ENGINEERING 101

ACENZ members span the entire country and practice in all major engineering disciplines including; civil, structural, electrical, geotechnical, fire, water systems, seismic, transport/traffic, acoustic, mechanical, surveying, asset management, engineering technology, environmental, feasibility studies, contract administration, architectural and project management. 
Our member firms disciplines are as diverse as their sizes, ranging from sole practitioners to large firms with 2,000+ personnel. 

Use the information below to determine what type of engineer you need or use our search function to find a consulting engineer. More information on types of engineering can be found through the IPENZ website or Registration Authority.

ACOUSTIC

Acoustic Engineering Services provides measurement, design advice, and expert evidence in the field of acoustics and noise control. This includes building acoustics, environmental, occupational, industrial acoustics and even construction noise.
 

ARCHITECTURAL

Architectural engineering combines all aspects of the building design and construction, involving mechanical, electrical and structural blueprints, calculations, and other notions of mathematical precision.

ASSET MANAGEMENT

Engineering asset management is an emerging inter-disciplinary field that combines the technical issues of asset reliability, safety and performance with financial and managerial skills. The emphasis of engineering asset management is on achieving sustainable business outcomes and competitive advantage by applying holistic, systematic and risk-based processes to decisions concerning an organisation’s physical assets, including its fixed plant, mobile equipment, and civil, electrical and mechanical infrastructure. 

CIVIL

Civil engineering is a broad field of engineering, including the analysis, design, construction and maintenance of the built environment. Civil engineers work on a range of projects such as roads, bridges, canals, dams and buildings. You might require the services of a civil engineer to determine construction methods, materials and quality standards for planned earthworks, such as a road or obtain material samples and test them to determine strength and life factors that will affect their behaviour as construction materials.

CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION

Contract administration involves the details and administration of engineering contracts. Common contracts include Conditions of Contract for Consultancy Services or CCCS, Short Form Agreements, Producer Statements PS1, PS2 or PS4 and NZS 3910. This engineer will understand the use of each contract and be able to advise which contract is best suited to a particular job.

ELECTRICAL

Electrical engineering involves the practical application of electricity. Electrical engineers work in areas such as power generation, transmission and distribution, control systems and instrumentation. You might require the services of an electrical engineer to undertake studies on network capacity and equipment loadings, design systems for monitoring and controlling electrical power systems and design protection for electrical systems (for use when there is a problem with the primary system).

ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

An engineering technologist is a specialist dedicated to the development and implementation of existing technology within a field of engineering. Engineering technology education is more applied than the more theoretical science-based engineering degree education. Technologists often work with engineers on a wide variety of projects by applying basic engineering principles and technical skills. 

ENVIRONMENTAL

Environmental engineering is the application of science and engineering principles to provide healthy water, air and land for human habitation. Environmental engineers also remediate polluted sites. You might require the services of an environmental engineer to advise on water, waste and pollution treatment, design water supply and wastewater treatment systems or undertake noise assessments and develop noise management solutions.

FEASIBILITY STUDIES

Feasibility studies aim to objectively and rationally uncover the strengths and weaknesses of an existing business or proposed venture, opportunities and threats present in the environment, the resources required to carry through, and ultimately the prospects for success. In its simplest terms, the two criteria to judge feasibility are cost required and value to be attained.

FIRE

Fire Engineering minimises the risk of fire through careful design, and construction. Fire engineers understand the effects of fire on materials, structures and the environment. You might require the services of a fire engineer to ensure building designs meet the fire requirements of the Building regulations or evaluate and advise on options for fire detection and/or fire suppression systems. 

GEOTECHNICAL

Geotechnical engineering is concerned with the behaviour of earth materials. Geotechnical engineers assess the properties and performance of these materials, such as their stability and strength, and the impact of groundwater. You might engage a Geotechnical engineer to undertake an assessment of ground conditions to determine a suitable foundation design, design building, structure or retaining-wall foundations or to assess the stability of an embankment.

MECHANICAL

Mechanical engineering involves the design, manufacturing and maintenance of mechanical systems. You might require the services of a mechanical engineer to certify a repair or modification to a machine, measure vibration performance of a machine or to design a specialised machine.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Project management is the process and activity of planning, organizing, motivating, and controlling resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals in scientific or daily problems.

SEISMIC

Seismic engineering is a branch of engineering that searches for ways to make structures, such as buildings and bridges, resistant to earthquake damage. Seismic engineers aim to develop building techniques that will prevent any damage in a minor quake and avoid serious damage or collapse in a major shake. Similar to Geotechnical Engineering, but more focused on specific earthquake movements rather than general behaviour of earth materials.

STRUCTURAL

Structural Engineering relates to the design and construction of buildings and civil structures, such as bridges, chimneys and retaining walls. Structural engineers must understand the properties of materials to ensure that structures are safe, functional and durable. You might require the services of a structural engineer to provide designs for a non-standard residential building or commercial building to ensure compliance with the Building Code, assess a building's residual strength following an event such as an earthquake or to assess the safety of a structure such as a retaining wall or mast.

SURVEYING

Surveying engineers measure the physical features of the Earth with great precision. They verify and establish land boundaries and are key players in the design and layout of infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and cell phone towers.

TRANSPORT - TRAFFIC

Transportation engineering is about the movement of goods and people by roads, water, rail and air. Transportation Engineers analyse, plan, design and construct transportation systems. You might require the services of a transportation engineer to assess the impact of a proposed roadway change on traffic volumes and design pedestrian-ways to service a new facility.

WATER SYSTEMS

Water systems engineers specialize in water and wastewater systems planning, design, upgrades, construction inspection, and management services.

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