What we do


The DO Surveying Team collects and interprets data which informs the way land development projects are planned. Our team utilises sophisticated computer systems and state of the art industry technologies delivering fast, accurate outcomes.

Land Surveying Services include:

  • Urban and rural subdivision
  • Easements surveys
  • Strata title subdivision
  • Deformation surveys
  • Building setout
  • As built surveys
  • Rentable area surveys (BOMA)
  • Zip level and verticality surveys
  • Civil construction setout
  • Unit title subdivision
  • Topographical surveys
  • Laser Scanning

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Sustainable Development

Sustainable development includes recognition of finite reserves of land and resources; the limitations and dependency of natural eco-systems; the balance between environmental, social, and economic outcomes; and the well-being of present and future generations.

Davis Ogilvie is committed to sustainable development, and appropriate resource management. The team are founding members of the Ministry of Environments Urban Design Protocol. We also maintain affiliations with the New Zealand Green Building Council, Sustainability Society, and others; and continue to push for more efficient land development, high water quality and low impact design solutions on a number of large scale projects.

Davis Ogilvie have promoted the reuse and recycling of materials, and utilised recycled concrete and brick materials for the construction of roadways and building platforms. The team have personally been involved in 6 star energy rated buildings, and Elliot Duke is a GSAP certified consultant.

Davis Ogilvie is a carboNZero accredited company, and supports the local environment by purchasing carbon credits in the Hinewai Reserve on Banks Peninsula.

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Environmental Science

Our Environmental Science Consulting Team helps to bridge the gap between client expectations, local authority requirements and engineering design. We work with all stakeholders and service providers to ensure environmentally sustainable outcomes that are realistic and cost effective.

The Davis Ogilvie team can provide specific environmental consulting services in the following areas:

  • Assessment of environmental effects
  • Contaminated land investigation and management
  • Preliminary site investigations
  • Detailed site investigations
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Environmental audits
  • Discharge consents
  • DOC concessions

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Geotechnical Engineering

Geotechnical Engineers analyse sites to ensure that all hazards are appropriately identified and managed, ensuring that the client’s objectives are met.

Geological conditions are identified and examined, and solutions are written into plans before work begins. During this process complex information is concisely detailed to ensure all parties understand potential hazards and the extent of necessary solutions.

The DO geotechnical engineering team is experienced in the following areas:

  • Geomorphological mapping
  • Geotechnical investigations, including CPT, bore holes and SPTs, and the associated soil analysis
  • Liquefaction and lateral spreading assessments
  • Detailed assessment for TC1, TC2, TC3 and hillside sites
  • Earth dam and irrigation system design
  • Slope stability analysis
  • Rockfall protection systems
  • Rock and earth anchor design
  • Foundation design for residential and commercial projects

These services may be provided as part of a multidisciplinary project involving planning, surveying and engineering; or as a ‘stand-alone’ service for any project requiring geotechnical expertise.

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Resource Management and Policy Planning means informing and including clients from the beginning of a project through to completion.

After ascertaining client objectives, plans are made to achieve the best outcomes. DO consult and negotiate with all stakeholders at all stages of a project, preparing necessary documentation and presenting evidence at both Council and Environment Court hearings where necessary.

We work collaboratively with other disciplines such as landscape design and environmental sciences. Our objective is to add value to all projects while complying with local District and Regional Plans and the Resource Management Act. Clients reap the benefits of DO having carefully cultivated working relationships with these entities over time.

We are involved in both Resource Management and Policy Planning including:

  • Resource consent applications – subdivisions and land use
  • Plan changes
  • Scoping Reports
  • Submissions
  • Expert planning evidence

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Structural Engineering

Our structural engineers are experienced in a wide range of projects, often working hands-on with other professionals and are able to assist with projects ranging from a single beam to high-end residential houses, commercial DSA’s to new build office structures.

Structural Engineering Services provided include:

• Design of timber, cross laminated timber (CLT), steel, masonry and concrete structures.
• Design of foundation systems for TC1, TC2, TC3 and mass movement sites.
• Design of commercial and industrial buildings, including portal frame and tilt panel construction.
• Insurance and purchasers reports to confirm the structural condition of residential, commercial and industrial buildings.
• Initial and Detailed Seismic Assessments (ISA or DSA) to determine the percentage of new building standard (%NBS).
• Design of structural strengthening of buildings
• Damage reports and remedial works design for domestic, commercial and industry buildings.
• Design of retaining wall structures.
• Construction monitoring and project management.

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Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering is the science of designing and constructing infrastructure for communities. Our civil engineers are renowned problem-solvers and experts in design, contract administration and construction supervision.

Civil Engineering Services include:

  • Roading, right of way and car park design
  • Sewer reticulation, including gravity and pumped systems
  • Hydraulic modelling of sewer, storm water and high pressure water networks
  • Earthworks design, supervision and testing
  • Stormwater network design including detention basins, treatment systems and pump stations
  • High pressure water reticulation and networks design and supervision
  • Arranging power, telecommunication and landscaping services
  • Contract administration including the preparation of tender documents, specifications and schedules
  • Construction supervision and management