Working in New Zealand
Dr Sjoerd van Ballegooy
Technical Director, Geotechnical
Liquefaction Hazard Mapping Specialist
Explore + Solve + Create - in the Shaky Isles, New Zealand
It's time for a seachange; to explore new horizons, tackle new career challenges, build a liberating new lifestyle for you and your family.
All that and more is waiting for you in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Tonkin + Taylor (T+T) offers a wealth of opportunity for engineering professionals like you; talented individuals who are keen to grow their already considerable skills, expertise and lateral thinking in a seismically and geotechnically complex, exciting and challenging environment.
New Zealand offers consistent opportunities unlike any other country in the world. T+T's expanding team of highly specialised geotechnical engineers are able to unleash their creativity and innovation in the design of the geotechnical aspects of buildings, as well as new and replacement infrastructure. Their contributions to earthquake science are substantial and we invite you to be part of that.
You'll thrive on a diverse range of projects, alongside inspired, supportive and dedicated colleagues, while enjoying that much longed for work-life balance.
T+T is a multi-disciplinary environmental and engineering consultancy with the largest and most respected Geotechnical group in Australasia. We have been the New Zealand Government's earthquake engineers for almost 50 years and our national and international award-winning Geologists and Geotechs stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the best in the world.
Explore our site - explore our projects, meet our people and uncover the lifestyle that awaits you with a move to Tonkin + Taylor in New Zealand.
We are currently recruiting people at all levels in the following roles:
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A Christchurch Perspective
T+T’s Christchurch office is an enviable place to work and our Christchurch staff love both the building and surrounds located in the heart of the rebuilt and recovering city centre. Like the rest of T+T, the office is home to many renowned, award-winning engineering geologists, geotechnical engineers, environmental scientists and civil engineers. It’s a great place to work, progress your career and live your life.
Much of T+T’s world leading research and solutions into issues such as liquefaction, natural hazard mitigation and foundation stability are the result of working in the aftermath 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquakes. These affected everyone on both a personal and professional level.
Christchurch Justice Precinct
The Justice Precinct is a state-of-the-art development located in the heart of Christchurch’s CBD. The building not only functions as the centre for all emergency and justice agencies in the region, it also serves as Christchurch’s civil defence headquarters. If another serious earthquake or disaster hits the city the Justice Precinct is primed to deliver rapid response and recovery operations.
As an agency of continuity, the Justice Precinct requires a structural standard appropriate for an importance level (IL) 4 building. Resilience for these buildings is the most expensive and difficult to achieve – but essential if a building is to perform its critical post-disaster function. Previous analysis led developers to think that only expensive pile foundations could achieve the resilience demanded for the Justice Precinct building.
Expertise, services and value for money
T+T incorporated multi-discipline expertise into site analysis and solution design. Our subject matter experts summarised their complex, cross-discipline insight and made sure their resilient solution was communicated simply to our client and stakeholders. This enabled buy-in to an innovative foundation design solution which incorporates contaminated land expertise, geotechnical and liquefaction expertise. The foundations themselves comprise a concrete slab atop a 2.5 metre thick cement-stabilised ground improvement platform - you can read more about the technical detail here.
Most importantly, the goal of Level 4 resiliency was achieved along with real cost savings – our design was several millions of dollars cheaper than an original pile design. And, in spite of complexity we delivered the foundations on time and within our client’s lump sum budget.
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