Northland District Health Board, Whangarei Hospital

Northland District Health Board, Whangarei Hospital – Theatre expansion design drawings issued for consent!

Whangarei Hospital Theatre expansion design documentation has been done in Revit to LoD350.   This is a new 2 Storey building including operating theatres, to be built adjacent to the existing theatres.

Structus has strong capability and expertise in BIM and particularly Revit software, which allows our draftspeople to provide well coordinated 3D structural models with respect to existing elements and inputs from other consultants.

We look forward to seeing this job develop.

Structus Bet on Blue

Structus Bet on Blue

Structus recently attended the Bet on Blue Charity Casino Night, in support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation, with a few of our clients. This is an annual event organised by Metal Concepts with a V8 Supercar Simulator, Golf Simulator and Blackjack, Roulette and Poker Tables, as well as silent auctions and a raffle, all for a great cause. This was a great opportunity to catch up with some clients, as well as other peers in the industry, while doing our bit to raise awareness and support a great cause.

A good night was had by all. Thanks to Metal Concepts and the Prostate Cancer Foundation for organising such an esteemed event and for inviting us to come along and support.


Earthquakes prediction


That we still are not able to accurately forecast Earthquakes like other natural disasters, e.g. Tornado or flood, makes us potentially more vulnerable to them. However, there are many researches around the globe that are aiming to predict the shake before it reaches its maximum magnitude. A recent development of this technology is regarding the performance of the early warning systems in Los Angeles. ShakeAlertLA is a mobile phone app developed by the city that transmits earthquake early warnings based on a separate, but similarly named, system called ShakeAlert and run by the U.S. Geological Survey.
An extract from an article on this topic in the Los Angeles Times follows:
“Los Angeles residents were asking that question after Thursday’s earthquake that was felt throughout Southern California, when they didn’t get an early warning from the much-anticipated ShakeAlertLA app, released by the city of Los Angeles earlier this year.
Did it fail? Not quite. The ShakeAlertLA smartphone app was only designed to alert users of cellphones physically located in Los Angeles County if there was a decent chance of destruction, with the warning system forecasting at least “light shaking,” or level 4 on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale.
What was actually felt Thursday in Los Angeles County, while seemingly scary, was actually not that bad. It was forecast by the earthquake early warning system as bringing shaking too weak to cause significant damage in Los Angeles County, said U.S. Geological Survey research geophysicist Rob Graves.
“It didn’t meet the threshold for the L.A. area,” said Doug Given, the U.S. Geological Survey’s earthquake early warning coordinator.
”The level of shaking in the city of Los Angeles was not damaging,” Graves said.
The USGS’ system relies on hundreds of earthquake sensors scattered throughout the West Coast. There is no public smartphone app yet available that sends earthquake early warnings throughout all of California.
However, scientists are continuing to test, refine and perfect the USGS’ ShakeAlert system that aims to provide earthquake early warnings throughout California, and eventually Oregon and Washington.
That ShakeAlert system worked — it’s just that the public does not yet have access to that information as scientists continue to refine its public delivery system. The USGS’ ShakeAlert system issued an alert about 6.9 seconds after the shaking began, Given said.”

Turoa Ski field

Snow weekend

A few of the team from Structus, Bluewater and GCL headed down to Ohakune for some snowy fun recently on our annual trip.

We had a great weekend with some of the team skiing and boarding, while others enjoyed a relaxing weekend in the snow. The après ski was enjoyed by all and we ventured out to experience the night life of Ohakune and had a great meal at The Cypress Tree.

An eventful trip with plenty of spills and thrills.

We look forward to next year’s trip!

National Category Winner - Civic Award 2019 –Gold Award 2019 - Master Builders New Zealand Commercial Project Awards.

Structus is 4!

National Category Winner - Civic Award 2019 –Gold Award 2019 - Master Builders New Zealand Commercial Project Awards.

We are pleased to announce that Structus has recently turned 4! 

