Tonkin & Taylor geotechnical engineers have been working in Canterbury since the earthquake sequence began on 4 September 2010. We are the largest provider of specialist geotechnical engineering services in New Zealand and we have been doing natural disaster assessment and recovery work for EQC for more than 40 years.
Our Land Damage Assessment Team has been mapping both area-wide land damage and individual property land damage to inform recovery in Canterbury.
The 6.3 Christchurch Earthquake on 22 February 2011 caused more extensive damage - about 10 times the 4 September earthquake - and since then, Tonkin & Taylor has been managing a team of more than 60 geotechnical engineers assessing and mapping land damage. A range of New Zealand engineers have been doing this work. The 13 June 2011 5.7 and 6.3 magnitude earthquakes added to the land damage.
Tonkin & Taylor provides land damage assessments of individual properties and advice to assist the Earthquake Commission (EQC) in assessing residential insurance claims made under the Earthquake Commission Act 1993.
We are also providing area-wide residential land damage information and advice to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Commission (CERA) and the Minister for Earthquake Recovery to assist their decision-making on the Canterbury recovery and rebuild.