Photo of Rodney Pilbrow, Pilbrow Surveying Limited surveying statues at the Quan Am Buddhist Monastry, BombayHistory of Pilbrow Surveying Limited
Pilbrow Surveying Limited was incorporated in September 1996 by Geoff and Sally Pilbrow.
Our current permanent staff consists of Rodney Pilbrow, BE (Mining) Manager, Kamil Puchalski, Diploma Technical Surveyor, Surveyor and Esther Pilbrow, Chainman.
Geoff Pilbrow had previously been surveyor for Green & McCahill involved in many jobs most notably the Mangatangi Dam project. After leaving Green & McCahill they formed a partnership supplying surveying services from their house in Bombay. In 1995 Rodney returned from South Africa where he had been working for Amcoal on opencast and underground coal mines. Originally going to work with CoalCorp it was decided that he would join with his parents and Pilbrow Surveying Limited was formed.
 Over the years we have had others work with us. In 1999/2000 Rachael Gow worked for the company. In 2000 Tom Gosling worked for us before going off to form his own company QES. In July 2000 Geoff had a heart attack. Following this he and Sally semi-retired to North Otago. Geoff continued to help out over the summer busy periods. In 2005 Seth Dale, who had worked for us a chainman, returned from working in the United Kingdom to work as a surveyor. In January 2006 Geoff Pilbrow died while attending a fire with the Duntroon Volunteer Fire Brigade. Also in 2006 Amanda Colwell joined us a chainman. She left to have her second child but we hope that she will return at the end of 2009. In mid 2006 Kylie Colwell joined as a surveyor. At the start of 2007 Kamil Puchalski joined us from Poland. From 2008 Esther Pilbrow has been with us a chainman. Kamil’s wife Ela, also a surveyor, has done some work with us when the workload required. Colin Pilbrow has been chaining over the summer holidays.
The company was initially based at Geoff and Sally’s Bombay house. In 2001 the company hired a building at the Bombay Quarry to use as an office. Then in 2003 Rodney built a new house in Te Kauwhata with an office for the company. Since then the company has been based in this North Waikato town.
Before the company was formed Geoff was using a TC1000. The survey gear was updated to a Wild TC1010 and a motorized TCM1100 when we started working as two separate gangs. In 1999 Pilbrow Surveying purchased the first Leica GPS500 system sold in New Zealand.  Over the next few years we upgraded to a TCRA1103 plus total station with RCS1100 robotic controller. Then a TCRP1203 with a RX1220 robotic controller was purchased. A Smart Rover GPS1200 was bought able to work with our existing SR530 base. In 2008 a second SR530 base was bought enabling us to run two stand alone GPS systems or three rovers off the one base which makes short work of any topo. Global Survey have  installed the gear for their GNSS reference station at our office to provide real time kinematic corrections over the internet and are currently testing it out. See also What gear do we use.
Geoff and Sally’s home in Bombay made them a natural choice to work with Works Civil on the St Stephen’s and Razorback motorway projects on SH1 which were completed in May 1993. The next few years saw many more projects with Works Civil, S D Watson, Paton & Sons, Blacktop Construction, A F Porter, Franklin District Council, Watercare Services, Stevenson Construction, Ross Reid and Fulton Hogan.
After Rodney joined and the company was formed we were able to carry out far more work due to having two survey gangs available. We carried out many roading, subdivisional and quarry projects. Our client base grew with work for Green & McCahill, HEB Contractors, Roading & Construction Services, Mainworks, Hick Bros., Allan Cameron Limited, Adam Stubeli Ltd, Forest Roading Services Ltd, Serco Services, Works Infrastructure, Black Douglas, McCallum Bros., Milburn and Red Bull Powder Company.
Our list of recent clients include Hurlstone, Higgins Contractors (Waikato), Online Contractors, Holcim Aggregates, McDonalds Lime, Tilsley Engineering, MWH Consultants, CCNZ Ltd, Monier Brick, Peters-Cheung, Pemberton Construction, Ravensdown SupremePhoto of Geoff Pilbrow, Pilbrow Surveying Limited on site at SH20 that appeared in the Manakau CourierText Box: Who we are
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