Structus has enjoyed significant growth over the past 4 years.  We are now a well-established structural engineering consultancy, with a strong reputation for delivering high quality engineering services, consistently and with reliability.  Thank you to the Structus team who have consistently demonstrated professionalism and dedication to delivering the best quality service for our clients. 

We have had the pleasure of working on many exciting and challenging projects over the last 4 years and have won some prestigious awards along the way.  Thank you to our valued clients for the trust and loyalty in working with Structus.

We look forward to the next exciting chapter in the story of Structus……

Hauraki School, Stage 1 Construction Kick-Off

Hauraki School Stage 1 design documentation has been issued for construction, including a good quality, well-coordinated Revit LoD350 set of drawings. Stage 1 of the Masterplan is a two-storey, 10 classroom block creating additional teaching spaces at the school in conjunction with other ancillary buildings and facilities designed by Structus.

Structus has strong capability and expertise in BIM and particularly Revit software, which allows our draftspeople to model a structure in 3D, interpret the model with 2D drafting elements, and access building information from the building model’s database. Revit has many features including tools to coordinate with other consultant models, export and analyse a structure, clash detection exercises, plan and track stages in the building’s lifecycle from concept to construction and later asset management and facilities maintenance if needed.

Progress with 309 Broadway Façades

Progress is being made on site with the installation of the aluminium façade panels at 309 Broadway. Structus provided the design for the aluminium Ombrae panels and supporting frame, to be installed on three external elevations. The Ombrae pattern is created by changing the topology of the surface by punching semi-circular shapes in the panels and bending these. Optical tiles embedded in the surface control the amount of light reflected, which allows full reflective control of the panel to create the desired image. This offers dynamic viewing experiences when viewed from different angles or in different lighting.

Structus also designed large cantilevered perforated aluminium fins and supporting framework, plus balustrade screens, to be installed around the carpark levels.

Thank you to Metal Concepts for engaging our services on this project, and we are excited to see the finished product.

Another Award-Winning Project on Our List!

Structus is proud to have worked on Project Diego – a 8,100m² warehouse with 3 no. two storey offices in Penrose, Auckland. The warehouse contains a high specification post-tensioned slab throughout and has large spanning steel portal frames and spine beams.

The 15 Rockridge Road project was awarded a CBRE Industrial Property Merit Award at the Property Council NZ Awards evening on Friday night.

Congratulations to the entire project team!

Award Winning Project: Tūranga Christchurch Library

We are so proud and privileged to have been involved in the multi-award winning Tūranga Christchurch Library project!

The Property Council NZ Awards event on Friday saw the team behind the iconic new building walking away with the Warren and Mahoney Civic & Arts Property Award as well as the Rider Levett Bucknall Supreme Award!

Tūranga has been described as a “symbol of hope, unity and rebirth” as one of the nine anchor projects supporting the regeneration of Canterbury after the earthquakes, and has drawn a great deal of community pride and ownership.

Thank you to Metal Concepts for engaging our services to design the highly complex ‘veil’ screen for the new landmark building. The veil consists of perforated aluminium on an aluminium subframe that is in turn supported by the building primary structure. Modulation of the veil assemblies for ease and speed of installation was a major consideration in the design, which was developed through close collaboration between Structus and Metal Concepts.

A huge congratulations to everyone involved in such an incredible project!

Pullman Hotel Progressing Well

Structus have provided structural engineering services for the new 11 storey Pullman Hotel in central Rotorua, which is nearing construction completion. Our services have been extensive to support our client throughout the transformation of this 1980’s building from an office to high spec Hotel, and include:
• A full Detailed Seismic Assessment
• Extensive intrusive and non-intrusive investigation works of the floors
• Design, Revit documentation and construction monitoring of:
o Seismic Retrofitting
o Extensive new steel and concrete structures to enable the transformation, including for new floor openings, plant supports and new stairs
o Extensive floor crack remediation using Epoxy Flooding
o Floor Strengthening using FRP (fibre reinforced polymer), which was pull tested to verify the substrate capacity
o An innovative Floor Levelling solution implemented throughout the building