member Chris Concannon.

Chris is a Futureintech Ambassador and structural engineer with Airey Consultants Ltd. He recently gave two presentations at the school, showing students how basic concepts of maths and physics go into bridge construction. “The first session was an introduction to civil and structural engineering,” he says. “We discussed the engineering aspects of bridges, and what I do at work. In the second session I went into a bit more detail, like the different types of bridges, and what we consider when designing them.”

To illustrate his point, Chris brought along a model bridge made out of popsicle sticks, similar to ones built for school competitions. With the right design, a popsicle stick bridge can support up to 80 kilograms. He also showed them interesting photographs and drawings, and a video of the famous “Galloping Gertie” bridge in America, which spectacularly collapsed in 1940 due to poor engineering. “They went nuts about that one. At the next session, one of the kids asked if I could show it again.”

“They were all pretty attentive. They gave a lot of feedback and had some really good logical questions. I was really impressed with how much they took on.”

Chris is enjoying his involvement with the class. In the next few weeks, they will be holding their own bridge-building competition, and he’ll be visiting again to look at their designs and offer advice.

“This exposes them to world of engineering,” he points out. “I never had that when I was in school. It’s a unique chance to give them an idea of where maths and science can lead.” Mairangi Bay assistant principal Alice Ho agrees. “It was invaluable for students to be able to access an expert like Chris as they researched their questions and tried out ideas,” she says. “He’s a great role model, as students see him as someone who enjoys engineering work and does it well.”

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Wastewater Treatment - Bream Bay

11/06/2008

Airey Consultants Ltd have been appointed Project Managers and Secretary of the Bream Bay Landowners Association, which is a group of developers working in the Ruakaka/One Tree Point area. As further development could not proceed until the Ruakaka Wastewater Treatment Plant was upgraded, the developers decided to form an association and negotiate with the Whangarei District Council for the developers to provide funds for an early start of this project. After nearly 18 months of negotiation between the Bream Bay Landowners Association and the Whangarei District Council, the Council at its meeting on Tuesday 8 April approved the signing of a Deed between the two parties to enable the project to proceed. Early planning is now under way for the upgrading of pumping stations and a reticulation temporary treatment plant and Phase One of a permanent treatment plant, all programmed to be completed by the end of 2009 as a first stage of the plant upgrade, the Project Manager for the BBLOA is Murray Smith, Director at Takapuna and he will be working with the Project Manager for the Whangarei District Council, Fraser Campbell. The estimated cost of the project is $23M.

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Development at Marsden Bay

11/06/2008

Marsden Cove Ltd has developed 100 sections around a 30 berth marina at Marsden Bay, Ruakaka. With the implementation of the Bream Bay Landowners Association/Whangarei District Council wastewater treatment upgrade the continuation of development of Marsden Cove can proceed. Marsden Cove has ultimately a yield of more than 700 residential sections, served by approximately 30ha of canals. Stage 2 (80 Lots) is programmed for construction to complete near the time of commissioning of the BBLOA/WDC Ruakaka Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade. James Greenwood, Aireys’ Director based at Orewa, will be the Project Engineer for Marsden Cove.

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Pauanui Development

22/04/2008

With the remembrance of the storm in Wellington Harbour 40 years ago which sank the inter-island ferry Wahine, it has reminded Director Murray Smith that it was 40 years ago, the day before on 9 April 1968, that he spent the first overnight at Pauanui at the start of the Pauanui Ocean Beach Resorts development. Over that time POBR developed some 1,700 sections and in more recent years Pauanui Waterways Ltd have developed a further 320 in the canal/ housing development, with Stage 3 in that development to start shortly with Airey Consultants Ltd Director James Greenwood as the Project Engineer. 

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Work in Fiji

22/04/2008

Airey Consultants Ltd have been appointed the project Consulting Engineers for the proposed Vulani Island Development in Nadi Bay, Fiji.  The client company, Vulani Island Ltd, is a joint venture between Hopper Developments Ltd of Orewa and Hiway Stabliizers International Trust Co Ltd also of Orewa. James Greenwood, the Director at Aireys’ Orewa office, will be the Project Engineer.

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New Qualification Success

22/04/2008

An Engineer at the Takapuna office, Cam McGibbon, has been elected a Technical Member of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand. Cam is one of the first Engineers in New Zealand to be elected to this new grade of membership within IPENZ. He is currently the Engineer responsible for the day to day design and construction management of the Whitianga Waterways canal/housing project. 

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Building Award Win for Remarkables Park Ltd

02/07/2007

Building 12, located at Remarkables Park, Queenstown and developed by our clients, Remarkables Park Ltd, won a merit award at the Property Council of New Zealand Awards Dinner held in Auckland on 29 June 2007. Airey Consultants Ltd, Takapuna were the Consulting Civil Engineers for the car parking and utilities services for this building. 

In addition to the merit award to the office and retail building at Remarkables Park Airey Consultants Ltd also had a part in two other buildings that won awards. Roger Twiname, Structural Director at Takapuna undertook the structural peer review for the Policing Centre on the North Shore and Michael Lee, Civil Engineering Director at Takapuna, was involved with the design of drainage around the Auckland Distribution Centre in Plunket Avenue, Manukau City. The event was attended by the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Helen Clark, with over 1000 guests. 

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Prime Minister Opens Sustainable Street Lighting Landmark

02/07/2007 

Modus Lighting in conjunction with Airey Consultants Ltd developed an innovative street lighting approach for the small but elegant Sea Breeze Estate subdivision in Whangamata which saw the commissioning of a new standard of street lighting, which is both efficient in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and by reducing the amount of light spill is environmentally conscious. The Prime Minister acknowledged the leadership shown by the participants in the subdivision development in bringing the project to fruition and commended the project as an example in sustainable development to other designers, developers and Councils.

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Airey Consultants Ltd Opening New Office in Queenstown

02/07/2007

In July building contractors Naylor Love started on the fit out for the new office for Airey Consultants which is located in the award-winning Building 12 at Remarkables Park. The office layout has been designed by Diane Sumner of Malcolm & Sumner Design of Auckland and it is anticipated that it should be ready for occupation in the middle of September 2007. Initially Murray Smith and Andrew Sims from the Takapuna office will visit the Queenstown office at regular intervals until a full time Engineer is appointed to manage that office.

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Health and Safety Training

04/09/2006

Aireys is committed both to ensuring the safety of their staff in the workplace and to providing the best advice to our clients on meeting their obligations under the Health and Safety Act. The Health and Safety Act imposes legal obligations upon Principals. Airey Consultants Ltd, the Principals' advisors, need to be able to give the best advice on implementing the correct procedures to ensure these legal obligations are met. Recently Aireys joined SiteSafe and subsequently all our engineering staff undertook a SiteSafe Passport course. Site Safe undertakes the research, development and co-ordination of health and safety activities designed and targeted at the construction industry - activities with the specific aim of reducing construction site injuries and deaths. The course taught our engineers how to be safe on site and also how to ensure, on behalf of our clients, that the correct practices and procedures are in place on each site. After completing the course each of our engineers was awarded a Site Safe Passport. 

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