The Benefits of Real-time Groundwater Monitoring
Adroit spoke with Tonkin + Taylor Senior Engineering Geologist, Ben Westgate about their groundwater measurement processes and how real-time digital groundwater monitoring is providing an important new tool for the company, for minimising the impact on the environment from projects they’re a part of.
Tonkin + Taylor is one New Zealand’s leading environmental and engineering consultancies. Key competencies include land, water, coastal, waste management, and natural hazards services, with a focus on sustainable and resilient solutions to complex environmental and engineering challenges. Notable projects include in the transport and infrastructure space North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR): Kaikōura, Pūhoi to Warkworth Motorway, Waterview Connection, Auckland through to Commercial Bay Queen Street, Auckland CBD, then the natural hazard and resilience work in Hawke’s Bay Coastal Hazard Risk Strategy and Local Government New Zealand National Sea Level Rise Exposure Survey along with multiple smaller construction and foundation projects.
Senior Engineering Geologist, Ben Westgate has 17 years post-research experience, having moved to New Zealand from the UK six years ago. His varied work history includes experience in civil construction and mining working on projects in Eurasia, Asia, Russia, West Africa and Europe.
With Tonkin + Taylor, Westgate has been engaged primarily in an engineering geology capacity, looking at optimizations of ground investigations, including key issues of: “how we obtain and use data, and how we can take the mundane or repetitive work out of what we do every day.”