Gareth Lawrenson is director of Garman Consulting Ltd and brings a track record of working in the services trades, construction and property management services industries.
South African born and having spent eight years in the security and fire protection industries in the UK, Gareth emigrated to New Zealand in 2008 and started back on the trades tools with Fire Security Services in 2008. He progressed to senior positions within the industry, ending his fire protection tenure in 2012 as the North Island sprinkler services manager for Triangle Fire Protection after having worked through the ranks of fitter, estimator and service manager for many of New Zealand’s most well recognised Fire Protection companies, including Wormald and Argus Fire.
In 2012, after gaining significant experience in building compliance through his fire protection background, Gareth commenced on a career path change into facilities management and consulting with large local and offshore landlords and the world’s largest property services firms.
Beginning in these roles with Precinct Properties New Zealand, CBRE, Colliers International and many other firms of this calibre, Gareth pursued the independent consultancy role which evolved into what Garman Consulting has become today.
With the incorporation of drones into the New Zealand airspace framework in August 2015, Garman Consulting saw the opportunity to add drones into its services early on and became only the sixth CAA-certified drone operator in October 2015. Since then, Gareth and Garman Consulting have become integral for many of Garman’s clients as the go-to drone operator for technical inspection and scoping of building construction and maintenance within the Auckland region and wider afield.
Today, Garman services over 25 clients with project-specific drone services on a recurring basis and is ever expanding its services offering as the drone technology rapidly develops.
This must-see seminar will discuss the current role of drones in modern facilities management, engineering and construction, which includes such activities as: external services/structural scoping and post-project retention release assessments; insurance damage assessment; full 3D modelling and asset condition capture; inspection, reporting and maintenance planning; photography and video of specific construction feature inspections, truss, precast, roofing etc; and photography for monthly construction progress reports.
Topics covered will also include the de-risking of drones from a health and safety perspective, along with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) compliance, insurances and subcontractors.
The future roles and risk of drones to facilities management, engineering and construction will then be presented, from security monitoring and delivery (risk AND reward) to time-critical medical and first responder care/assistance, real-time built environment progress and response, and more.