About Torque IP


About Torque IP

Torque IP has been an independent smart building technologies consultant since 2004.

Torque IP is uniquely placed as we cover a wide spectrum of technologies from cabling to wifi to smart building technologies and IoT (Internet of Things) on a national basis.

The Value of Independence

Independence is critical to ensure that the project and procurement approach, advice and recommendations reflect the end user’s needs while maintaining procurement guidelines.
  • As independent advisors we do not sell or install infrastructure.
  • Our role is to manage or consult on projects.
  • Our role is to subject suppliers, project managers and architects to a rigorous assurance process.
  • We have a team of 20 specialist ICT/Smart Building technology consultants located throughout New Zealand.

This ensures that what they deliver complies with global industry best practice, current industry standards and other relevant building code and regulatory requirements.

Our team

Torque IP co-founder Mak acts as a principal consultant and gets involved at the front end of projects to ensure practical outcomes to the end users. He provides strategic oversight and manages suppliers and installation contractors to ensure their delivery is in line with the client deliverables, relevant industry, building and regulatory requirements. Mak provides leadership for both the ICT and Smart Buildings Divisions and is involved with projects at the master planning and design phase driving value for clients by reducing costs and managing risk. His strengths are in providing commercial strategies and vision, ICT digital strategies, design and operational efficiency for clients across the build environment.

Mak Kulkarni

Managing Director

Torque IP co-founder Phil is Principal Consultant and Technical Director with a vast range of skills and experience including industrial electrical, layer 1-7 data and wireless infrastructures across large multi-building campuses where operation uptime is critical. He has global experience working on large and complex projects involving telecommunications and electrical systems and devices. Phil is a leading specialist data-design consultant in New Zealand and is known for his efficient approaches and continuous improvements. He strives to meet or exceed expectations for project success which focuses on the three main areas; on time, within budget and at the best quality.

Phil Earl

Director

My role primary role as a client manager, is to make sure my client’s needs and interests are looked after and the commitments we make as a company are honoured. I take total responsibility for my clients welfare and I am the single point of contact should there be any issues. My job is to make sure we look after our clients first and ensure the right Torque IP skills and resources are allocated for each project. I always monitor each project to ensure milestones and delivery timelines are met.

My philosophy is: “When I am in front of my clients, I represent my company. When I am in front of my company, I represent my clients”.

Mike Stacey

Client Manager

With over has over 30 years’ in the ICT industry, Ross has a vast range of experience with organisations and project implementations throughout New Zealand.  This involvement ranges from Community Trust Funded ICT and Government projects to working in disaster affected areas, recommissioning Network infrastructure for stakeholders.

Ross is an effective, customer focused consultant who holds a wide range of skills and expertise.  He is approachable and problem-solving focussed and works hard to resolve and make decisions that benefit all stakeholders. An experienced relationship manager with strong leadership skills, Ross leads and communicates well in a team environments.

Ross Dore

Client Manager

Douglas joined Torque IP in early 2020 after 30-plus years in the education, research and technology sectors. Originally a high school teacher in NZ and the UK, he spent the early 2000s at the Ministry of Education working on a range of school-based ICT and eLearning initiatives including the provision of laptops to teachers, the upgrade of all school networks and the provision of fibre-based broadband to NZ schools. Prior to Torque IP Douglas was Chief Engagement Manager at REANNZ, the national research network that connects NZ’s leading tertiary and research institutions to their colleagues globally.

Douglas Harré

SNR Project Manager - Ngā iti Kahurangi

Bruce is a well-respected industry lead in Healthcare, Government and Commercial Sectors, sitting on the NZ Health Design Council and Standards Australia and New Zealand CT-001 Committee.

Bruce is the Practise Lead for Building Technologies with over 35 years of experience in voice, data, security and multimedia communications systems design, project management, installation, and technical support. He has been heavily involved from concept to post-construction stages of many healthcare, sports, educational, commercial, and industrial facilities where network infrastructure, ICT, health & patient care systems, and electronic security services and features are established and operated. He maintains active participation from concept and initial design, throughout construction and commissioning, as an internationally recognised and qualified ICT infrastructure specialist and Information Transport System auditor.

