CivilTEC was originally founded by Richard Gruiters in 2006. In 2010 Richard took a sabbatical from his business to assist with starting up a new Design Centre for a National Consultancy, before moving to an International Consultancy to further develop his skills and project experience, while also contributing to the management of the company’s national design and drafting resourcing.

In 2017 Richard decided it was time to get back to CivilTEC and carry on what he had started – working closely with clients to help them develop and deliver their vision, while providing exceptional customer service and project delivery.

The business continues to grow and is only limited by recruitment, so we are always on the lookout for talented Engineers to join the team.

In short, our passion is road design, while also utilising our broad engineering knowledge to provide clients and colleagues with robust technical solutions.

Our technical knowledge and skills includes :

– Geometric road design

– Bulk earthworks design

– Civil draughting

– Project feasibility studies

– Pedestrian facility design and on-site assessments

– Cycle facility design  and on-site assessments

– Pavement investigations and design

– Technical design reviews & advice

– On-site safety assessments of existing transport infrastructure

– Producing schedules of quantities for pricing purposes

– Writing of technical specifications

– Construction management of roading projects

– Project & Design Management


We use the latest specialist design software, allowing designs and drawings to be produced accurately and efficiently.  Some of the key software packages we use include:

– 12d Model for 3d road and drainage design

– AutoCAD for draughting

– AutoTURN for vehicle swept path analysis

We look forward to working with you soon…


CIVIL & TRANSPORTATION DESIGN – Urban – Rural – Car Parks – Cycling & Pedestrian Facilities – Bulk Earthworks – Construction Drawings
We have extensive experience in civil and transportation design and draughting. From initial concept designs through to detailed construction drawings – this is our forte.
We thrive on challenging projects, which allow us to use our knowledge and expertise to deliver the product you desire.

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT – Contractor Engagement – Construction Monitoring – Project Management
Whether you need assistance with contractor pricing, construction advice or overall management of your project – we can deliver. We also have substantial experience in construction monitoring of civil and transportation projects to ensure they are constructed as intended.

TECHNICAL ADVICE – Design Reviews – Traffic Safety – Feasibility
Our comprehensive geometric design abilities, combined with our diverse range of skills, allow us to provide advice on many aspects of road design and traffic safety.

LAND DEVELOPMENT – Residential – Commercial – Papakāinga
Whether you are looking to develop a piece of land in town, a commercial site or a Papakainga site, we can provide advice on the best access and internal layout to maximise your site’s potential and produce detailed design drawings for construction, while also ensuring the design complies with any Council Consent requirements.


CivilTEC works closely with other local consultancies to ensure the right mix of skills and technical abilities are brought together for the sole reason of delivering the best outcome for our Clients. Other engineering disciplines and complementary professions we work closely with include:

– Town Planners

– Surveyors

– Geotechnical Engineers

– 3-waters Engineers (water, storm-water & sewer)

Structural Engineers

– Landscape Architects


Project: Waingakau Village Construction Monitoring

Location: Flaxmere, Hastings

Client: Te Taiwhenua O Heretaunga

We were recommended to TTOH by a Hastings District Council representative as a company that could assist with overseeing the construction of a multi-stage residential development, in Flaxmere.

Project: Roundabout Concept Assessment

Location: Kapiti Coast

Client: Kapiti Coast District Council

CivilTEC was engaged by Kapiti Coast District Council to undertake the investigation, and concept design for converting a 4-leg intersection into a roundabout controlled intersection.

Entry Deflection Drawing
Sight lines drawing

Project: Papakainga Development

Location: Bennett Road, Hastings

Client: Aorangi Maori Trust Board

Aorangi Maori Trust Board, in conjunction with Sheeran Associates, engaged CivilTEC for our construction monitoring expertise, to assist with engaging with local contractors and procuring the project for construction. Our services included: contract documentation, project cost estimating and construction monitoring of the physical works.

Project: Roundabout Design

Location: Ratanui Road / Mazengarb Road Intersection, Paraparaumu

Client: Kapiti Coast District Council

CivilTEC was engaged by Kapiti Coast District Council to undertake the investigation, detailed design, construction drawings and technical specifications for the installation of a roundabout at the above intersection that was receiving increased traffic volumes on the existing minor road leg, as a result of traffic demand changes from the completion of a section of the nearby State Highway 1 Kapiti Expressway.

We were able to deliver an innovative solution, addressing several challenges including: sight lines constraints, catering for multiple heavy commercial vehicle movement types while also maintaining entry deflection on each approach, maintaining suitable access for several residential entranceways in close proximity to the intersection and providing safe crossing facilities for school-aged pedestrians and cyclists.

Project: Carpark Design

Location: Hawea Park, Hastings

Client: Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council engaged CivilTEC to produce a car park design to cater for cars and tour coaches in an area with cultural significance in the Whakatu area of Hastings. The engagement consisted of concept design, detailed geometric design, pavement design, storm water swale design, construction drawings and technical specifications.

This project was completed in mid-2020 with CivilTEC assisting the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council with construction monitoring, undertaking regular site inspections and providing technical guidance on design and construction queries. (Contractor: Higgins Contractors)

Project: Papakainga Development

Location: Colin White Road, Te Hauke

Client: Mahue Pera Ahu Whenua Trust

Mahue Pera Ahu Whenua Trust, in conjunction with Sheeran Associates, engaged CivilTEC for our Civil Engineering expertise, to assist in developing their land so the Trust could build affordable, warm, dry homes for their Whanau in a community-based environment. CivilTEC undertook the road alignment design, platform earthworks design, pavement design, storm water design, construction drawings, technical specifications and project cost estimating.

CivilTEC also engaged with local contractors to secure a competitive price for construction. This project was completed in November 2020, with CivilTEC undertaking the construction monitoring (Contractor: Higgins Contractors & Gair Contracting).

Project: Maraekakaho Road Intersection & Internal Haul Road

Location: State Highway 50 (Maraekakaho Road), Hastings

Client: Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

As part of a Resource Consent for a local contractor to continue with gravel extraction, a new haul road was required, with an associated relocated entrance on State Highway 50. The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council engaged CivilTEC to undertake an evaluation of another consultant’s design, produce a revised concept and ultimately produce a detailed design of a right turn bay and internal Haul Road, including installation of a 1350mm diameter stormwater culvert.

Construction of this project has recently been completed with a very happy client in the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.