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Turning to the Ocean to Answer Our Energy Needs

HERA to attend the 10th Annual Conference on Global Advances in Wave and Tidal Energy held in Wellington, New Zealand...

Preparing Our Industry for Disruption - May 2016

You've heard there's materials out there other than steel - yet you still think it shouldn't concern you.  Think again.

Our HERA Executive Board Member Dr Troy Coyle shares her insight on emerging technologies and their potential to disrupt our markets.

Revised Structural Steel Standards Published

HERA is a participating member of the BD-023 Committee, which has been working on the revision of the structural steel standards since 2012. It is of great pleasure to report that a number of structural steel Standards and Technical specification were published in April 2016...

Certified Steel Fabricators Celebrated in Queenstown

Five more NZ fabricators celebrate attaining their Steel Fabrication Certification in style at SCNZ's 10th anniversary celebration event in Queenstown last month...

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Welding Inspection Part 1/ Welding Supervisor

The course leads to the Welding Supervisor qualification AS 2214-2004: Certification of Welding Supervisors - Structural Steel Welding as required for structural steel fabrication to AS/NZS 1554. It also meets the requirements of the welding technology module (WT1) for the IIW International Welding Inspector – Basic (IWI-B) qualification.

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HERA Director's “Factory of the Future” Study Tour Report Now Available for Download

As mentioned in the September edition of HERA News, HERA Report R5-58 Factories of the Future – Impressions from a Study Tour to Germany showcasing advanced manufacturing technologies employed in industry there as a case study for the next industrial revolution is now available HERE.

HERA Publication P4001:2013 - Seismic Design of Eccentrically Braced Frames
HERA and SCNZ launched HERA Publication P4001:2013 - Seismic Design of Eccentrically Braced Frames. Order the guide from HERA HERE.

HERA Report R4-100 Update 
The Structural Steelwork Connections Guide HERA Report R4-100 is superseded by SCNZ Report 14:2007 Steel Connect Structural Steel Connections Guide. Contact SCNZ.


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New Greenstar Steel Credit for New Zealand
The new steel credit was published 1st September in the NZ Green Building Council (NZGBC) web site allowing greater recognition of responsible sourcing and the reduction of environmental impacts from using structural steel. Read more...

Fire on £20M Engineered Timber Building Brings Wood-first Policy into Question
According to NZ Wood, large sized timber members have the inherent ability to provide fire resistance. Contribution from timber building materials to the fire load is claimed to be usually small. Whilst likely true to laboratory tests, the £20m GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratory Building for Sustainable Chemistry fire brings into question these statements. Read more... 

HERA Notice: What You Must Know if Considering Importing Seismic Resisting Fabricated Steel Structures
HERA has formulated a comprehensive notice advising on achieving compliance of imported fabricated steel within NZ's regulatory framework. Download it HERE.

Coating Industry Checklist Updated - Mar 2014

The New Zealand Coating Industry Checklist has been updated and is a free download from the Steel Bridge Development Group. To download your free copy, click HERE.

BERL Tender Evaluation Tool Available

Click HERE to download the HERA-commissioned BERL Tender Evaluation Tool.

HERA Geothermal Capability Register Now Available
The HERA-produced R5-35 Geothermal Capability Register showcases NZ companies with experience in renewable geothermal energy production. Download the document HERE or email to order.

Withdrawl of Design and Construction Bulletins
Design and Construction Bulletins have been removed from this web site. Care should be taken when using DCBs, which are superseded and/or out-of-date. Please contact Structural Systems about specific design or use.