Certa Engineering.

The Team

Civil Structural Engineers

Stuart Preston- Director/BE (Civil), CPEng

Stuart carries out and oversees, the structural design and construction observation of concrete, steel and timber structures. Project scale typically varies between medium to large commercial structural design to smaller commercial and residential projects. He has also carried out many detailed engineering seismic evaluations and seismic strengthening designs.


Hugh Falkner  - Director

Hugh has over 20 years’ experience in domestic and commercial structural design. Having worked for Bruce Smith, Chapman and Amos Consulting Engineers Ltd, De Terte and Kerr-Hislop Consulting Engineers Ltd, Homes Consulting Engineers Ltd, British Rail Network South East (Bridge Division) and Beca Consulting Ltd.


Maeve Pudney  - BE (Hons), CPEng, MEngSc

Maeve Pudney is a chartered professional engineer with almost 10 years experience in both civil and structural engineering. She has worked on a diverse range of projects from small scale stand alone houses and IEPs to detailed seismic assessments of multi storey buildings and large supermarket developments.  Her diverse experience has given her a good understanding of the different aspects involved in both large and small projects and she enjoys the challenges of coordinating with other disciplines to ensure a practical and cost effective design is achieved.


David Blair - NZCE (Civil)

David has been in the Engineering field since 1993. He began training as a structural draftsman with Spencer Holmes while completing his tertiary Engineering qualifications at Wellington Polytechnic. He worked on jobs such as Canopies and Shops for BP service stations. He was the first to use AutoCAD in the office, and developed many efficient customisations. He works mainly on residential housing projects in both structural design & construction monitoring aspects.


Geert van de Vorstenbosch - BE Civil (Hons), CPEng, CMEngNZ 

Geert has worked as a structural technician and structural engineer for various engineering consultancies in Lower Hutt, Tauranga and Christchurch since 2001. As part of the Certa Engineering team Geert works in the Kapiti and Lower Hutt offices on a variety of projects including residential, low-medium rise multi-storey, educational and light industrial. Geert particularly enjoys carrying out seismic assessments and strengthening of structures and has recently completed a comprehensive assessment of a large group of school buildings.


Vignesh Sivaraman - MEngS

Vignesh has recently joind our team as a recent graduate from Auckland University. 


Wayne Tseng - BE Civil

Wayne has recently joined our team as a recent graduate from Christchurch University. 


Martin Pratchett - NZDE (Civil)

In 2011 Martin decided to retrain as a structural engineer after a career in business development.  In 2014 Martin completed an NZDE (Civil) and came to work for Certa Engineering, and is continuing to study part-time towards the BEngTech (Structural).








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