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Page Macrae Engineering’s Peter Swan talks innovation!

Aug282018 We’ve been on a quest to help our members become more Innovation READY. Developing a bespoke course focused on arming them with the tools and understanding to implement innovation strategies into their organisations. So of course, when Page Macrae signed up their Business Development Manager Peter Swan to attend, we knew we had to…

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New floor product ComFlor SR now available for the NZ market via Steel & Tube

Every day, we’re driven to solve our members problems. So, when the opportunity to work with Steel & Tube came up to help develop their new construction product – we jumped! We spent 18 months driving R&D focused on getting their new composite slab product ComFlor SR market ready. Providing design of the test specimens,…

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Five megatrends you need to know to deconstruct construction risk

What are the big five megatrends in construction risk? And how do they relate to our members? Last week, I attended the launch of the Willis Towers Watson Construction Risk Index (CRI). The results reiterate what our members are already telling us. They also reiterate what we are asking our members to consider. That is,…

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Why lean startup applies to you – even if you’re not a startup!

Lean startup is an innovation process with an unfortunate name. Although it is based on lean principles, it isn’t the same. And, although it was based on startup evidence, it also applies to businesses of all sizes, Government agencies and not-for-profits. It also applies to well established businesses who are well past the startup phase!…

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Disruption – the engine of prosperity

In the next ten years, 40% of the fortune 500 companies won’t exist in a meaningful way. When we stop paying attention to being the disruptor – we become the disrupted. Growth matters. Throughout history we’ve seen this happen many times. As our CEO Troy Coyle mentioned in her ThinkTank@HERA article ‘Are you disruption ready?’ the journey…

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Call for comment – MBIE consultation for proposed changes to B1/VM1 and B2/AS1

Over the last six months, HERA have worked closely with SCNZ and MBIE to get value from the significant investment made in developing the new composite design standard (AS/NZS 2327) and durability technical specification (NZS TS 3404) by having them referenced in B1/VM1 and B2/AS1 of the New Zealand Building Code. It’s important that you…

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Why isn’t manufacturing uptaking exponential technologies

There are many logical and psychological barriers stopping people from uptaking exponential technologies. In fact a study of US manufacturing firms’ adoption of exponential technologies has many similarities to feedback that HERA receives from its members. Key findings being, that companies are too focused on the day-to-day operations to respond to longer-term disruption opportunities. And,…