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Study shows cast-in-place reinforced concrete more affordable than cross laminated timber in a US-based 10-storey building

A recent technical study has come to HERA’s attention as it highlights our stance that you should choose infrastructure material based on design parameters. The technical study that we refer to was performed by the structural engineering firm Cary Kopczynski & Company in Seattle, WA. It compared the affordability of a hypothetical 10-story residential building…

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Research and evidence gaps on fire performance challenged

A recent John Hopkins University Report validates our concerns at HERA around the lack of data and baseless assumptions relating to mass timber performance in high rise buildings. This is not a new conversation for HERA. We have previously raised concern about the lack of research relating to the fire performance of building materials generally…

environment-innovation

Calls for research – HERA sustainability fund open for ideas from our members

We want your ideas – because our HERA sustainability fund is now open for ideas from our members! 2021 is going to be an exciting year for us at HERA in the space of sustainability. Even more so, because we’re so very excited to announce a $80K research fund for projects aimed at improving steel’s…

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HERA welcomes Hayley Ngo for Construction 4.0 research project

Please join us in welcoming Intern Hayley Ngo into the HERA fold. Hayley will be investigating the state-of-the-art of Construction 4.0 globally and here in Aotearoa New Zealand. Construction 4.0 is the application of Industry 4.0 technologies and approaches in Construction. As part of the HERA research project, Hayley is completing a literature review on…

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John Cole investigates the interface between Mātauranga Māori and Construction 4.0.

We’re excited to have Student Intern John Cole join us on a project we’ve partnered with Pūhoro STEM Academy on. The project is looking to investigate the interface between Mātauranga Māori and Construction 4.0. Construction 4.0 is the application of Industry 4.0 technologies and approaches in Construction. Mātauranga Māori* included knowledge and wisdom understood and…

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Notice – HERA Report R4-142 moment-resistant connections updated

HERA Structural Systems is pleased to announce an update to HERA Report R4-142, “Eccentric Cleats in Compression and Columns in Moment-Resisting Connections”. This moment-resisting connections report update is the result of member feedback on a couple of typographical errors on the worked example. While these errors did not affect the results of the calculations, they…

welding

Is there a welder shortage in New Zealand?

The global welder shortage is a growing and well-known phenomenon. A recent article – Global welder shortage – viewpoints from three continents asked for the opinions of specialists in three continents on this topic. Their insight on welder shortages were as follows: Welders are more in demand than ever, The manufacturing industry will continue being…

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Notice – New design guide covering the Optimised Sliding Hinge Joint (OSHJ)

HERA is pleased to announce the publication of HERA Report R4-155 – Optimised Sliding Hinge Joint (OSHJ): Design and Installation Guide for a Low Damage Seismic Resisting System. This report has been authored by Dr Shahab Ramhormozian of AUT and Dr G. Charles Clifton of the University of Auckland, and is the culmination of several…

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Case study: 3D scanning as a tool in seismic strengthening of Hawke’s Bay Hospital project

We’re excited to bring to light a New Zealand case study on the use of 3D scanning as a new digital tool by one of our members. Those of you at HERA’s Future Forum: 2020 VISION in February would have heard Des Watkins from Watkins Steel promote the use of digital technologies, including 3D scanning,…