• Nathan Surendran

    Transition Engineering Consultant, Tertiary Educator and Entrepreneur

  • Some of my skills and interests:

    Extensive knowledge of macro scale systems and risks, synthesizing economic, energetic and environmental factors. Advocate for realistic, fact based strategic decisions on issues of resilience and strong sustainability across the personal, community, regional, national and international levels.

    Energy efficiency and sustainability in building / process systems design / refurbishment a particular specialism, with the ability and experience acting on (often non-technical) client's behalf to help manage other engineers and design teams. Acting to ensure the client's wishes are met, whilst providing strategic direction relating to the big picture, and advice on how that should influence CAPEX decisions.

    Engineering Specialties: Engineering consultancy in building systems / energy efficiency and modelling / renewable energy systems design across most sectors - 'Building Services Engineering'. Energy modelling (Ecotect, Sefaira, IES, Hevacomp, CFD, Retscreen, Homer, EnergyPlus). Energy auditing from walk round to investment grade audits. Systems design (2D / 3D), calculation, and specification. Economic analysis for payback / NPV / IRR / LCC. Reporting in a clear, concise, visual manner.

    Author of the Southland Wood Energy Demand Assessment for Venture Southland, involvement in strategic, concept and detail design for wood energy schemes in Southland, including membership of the advisory group for the Wood Energy Hub. Life cycle economic analysis of wood energy systems.

    Knowledge / Information / Content / Business Management Systems - types / applications / requirements definition / specification / project management / documentation / roll-out / change management.

    Team leading / mentoring and development. Teaching Energy Auditing, Sustainable Practice for Engineers, Environmental Engineering, Ethics, Laws and Professional Practice at degree level.

  • Recent Work:

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    Schema Consulting Limited

    Principal Consultant 

    May 2009 – Present

    Schema Consulting is a vehicle for Nathan to deliver services to organisations wishing to reduce carbon emissions, and increase the efficiency / sustainability / resilience of their operations.

    He provides strategic advice on systemic risks and appropriate responses including the implications of the current financial cycle (short term) when considering economic, energetic and environmental drivers, and the transition to a lower net energy society (medium term).

    He provides engineering systems services including energy auditing, building services systems modelling / design, and strategic advice / input at all stages of construction projects. Concept stage design and economic analysis of renewable energy systems and proposals.

    Also, technology advice including strategic guidance on information systems configuration and implementation, project management services, and delivery capacity through strategic partnerships with systems integration / services firms. He has a particular focus on information / knowledge management using enterprise 2.0 and open-source solutions.

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    Southern Institute of Technology

    Contract Tutor  

    Jun 2011 – Dec 2021

    Contract tutor currently teaching Energy Auditing; Sustainable Practice for Engineers; Environmental Engineering to students on the following courses:

    - Engineering Technology (Mechanical) Degree (BEngTech)

    - Environmental Management Degree (BE)

    - Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management


    I have also developed and taught the following: Energy Use and Management, Ethics, Laws, and Professional Practice; Electrical Building Services, 3D CAD, Statistics, Mathematics, Water and Wastewater at Level 5/6.

  • "Growth for the sake of growth is the

    ideology of the cancer cell" Edward Abbey


    "...it’s time for some honesty...if we don’t

    stop the destruction of the planet's ecosystems,

    we’re totally screwed". Chris Martenson

  • Ways to connect:

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    +64 21 209 6286

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