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February 13, 2020

Rural areas are becoming more and more attractive, and many people are now living or looking to live on lifestyle blocks. To many of us “townies”, a lifestyle block seems huge and we assume that because there’s so much land, surely we can subdivide. Right? Well, quite...

December 18, 2019

What is liquefaction?

Liquefaction occurs when sandy or silt soils are saturated and then exposed to ground shaking during an earthquake. The soil particles are shaken so that they settle and water that was between the soil particles rises to the top, meaning that the g...

November 18, 2019

Most developments, big or small, require some level of earthworks. That might be scraping the grass away and digging foundations, putting in a retaining wall or larger cut and fill operations.  In all cases you need to think about where all the dirt (“silt and sediment...

October 30, 2019

With our ever expanding cities and demand for more and more land for urban use, productive lands are coming under increasing pressure to be developed. People often forget however that this is the land that grows our food, supports our dairy and meat industries and prov...

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