Geothermal & Energy

Cheal provides expertise across the disciplines of Engineering, Surveying, Health and Safety and Environmental Management for the Geothermal and Energy Sector. Located in central North Island, the heart of New Zealand’s geothermal zone and the hub of hydroelectric development, we have extensive experience and refined processes covering many aspects of the energy industry.


Civil Engineering

Provision of energy specific civil and geotechnical engineering services including asset erosion control, reservoir and de-watering pond design, flood modelling, project management, canal maintenance, dredging management, sediment budgets and roading and infrastructure.


Geothermal Drilling Consultancy

Cheal has led the design and construction management of an extensive drilling program across New Zealand’s Taupo and Eastern Bay of Plenty volcanic zone for many years. Services include; civil feasibility studies, geotechnical assessments, well siting, pad design and preparation, tender documents and procurement, project management, construction supervision, water management, access design, hydraulic assessment and modelling, and hydrological catchment assessments.

Geothermal Environmental Management

In an ever changing regulatory environment, Cheal provides a conduit between the client and regulatory authority representatives across a range of civil works and environmental monitoring within the energy sector. Services include; pre design environmental assessment of proposed development locations, design and implementation of sediment and erosion control plans, environmental assessment and reporting of contaminated locations, sampling of drill cuttings from abandoned well pads and design and supervision of remediation projects.

Laser Scanning

Cheal provides fast efficient data capture for design and modelling in 3D. This leading edge technology collects massive amounts of data over complex structures or surfaces in very short time frames. The technology is used for dam face and crest surveys, draft tube as-builts, steam pipe as-builts, deformation modelling, tunnelling, mining surveys, airport runways and buildings, as-built refits for ships as well as existing buildings and high rise commercial blocks, as-built data for archival record and set out of complex structures.

Steamfield Engineering

Civil and structural design of geothermal steamfield developments including grading design for the pipe corridor, stormwater design for the resulting corridor, culvert and bridge structures where conflicts occur, retaining or fill embankments as required, foundation design for steam pipes and the design of service roads and their stormwater controls.


Specialist survey services including; laser scanning, engineering survey for power station and infrastructure setout, deformation monitoring, erosion monitoring and hydrographic survey.