Adroit Environmental IoT Empowers TROW Group Deconstruction

Adroit Environmental IoT Empowers TROW Group Deconstruction

TROW Group, one of the largest commercial deconstruction companies in Aotearoa New Zealand, has installed its first Adroit Environmental IoT system to monitor dust and noise on its building sites.

Adroit Environmental IoT Empowers TROW Group Deconstruction
Founded by Saia Latu in 2015 and joined by renowned Rugby League player Joe Vagana, TROW Group is a unique operation focused equally on building a successful as well as a strong, connected community.

Proudly Pasifika-owned and Pasifika-led, TROW Group not only deconstructs buildings, it donates quality materials and office furniture from these deconstruction projects to iwi, schools, church groups, and smaller businesses within New Zealand. It then goes further, with remaining materials shipped to the Pacific to help rebuild and furnish cyclone-prone nations.

The company also provides aid in the employment of 300+ people across New Zealand and the Pacific and this impressive legacy has gained it recognition as an NZI Sustainable Business Awards finalist for 2022.

Former New Zealand Warrior and Kiwi league legend Joe Vagana, is the Healthy & Safety and Compliance Manager across the entire TROW organisation. He’s excited to have brought Adroit onto the worksite to trial an innovative IoT worksite solution.

TROW Group one of the largest commercial deconstruction companies in Aotearoa New Zealand
Adroit monitoring stations at the perimeter of the worksite measure noise in decibels, dust is also measured in PM1, PM2.5 and PM10 grades, and temperature is another metric captured. This data is constantly reported via a Libelium logger to the Adroit platform using the specialised Spark IoT Cat-M1 network, where it can be viewed from any device, including the mobile phones of the management team.

Armed with this data, the TROW team are able to see issues as they occur, and work to continuously improve their performance.

“It’s important to us that we work alongside our residents and our neighbours. We have 24-ton machines and all the normal hazards that you have on the construction site. There are a lot of disruptions that the residents could have to go through – if we can do that little bit extra and monitor noise and dust, it’s good for everyone.

So if we get too noisy we can fix that issue, or on the other side if we get complaints, we can actually pull out the data and say, well actually, we’re not making that much noise!

Operations Manager

commercial deconstruction company TROW

The company sets strict standards for itself. TROW’s deconstruction sites are, by usual standards, almost clinically clean and tidy. They’re already going way beyond expectations, but they feel that the Adroit data will help them to go to the next level.

We’re excited that we’ve only just been around five years, but we’re leading the charge, so to speak.

“In demolition, the norm was: you have a house, you call in the demolition guys, they come, one digger, one operator, maybe a spotter, two or three days, you smash it, fill up the bin and take it to the landfill.

“The problem now is that the landfills are getting full. Up to 60% is coming from construction waste. And you know, definitely in Auckland (and probably New Zealand), you can’t turn into a street without finding a new building being built, or a house being taken away to make way for four or five other buildings in the same spot.”

“That’s got to change,” he says.” “There’s enough waste that can support the struggling New Zealand community, but all kinds of community groups and also our Pacific Island cousins across the ditch.”

Vagana says that repurposing quality construction materials diverts them from landfills, plus it helps communities and smaller businesses to thrive. TROW Group says this creates a ripple effect that provides opportunities for marginalised communities, creative designers, and future-focused innovators.

We’re excited about trying out these new systems and hope that others follow, and you know, make it a bit less disruptive to our communities where deconstruction or construction is happening within our residential areas across New Zealand.

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