Structural Engineers NZ (SENZ) was originally Structural Engineers UK (SEUK) and had been operating in the UK for approximately 30 years prior to the CEO Ted Dowdall, being transferred to New Zealand in order to further develop his knowledge of seismic design. He had been heavily involved in the design of Dungeness B Nuclear Power Station in the UK over that period, which was designed to resist earthquake actions.
Structural Engineers NZ was established in New Zealand in 2004. Since its inception, SENZ focused on residential projects, providing structural engineering design to existing dwelling renovation and extension projects, as well new-build single and multi-dwelling units projects.
As the need for qualified and experienced structural engineers in the New Zealand market started to grow after the recession, SENZ began to expand and diversify, increasing their scope of work beyond residential projects. With a solid background in the design of commercial, industrial, oil & gas, mining, power stations, and temporary structures SENZ started to reach out to more clients, and vice versa. SENZ have grown steadily since then, taking advantage of their broad experience and market network in building long lasting relationships with many clients over the past 15 years.
The team members of Structural Engineers New Zealand were heavily involved in the Post Earthquake Christchurch Rebuild; assessing damage to residential and commercial buildings, preparing foundation and superstructure repairs design, as well as providing temporary works design to carry out the works.
The Christchurch Earthquake in 2011 and the subsequent revision of earthquake assessment guidelines and eventually the establishment of the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act brought a new requirement to assess and strengthen earthquake-prone buildings. With our knowledge and experience in this field, SENZ set out to help private and public clients alike to assess (Initial and Detailed Seismic Assessments) earthquake-prone and damaged commercial buildings, civil structures, and heritage and religious sites. Our success in this field is not limited to our ability to perform the assessments, but to also query and challenge previously issued documentation and not simply accept it as a given fact. SENZ helped many clients avoid or minimise the time and cost that would have been necessary otherwise to perform repair and strengthening works which were not in fact required. Such assessments were always performed objectively and not subjectively, but our collective knowledge of the current guidelines documents is second-to-none.
Over the years, we have developed a strong network of independent structural, civil, and geotechnical engineers based nationwide with whom we work closely. Additionally, we have very good links with the University of Auckland School of Engineering, where we regularly engage Ph.D. qualified structural engineers who are experts in seismic assessment and strengthening, specialised concrete, and bridge design.
Today, with the New Zealand building and construction sectors being on the rise, we continue to acquire more knowledge and experience to meet the market demands.