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July 7

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Forget the yellow brick road, Auckland has a brand new yellow bridge. The bridge is open to pedestrians now so if you are at a loose end take a drive out to Clarks Lane and experience the bridge and get a sneak peek at the new section of the Upper Harbour Motorway. You may also […]

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June 14

Robots Invade!

Robby is back! But fear not, he is here to help build a better world not to destroy it. Our brand new Leica Robotic Total Station has arrived. His name is Robby, he has a laser but he is very well behaved. Robby is purpose built for high precision surface scanning, deformation monitoring, setout and […]

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March 22

Ken Ring the Moon Man

The controversial Mr Ken Ring the Moon Man was an entertaining speaker at a recent event, his mix of magic tricks and wacky weather ramblings hit the spot with the crowd (that included a good number of Cantabrians). His earthquake ‘predictions’ were explained and then promptly ignored (well more accurately put on the wacky shelf) […]

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March 22

Round the Bays

Every year this iconic Auckland fun run surges down Tamaki Drive before spilling out into St Heliers and then on to BBQ sites in Madills Farm and Glover Park. Those beautifully regimented BBQ sites are a site for sore legs! And yes the BCL team are responsible for the lines, we are proud to have […]

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March 22

500 Friends Earthquake appeal

Wow!! A huge thanks to Penny Hay for organizing the 500 Friends earthquake appeal to help the people of Christchurch. Roselyn Vodanovich was instrumental in rallying our troups so much so that when our boxes arrived (amid a buzz of excitement) they were promptly filled and delivered by our field assistant Fergus to the appeal […]

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March 22

BCL Takes Centre Stage

BCL takes centre stage…and the stalls, circle, balcony, lighting bridges…no we haven’t formed our own thespian touring party rather we are surveying the ASB Theatre to help the design team with the upcoming fit-out. It has taken a huge effort by our surveyors over the Christmas break however this has yielded a highly accurate 3D […]

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February 23

Auckland Council Spatial Plan

We have just received a briefing from the Auckland Council Spatial Plan team regarding progress of the Spatial Plan. Their mantra of ‘fast and simple’ is encouraging and it appears they are meeting implementation deadlines thus far. Basically the Auckland Plan or Spatial Plan is the overall 30 year guideline document that will steer growth and development […]

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February 16

Mean High Water Springs

Councils often refer to MHWS in their rules as the basis for yard setbacks etc. We are often required to show this ‘line’ on our plans, unfortunately for us (and in the words of the Baldrick) the sea is a big blue wobbly thing! Furthermore, it’s rising!! Professional knowledge and judgment is required to ascertain […]

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February 16

A Ray of Light

Natural Ground Level is another one of these ambiguous levels that requires professional judgement in order to determine. No one knows what the ‘natural’ level is or for that matter what it was in 1975!! It is up to the surveyor to determine based on the current ground levels and any historic information. In most […]

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February 16

Our Shady Surveys!

Shadow analysis has never been easier with a plethora of software out there that will calculate and plot the position of a shadow quickly and easily. Is this ‘black box’ software getting it right and what does it actually mean on the ground? These are questions that Council has been asking on a recent project. […]

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