About Us

Our Story

Index Engineering was set up by Jan Snyman in 2010, to address a gap in the design verification sector, and to provide mechanical engineering services with a focus on quality. The name INDEX is an acronym for Industrial Design Expertise/Excellence, and this continues to be the focus of the business.

We develop our staff to be the best in the field. Five of our team are chartered professional engineers/design verifiers and our two designers have over 50 years of experience between them.

We approach everything with a can-do attitude, and really listen to our customers, working with them to find the solutions they want. All work is rigorously checked to ensure that it is both practical and correct, and our internal job monitoring ensures that we deliver work on time and on budget.

In addition, we care about our community, donating 1% of our consulting fees to charities addressing social and environmental needs.

Our Team

Jan Snyman

CPEng
Managing Director
Design Verifier

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Prior to starting Index Engineering, Jan ran his own mechanical engineering and building practice in South Africa and on moving to NZ, worked as a mechanical design engineer/project manager.

Jan’s 40 years of engineering work and 15 years as a Design Verifier means that he has become a sought-after engineering specialist within New Zealand. He has over 30 years of in-depth experience in the pulp and paper sector.

Jan’s responsibilities include overseeing all engineering outputs to ensure quality cost-effective outcomes for clients. As MD, he ensures that Index attracts and retains a team of highly skilled, capable staff, and that the Index team is well-supported.

Favourite work aspects:
Jan gets a lot of satisfaction from going the extra mile for customers. He finds it highly rewarding to see the professional development of Index team members. Jan particularly enjoys challenging and difficult work.

Away from work:
When not at work, Jan loves to get his hands dirty on DIY and gardening projects.

Ingrid Snyman

Practice Manager
Director

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Ingrid worked for ten years in hospitality, teaching and administration and then a further ten years in resource management planning, before leaving to help set up Index Engineering. While the scope of her responsibilities has changed as the company has grown, one key component she retains from the company’s inception is her role as quality manager: this was (and is) a requirement for accreditation as an ISO registered inspection body. She also deals with finance, HR, policy, systems and marketing.

Favourite work aspects:
Ingrid really enjoys the diversity of a job that offers both big picture thinking and detailed work. Every week is different for her, and being part of a team of smart, fun people means going to work is a pleasure.

Away from work:
Passionate about art, Ingrid loves figurative drawing and creating lino cuts and paintings based on her garden.

Hadi Shirgir

CPEng
Lead Mechanical Engineer
Design Verifier

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Hadi joined the company as a Senior Mechanical Engineer in 2017 and became Lead Mechanical Engineer in February 2019. After gaining his degree, Hadi primarily worked in the oil and gas industry in Iran and the UAE before moving to New Zealand in 2017. He continued his studies alongside work, gaining a Master of Engineering Project Management in 2020.

Hadi is responsible for scoping jobs, managing work allocation and dealing with complex engineering problems and design verification. He provides technical support to the team alongside the Managing Director.

Favourite work aspects:
Working with a great team, an amazing work atmosphere and the rewards of customer satisfaction come top of Hadi’s list alongside providing reliable, economic, and safe engineering solutions that best fit with client requirements.

Away from work:
Hadi prioritises spending time with family, mountain biking, swimming and walking.

Tom Knight

CPEng
Project Manager
Design Verifier

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Tom joined Index Engineering in 2012 as a University of Canterbury graduate and his current project manager role in the company began in October 2018. Managing a diverse range of projects, Tom focusses on consistently deliver effective design and project management services whilst building effective relationships at client sites. He considers it a pleasure to work with a variety of people to achieve a common solution that satisfies everyone.

Favourite work aspects:
A natural leader, Tom likes getting involved in complex projects and takes a methodical approach to problem solving. The pressure of shutdowns and start-ups is something he particularly relishes. Tom also enjoys reviewing standards and codes, as well as identifying compliant designs and working through the process of making non-compliant equipment compatible.

Away from work:
Tom loves family time enjoying outdoor activities and attending art and cultural activities.

Eham Kanesha

CPEng
Senior Design Engineer
Design Verifier

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A highly valued Index Engineering team member, Eham has been with the company since 2013. He has successfully dealt with a broad range of situations in four different countries over his career spanning more than five decades. Eham is highly skilled at solving complex engineering problems including design, calculations, and research. His specialities are pressure equipment, storage tanks, boilers, cranes, and structural steel work.

