Cephas Rock Structural Consultant Services

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The bulk of our services involve working directly with developers, architects, architectural designers, builders, and real estate agents, and we are also available directly to homeowners, new home buyers or home sellers and home designers. We have experience working with homeowners who are out of the country, so there is no limitation on your current location. 

We welcome your structural consultancy requirements, whether large or small. Some recent projects we have worked on include shop fitting, structural assessments, house repair design, new build design, pre-purchase structural inspections, geotechnical investigations, right through to larger projects for commercial and industrial premises such as DSA ( Detailed Structural Assessment ). We maintain a focus on residential structural services, yet welcome all enquiries. 

We often say; “We’ll go where our customers go”. Although this may not always be possible, we are in no way restricted to the Canterbury region. The Cephas Rock team are open-minded and enjoy new challenges and locations. Contact us today and we would be happy to consult with you on your requirements wherever in New Zealand you are based. This may depend on on-site construction monitoring, which we can do, or can assign to an engineer convenient to your location. To date have worked on projects as far North as Auckland, as well as South, in Wanaka and Tekapo. In addition, we have experience working remotely with customers overseas who own property here in New Zealand. We are also in the process of opening another office in Melbourne, Australia.

Initial meeting to define needs and goals

We can work with the house owner, whether you are Christchurch itself, far flung corners of the country, or even overseas. We can also work with a property manager, builder, architect or manager – whom ever is responsible for the building.

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Advice in the planning stage of new projects

The role of the structural engineer is key in successful, safe and compliant construction repairs, rebuilds and maintenance. Some building companies will provide their own structural engineer, however in most cases you can nominate your own.

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New Building or Extensions

Cephas Rock has been involved in over one thousand building design projects. The structural engineering jobs we have undertaken range from ordinary standard houses and multi-unit apartments, up to high-end architecturally designed houses.

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Structural assessments of existing buildings

At Cephas Rock we are enthusiastic about providing structural assessments, and have been engaged by a variety of home owners, buyers and sellers to fulfil insurance and bankings needs by providing home an property assessment reports.

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Shallow soil investigations and reports

Cephas Rock Limited provides soil testing alongside our structural engineering services. We can determine the soil conditions for your site and assist you with your foundation design. Note: for TC3 zones, you will need Deep Soil Testing.

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TC3 deep soil testing

Technical Category 3 (TC3) land refers to land that has suffered or has the potential to suffer from significant earthquake induced liquefaction damage. When building, rebuilding, or sometimes even when repairing homes on TC3 land

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Detailed seismic assessment (DSA)

Following the Canterbury earthquake sequence, the territorial authorities (TA) now requires all non-residential buildings, including multi-unit residential blocks, to obtain a detailed seismic assessment (DSA).

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Seismic Strengthening

We provide seismic strengthening design for clients whose building is found to have an NBS of under 34% after the DSA. Generally buildings under 34%NBS require strengthening or demolishing under current legislation.

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Earthquake repairs and rebuilds

In recent years we’ve seen a growth in new owners of earthquake damaged buildings, where the previous owners have moved on without fixing the building. We’ve been working with new owners of damaged buildings from plans through to repairs checks and signoff.

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Construction monitoring

We provide detailed site inspections for various types of construction works, it is often called “construction monitoring” to ensure the build is built as per approved plans and good construction practice.

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