Holmes Consulting Group is committed to a partnership with the UC Quake Centre to help improve community resilience in Christchurch, and throughout New Zealand, following the devastation of the Canterbury Earthquakes.
With five offices in New Zealand and an affiliated office in San Francisco, Holmes Consulting Group is a structural and fire engineering consultancy bringing local knowledge to a global stage.
The company was founded in 1956 by Wellingtonian Lyall Holmes, a brilliant and highly regarded engineer considered ‘ahead of his time’ for his collaborative approach between engineer and architect. His legacy of designing ‘better, more resilient buildings’ continues to be the driving force behind every project undertaken at Holmes Consulting today.
While resilient building design is the fundamental service provided as structural engineers, Holmes Consulting aim to take that specialist task beyond just ensuring compliance to building codes. Their focus is also on adding value to projects, by considering the materials alongside the structural design as well as the construction schedule, to find the very best and most environmentally sustainable solution for the job.
Buildings must not only accommodate the changes to building codes over time but also the risks imposed by seismic activity in New Zealand. Holmes Consulting has become expert in earthquake engineering, seismic retrofit and base isolation design technology. Through a range of analysis techniques they can “accurately predict the likely performance of a building in real earthquake scenarios which can be applied equally well to existing, historic or new buildings.”*
Holmes Consulting is proud to be partnered with the UC Quake Centre and to be part of a network boldly addressing new earthquake engineering opportunities, research and development. Like Lyall Holmes did, the company know the benefits of collaborating and trading engineering expertise where possible and, like Cantabrians, they are excited to be “considering the future and what that might look like.”