Bruce Turner

Practice Lead - Building Technologies

Brett is a multifaceted Auditor, Designer, & Project manager with vast experience across many fields within the telecommunications industry.

Brett is extremely customer focused, able to meet and exceed customer expectations through providing efficient and effective solutions. His strengths are in his vast experience from technician onsite through to management. Brett has high interpersonal skills enabling him to relate to a wide range of people at all levels of an organization. Satisfaction from delivering effective innovative customer solutions, on time and to budget expectations are Brett’s key motivation. 

Brett Gurney

Consultant - Building Technologies

Cas is an ICT/ELV Building Services consultant with over 19 years’ experience in electronic security system design and installation, structured cabling systems, ELV systems, internetwork design, GSM monitoring device installation and project management. Our health and local government sector clients benefit from his years of experience in the design of the various ICT, ELV and intelligent building systems that provide a platform to accommodate the ever changing technology evolution, with minimal impact to business.

Cas Olckers

Consultant - Building Technologies

Jason is AGILE certified and a senior ICT consultant specialising in the design and delivery of structured cabling systems, UFB infrastructure, network and Wi-Fi solutions, nurse call, audio visual and security systems. He has 16 years’ experience in the ICT industry having designed and managed
ICT projects in both New Zealand and Europe. His project experience covers multiple sectors including Aged Care, Education, Defence, Finance and Health. Most recently Jason has been working with Summerset Holdings as the Lead ICT Engineer across their new village development programme. In this role he has been responsible for the design of ICT and ELV infrastructure across multiple large campus’s, incorporating residential, commercial and health care requirements.

Jason Terry

Consultant - Building Technologies

Mark is a positive individual fulfilling a multi-faceted role at Torque IP with responsibilities including a number of core services such as:

  • Independent technical advisory services for the MBIE completing over 80 x technical (electrical) reviews relating to complaints.
  • Project management (delivery of over 120 projects of varying types and sizes within our Ministry of Education portfolio).
  • Building services consultancy including ICT, electrical, audio visual and electronic security disciplines.
  • Energy efficiency consultancy encompassing in a number of technologies including lighting and solar.
  • Design and delivery of Ministry of Education ICT Cabling Standards training courses to over 800 active telecommunications contractors.

Mark maintains oversight for our quality, assurance, health & safety and compliance processes.
Mark is a registered electrical inspector also holding qualifications in electro technology (Nat.
Diploma) and project management (Prince2).

Mark Carter

Consultant - Electrical & Building Technologies

Riaan is a Senior ICT Engineer with over 12 years’ experience as an electronic technician in South Africa and ICT consultant in New Zealand. Riaan is skilled in the design and development of electronic communication systems and system Infrastructure. His experience includes the design and delivery of solutions for structured cabling systems, wireless communication technologies, electronic security systems (ACID), IP surveillance systems (CCTV), nurse-call communication systems, clinical and non-clinical audio visual (AV) solutions including master antenna television (MATV) and building control systems in both small and large scale implementations.
Riaan has managed significant workloads and the delivery of multi-disciplinary projects to tight deadlines. He has outstanding knowledge in design and delivery with proven experience in project management. He has a solid technical understanding of electronic communications systems and can utilise his skills to optimise delivery and value on every project.

Riaan Brits

Consultant - Building Technologies

Sohail is a Senior Building Technologies Consultant with over 14 years’ techno-commercial experience in building ICT works, structured cabling, voice, data, AV, security system, communications systems design, project management, installation and technical support for an extensive variety of applications and environments.

Sohail has managed significant workloads and the delivery of multidisciplinary projects to tight deadlines. He has outstanding knowledge in design and project management having delivered multiple projects in the Healthcare, Government, Education and Commercial sectors. He has a technical understanding of electronic communications Systems, resulting in optimised delivery and value for all projects.

