About Us

GCL is an engineering consultancy
serving the residential, commercial and land development sectors
in the Auckland, Waikato, Tauranga and Queenstown Lakes Regions

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Fraser Walsh

Director

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Peter Forrest

Principal Engineering Geologist

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Luke Kennedy

Engineering Geologist

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Sean Webb

Engineering Geologist

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Kevin Hiha

Engineering Geologist

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David Lee

Engineering Geologist

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Renee Edmonds

Office Manager

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Siobhan Ainsley

Office Manager

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Fraser Walsh

B.Sc, M.Sc (Hons Geol) Member NZGS, Member IPENZ

Director

Employed as an engineering geologist for the last 18 years Fraser has worked on a wide variety of geotechnical engineering projects throughout the Auckland, Waikato and Coromandel regions. This has been largely associated with residential, commercial and infrastructure developments.

Fraser’s vast experience in site investigation and reporting in this area has resulted in a deep understanding of Auckland and Waikato soil types, as well a sound knowledge of the geology in Tauranga and the wider Bay of Plenty.

In addition to the mainstream geotechnical consultancy, Fraser has developed the consultancy to provide designs for stormwater management and effluent disposal for subdivision and rural properties. With respect to the latter two disciplines, he has demonstrated an understanding of various regulatory authorities’ interpretation of the criteria needed in order to meet their requirements for building consent.

As Director of Ground Consulting, Fraser has successfully developed the company over the last ten years in parallel with building relationships with Council, local contractors, builders and other complimentary engineering consultancies.

When not in Pukekohe, Fraser will more often be over the gulf with his family on Great Barrier, enjoying the change of pace and the fishing.

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Peter Forrest

B.Sc (Hons) Ph.D FGS Member NZGS

Principal Engineering Geologist

Employed as an engineering geologist for the last 20 years Peter has worked on a wide variety of engineering infrastructure projects in the UK, Ireland, Albania, Australia and New Zealand. His major projects have included the feasibility study for an international highway through Albania, the geological engineering for a high pressure gas pipeline over shallow mine workings in Scotland, risk management of Fox Glacier Valley, slope stability solutions for SH60 in Takaka, Tasman and overseeing the investigation for NZTA’s Christchurch Southern Motorway Stage 2. Most recently, Peter has delivered on the Investigation & Reporting and Procurement Phase of the Southern Corridor Improvement project (SH1, NZTA), completing a $1M project spend.

Since joining GCL, Peter has been responsible for the project delivery for residential, commercial and infrastructure based projects within the South Auckland area as well as assisting in the development and diversification of the company.

In his spare time, Pete enjoys maintaining his lifestyle block, trying to get his golf handicap to single figures and preparing good food, taken with good wine!

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Luke Kennedy

B.Sc Geology, University of Auckland

Engineering Geologist

Luke is Employed as an Engineering Geologist. Over the last year Luke has worked on a variety of residential, commercial and infrastructure based engineering projects within Auckland and the South Auckland area. Luke’s major role encompasses the collection of field data, its analysis and completion of geotechnical reporting for residential and commercial subdivision and building consent applications.

Luke also spends portions of his time in the field undertaking
ground investigations and site walkovers as well as being involved
in the certification of engineered developments.

In his spare time, Luke enjoys testing his luck fishing in the Manukau Harbour and Tasman Sea, swimming off the black sand beach of Kariotahi and relaxing in the sun.

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Sean Webb

B.Sc Geology and PGDipSci Engineering Geology, University of Auckland

Engineering Geologist

Sean is currently employed as an Engineering Geologist at GCL. He is responsible for the planning and execution of on-site field investigations which include geomorphic mapping, Scala Penetrometer testing, hand augering, shear strength testing and soakage tests.

Sean is also responsible for providing geotechnical reports, which typically include the analysis of on-site field assessment data and providing geotechnical recommendations and design advice.

When Sean is not at the office or in the field, he enjoys watching films, playing piano and going to concerts.

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Kevin Hiha

BSc Geology, University of Auckland

Engineering Geologist

Kevin is employed as an Engineering Geologist at GCL. Kevin developed his interest in Engineering Geology at the University of Auckland where he gained a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Geology with a specialization in Environmental Science. Kevin’s role at GCL is to gain the information necessary to characterize a site. Kevin has performed literature searches, analyzed historical aerial photographs, mapped large scale areas, and performed multiple field studies to help him analyze these sites. Kevin’s conclusions are discussed with a Principal engineer and together they make recommendations for design and construction. He especially enjoys the field work, because there he can see whether the assumptions he made about the conditions at a site are accurate.

In his spare time, Kevin enjoys listening to music and traveling to new destinations, particularly beaches where he can surf and fish and enjoy the scenery.

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David Lee

B.Sc (Earth Science)

Engineering Geologist

David completed his undergraduate studies in 2015 at the University of Waikato. Since then, he undertook a summer research project at Shell Todd Oil Services Limited; his focus was to identify possible reservoir connectivity and communication in North Taranaki Eocene geology.

Prior to attending Waikato University, David worked as a sheet metal technician in Taranaki’s oil and gas industry. Here, he acquired trade knowledge, practical skills and an excellent attention to detail.

Since joining GCL in early 2016, David has been responsible for site investigation for potential subdivision, industrial and residential purposes throughout the Auckland and Waikato regions.

David has a passion for physical activity and the outdoors. He is a New Zealand representative triathlete and enjoys getting out in the surf and skateboarding when he can. David is also a keen musician. He loves fine food, a strong coffee and hearty ale.

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Renee Edmonds

Office Manager

Renee has been with Ground Consulting Limited since October 2016, in a job share role with Siobhan. Renee is responsible for liaising with clients and contractors, managing the work schedule of the engineering geologists. Renee assists with the day to day running of the office and all administration tasks including invoicing, communications, payroll etc.

Outside of work hours, Renee enjoys spending time with her family, horse riding and exploring the Franklin area.

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Siobhan Ainsley

B.A (Hons) International Business Management & Spanish, Newcastle University

Office Manager

Siobhan has been working at Ground Consulting Ltd since 2012. She is mostly responsible for liaising with clients and contractors, managing the work schedule of the engineering geologists and maintaining an efficient work flow. Other aspects of her work with GCL includes the day to day administration, including invoicing, payroll, organizing training and general communications.

When Siobhan is not working at Ground Consulting Ltd she is working for her three children or asleep.

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