Today is World Environment Day a day for encouraging awareness and action to protect our environment. In support we would like to share a significant sustainability project we have been working on.
In 2008 the team started on a journey to challenge the high energy usage at the Mount Maunganui bitumen plant. The plant initially had an annual energy consumption of 50,000GJ per year. Through an EECA energy audit Road Science found opportunities to reduce its energy consumption. By investing in energy saving initiatives the site’s annual energy consumption reduced by a massive 20,000GJ (or 1,204 tonnes of CO2)! The business now conducts EECA energy audits nationally across its manufacturing operations to identify and capture energy conservation opportunities.
The success of Road Science’s sustainability initiatives are meaningful and delivered with utmost passion for achieving the best outcomes for the business and our environment. I am humbled by the level of capability across all aspects of the Road Science business, no-one is afraid to challenge the status quo and to offer up improvements. The difference here is that ideas and creativity are translated into action, and there is more to come! Watch this space! Well done Ross Godkin and team!” Murray Robertson #beatairpollution
On Wednesday @Murray. Northcott and @Nik Vishwanath took a group of young engineers on a tour of their Mount Maunganui bitumen storage and manufacturing plant. It was an great opportunity to teach engineers from various fields how a bitumen plant runs and to show off the best view in Tauranga!
We are proud to announce that last night Road Science won a prestigious Safeguard award for ‘best initiative to address a work-related health risk’. https://lnkd.in/gyFwGup
This award was given to Road Science for the innovative way the team eliminated the risk of Hydrogen Sulphide being emitted when manufacturing and storing bituminous products.
To read more about the project please check this out: https://lnkd.in/gyFwGup
“This is fantastic recognition for the dedication and hard work of Nik Vishwanath, Darcy Rogers, Ross Godkin, Mike Tyne and the wider Road Science business. We challenged the team to not just mitigate the risk, but instead remove it completely. Really pleasing to see the teams work collaboratively to achieve a superb outcome”. Murray Robertson, GM, Road Science #roadscience #award
Our Technical Development Manager, Darcy Rogers presenting at last week’s New Zealand Infrastructure Sustainability Summit. Darcy highlighted the important work Road Science is doing to redirect hard plastic away from landfill and into roading. The organisers had an abundance of great feedback about the Innovations & Impact session, and Darcy’s workshop in particular attracted a large crowds – showing just how important this work is!
#ISCA #innovation #ConnectNZ #newzealand #sustainability
Rhys O'Cain was showcasing our new Mobile Mapper at last week’s Survey and Spatial New Zealand Annual Conference. This year’s conference explored the theme of shaping tomorrow’s communities by sharing concepts, ideas and knowledge. Thank you to Global Survey https://globalsurvey.co.nz for collaborating with us and sharing a stand!
The latest Technically Speaking by Nik Vishwanath - Process Engineer in our Technical Team. Nik outlines a recent project he was involved in to eliminate Hydrogen Sulphide emissions.
Road Science is excited to announce that we can now offer high-speed surveying in motion using a Mobile Mapper. This service is now available for hire and is the only unit of its kind within New Zealand.
The Mobile Mapper, Pegasus II Ultimate (P2U), utilises point cloud and photogrammetric solutions to provide innovative ‘all you can see’ high resolution datasets, this equipment transforms the capturing and monitoring for projects and contracts.
A Mobile Mapper combines a laser scanning sensor, multiple cameras and an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) to deliver its survey datasets. In the P2U’s case the point cloud dataset is captured by a laser scanner collecting 1,000,000 points across 200 line scans per second to sub-millimetre accuracy. The photogrammetric survey data is stitched together from six cameras taking photos every 3m – 5m. There are two additional external cameras used for pavement analysis - crack, roughness and rut detection. Cameras can rotate 360° so they can also analyse structures.
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More great work to share – this time all the way from Vanuatu.
The Road Science Laboratory business has provided IANZ accredited services for the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) in Vanuatu for the Santo-Pekoa and Bauerfield Airport Runway Projects
Over the course of the project eleven staff from Road Science’s laboratory business have spent time in Vanuatu. We would like to make a special mention Frank Hu (Laboratory Section Head Auckland) who has provided leadership on this project.
Well done to everyone who has been involved in this project it shows what collaboration in action looks like.
We would like to congratulate our Technical Development Manager Darcy Rogers. Darcy has successfully completed a Master’s Degree in Science for Materials and Processing at Waikato University.
He managed to complete this Master’s while working full-time and studying part-time. Four years and two kids later he has received his degree and we are extremely proud of him!
Darcy would like to thank all his colleagues and especially his partner Charlie for all the support during this time.
Darcy’s study has already paid dividends for Road Science, with researching the feasibility of alternative pavement materials with products such Ultra Mender and the waste plastic mix (Plas Mix).
Awesome work Darcy!
Cold roads ahead! Check out Callaghan Innovation’s article on the work we have been collaborating on. Great work Nik Vishwanath from Road Science who was a part of this project.