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Directional Drilling and Underground Thrusting 


Meet the team

Our team consists of friendly, family oriented solution finders, with years of experience and knowledge - we look forward to working out a positive solution with you.  We are lucky to have 2 engineers and 6 drillers/locators within a team of skilled, hardworking, practical solution providers - all ready to complete your job.

Introducing the Team

Mike Smythe,

A pioneer in the industry, Mike started Smythe Contractors Limited in April 2000.  With a huge wealth of knowledge and valuable experience in pipeline construction, including trenchless installations, Mike was always keen to offer his expertise on that difficult job.  As a member of the International Society for Trenchless Technology, he was part of many overseas study trips in terms of trenchless installation and pipejacking.  Mike passed away in December 2013 but his legacy continues to live on.
David Smythe,
Managing Director

David has over 25 years experience in all pipeline installations including Pipejacking, Horizontal Directional Drilling, Pipe-bursting, Sliplining, Mole-ploughing and Opencut pipelaying.  Working in NZ and Australia as a Drill Operator on rigs from 2.5 to 220 ton, David's vast drilling has led to practiced skill in drilling techniques, procedures and mud design. He recently completed a Leadership Development Programme– National Certificate in Business Level 3 (2015-16); is a Level 1 STMS, holds a Site Safe Gold Card, and has attained national certifications in Gas Network Construction - Level 3C (Supervisor) and Supervisor - Civil Construction.
Phil Rush,
Supervisor / Senior Drilling Operator

Phil has over 20 years experience in all pipeline installations including pipejacking, directional drilling, slip-lining, Gas mains, mole ploughing and opencut pipe laying for Smythe Contractors.  In later years, Phil has operated our larger directional drills on the more challenging projects, and uses his experience and temperament  to guide the drilling equipment through a range of ground conditions experienced in the North Island region.  His training includes:-

 - Qualified Fitter & Turner

 - First Aid Certification

 - Mud Design

 - SST Steering Operation

 - Trafiic Management - Level 1  STMS

 - NC Gas Construction - Level 3

 - Confined Space Training

 - Open Trench Pipelaying

Ross Peters Mar16-807-338
Ross Peters, Company Engineer (BE, Civil)
Ross joined Smythe Contractors Ltd in 2013 and brings with him over 20 years’ experience in the civil and structural Construction Industry, where he has gained experience and practiced a wide and varied range of skills and roles in areas such as Project Engineer, Project Management, Supervision & Site Management, undertaking Building & Civil Construction and delivering projects to the required qualities, timelines and budgets.  His professional skills also includes knowledge of contract technical specifications and their implementation, writing accurate technical reports, promoting the highest standards of safety onsite at all times, working and managing within a changing environment and people management.
Kevin Smythe,

Kevin is Smythe's longest serving employee, with 40 years in the industry as an installer of pipelines and cables.  Kevin's local and international experience is comprehensive, particulary with the growth into the Maxi Drilling field.  His more recent experience in the USA with an AA440T is invaluable in terms of our establishment as leaders in the NZ Directional Drilling industry.
Mark Smythe 08-938-141-272-293-130
Mark Smythe,
Supervisor / Drill Operator

Mark has over 15 years experience in all pipeline installations including
Pipejacking, Horizontal directional drilling, Pipe-bursting, Slip-lining, Mole-ploughing and Opencut pipelaying.
He has worked throughout the North Island as a Drill Operator on Midi and Mini –rigs, from which he has accumulated a vast knowledge of ground conditions and developed various drilling techniques and procedures.

About Us

As a long standing member of the "no-dig" community, Smythe Contractors endeavours to reach new levels of service to our customers through positive relationships and a strong collaborative approach - always discussing the best solution - from the design phase through preparation, through to the pipe installation.
Find out more

                     CCNZ Waikato - Construction Award Winner 2015…
                     CCNZ Waikato - Construction Award Winner 2013…

Contact Us

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Mobile: 027 476 3067

Email: david@smythecon.com