image001OGC Engineers Editing provides a comprehensive service for preparation, proofreading, copy editing and structural editing of technical documents. OGC Engineers provides expertise in preparing:

  • Tender technical proposals
  • Descriptive, narrative and operating philosophy documents
  • Basis of Design
  • Work method statements
  • Procedures
  • Scopes of work
  • Quality systems setup
  • Operating and Maintenance manuals
  • Academic Publications, Dissertations and Thesis Editing
  • Technical articles
  • Advertising copy and newsletters


Projects Documentation

The production of clearly written documentation in good English is essential to ensure the requirements of a project are clearly and unambiguously defined. Poorly drafted documentation is open to misinterpretation causing delays, rework, wasted materials and claims. Eliminating grammatical and spelling errors, improving the flow of ideas, ensuring correct referencing and aligning with project requirements makes the difference confusion and clarity. Clarity is especially important for projects with multinational participants who do not necessarily speak English as a first language.


Academic Documentation

Editing ensures the structure and style is compliant with institutional or publication requirements. Generally, academic institutions restrict the scope of third party editing for dissertations and theses and do not permit structural editing, rewriting or any activity affecting the originality of the work. However the academic editor can check consistency of abstract, summary and conclusions; correct spelling and grammar and the referencing style and suggest improvements to continuity and flow of ideas.

A professional editor can make the difference between honours and failure; between publication and rejection.


Technical and Commercial Websites

OGC Engineers’ professional editing service will identify broken or misdirected links and ensure that the content is precise and relevant.



Atholl Robertson, principal of OGC Engineers, is a chartered engineer with more than 40 years’ industrial experience in mechanical utilities and electrical engineering.

Atholl has Masters degrees in English and in Electrical Engineering and a B.Eng. qualification in Mechanical Utilities. He is also a qualified proofreader and technical editor with the experience to find and correct the errors that untrained people miss.

He has extensive experience in drafting and editing of technical documents and editing of multidisciplinary academic publications, dissertations and theses to a high standard, working to a tight schedule.

An experienced writer, he can guide you or draft documentation for you to achieve clear communication with maximum impact. Atholl has a keen interest in mentoring those for whom English is not the first language and he is currently a tutor for the Proofreading and Editing Diploma course offered by the New Zealand Institute of Business Studies.


Examples of documentation drafting and editing:

  • Electrical scope of work, basis of design, specifications and operational philosophy for crude oil pumping facility main substation.
  • Due diligence report on high voltage cable termination methods.
  • Edit tender presentation for stand-by 33kV power generation unit.
  • Draft and edit operation and maintenance manual for turbo-alternator upgrade.
  • Draft and edit changeover plan for replacing control building HVAC chiller units and ductwork without affecting production control facilities.
  • Draft, review and edit QA procedure for installation of an industrial chiller unit.
  • Edit Front End Engineering reports and Basis of Design documentation.
  • • Edit Asset Management Plan for Refining NZ electrical distribution system.


Examples of academic documentation editing:

  • Masters Thesis: Geological Consolidation Settlement Issues.
  • PhD thesis: Dispatchable Demand.
  • PhD thesis: Migrant Worker Perceptions of Life, Work, Health and Safety – A Construction Industry Perspective.
  • Journal Paper: Offsite Supply chains in the House Building Industry.
  • Journal Paper: Negative Sequence-Based Schemes for Power System Protection- Review and Challenges.
  • Journal Paper: A Novel Voltage-Based Scheme for Differential Protection
  • PhD Thesis: Inductive Power Transfer.
  • Journal Paper: The Importance of the Interpreter in Qualitative Studies.
  • Masters Thesis: An Evaluation of General Classification Models for Multi-resident Activity Recognition.
  • PhD Thesis: Advanced Analysis of Supercapacitor-Assisted Low-Dropout (SCALDO) Regulator.
  • Journal Paper: The Role of the Interpreter in Vulnerable Migrant Worker Research.
  • Masters Thesis: An Automated Privacy Information Detection Approach for Online Social Media.
  • Journal Paper: A Novel PCM foam composite for application in the built environment.
  • Journal Paper: A critical review of the control strategies applied to PCM-retrofitted buildings.
  • PhD Thesis: Development of boundary conditions to select suitable AC and DC wiring topology for future residential houses.
  • PhD Thesis: The formation of edge waves under monochromatic and random incident waves.
  • PhD Thesis: Beyond Compassion Fatigue: The Systemic Origins of Compassion in Medicine.
  • PhD Thesis: A generalised model for assessing the large-scale deployment of Residential Energy Management Systems.



