Lifting our community

Lifting our community

Since early 2012 SmartLift has lifted and repaired over 450 earthquake damaged foundations within Canterbury. Every single foundation repair was unique because every building was affected differently. We have seen every kind of foundation you can imagine from old style non re-enforced rubble foundations, to wood piles, to concrete slabs and everything in between. With the cleverly engineered lifting system designed by SmartLift, we have been able to repair every foundation to a better than new result. We have not come across a foundation we cannot repair or lift to re-level. Our system is that robust and accurate we have saved home owners and investors a ton of money because they can repair and re-insure […]

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Congratulations to Te Waka Aroha on Their Success!

Congratulations to Te Waka Aroha on Their Success!

SmartLift team would like to extend our sincere congratulations to the amazing Te Waka Aroha group on their successful motion in city council today in getting their CCC grant to purchase their building in South Brighton. This means they can start work on repairing their community hall. What a fantastic effort! We look forward to working with you in getting your building levelled in the very near future. read more >  

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Free Lift For Christchurch – Project Update – August 2016

Free Lift For Christchurch – Project Update – August 2016

Following the story of our Free Lift for Christchurch winners; here is the latest update on where we are at with the projects for all those who worked so hard to gain votes for their communities.   Hello everyone! We are well under-way on our Free Lift for Christchurch projects now with competition winners Te Waka Aroha South Brighton and the Kaiapoi Gray Raven Scout Group! Here is a quick update on where they are at. Te Waka Aroha South Brighton · We are in the design and planning phase for our re-levelling works in preparation for the appropriate consenting applications to the local authorities. · Our consulting geotechnical engineer […]

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The Power of Respect and Good Business Ethics

20/11/15 Hawkins Infrastructure Ltd and Smart Lift Systems Ltd Partnership Agreement To all of our clients within the Canterbury Repair Programme, Hawkins Infrastructure wish to advise that the Partnership Agreement between Hawkins Infrastructure Ltd and Smart Lift Systems Ltd concludes on the 31st or December 2015. It is with great pleasure and respect to Smart Lift Systems that Hawkins Infrastructure will part ways at the end of our Memorandum of Understanding and we would like to extend our gratitude to Smart Lift for being such a professional and efficient business partner throughout the past few years. Hawkins Infrastructure entered into the partnership Agreement to give Management support to an emerging business with […]

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DEALING WITH A HIGH WATER TABLE

DEALING WITH A HIGH WATER TABLE

There are varying soil types in Christchurch and with the low lying geographical nature of many areas of this city you don’t have to dig down far to reach water. This presents a challenge when digging down to excavate around foundations and you discover the water table. Areas such as South Brighton, Merivale, Parklands and Shirley are prone to this. Factors such as high tide and extended periods of rain can affect how much water is in the ground at any point in time. At SmartLift we have developed methods and procedures to allow us to still get our jacking pads installed and successfully level homes. It involves pumping water […]

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Unreinforced rubble foundation? YES WE CAN

Many experts say it can’t be done. They claim, “You need to replace your foundation”. Before you take that extreme and costly step, let SmartLift assess your old type-B ring and pile foundation. Chances are we can save you a lot of money and anguish by repairing your old style foundation. What this refers to are the old style foundations made by mixing cement with rubble, round stones or whatever they had lying around the building site at the time of construction. Unreinforced masonry – brick, concrete block, or stone – foundations often cannot withstand earthquake shaking. They simply just break apart. Homes may shift off such foundations during earthquakes, seriously damaging walls, […]

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BEFORE AND AFTER

We are often asked what will happen to the property when we start digging around the foundation. The simple answer is we leave your property ready to be landscaped and finished off by your builder or company managing your repair. If there are certain plants or trees you would like saved, we can advise on what may or may not be able to be replanted. We can generally complete our part (the levelling of your home) within 15 working days, and if your plants can be stored on-site then we can work with you on this. Depending on how high we need to lift your foundation to get it level we generally […]

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‘As is – Where is’- is it worth the risk?

‘As is – Where is’- is it worth the risk?

‘As is – Where is’ properties have been in the Christchurch real estate market now for a few years. They represent a win-win for buyers and sellers alike. These are homes that have been deemed too expensive to repair so insurance companies have paid out the owners who have in turn decided to take the money and cash in again by selling the house in the damaged state, usually for the land value. But astute investors and even first home buyers are looking at these houses from a different viewpoint- a great return on investment. There have been many recent articles in the news written about this and some call […]

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THE VARYING DAMAGE OF THE CHRISTCHURCH EARTHQUAKES

THE VARYING DAMAGE OF THE CHRISTCHURCH EARTHQUAKES

Damage from the Canterbury earthquakes varied greatly from region to region of Christchurch. One street may have been completely destroyed, while another in close proximity was untouched. The reason for this variance is multifaceted. Different soil types react differently to seismic activity, and each area has differing styles of buildings. This means that areas with older buildings may have had more earthquake damage. Land near waterways vulnerable Much of Christchurch city and its immediate neighbouring settlements are situated on river deposits, beach dune sand, estuaries, lagoons and swamplands that have been drained over time. Before the construction of stopbanks and river realignment in the mid 19th century, the Waimakariri River […]

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TYPES OF BUILDING DAMAGE

TYPES OF BUILDING DAMAGE

Building damage can be divided into two broad categories: damage that was caused solely by earthquake shaking; and damage that resulted from ground deformation including liquefaction, lateral spreading or landslip. While shaking damage to dwellings has been observed on the flat, the February and June 2011 aftershocks in particular caused significant shaking damage to hillside houses. The observed high vertical accelerations were responsible for severe damage sustained by tile roofs and brick veneers, and unreinforced foundations were often severely cracked. Liquefaction effects on buildings Liquefaction-induced ground movement has caused stretching, hogging, dishing, racking/twisting, tilt, differential settlement, differential displacement or any combination of the above to buildings. The severity of the […]

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