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Alan Thompson

Director

alan.t@lht.nz
021 666 156

QUALIFICATIONS

BE, CMEngNZ, CPEng,
IntPE (NZ) 

Bachelor of Engineering (Civil)

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Engineering NZ (formerly IPENZ)
Association of Consulting Engineers NZ (ACENZ)

Alan has far-reaching and broad experience in commercial and industrial projects with over three decades of practice in consulting engineering. His depth of expertise covers hands-on design, to the control and coordination of the design for a wide variety of projects. Alan has special expertise in the planning and design of food processing and food storage facilities.

Alan graduated from Canterbury University in 1975 with his Engineering degree. Starting work with the Hastings District Council Alan then moved to LHTDesign as a senior engineer.  Alan bought into the business in 1984 and has since then been responsible for the commercial and technical management.

If you would like to utilise the depth of experience that Alan brings to a project, talk to him today.

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Linda Ralph

Senior Draughtsperson

linda.r@lht.nz

QUALIFICATIONS

New Zealand Certificate Architectural Draughting

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A senior draughtsperson, Linda has a wide ranging depth of knowledge in commercial and industrial draughting. Her work involves the preparation of preliminary concepts, 3D modelling, sketch up images, working documentation for Council approvals, tendering and construction purposes.

Linda trained as an architectural draughtsperson and has worked in a variety of areas from residential and hospitality through to medical projects. Whilst living in Wellington she was involved in electrical, mechanical and shop fitting projects. Linda also gained experience working in Australia before returning to Hawke's Bay to join the architectural company of Judd Fenwick Team Architecture. Later she moved to LHTDesign, where she has expanded her draughting knowledge to include structural work. 

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Matt Danes

Draughtsman

matt.d@lht.nz

QUALIFICATIONS

National Diploma in Architecture Technology 
(The Open Polytechnic of NZ)


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Matt is one of our longer serving team members. Over the years he has gathered broad ranging experience in structural, architectural and services draughting. Matt has an extensive knowledge of various draughting and design software packages such as AutoCAD and Revit.

Matt takes on the responsibility for the production of design drawings for structural, civil, services and architectural projects. Documentation ranges from preliminary design through to consent and construction applications.

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Simon McLoughlin

Senior Structural Engineer

simon.m@lht.nz
021 666 169

QUALIFICATIONS

BE, MEngNZ
Dublin Institute of Technology


WORK HISTORY


MEMBERSHIPS

Engineering NZ (formerly IPENZ)
Structural Engineering Society New Zealand (SESOC)

Simon is a senior structural engineer with a specialisation in seismic design and strengthening. He brings experience from both New Zealand and Europe, working with existing and new builds. He works with a range of building materials from concrete and steel through to timber and masonry.

Simon graduated in 2006 from Dublin Institute of Technology with his Engineering degree. He started working as a structural engineering in Ireland, where he worked until 2009. Simon immigrated to New Zealand in 2010, joining LHTDesign in Hawke's Bay.

He has been critical in the design and implementation of both new constructions and seismic strengthening of existing buildings for companies such as Unison Networks Ltd, Heinz Watties, and EIT.

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Sue Eckhold

Practice Manager

sue.e@lht.nz
0276 426 426

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Sue is LHTDesign's highly experienced Practice Manager, administration manager and is the front of the company.

She particularly enjoys the beautiful premises that LHTDesign work from, as well as the interesting work that the team produce and the great people that make up the team.  "Coming to work here everyday is fun, we have a good mix"

Sue is the go-to contact for clients and the general running of the business. She supports the engineers and draughtspeople to deliver effective day to day services.

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Matthew Witheford

Draughtsman

matthew.w@lht.nz

QUALIFICATIONS

National Diploma in Architecture Technology 
(The Open Polytechnic of NZ)


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Matthew joined LHTDesign as a draughtsman in 2017.  Matthew began his career in construction as a residential builder in Auckland building both new homes and renovating old homes.  After spending seven years working in sport management he re-entered the construction industry as a trainee draughtsman studying through The Open Polytechnic.

Since joining LHT, Matthew has increased his capabilities as a draughtsman becoming more proficient in Revit and 3D modelling, while supporting the team with both architectural and structural projects. He is also involved in preparing documentation for building consents as required.

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Guy De Salis

Project Manager

guy.d@lht.nz
0274 639 829

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Commerce

Victoria University, Wellington


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Guy recently joined LHTDesign as a project manager. He brings with him 10 years experience in facilities management and project management working on commercial property in NZ and Australia. 

Guy has spent the last 4 years in safety and compliance roles working in food safety, logistics, water and brings a unique skill set to LHTDesign.

Guy has become LHT's resident fire consultant applying the NZBC Acceptable Solutions and has assisted a number of clients including Kiwirail, Tomoana Pelt Processors and Cape Kidnappers Golf Course.  Also with the support from the LHT Engineers, Guy undertakes seismic assessments to the NBS.  His knowledge in safety and compliance has assisted LHTDesign in developing safety in design systems to consider in their designs through construction, operation, maintenance and demolition.

 

 

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Lucas Steyn

Structural Engineer

lucas.s@lht.nz
027 358 4017

QUALIFICATIONS

BEng Civil Engineering
Stellenbosch University



WORK HISTORY


MEMBERSHIPS

SESOC
Engineering New Zealand
New Zealand Society of Earthquake Engineering

Lucas is a structural engineer with experience designing a range of commercial and industrial buildings. Most of his experience thus far was gained in South-Africa where he worked on a number of interesting projects that utilized various construction materials including concrete, structural steel, timber and masonry. Post-tensioned concrete technology is particularly interesting to Lucas, and he has used it successfully on several of his previous projects.

Lucas graduated in 2009 from Stellenbosch University with a degree in Civil Engineering. He then worked as a Structural Engineer in South-Africa until 2019. Lucas immigrated to New Zealand in January 2020 when he joined LHTDesign.

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Bronwyn Swanson

Project Leader

bronwyn.s@lht.nz
029 770 2927

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Bronwyn joined the LHT Team in 2020 with 6 years' experience in residential building and development at Axis Design Ltd.  She has 14 years local government experience in the NZ Building and Resource Consent processes.

Bronwyn's knowledge is one of considerable diversity, and she is focused on walking beside and ensuring good outcomes for our clients.

 

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Patrick Preston

Graduate Structural Engineer

patrick.p@lht.nz
027 2422 471

QUALIFICATIONS

BEng (Hons)

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Patrick is a graduate structural engineer fresh out of the University of Canterbury. He finished his studies in civil engineering last year and is excited to apply all his technical knowledge and skills into the world. Through his studies, he has learnt to design steel, concrete and timber structures. He is full of youthful energy and fresh ideas he is eager to use.

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