General Company Profile

The business was founded in 1956 by Noel Craven. In 1970, he was joined by Tom Elliston and two years later, with Donald Hayes, Craven, Elliston & Hayes was born.

In the years since, CEH has been involved with every coal mine in the Lithgow district as well as many of the established coal mines across the state.

We have also been involved with the construction of major infrastructure, including power stations, roads and railways, conveyor systems (both underground and on the surface), quarries, shopping centres, electrical switchyards and various scales of commercial and domestic construction.

CEH is also involved in cadastral surveys for general boundary definition and land development.

Our development work includes initial concept design and project feasibility, engineering design for subdivision infrastructure, planning and development approval, environmental reports and subdivision plan preparation and registration.

CEH has been engaged in stockpile density and tonnage surveys since 1970. We constantly evaluate and analyse our systems as part of efforts to continually develop and improve our own methodology.

CEH has up to 25 employees which includes 5 Registered Land Surveyors, 2 Registered Mine Surveyors, several graduates, survey technicians, Senior Engineering Draftsman, 2 Draftpersons and clerical staff.

Technology is an important part of the operations with up-to-date electronic instruments used on the field and data processing and drafting computerised. At Craven, Elliston & Hayes, the client comes first. This is easily demonstrated through the fact that we have had a continuous working relationship with some of our clients for over 50 years!

“…when you can measure what you are speaking about, and can express it in numbers, you know something about it, but when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of the meagre and unsatisfactory kind…” – Lord Kelvin 1824-1907.