Our RDA CONSULTING
2 weeks ago
Introducing our latest addition to the team. Matt Engel has joined us as a Senior Engineering Geologist and is based in Christchurch.
Matt has over 11 years' experience working for a large consultancy throughout NZ. His background is in engineering geology, from investigation and design to construction and operation, predominantly focusing on linear civil infrastructure, slope stability, site assessments, liquefaction and constructability issues.
Matt is excited about the opportunity to open an office for RDA Consulting in Canterbury and is looking forward to working directly with RDA's clients to provide practical and timely solutions to the challenges they are facing. ... See MoreSee Less
Our Principal Geoprofessional gets all the fun jobs. Today he was being flown into west arm in manapouri to access landslip and rockfall damage for solutions to ensure the access road is in a safe and operational condition. ... See MoreSee Less
A job of ours that we are currently working on up near Nevis Bluff, Gibbston. Our geoprofessionals and engineers are working with a client of ours to create a 1 ha circuit race lake for jet sprint boats. The jet sprints will be part of a large Adventure Park which will also include activities like extreme 4wd off roading and claybird shooting! Head over to OXBOW The Adventure Company for more details. ... See MoreSee Less
2 months ago
Some good advice from Fonterra & DWN, regarding effluent management at this difficult time. Emergency Management Southland have also published some "full pond advice" on their website at civildefencesouthland.govt.nz/
If you have any questions regarding effluent irrigation compliance, your first call should be to your Sustainable Dairy Adviser or Environment Southland's compliance team. If you need advice about assessment or repairs to your effluent storage we're here to help. Give us a call on 0800 732 474Update (Wed 5 Feb 2020) from Cain Duncan, Sustainable Dairying Manager – Otago/Southland, Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited.
There have been some concerns raised about the impacts flooding will have on effluent management and the compliance response from Environment Southland. I have just received an update from Simon Mapp who is the acting Director of Regulation.
1. As Southland is in a State of an Emergency flooded farms where effluent ponds are taken out or overflow will have a total defence under the RMA and any environmental impact is likely to be minimal when compared to the contaminant load in flood water from other sources.
2. Environment Southland will not be issuing a general public statement at this time giving a blanket permission to dispose of effluent onto saturated soils as there will be many instances where people still have capacity in there effluent storage ponds and such an announcement cannot be legally made by the Council.
3. Despite the above, ES compliance staff will not be out and about for the foreseeable future and any complaint driven compliance issues are unlikely based on the current state of the waterways in Southland.
4. As flood waters recede common sense and caution should be exercised when applying effluent. In some cases effluent will need to be applied to wet soils. Where this is the case choose the driest paddock possible and avoid applying in paddocks that are close to waterways and have tile drains or swales/gullies. Only a limited volume of effluent should be applied in order to overcome the immediate risk of ponds overflowing. A record should be kept of where, why and how much (run-time of system) effluent was applied.
Similar advice can also be provided to farms effected by flooding in Otago.
Please get in touch if you have any questions.
Regards, Cain Duncan
Sustainable Dairying Manager – Otago/Southland
Email: [email protected]
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5 months ago
We're delighted to report that our FDE Design Accreditation has been renewed!
We have been assessed for competency and skills across a range of key areas of effluent system design.
Do it once and do it right with an accredited system design company!
For more information about FDE Accreditation, check out:
www.dairynz.co.nz/environment/effluent/designing-or-upgrading-effluent-systems/ ... See MoreSee Less