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Steel industry ups it’s game by making quality certification compulsory

The Steel Fabricator Certification (SFC) scheme continues to grow strongly with the latest group of three structural steel fabricators to achieve certification recognised at the Steel Construction New Zealand (SCNZ) AGM in Napier on 16 September. Since SFC’s introduction, 23 fabricators – representing 75 percent of New Zealand’s structural steel output – have become certified.…

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Collaboration with SKF for AGGAT turbo-generator research progresses further

Our international alliance with S2M-SKF progressed further last month when HERA Research Engineer Dr. Lei Chen visited SKF representatives in Vernon, France. The meeting was to present our latest work on turbine design and integration with SKF magnetic bearings and outline next steps in our collaborative research. HERA will be making modifications to the turbine…

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Pursuing IP commercialisation for promising seismic damage resistant system for modular steel structures

HERA has recently made a decision to assist the commercialisation for a seismic damage-resistant system for modular steel structures developed by Dr. John Jing in his PhD thesis. He’s received this opportunity through a HERA research scholarship fund, starting his PhD study in 2009. Supervised by Prof Charles Clifton, he has developed a base isolation…

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Local apprentice demonstrates skills to win new industry award

Congratulations to the first SCNZ inaugural ‘Apprentice of the Year Award’ recipient Red Steel’s Thomas Forbes! Red Steel is valued member of ours and steel fabricator company so it was great to see one of their staff members take out this apprentice award. The Award was announced during a gala dinner following SCNZ’s AGM and conference…

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Christchurch wins 2020 International Structural Engineering Congress

The city of Christchurch will host the International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) Congress in September 2020. The prestigious five-day event, to be held at the new Convention Centre, is expected to attract 550 delegates from around the world, with an estimated economic benefit of $1.2 million for Christchurch. The bid was put…

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AGGAT research makes its mark in Belfast

Our AGGAT engineers Dr. Lei Chen and Dr. Haiam Abbas attended and presented at the recently held third consecutive Engine Organic Rankine Cycle Consortium (EORCC) workshop 2016 in Belfast, North Ireland. The conference attracted more than 100 representatives both from university and industry sectors of the Organic Rankine Cycle technology, 44 researchers, including four keynote…

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Registration open – Pressure equipment workshop 2016

HERA and the Pressure Equipment Workshop organising committee invite the pressure equipment community to the Second New Zealand Pressure Equipment Workshop 2016. The workshop is seen as benefiting designers, fabricators, inspectors, vendors, regulators, owners and operators. The goals for the workshop are: Sharing technical information, innovation and practical experiences Provide guidance and feedback; for the…

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The key to success is market presence

Representatives of the geothermal industry from all over New Zealand met in Auckland this month to discuss recent international geothermal marketing initiatives – as part of Geothermal NZ Inc’s meeting convened by Dr. Mike Allen. This was a great opportunity to understand what future business opportunities are out there for our members – particularly in…

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AGGAT test rig fabrication progressing

Working with Advance Boiler Services (ABS) in Hamilton over the past few months to design and develop a test rig – we’re pleased to say we’re on the verge of a major step towards energy technology development. This test rig will allow testing of individual components such as heat exchangers and expander type devices in…