Sohail Abbasi

Consultant - Building Technologies

Phil is a Building Technologies Consultant with over 23 years’ experience in structured cabling installations, across a variety of roles ranging from Technician, Project Foreman, Project Coordinator, through to Project Management and Design.

His project experience is vast, including the School Network Upgrade Programme (SNUP), Corrections Facilities, Hospitals, Aged Care, Universities, Councils, Supermarket Supply Chain (Foodstuffs), Logistics and Industrial installations.

Phil’s strength is in network infrastructure, holding a B.Sc in Computer Science, along with CompTIA Network+, CCNA, CCNP, and Juniper JNCIA industry Certifications.

Phil Marr

Consultant - Building Technologies

Ruel is an design consultant with over 12 years' experience specializing in Data Cabling Infrastructure, security, wireless, ICT and all relevant technologies that cater for effective operational delivery.

His expertise is in ICT design using different types of design software such as Revit, AutoCAD and MS Visio, enabling greater project control, communication and integration of client needs. One of  ensuring that the design is developed in a unified, coherent and consistent manner, in accordance with the project requirements and in compliance with the building standard.

Ruel Rosario

Consultant - Building Technologies

Nicholas has considerable experience in the security sector and will be based out of our Auckland office supporting our security division: consulting, designing, specifying and IQA on integrated smart building security systems. He will be working alongside our other renowned building technologies consultants provisioning seamless smart building integrations that just work!

 In his off-time, Nicholas has a passion for hydroponics and aquaponics with a plan is to have a self-sufficient garden going forward.

Nicholas Hong

Consultant - ICT and Security

Graeme is a multifaceted ICT Consultant with vast experience across many fields within the telecommunications industry. He has diverse experience in commercial, government, tertiary and education projects of various sizes. His skill is to make quick and well considered decisions that will bring operational and practical benefit to the projects he oversees.

 Graeme is very customer and results focused on any project he manages.

Graeme Thomas

Consultant - ICT

Amy worked at Torque IP in the Energy division and returned in September 2021. Amy has extensive experience in customer focused projects including developing and launching a pet food, creating Cupcake Day for the SPCA as well several projects for Auckland Theatre Company. Amy strengths are in relationship building, planning and customer service. A strong motivator for Amy is efficiency with the aim of an organized, on budget and successful project providing customer satisfaction on an internal and external level.

Amy Drury

Project Co-ordinator

Jo joins the Torque IP team as a Project Administrator working on the Ngā Iti Kahurangi project for the Ministry of Education upgrading Lighting, Acoustics, Thermal Insulation and RCD protection in over 600 Schools. Torque IP are managing the Central Region for the Ministry and Jo forms part of the team responsible for the successful delivery of this great Ministry Initiative.

Jo MacKinlay

Project Administrator

Girish specializes in 3D modelling tools like Revit MEP, AutoCAD, Solidworks, CATIA and PRO-E, and ensures that the BIM models are coordinated as well as modelling processes are in place. Girish is an Industrial Engineer specialized in Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD / CAM), HVAC drafting for large commercial buildings. His experience caters for effective BIM Coordination and delivery of 3D models.

Girish Mailar

BIM & Revit Modeller

Mathew is currently working with 3D/2D modelling tools like Revit MEP, AutoCAD, and BIM. As an ICT designer with over 17 years of experience in the MEP industry. He has a broad range of experience in different industry sectors such as Hospitality, Healthcare, Commercial, Public and Private Sectors. This experience enables him to handle complex projects by producing effective BIM Coordination and 3D/2D models, delivering them to meet customer requirements and schedule timelines.

Mathew Kochupappy

BIM & Revit Modeller

Jane Constable

Accounts Manager

As independent, specialist smart building consultants, we work with the build team and stakeholders to ensure the design and decision making process caters for the whole ICT / Smart Building eco-system. This ensures innovative and integrated design components work as intended. Torque IP’s ‘whole-of-ICT’ planning approach has helped us achieve an envious end-to-end track record and a reputation for ‘making it work’.

Mak Kulkarni
Managing Director

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