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2016 has been an encouraging year, fuelled by an exceptional demand in steel construction in response to rebuild and immigration pressures, while international steel price development has helped drop the value of landed heavy steel to as much as 25% this year. ...
HERA is sad to announce the passing of former Executive Board member Kevin Spring at age 83. Kevin had a close association with HERA, first in the form of being an advocate for steel construction from a structural engineer’s perspective, and then in a governance role as a member of the HERA Executive from 1994 until 2006...
We are saddened to advise that Dr Robin Shepherd passed away peacefully at age 83 in Los Angeles, California. Robin was founding Director of HERA from 1979 to 1980...
The first joint New Zealand and Australian composite design standard DR AS/NZS 2327 has recently been published for public comment. The public comment period will continue until 24 January 2017 and electronic copies of the draft standard can be freely downloaded...
Ultrasonic Testing (UT) uses high frequency sound waves to detect imperfections or changes in properties within materials - and can be used for ﬂaw detection/evaluation, dimensional measurements/thickness determination, material characterisation, inspection of metallic and non-metallic materials, and more...
Magnetic Particle inspection is used to identify surface and near surface discontinuities in ferromagnetic materials such as steel and iron. The technique uses the principle that magnetic lines of force (flux) will be distorted by the presence of a discontinuity. Discontinuities (for example, cracks) are located from the flux distortion following the application of fine magnetic particles to the area under test. ..
In Liquid Penetrant the test object or material is coated with a visible or fluorescent dye solution. The excess dye is removed from the surface and a developer which acts like a blotter is applied drawing penetrant out of imperfections open to the surface. With visible dyes, the vivid colour contrast between the penetrant and the developer is used. With fluorescent dyes an ultraviolet lamp is used to make the ‘bleed out’ fluoresce brightly allowing the imperfection to be seen readily...
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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Industry policy direction for building product conformance enforced
HERA Director reports on the findings from members responses to endorse or reject a draft policy statement on building product conformance enforcement... Read more
HERA Director's “Factory of the Future” Study Tour Report Now Available for Download
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 available HERE.
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...
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.
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.