Lloyd Smith


 Lloyd started his engineering career with consulting engineers in Invercargill and Dunedin. His favourite materials then were steel and pre-stressed concrete, but many projects included timber structures. Routine jobs were haybarns on Southland farms and retaining walls in Dunedin. However, there were also larger engineering design and project management challenges. These included investigations and reports of deterioration, failures, repairs and maintenance of structures.

Three years of travel and work overseas (water supply schemes in Iran) in the late 1970s, included explorations of bridges, cathedrals and historic sites. This was the main start of his interest in industrial heritage.

On return to New Zealand, Lloyd joined the Otago Catchment Board for engineering of flood protection and land drainage schemes. He was Design Engineer for the Board until its amalgamation into the Otago Regional Council in 1989, then was Investigations & Design Manager for coastal, harbour and flood plain hazards mapping, and finally Project Engineer for completion of the comprehensive Lower Taieri Flood Control & Drainage Scheme.

In 1993 Lloyd returned to university studies, combining research and applications of GIS with resource & asset management, while also working part time with architects and planners on facilities management. This period included a diversion into applications of spatial information and mapping systems in vineyard management (the subject of  an MSc thesis on precision viticulture) 

These interests continue in asset management, with a bias towards heritage buildings and structures.

Lloyd has continued in industrial heritage with Engineering New Zealand Engineering Heritage and is currently Chairman of the Otago Chapter. He also serves on the Otago Branch Committee of NZ Historic Places Trust.

Otherwise he takes as much opportunity as possible to travel and explore historic sites.