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Resource – Code of practice for fabrication of stainless steel plant & equipment blue book

The third edition of the Code of Practice for the Fabrication of Stainless Steel Plant & Equipment referred to as the “Blue Book”, is now available. The “Blue Book”, as it is generally known as in industry, has established itself as a key document for the specification of stainless steel plant in New Zealand. It…

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Against the trend? New Steel Construction returns to print format

After one year as a digital only publication, New Steel Construction (NSC), the well-known and respected steel construction marketing publication of the UK Steel Construction Institute (SCI) is reverting to the traditional paper format as from the Structural Steel Design Awards special issue in July/August. Following numerous requests from subscribers and advertisers, SCI has decided…

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Recent HERA publications internationally peer reviewed

A number of journal papers have recently been published that have been co-authored by our  General Manager Structural SystemsDr Stephen Hicks. They’re now available to members from our library. Details for each of these papers are given below.   Safety Factors for the Resistance of Steel Sections Australian Journal of Structural Engineering, by Kang WH, Hicks…

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Notice – Surface imperfections on welds made with flux cored arc process

The flux cored arc welding (FCAW) process is widely used in NZ for the welding of steel; the gas-shielded process variation for in the workshop, and the self-shielded option for site work. While FCAW has a proven track record as a productive and reliable process, welds made with cored wires may occasionally have distinctive surface…

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Welcome to Dr Haiam Abbas – our new Research Engineer

Dr. Haiam Abbas graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Baghdad and went on to complete her Master of Engineering and a PhD in Chemical & Materials Engineering from the University of Auckland. She is also a member of the Society of Chemical Engineers in New Zealand. Haiam brings with her…

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Resource – Fire protection of beams with web-openings

Beams with web openings can include cellular beams fabricated from rolled sections or plate girders with circular or rectangular openings cut in the webs. Typical long-span floor beams of this nature are designed to act compositely with the floor slab, which greatly increases their load carrying capabilities. Authored by Prof. R Mark Lawson of Surrey…

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HERA says farewell to an engineering safety veteran – John Martin Stark

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of a veteran of the engineering safety industry, John Martin Stark. John established Engineering Safety while still in the then-Ministry of Transport around 1989 to develop and administer legislation for land-based boilers, pressure vessels, pressure piping, lifts, cranes and passenger ropeways that used to…

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A successful ‘engineering the repair and retrofitting of steel structures’ seminar

A series of seminars on Engineering the Repair and Retrofitting of Steel Structures took place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in April 2015. More than 60 engineers have attended the events. The seminars were presented by Robert E. Shaw, one of the leading experts on seismic welded and bolted connections, the Chairman of the International Institute of…

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Notice – New Government rules of sourcing third edition

The third edition of the Government Rules of Sourcing, aka the “Rules”, replaces previous editions on 1st July 2015. Main change in the 3rd edition is that 103 additional agencies are to apply the new Rules. The extension means that Crown Agents such as District Health Boards and independent Crown entities are now mandated to apply…