Ross Thurlow, our Director was made a Fellow (FNZIS) at the 129th Annual General Meeting of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors (NZIS). This recognition has been made following Ross’s contribution to the NZIS as the Engineering Examiner for 12 years and Examination Chairperson for three of those years.
Ross’s citation reads:
At a time when the role of Surveyors in Land Development Engineering is coming under increasing pressure from regulators and the engineering profession, Ross has played an important role in maintaining standards in the surveying profession. Ross’s aim as an examiner has been to encourage surveyors to strive to become expert in land development so that surveyors can continue to lead that process. Ross considers that enhanced experience and continued involvement in engineering is key to ensure that surveyors undertake those engineering tasks in land development that surveyors are best qualified to undertake.
Ross supports the current review of the pathway to professional status and is a strong advocate of the modern Land Surveyor being well founded in all the disciplines that surround land, its development measurement and tenure. Ross sees the role of the examination panel, utilising face to face interviews, supported by documented and representative records of projects and experience, together with mentored training as a non-negotiable in this.
After completing a Bachelor of Surveying at the University of Otago in 1980, Ross carried on with his studies to complete a B.E. (Civil) at Auckland University. This was followed by a period of work in his home town of Dunedin for the Ministry of Works and Development. Ross was involved on roading projects, including the geotechnical investigations and road legalisations of the roading associated with the Clyde Dam. After registering as a Surveyor in 1986, Ross worked for consulting engineers in London for three years including time on site investigations and infrastructure studies for the redevelopment of the London Docklands and Channel Tunnel projects.
He returned to Auckland in 1990 and registered as an engineer and worked in Auckland on land development, engineering and roading projects.
Ross started Thurlow Consultants in 1994 and continues to lead the business based in Auckland’s North Shore, and in 2015 with Mark Myall, founded Myall and Thurlow in Christchurch. The business in Auckland has grown to 12 staff and that in Christchurch, four with both businesses offering services in surveying, civil engineering, structural engineering, land development and hydraulic engineering within the Auckland and Canterbury Regions.