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Corrected version with tracking

The annual report of the cast cost of the electric light at the South Kensington Museum that shows that in a a larger installation, consisting both of are arc and incandescent lamps , the annual cost of the latter is is much less than in either of the clubs mentioned. At the Museum there are 860 16 candle-power lamps, working 665i 655½ hours per annum.

Copy edit

The annual report of the cost of electric light at the South Kensington Museum shows that in a larger installation, consisting both of arc and incandescent lamps, the cost of the latter is much less than in either of the clubs mentioned. The Museum has 860 16 candle-power lamps, working 655½ hours per annum.

Substantive edit

Lighting in the South Kensington Museum uses both arc and incandescent lamps; there are 860 incandescent lamps of 16 candle-power, working for 655½ hours per annum. This is a larger installation than in either of the clubs abovementioned, and the reported annual running cost is much less.






“Atholl was my guardian angel in the last stages of submitting my PhD thesis. My engagement with Atholl has been smooth and easy from the beginning to the end. We first met up and discussed the process, and had regular frequent contacts making sure I am aware of his updates, always seeking my approval. Formatting large documents, combining several chapters with multiple tables and graphs were never my strong suit so Atholl's impeccable skills were helpful. He had a keen eye in spotting tiny errors from spelling, spacing between words and commas. In the end, my thesis looked great! His fees were also very reasonable considering the amount of time he worked on it, including weekends.

I strongly recommend Atholl for his services for those who need professional assistance in their technical reports, dissertations and thesis.”

Dr Tony Fernando
Psychiatrist and Sleep Specialist
Department of Psychological Medicine
University of Auckland


“Atholl drafted and edited many engineering documents, including method statements, procedures, narratives, proposals, technical queries and reports. These were produced to a very high standard, being precise, unambiguous and clear. This was a great advantage to us, due to many of the client's personnel not being native English speakers. I would highly recommend Atholl both as an engineer and as a technical editor.”

Stephen O’Callaghan, Project Director, SNC--Lavalin, ELE-1, Ichthys Onshore LNG Facilities, Australia.


“Atholl’s report was thorough and this will allow us to implement his recommendations with the new website currently being developed. In addition to his proofing of grammar, Atholl also picked up broken and incorrect hyperlinks that have remained long after pages had been removed or deleted.”

Bryan Livingston, Director, Brewers Coop 2016 Ltd


"Your work looks great, I particularly like how you have included comments and answered student questions."

Dr. Liza Pujji, Principal, NZ Institute of Business Studies


"Atholl Robertson has been our preferred editor for the past few years as he is able to give us timely and accurate service. Since we have engaged Mr Robertson, he has successfully completed editing PhD and Masters’ theses as well as a number of conference papers, journal articles and technical reports. Because of the sensitive nature of some of our work, we require the utmost confidentiality and in this regard, Mr Robertson is exemplary. "

Associate Professor Dr. Felicity Lamm, Co-Director, Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research, AUT University.


"Thank you for your email. I will definitely recommend you to my fellow PhD students."

M.H., Doctoral Student


"Thanks for your accurate proof reading work. I am happy to be the referee of you. You are a hard working person with high quality work."

J.W., Masters Student