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Notice – MBIE consultation: building code verification method B1/VM1 update and proposed loop bar ban

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is proposing several amendments to B1/VM1, and it’s important that you have your say in these changes as they’ll affect our steel industry.   They intend to: Update Verification Method for B1 Structure (B1/VM1) to cite the latest version of NZS 3101:2006 Concrete Structures Standard: Part 1 – The…

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Call for interest – Join our HERA Industry Advisory Panel and make a difference!

HERA is seeking expressions of interest from members who would like to be on an Advisory Panel for heavy engineering industry development. This objective of this panel will be to provide sound advice and counsel on the future direction for general heavy engineering such as in the petrochemical, marine or transport industry (but with lesser…

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Calls for comment – SNZ TS 3404:2017 Durability requirements for steel structures and components

In August 2017, a SCNZ-led standard development committee, which HERA also takes part in, was established to develop a new technical specification for steel corrosion protection. Superseding NZS 3404.1:2009 Chapter 5 Corrosion Protection, the new stand-alone technical specification SNZ TS 3404:2017 Durability requirements for steel structures and components will be developed into a document that keeps abreast…

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Sharing innovation experiences at the University of Auckland Business School

Recently, we were invited to speak at the University of Auckland School of Business on our innovation and entrepreneurship experiences in the heavy engineering industry. Invited by University of Auckland School of Business Professor Kenneth Husted, our Manager Industry Development Dr Boaz Habib presented on the practicalities of creating an innovation culture in the industrial…

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Call for attendees – #MIC2017: delivering the goods on options for conformity

The factor of safety (FoS), also known as (and used interchangeably with) safety factor (SF), is the ratio between the nominal and the design load carrying capacity of a structural member or system. The factor of safety ensures that the probability of the actual resistance falling below the design resistance is sufficiently low. The magnitude…

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Update – Revised rules to transition arrangements for IIW qualifications

HERA is the Authorised National Body (ANB) for personnel qualification for New Zealand under the system of the International Institute of Welding (IIW). To provide a smooth transition from the national to the international (IIW) qualification system, a national ANB has been allowed to issue IIW diplomas to professionals who have relevant work experience, and…

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HERA mourns the loss of Associate Professor John Butterworth

We’re saddened to share the passing of University of Auckland’s Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering John Butterworth. Passing away after a long illness on 4 September – we wanted to share our condolences with his family and friends and acknowledge the contributions he’s made to our industry. Graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering…

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Call for attendees – #MIC2017: WTIA’s Geoff Crittenden on Australia’s submarine project and it’s welding industry

At $50 billion, the Future Submarine Program is the largest and most ambitious defence procurement program in Australia’s history. In 2016 the Australian government announced an ambitious series of defence projects worth over $100Bn, including the $50bn Future Submarine program. The Commonwealth’s objective was not only to deliver best in class equipment to the Australian…

Record high for steel consumption – but could missing data point to higher actual use?

Overall, our FY 2017 (Jul16 – Jun17) heavy steel consumption reached just over 173,000 tonnes – 1.4% higher than last year and a new record in our steel statistics. This is a welcome outcome, supported by a buoyant steel construction sector in response to growing demand for seismic strengthened buildings and an expanding population in…