Road Science had two presenters at the RIMs conference on Wednesday, David Alexander presented on data driven treatment selection of whether to use one or two coat seals and Simeon Hall presented about redirecting waste plastics into roading. The diversity of these presentations drives home how many different areas our innovative business is involved in – great work David and Simeon!
Today, 1:30pm at the RIMS forum Simeon Hall will be presenting – what a waste – redirecting plastic from landfill into roading, at the Rapid Downloads session.
About the presentation:
In 2017 China closed its doors to taking most plastic waste, this brought home the issue of what to do with it.
Currently there are few resources in Aotearoa New Zealand repurposing this waste into new products. Of these, they are limited to a select few types of plastics.
Local councils are under immense pressure to find a solution to their growing stockpiles of unwanted mixed plastics without having to revert to landfilling this material.
Working with councils and development partners, Road Science has developed a solution to optimise standard asphalt mixes utilising the hard
plastic waste and feeding it directly back into the local infrastructure where it came from.
Today at 10:00am David Alexander will present at the RIMS Forum - to coat or not two coat, that is the question.
About the presentation:Treatment selection can at times be quite controversial. In recent years there has been a significant rise in controversy around the use of single and two coat seals. In one camp there is a body of evidence that states that single coat seals are superior in many ways, delivering low costs and long lives. While in another camp there is a group of engineers that insist that the strength and versatility of two coat seals make them the obvious choice.
There is a middle ground that is yet to be fully explored, the area where data collected over the last 20 years, and centuries of collective knowledge and experience, work together to deliver robust and powerful decision making tools.
Through close examination of the arguments both for and against single coat and two coat seals, a door has been opened to allow for the minimisation of whole of life cost through robust and transparent treatment selection. We are designing tomorrow’s roads today; this presentation will examine if those decisions will result in the low cost of ownership for New Zealand tomorrow.
Road Science has two presentations tomorrow at RIMS. Make sure you watch out for David Alexander and Simeon Hall…talking about everything from two coat seals to plastics in roads! www.roadscience.co.nz
Our deepest condolences to the families affected in the tragic events here in Christchurch. This has affected us all in Aotearoa. It is our darkest day.
International Women’s Day 2019 #BalanceforBetter
At Road Science we recognise that balancing work and life is increasingly challenging. We are constantly connected and no longer is there simple delineation between the two. For this reason, we encourage flexibility in the workplace and support our people to be open about personal requirements and family needs. If we are happy in our work then we are happy at home, but the priority must be to enjoy life. Hillary says it more succinct than I…! Murray Robertson
"Don't confuse having a career with having a life." Hillary Clinton
Today I would like to celebrate the women at Road Science. Here is a snapshot of the diverse work they do every day to make the company what it is! Take a look at the following link https://lnkd.in/fQRdZnQ
The Engineering NZ Board are currently holding their elections, our GM @Murray Robertson has thrown his hat in the ring for nomination. If you think the board needs some fresh thinking vote for Murray.
Nik Vishwanath from our Technical Development Team, recently presented at the Fluids in New Zealand (FiNZ) research workshop in Dunedin. This workshop is an annual event bringing together New Zealand's leading experts in fluid mechanics.
This presentation was the outcome of ground-breaking research, in conjunction with Callaghan Innovation, to understand how Road Science's emulsion technology is pumped and sprayed through conventional spraying equipment. The result of this research has allowed Road Science to optimise our customers' sprayers while also helping guide the development of more energy efficient emulsion spraying systems for the future.
The Diversity Agenda is a partnership between Engineering New Zealand, the New Zealand Institute of Architects and ACENZ. Their important goal is to generate interest and awareness of women in engineering and to ultimately see the industry achieve an increase in gender diversity.
We are extremely proud that @Janet Jackson (our Technical Services Manager for the Laboratories) has featured in their publication this month!
Road Science is committed to developing real solutions to technical and business challenges faced in Aotearoa New Zealand. Developing practical and cost effective solutions to sustainability challenges remains front and centre for our technical development team. Reducing solid waste to landfill and reducing our carbon footprint while providing high quality cost effective outcomes is extremely positive for NZ Inc.
We recently announced our partnership with EnviroNZ to investigate the use of waste plastic in New Zealand’s roading products. Here's an update on the exciting progress we have made so far! #feelingproud, Darcy Rogers, Simeon Hall