Our history

Earthquake hazard studies in the early 1990s highlighted the significant risk to our home city of Christchurch from regional faults including the New Zealand Alpine Fault. Dr Hamish Avery, now our Chief Technology Officer, and Peter Coursey in University of Canterbury's Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, developed strong motion seismographs for a Canterbury seismic network that would help understand regional seismicity and this risk. Their research was supported by the Earthquake Commission, Technology NZ, The Mason Trust, the Christchurch City Council, Environment Canterbury and the University.

In 2003 former University academic Dr John Berrill and Dr Avery formed Canterbury Seismic Instruments Ltd to provide these instruments commercially to Geonet, New Zealand's new national strong motion seismic network. We have used our strong research base over the last decade to develop our CUSP monitoring systems with exceptional flexibility and capacity, using high-precision satellite positioning and timing, for almost any seismic, structural, geotechnical, geological or environmental situation. CSI is now New Zealand's leading supplier of structural and seismic monitoring solutions and our instruments and systems are installed worldwide in buildings, dams, bridges, tunnels, landslides, infrastructure and seismic networks from Asia to Europe and from South America to Scandinavia and Iceland. 


Our team

General Manager

len photoLen Damiano is responsible for the operational managment and expansion of all internal CSI operations to support growth.  Len has spent many years in the fields of new technology development, technology commercialisation, international technology transfer and international business development.  Prior to joining CSI, Len was General Manger of Link Engine Management, a leading international developer of automotive engine tuning solutions.  Len remains active with Link as a Director.  Len had earlier held several senior project roles at Solid Energy NZ Ltd, focusing on the development of new growth business opportunities and technologies.  Between 2000 and 2009 he led the technology transfer between the innovative distributed electricity generation company Whisper Tech Ltd and its manufacturing partner Mondragon Corporacion Cooperativa in Spain.  Len has a Master of Engineering (Mechanical, with Distinction) from the University of Canterbury, and is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute.


Chief Technical Officer

photo hamish 2Dr Hamish Avery is responsible for all technical development, delivery and performance activities. He led the highly innovative development of CSI’s technology platform, instruments and systems from 2003 to its current world-leading position with major technology advantages, user benefits and lower costs compared to other systems.  Hamish has a proven track record in developing and delivering innovative, reliable and cost-effective solutions to meet almost any measurement and monitoring challenge, based on his unique background: a BSc (Physics), a BE(Hons) in Electrical and Electronic engineering, and a PhD in Civil Engineering, during which he developed the core technology platform that supports CSI’s business today. Hamish was also Acting CEO during 2014 as CSI prepared to launch its next phase of development.

Production and Supply Chain

Shannon Baldwin is a new addition to the CSI team and an integral part of our ongoing capability expansion. Responsible for our entire supply chain right through to final delivery to our customers, Shannon brings a wealth of practical production managment skills and a fantastic process and delivery focus.  Prior to joining CSI, Shannon was an Electronic Design Engineer at Raztec (NZ) Ltd for six years, where he developed high accuracy current sensing solutions for companies such as Dynamic Controls, Wrightspeed and Tesla. Shannon has a BE(Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Canterbury. He has a strong background in power electronic design and is very passionate about electric vehicles.  


Director, Technology and Seismology  

Photo johnDr John Berrill  is the foundation director of the company having led the formation of CSI Ltd in 2003 as a joint venture between Canterprise Ltd, the commercial development arm of the University of Canterbury, and local business interests to commercialise the strong motion seismograph developed within the Earthquake Engineering Group in the University's School of Engineering.  He has led programmes in engineering seismology and hazard assessment at the University of Canterbury over a period of almost 30 years, among them the CUSP project to install a dense strong-motion accelerograph network in the Canterbury region, which led to the CUSP instruments and the formation of CSI Ltd. John is a civil engineering graduate of the University of Canterbury, has an MS from Colorado and a doctorate in civil engineering from Caltech, specialising in strong-motion seismology.


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David Stock (Chair) is a commercial lawyer practicing in Christchurch. He is a former partner in national law firms Brookman Stock, Buddle Findlay and Chapman Tripp. He is an experienced professional director and been a director and chairman of several publicly listed companies, state-owned enterprises and local government trading entities.


photo DonDr Don Elder has 30 years’ experience around the world in engineering, technology development, project development and management, business leadership and management, and governance.  In 1988 - 90 Don led a major study of the Earthquake Hazard in Christchurch, NZ, which was previously thought to have only moderate earthquake risk. The report predicted, with remarkable accuracy, the severity and most of the effects observed and measured using CSI instruments during the 2010-11 Canterbury earthquakes.


photo brettBrett Gamble, CA has strong governance experience as a director on a number of companies and business organisations in New Zealand and Australia, and specialises in working with start-up and growth businesses within the energy and technology sectors.  Brett held senior executive positions at Solid Energy NZ Ltd focused on development of new and growth business opportunities and technologies, and previously had an extensive career in management and corporate finance consulting. He is a Chartered Accountant with strong corporate finance experience. Brett also uses his broad commercial skills to provide business and professional management for leading sportspeople, and has executive produced a critically acclaimed feature film.

photo bruceBruce Rickard is experienced in business management and administration. He is a former trade commissioner for New Zealand Trade & Enterprise and is the co-owner of a electronics company specialising in voice-recognition technology.