Learned & Technical Papers
Practice Notes have been developed as a source of advice to practising engineers on practice-related issues, where often there is little other advice available. The notes are intended to inform IPENZ Members about issues that may affect them in various ways and in various capacities.
Topics for Practice Notes will be chosen by the Engineering Practice Advisory Committee, to reflect professional issues of topical interest, and occasionally trends that emerge in complaints handled by the Board.
The Engineering Practice Advisory Committee normally gather a team of experts to prepare a draft. Where possible IPENZ will co-brand the Notes with other interested organisations. The draft undergoes a peer review process before being posted on the IPENZ (members only) website for membership review. Final production is undertaken by the IPENZ editorial team and made available electronically.
Any suggestions for topics can be sent to the Engineering Practice Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Coldstore Engineering in New Zealand
(pdf, 2,400 KB, Jun-09)
Coldstore engineering guidelines covering fire engineering, economics, insurance, structure, insulation, refrigeration, electrical, operation and maintenance.
Commissioning Capital Plant
(pdf, 1,014 KB, Mar-08)
Guidance on commissioning capital plant.
(pdf, 335 KB, Apr-08)
A methodology for conducting constructability project reviews.
Design for Safety in Buildings and Other Structures
(pdf, 240 KB, Mar-08)
Understanding responsibilities for designing for safety.
Developing and Maintaining Client Relationships
(pdf, 305 KB, Mar-08)
Keys to establishing and maintaining good client relationships.
Engineers and Ethical Obligations
(pdf, 516 KB, Feb-07)
Ethical principles and practice for engineers and guidelines for applying them.
Farm Dairy Effluent Ponds
(pdf, 2,648 KB, Mar-13)
Guidelines for the design and construction of farm dairy effluent ponds.
Guidelines for Documenting Fire Safety Designs
(pdf, 632 KB, Jun-13)
Guidance on the documentation required to adequately describe a building project’s fire engineering design and how to record it for building consent.
HSNO Compliant Buildings and Structures for Flammable Substances
(pdf, 302 KB, Mar-10)
Guidance on designing buildings and structures that house hazardous substances to ensure compliance with the Building Code and HSNO Act.
Land Development Processes
(pdf, 2,260 KB, Nov-07)
Guidance on processes to develop land and buildings.
Operator Protective Structures
(pdf, 385 KB, Jul-09)
Selecting, designing and verifying compliant protective structures on self-propelled mobile mechanical plant.
(pdf, 560 KB, Mar-08)
Responsibilities and guidelines when reviewing the work of another engineer.
Safety and Engineers
(pdf, 81 KB, Mar-08)
The Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 and how it impacts engineers.
Seismic resistance of pressure equipment and its supports
(pdf, 6,545 KB, May-13)
Guidance on using earthquake actions from NZS 1170.5 when designing supports for pressure vessels and other heavy industrial plant.
Structural Engineering Design Office Practice
(pdf, 398 KB, Aug-09)
Fundamentals of acceptable office practice for structural engineering design.
Sustainability and Engineers
(pdf, 182 KB, Mar-08)
The role of engineering in sustainable development.
Tips for Working with the Media
(pdf, 675 KB, Jul-12)
Guidance on working with the media including basic rules for speaking to journalists, dealing with sensitive issues, letters to the editor and approaching the media with story ideas.
(pdf, 244 KB, Mar-08)
Applying the Urban Design Protocol to deliver an improved urban environment.