The Nelson office now offers an in-house multi discipline service, having an experienced and highly skilled team who work throughout the region. Specialising in all aspects of residential land development, Davis Ogilvie will effectively manage your project from concept to completion.

Having a team of Engineers, Surveyors and Planners allows a one-stop-shop for development services, with a number of building companies using our full range of services to help them in an efficient way using a team approach to determine solutions for the building project.

The Nelson staff are friendly and approachable. We love this region and are proud of the work we do here. We support the local community and have recently donated to the Nelson School of Music upgrade and we are providing free gratis Geotech and Structural engineering services to the Natureland Zoo for the development of their new Kea house.



The Greymouth office of Davis Ogilvie is a small but dedicated team of surveyors. The surveyors use the latest range of GNSS and total station equipment, supported by compatible office software. All fields of surveying are covered, including topographical, cadastral, engineering, setout, legalisation, survey control, aerial photography control, farm mapping, BOMA measure-ups, lease and easement surveys, subdivision, boundary redefinition, volume survey, railway and roading survey. The staff are experienced to undertake this work anywhere, be it in the middle of town, or in remote bush areas with helicopter access only and everything in between.

The Greymouth office works closely with the Nelson and Christchurch offices to provide engineering and planning services. Structural, geotech, civil and environmental engineering services are offered and the planning services include Resource Management and support to the mining industry. Staff from both the Nelson and Christchurch office visit the Greymouth office on a regular basis to ensure projects are completed in a timely and efficient manner.



The Timaru office has more than 40 years of local experience and offers comprehensive land development engineering, surveying and planning services. We predominately service; South and Mid Canterbury, North Otago and the McKenzie Country. Our geographical location enables us to service these areas effectively, as well as support the Christchurch office.

At DO we have a vibrant team of specialists that will provide experienced advice, innovative solutions and ensure quality outcomes. Our licensed cadastral surveyors are active members of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors (NZIS) and other industry bodies. As an arm of a larger group, DO (Aoraki) Ltd have the skills, resources and back-up needed to supply a full range of services to meet client needs.

The ‘DO’ team are committed to achieving success for our customers through developing genuine client relationships and providing a professional service you can trust. We strive to exceed customer expectations through value-added solutions, while meeting best practice industry standards. We achieve this by using a collaborative approach to problem solving; using decades of company experience and by utilizing leading industry technologies.

At Davis Ogilvie (Aoraki) Ltd we are experts in:


  • Land Development Design (stormwater, sewer, water and roads)
  • Environmental Stormwater Design
  • Civil Infrastructure
  • Earthworks and Retaining Wall Design
  • Site Supervision and Project Management


  • Topographical & Site Surveys
  • Boundary Redefinitions
  • Farm Mapping, Irrigation & Pond Design
  • Land Transfer Surveys
  • Urban & Rural Subdivisions
  • Unit title & Cross Lease Subdivisions
  • Easement Surveys
  • As-Built Surveys
  • Building and Construction set out


  • Subdivision & Land Use Consent Applications
  • Assessment of Environmental Effects
  • Project Assessment, Feasibility & Management

At Davis Ogilvie (Aoraki) Ltd we VALUE:

  • Integrity – “ensuring honest, objective and reliable advice”
  • Partnership – “staff and clients are one team working collaboratively”
  • Passion – “encouraging innovation and creativity to develop smart solutions we are proud of”
  • Excellence – “consistently focused on quality”
  • Efficiency – “utilising leading industry technologies and experience”
  • Safety – “committed to a culture where safety and wellbeing are a priority”



Our history began in Christchurch in 1932, when James Leonard Davis registered and founded the business J. L. Davis Registered Surveyor and Claims Assessor. In 1960 Gavin Ogilvie established the structural and civil engineering arms of the company. The company became J L Davis Son Ogilvie and Associates.

We became Davis Ogilvie & Partners Ltd. in 1987, and since then we have expanded by amalgamating with established local businesses including Cowan and Holmes from Timaru and Greymouth, and Gourdie and Ward from Nelson.

Today Davis Ogilvie (DO) provides a complete range of multi-disciplinary engineering, surveying and development planning services within one company. By covering structural, civil and geotechnical engineering, land surveying, resource management and environmental science we are able to simplify construction, design and development using collaborative processes to create better solutions for our clients.

Our Christchurch team works closely with all other offices to provide a full range of services around the South Island. Our teams are experienced in sustainable development. Not only will our expertise add value to your project, you will also benefit from our enduring relationships with other professional consultancies