The occurrence of a 6.5 Richer earthquake in the Cook Strait near the New Zealand capital of Wellington over the weekend has served to highlight the problem of insufficient numbers of structural engineers.

While the city’s building stock managed to weather the weekend earthquake with impressive success, the subsequent strain placed on consulting firms required to provide safety inspections in the wake of the incident has drawn attention to the country’s scarcity of engineering professionals. Engineers had to be flown in to Wellington…