Surveying Hawke's Bay

Cheal are excited to introduce the most recent member of the Surveying Hawke’s Bay team, Senior Licensed Cadastral Surveyor, Alan Martin-Smith.

He has a can-do approach to surveying, and as such, thoroughly enjoys working in the industry. He prides himself on having a dedicated work ethic, which he believes to be the fundamental qualities of executing any survey to a high standard. He enjoys the challenges and outdoor components of surveying, the variety provides a stimulating working environment.

Born and raised in Hawke’s Bay, he attended Hastings Boys’ High School and in 1997, beginning his career as a Survey Cadet at the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, studying towards a National Diploma in Surveying, which he completed after a short stint in Auckland at UNITEC.

Following the completion of his Diploma, he continued his studies at Otago University and completed a Bachelor of Survey Degree with distinction in 2005. Whilst studying in Dunedin, he worked during the holidays in both Dunedin and Christchurch which enabled him to see the South Island, including some of the more remote areas in the central regions, including Tekapo and Geraldine.

Alan returned to Hawke’s Bay in 2006 and began as a graduate with Peter Smidt Surveyors, where he extended his knowledge in cadastral (boundary/subdivision) surveying, consents and some land development projects. After Peter’s passing in 2011, he continued to work in Hawke’s Bay and was primarily involved with subdivision and consents, but also worked on other projects including a small scale hydro project, which involved dam design, large scale topographical work, set out and as-built work.

“I thoroughly enjoy working and living in Napier and find it a great place to raise my two sons, Zac and Cooper with my wife Robyn. I enjoy football and had been playing up until a few years ago, when knee surgery prematurely ended my aspirations to be the next Lionel Messi, but I am living that dream vicariously through my two boys now.”