In 1883 C.F. Dowsett placed his first peg in the fine soil of a quickly developing Taranaki dairy region, with that humble action a legacy began. A spirit of hard endeavour, honesty, loyalty and camaraderie with clients and workmates was born and that spirit has been passed across the generations to his great grandson and founder of BCL Surveyors, Thomas Bretherton. Tom founded BCL Surveyors in 1997 after many years working in the surveying industry. He had a vision of a company that would provide a high level of personal attention and service, a company that would produce the best quality surveys and provide the best possible advice to its valuable clients.

Mark Finlayson joined Tom soon after the company’s inception, he had honed his surveying skills overseas on projects that include the London Underground, Middle Eastern oil rigs, oil pipeline surveys in Papua New Guinea and laying fibre optic cables throughout South East Asia. His skills in surveying process management combined with Tom’s uncompromising work ethic have created a company that is producing industry leading plans and digital information. Personal service and sound advice have lead to strong growth, this growth has been fuelled by client referrals – the best indication of a great team.

Envivo was created in 2012 with the merger of BCL Surveyors and MPC Planning which started in 2000.  In 2015 JAWA structures joined Envivo, bringing structural engineering design in-house and extra draughting and CAD capabilities. Envivo has offices in Auckland and Christchurch and works on projects throughout New Zealand.

With over 70 staff and over 13,000 projects completed, we have the resources and experience to manage projects of all sizes from start to finish.

Nothing less than exceptional quality is good enough and that philosophy imbues every aspect of what we do, from advice to service and the results we deliver.  Our engineers, planners and surveyors thoroughly examine all options to identify robust and effective solutions for our clients.

Our ability to become a partner and trusted advisor to our clients means we can all concentrate on the project outcomes and work together to develop innovative solutions to the complex problems that are part of any development work.

The company vision for the future is to be the best survey team in New Zealand, to set new benchmarks for service and products. We are dedicated to working hard on steady growth, growth based on client referrals. To achieve our goal it is vital that we continue with our programme of improvement. The enhancement of our core products and services is only possible if a balanced and controlled growth plan is in place. This means finding the right people to complement the existing team, expanding the processes and keeping pace with the latest innovations in equipment and software.

Whilst we take our work very seriously we also enjoy being part of a fantastic team, a team that includes our clients. If you aren’t part of our team already we invite you to come on board, we know you will not be disappointed.

And if you would like to find out about working for us please check out our vacancies – Click here for our careers page.


MNZIS (Members of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors)
RPS (Registered Professional Surveyors)
LCS (Licensed Cadastral Surveyors)
Preferred suppliers of topographical surveys to Auckland City Council


Mark Finlayson BSurv MNZIS RPS
Holder of a Bachelor of Surveying with Distinction from Otago University (BSurv dist)
Registered Professional Surveyor (RPSurv)
Member of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors (NZIS)
Member of NZIS Consultants Division (MNZIS)

Tom Bretherton BSurv MNZIS RPS MRICS
Holder of a Bachelor of Surveying with Distinction from Otago University (BSurv dist)
Registered Professional Surveyor (RPSurv)
Member of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors (MNZIS)
Member of NZIS Consultants Division (NZCLS)
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS)


More About Us…

We are one of the largest survey companies in New Zealand. We have up to six two-man field teams operating daily from our Auckland office with another two from Christchurch. Our field teams consist of a qualified and experienced Survey Technician and an experienced Survey Assistant (often another qualified Survey Technician) and are supported by a team of eight Licensed Cadastral Surveyors including two Registered Professional Surveyors. With these qualifications and experience, our clients can be sure that the quality of data and professionalism of our service are second to none.

Our survey teams are equipped with the latest in survey technology with up-to-the-minute robotic total stations, GPS (GNSS) and 3D laser scanning equipment providing high-accuracy, fast and efficient data capture and results. This allows us flexibility to be innovative in the way we collect data and conduct surveys to provide our clients with the most effective and complete delivery of survey information available.

We have the capability to provide both traditional asbuilt plans including CAD files and asset registers as well as modern, fully-rendered three-dimensional models of our clients’ key infrastructure assets.

Envivo operates in a horizontally integrated AutoDesk® Environment and is fully BIM (Building Information Management) capable. Envivo is one of the BIM Acceleration Committee’s study group and participates actively in several user groups and forums within the industry

For land surveyers and town planners click here to read more about a selection of our latest projects click here.

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