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Geotechnical Engineering

Our geotechnical engineering team offers a high level of expertise in the areas of liquefaction analysis, slope stability analysis, soil suitability for foundation design, foundations, design of retaining and erosion control measures, deep drilling and CPT results analysis and construction monitoring for bulk earthworks projects. Our clients often compliment Cheal on our innovative, timely and cost-effective practical approach to geotechnical testing and reporting, which gets results for our clients.

We remain at the forefront of industry practice surrounding liquefaction and definition of its consequences on the surface, largely resulting from the Christchurch earthquake. Having worked extensively in Christchurch, these skills have also been successfully applied to other areas of New Zealand subject to liquefaction risk, including the margins of Lake Taupo, Lake Rotorua and the surrounding Lakes District, the river plains of the Manawatu, plus coastal areas in Hawke’s Bay, and the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

Having operated for many years in the Central North Island, our geotechnical engineers have specialist skills and experience in the field of geothermal soils analysis and its potential impact on infrastructure. This includes measurement and testing of geothermally active ‘hot’ ground, development of engineering solutions to bridge infrastructure (pipes, roads, structures, foundations) over geothermal soils and potential measures for the remediation of geothermally-altered soil materials.

Cheal is available to undertake peer reviews on geotechnical reports and proposed solutions for clients, plus local and regional councils as required.

If you’re looking for a practically driven, yet innovative approach to geotechnical engineering solutions for your next project Cheal engineers will ensure your project is a success from the ground up.


Thomas Brand
M: 027 555 6580 | E: [email protected]

Nick Davies
M: 027 663 1355 | E: [email protected]

Ian Jennings
M: 021 378 417 | E: [email protected]

Dave McCracken
M: 027 493 6918 | E: [email protected]

Dean Sherrit
P: 06 385 9534 or 07 896 7641 | E: [email protected]