Surveyor & Civil Engineer
Nat is a Northland boy who grew up on a dairy farm in Orauta, just out of Moerewa in the Bay of Islands.
Nat completed his Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil) at Unitec in 2013 and worked in Auckland as a Civil Engineer in the Land Development Sector.
In 2020, Nat moved home to Northland and now leads the Northland division of Chester Consultants Ltd, a multi-disciplinary land development and engineering consulting firm.
Nat has gained experience working on a wide range of civil land development projects from design through to completion. Nat has outstanding technical ability which he applies with a solution mindset. Nat takes real enjoyment from working as a trusted partner alongside clients striving for practical outcomes to all challenges, big or small. Nat goes the extra mile to genuinely engage and add real value to every project.
Nat wishes to contribute his land development skills to the people of Te Tai Tokerau by helping them develop the whenua to achieve their housing outcomes whilst also protecting it for future generations.
What is a Surveyor?
A surveyor is a professional specialist in measuring and mapping land and other physical features of the earth. Surveyors use a variety of tools and techniques to collect data about the size, shape, location, and boundaries of land, buildings, and other structures.
The main responsibilities of a surveyor include:
• Conducting surveys to determine boundaries, dimensions, and contours of land, water bodies, and other features.
• Preparing maps, plans, and charts based on survey data using computer-aided design (CAD) software and other tools.
• Analysing survey data and interpreting maps and other geographic information to identify and solve problems related to land use, construction, and other issues.
• Communicating survey findings to clients, stakeholders, and other professionals involved in land development and construction projects.
• Conducting research to identify legal, historical, and other information that may impact land boundaries and ownership.
• Managing surveying projects, including developing budgets, schedules, and work plans, and supervising technicians and other staff
• Convert designs of paper into real world locations, so constructors know where things go.
Surveyors may work for government agencies, private companies, or as independent consultants. They may specialise in a particular area of surveying, such as construction surveying, geodetic surveying, or land surveying.
What is a Civil Engineer?
A Civil Engineer is a professional who designs, plans, and oversees the construction of various types of infrastructure projects that are essential for public and private use. Civil Engineers are responsible for creating and maintaining the physical infrastructure that is essential to modern society, including:
• Roads, highways, and bridges: Civil Engineers design, construct, and maintain transportation infrastructure, including driveways, roads, highways, bridges and culverts.
• Buildings: Civil Engineers design and supervise the construction of residential and commercial buildings, ensuring that they are safe and functional.
• Water supply systems: Civil Engineers design and manage the construction of water supply systems, including water treatment, reticulation, and reservoirs.
• Waste management systems: Civil Engineers design and construct waste management systems, such as landfills, recycling facilities, wastewater treatment plants and on-site wastewater disposal.
• Environmental projects: Civil Engineers work on projects that improve the environment, such as designing systems for cleaning up contaminated sites, creating green blue infrastructure, and implementing renewable energy systems.
• Natural Hazards: Civil Engineers analyse natural hazards such as flooding and design controls to protect both people and property from them.
Civil Engineers use their knowledge of mathematics, physics, and engineering principles to analyse data and create designs that meet project specifications and local regulations. They also work with other professionals, such as architects, contractors, and government officials, to ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget.