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Notice – Fire resistance of unprotected concrete filled hollow steel columns

The fire design of steel-concrete composite columns using concrete filled tubes to EN 1994-1-2:2005+A1:2014 (Eurocode 4) is seemingly a simple task, assuming that the temperature distribution of the cross-section is conservatively known. Reading the rules in the section that deals with the structural behaviour and evaluation of the resistance to axial compression, one gets the…

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HERA to deliver keynote address at national road & rail infrastructure symposium

Our General Manager Systems General Manager Dr Stephen Hicks has been invited to deliver a keynote address at the National Road And Rail Infrastructure Symposium in Australia this month. This symposium will bring together an array of local, national and international leaders working in the area of road and rail infrastructure to try and bring…

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New opportunities for our industry through government procurement agreement

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Trade Minister Tim Groser just welcomed the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) decision on the terms for New Zealand’s accession to the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) in Geneva. “A positive decision on the terms of New Zealand’s accession has been reached with GPA parties in Geneva overnight (NZ time),…

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AGGAT progress update for September 2014

The Above Ground Geothermal and Allied Technologies (AGGAT) science research programme initiated as a collaborative effort in October 2012 between NZ Universities, Heavy Engineering industry and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). The program recently went through its 2 year progress review, upon which MBIE will advise of its continuation of funding for the…