Cheal buys ISPS Con­sult­ing En­gi­neers


Cheal has pur­chased ISPS Con­sult­ing En­gi­neers – the firm founded in 1994 by the late Ian and Mary Smith.

The com­pany is known for its struc­tural and seis­mic strength­en­ing ex­per­tise.

Ian and Mary Smith were killed in a car ac­ci­dent near Toko­roa last Oc­to­ber.

Cheal di­rec­tor Phil Bat­tersby said Ian Smith had been a prom­i­nent fig­ure in the engi­neer­ing in­dus­try over the last 40 years.

At 80 and 74 years of age, the Smiths had long worked past re­tire­ment age.

‘‘Their de­par­ture has left a big hole in the com­mu­nity and the wider New Zealand engi­neer­ing in­dus­try,’’ Bat­tersby said.

‘‘On a per­sonal level, Ian and Mary were well known for their com­mu­nity work in the Taupo Dis­trict and beyond.’’

The ISPS board of trustees de­cided to cease trad­ing ear­lier in 2017. ISPS Welling­ton staff joined New Zealand Con­sult­ing En­gi­neers Ltd on May 14.

Three en­gi­neers and one ad­min per­son from ISPS joined Cheal’s Taupo of­fice on May 1.

Bat­tersby said the ad­di­tion of the ISPS staff to Cheal Taupo’s staff of 32 en­hanced the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s pro­vi­sion of ser­vices in the fields of res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial struc­tural de­sign and seis­mic engi­neer­ing.

‘‘We’re re­ally proud to have these guys on board to of­fer a stronger struc­tural com­po­nent,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re well-placed to look at up­grades for build­ings around the Cen­tral North Is­land.’’

With sig­nif­i­cant tight­en­ing of reg­u­la­tions for the de­sign and con­struc­tion of new build­ings, the role of the struc­tural en­gi­neer has be­come in­creas­ingly im­por­tant in the de­sign and build space.

‘‘The seis­mic is­sue is not to be un­der­es­ti­mated,’’ Bat­tersby said

‘‘It’s the same for res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial and power sta­tions. A lot of the old power sta­tions need strength­en­ing in all sorts of way. Work­ing with Con­tact, Mer­cury, and Gen­e­sis En­ergy is a big part of what we do.’’

Cheal was es­tab­lished in Taupo by Lau­rie Cheal in 1940. The com­pany now has of­fices in Napier, Ro­torua, Hamilton, Ohakune and Tau­marunui.

Cheal of­fers pro­fes­sional ser­vices in re­source man­age­ment plan­ning, land and hy­dro­graph­i­cal sur­vey­ing, civil, struc­tural and geotech­ni­cal engi­neer­ing.

Cheal di­rec­tor Phil Bat­tersby

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