Favourite work aspects:
Design calculations, analysis of complex, out-of-the ordinary problems and issues all appeal to Eham. He has a strong preference for working through complex problems from first principles.

Away from work:
Family life and voluntary work at a service club take up Eham’s free time when he is not “on the job”.

Nicky Shaw

CPEng
Senior Design Engineer
Design Verifier

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Nicky was Index Engineering’s first employee, joining the company in 2011. She qualified as a Design Verifier in 2012 and has 15+ years’ experience in heavy industry projects. Design Verification continues to be a major focus of her work and she also has responsibilities in the area of mechanical plant and equipment design.

Favourite work aspects:
Nicky rates client satisfaction highly and particularly enjoys working with return clients. She also likes being involved in different or unique design verifications and projects.

Away from work:
Weekend family time is spent exploring the outdoors including the Redwoods and local lakes, where spotting a deer or catching a trout are a major bonus.

Bevan Hyland

Project Manager

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Bevan has an NZCE and BEngTech and brings 20+ years of design and project management experience to his role at Index Engineering. Bevan believes working with others in the Index team to add value and deliver cost-effective solutions for clients is his main priority. Good project management and relationship building skills as well as significant hands-on experience in the field mean Bevan is a great addition to the team dynamic.

Favourite work aspects:
Bevan has a can-do attitude and rates learning, working through challenges, and seeing satisfied clients as favoured aspects of his role.

Away from Work:
Family, enjoying the outdoors and quiet time come top of Bevan’s list for his free time.

Holly Wright

Office Administrator

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Holly’s background is in hospitality and retail management, and her position with Index Engineering is a sought-after change of direction.

Favourite work aspects:
Holly enjoys managing workloads to deadline and problem solving. She gets a lot of satisfaction from building excellent customer relationships and keeping things running smoothly and efficiently.

Away from work:
Holly enjoys the outdoors, biking, hiking and running with her two dogs and is also an avid reader.

James van Heerden

Senior Designer

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Senior Designer James joined the company in 2013 and has a deep understanding of 3D design work. Even though he holds trade qualifications and has four decades of experience in the design and drafting field, James still likes learning new things and expanding his skillset.

Favourite work aspects:
James particularly enjoys the combination of design and finite element analysis; essentially designing or improving equipment then verifying the integrity using both the FEA process and SOLIDWORKS computer modelling.

Away from work:
Outside of work, James loves studying Bible scriptures to gain an in-depth understanding as well as to be able to pass that knowledge on to others. He also enjoys motorcycling and family time.

Laurence Lickfold

Graduate Engineer

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Laurence completed his BE(Hons) at Canterbury University in 2019 and assists our clients on a range of jobs, including calculations and modelling. He fits in well with the team, as he values practical solutions and is a top communicator.

Favourite work aspects:
Learning on the job is key for Laurence. A graduate engineer, he is mindful of the many opportunities available to him to draw on the knowledge of the company’s team of expert engineers, who between them have a vast variety of experience in the field.

Away from Work:
Laurence is passionate about the outdoors and loves getting out and about in Rotorua and its surrounds, whether on (or in) the water, or out in the forest.

Pierre van Staden

Designer

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Pierre gained his mechanical draughtsman certificate while working as a mechanical draughtsman for a mining company in South Africa. He moved to NZ in 2020 to join Index Engineering and brings 15 years of drafting and design experience to his role.

Favourite work aspects:
For Pierre, the best part of his work is creating 3D models in a limitless workspace. FEA software allows him to tackle the potential challenges of a project using 3D modelling to see how things may buckle and bow to accurately assess what design modifications are required. The engineering drawings that follow turn modelling into reality. It makes Pierre happy when these processes make a difference – helping clients work safer and more efficiently.

Away from work:
Family is Pierre’s main passion; creating cherished memories, and making a difference in his family’s lives. Alone, he can be found on his mountain bike or trail running.

Josh Glover

Graduate Engineer

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After completing his BE(Hons) at Waikato University in 2019, Josh spent two years working as an electrical trade assistant and mechanical/project engineer. He joined Index in September 2021.

Favourite work aspects:
Josh has a passion for mechanical systems and is keen to build on his technical knowledge through getting involved in rigorous mechanical engineering calculations and use of state-of-the-art software.

Away from work:
Josh is a keen skier and has skied fields throughout New Zealand, Canada and Japan. In summer, he enjoys mountain biking and water sports.