R5-60 - BERL Report - International Literature Review: Government Procurement Rules
In New Zealand the purchase of goods or services by public sector entities is approximately 18 percent of our national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The government has therefore established guidelines regarding procurement to assist public sector entities in their decision-making.
Balanced decision-making occurs throughout the procurement lifecycle, and the New Zealand government has identified eight stages within this lifecycle. These stages include: initiate project; identify needs and analyse the market; specify requirements; plan approach to market and evaluation; approach market and select supplier; negotiate and award contract; manage contract and relationships; review.
This literature review focuses on three questions: how have other countries implemented the Government Procurement Rules as part of the World Trade Organisation
- Government Procurement Agreement (WTO GPA)?
- How do these approaches differ from New Zealand’s Government Procurement Rules?
- What aspects of these countries approaches could be implemented in New Zealand to strengthen our procurement rules?
The countries (or areas) examined are the European Union, the United Kingdom and Ireland, the United States of America, Canada, Japan and South Korea. We also discuss the situation in Australia, as Australia has yet to ratify this agreement.
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R5-58:2015 Factories of the Future - Impressions from a Study Tour to Germany
The Paper reports personal impressions gained from an industrial technologies study group tour organised as part of the European Commission/New Zealand FRIENZ (Facilitating Research and Innovation cooperation between Europe and New Zealand) project.
The author visited 13 German technical research institutions being part of either leading technical universities or the Fraunhofer Society, the world leading processing equipment fair Achema in Frankfurt and also 3 German metals based manufacturing companies.
The impressions were put together with a view to provide some insight into novel developments and strategic thoughts which might be of assistance to the New Zealand heavy and general metals-based engineering industry and its associated research community for shaping their sustainable future.
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R5-53 - BERL Report on Procurement Tender Evaluation Tool
BERL in conjunction with HERA has taken the first steps towards developing a procurement decision-making tool which satisfies requirements for construction-related projects where competing bids need to be compared.
The tool considers the balanced decision-making criteria put forward in the Government Procurement Rules of Sourcing, effective from 1st October 2013. BERL has produced a report on this process and you can read it via this free PDF download.
How to Use the Evaluation Tool GUIDE.
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R3-77 - Benefits of Local Welded Fabrication
The aim of this document is to raise awareness of both the obvious and the hidden benefits of welded metal fabrication made in New Zealand. The emphasis is on welded metal fabrication as welding is a specialist process where quality has to be assured via a standards-based, procedural quality control approach as potential defects can be hidden, not easily discovered by mere visual inspection, and subsequent weld repair can be disproportionately costly.
The market for welded fabricated metal products is becoming increasingly global and New Zealand fabricators are facing up to the challenges of imports from so called low cost countries. While initial cost estimates might be a temptation to import, a thorough analysis of whole of life cost, performance requirements and risks may clearly favour a decision for locally fabricated products.
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R5-42 - New Zealand Metals Engineering Industry Position on Public Policy Issues 2012
This paper provides an overview of the Heavy Engineering Research Associaiton (HERA) position to government issues and policies with the intent to inform policy makers of key issues facing our industriy and seek support on political alterations to improve the ease of doing business and to help he govenrment achieve their economic growth goals.
It reflects the view of the HERA exectuive and is based on consultaion with the HERA membership and members of Metals New Zealand.
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R5-40 - Imported Steelwork Economic Social and Risk-related Impacts
HERA provides information regarding the capabilities of its members in order to support the New Zealand heavy engineering industry. This report summarises the findings of a study performed on the economic, social and risk realted impacts of heavy fabricated steel work imported into New Zealand
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R5-35 - Geothermal Capability Register
New Zealand is one of the countries that pioneered geothermal energy. As a result, its engineering companies have also been involved in establishing this technology.
The information for the register comes from engineering companies with prior experience in the geothermal industry. The register also contains information on some prospective newcomers who have the heavy engineering capability but are not currently working in this field.
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