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HERA offering welding productivity and automation assessments

Last month, our Welding Centre staff assessed welding productivity and automation capability for seven of our members. This was a feasibility study to test our Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and determine if such assessments could: a) add value to individual members; and b) identify common issues that we could assist members generically to address.  …

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How valuable is your business to you? And, what are you willing to do to achieve business growth?

We hope a lot, and that you’re willing to do anything! Because growth is a critical key metric for any organisation to survive. Yet, time and time again, we see our members not giving the ‘time’ needed to focus on this in their day to day work. A likely reason being that growth and survival are…

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Use of NZ fabricated steel aligns well with ‘Shaping the Future of Construction’.

Shaping the Future of Construction: Insights to Redesign the Industry is a white paper released by the World Economic Forum in 2017. This paper identified six challenges to the future of construction: Project Delivery – creating certainty to deliver on time and on budget, and improving the productivity, quality and safety of the construction sector.…

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Update – removal of conflict with latest national standards including AS/NZS 5131 and NZS 3404.1

Working with the Building System Performance (BSP) branch of MBIE, the New Zealand Standards Approval Board has revoked NZS 3404.1:2009. This development will eliminate the conflict that has existed with other standards and provide a clear signal about which version of NZS 3404.1 should be used to support regulatory compliance. It’s important that designers, building…

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Why should our engineering industry celebrate Māori Language Week | Te Wiki o te Reo Māori?

Many people believe they have no role to play in supporting the revitalisation of Māori. But the truth is, every New Zealander can help strengthen Māori language – even our metals industry! As a person who is of Māori decent, I’m not writing this article with a hidden agenda. I’m writing it because what better day to…

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Page Macrae Engineering’s Peter Swan talks innovation!

Aug282018 We’ve been on a quest to help our members become more Innovation READY. Developing a bespoke course focused on arming them with the tools and understanding to implement innovation strategies into their organisations. So of course, when Page Macrae signed up their Business Development Manager Peter Swan to attend, we knew we had to…

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New floor product ComFlor SR now available for the NZ market via Steel & Tube

Every day, we’re driven to solve our members problems. So, when the opportunity to work with Steel & Tube came up to help develop their new construction product – we jumped! We spent 18 months driving R&D focused on getting their new composite slab product ComFlor SR market ready. Providing design of the test specimens,…

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Five megatrends you need to know to deconstruct construction risk

What are the big five megatrends in construction risk? And how do they relate to our members? Last week, I attended the launch of the Willis Towers Watson Construction Risk Index (CRI). The results reiterate what our members are already telling us. They also reiterate what we are asking our members to consider. That is,…

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Why lean startup applies to you – even if you’re not a startup!

Lean startup is an innovation process with an unfortunate name. Although it is based on lean principles, it isn’t the same. And, although it was based on startup evidence, it also applies to businesses of all sizes, Government agencies and not-for-profits. It also applies to well established businesses who are well past the startup phase!…

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Disruption – the engine of prosperity

In the next ten years, 40% of the fortune 500 companies won’t exist in a meaningful way. When we stop paying attention to being the disruptor – we become the disrupted. Growth matters. Throughout history we’ve seen this happen many times. As our CEO Troy Coyle mentioned in her ThinkTank@HERA article ‘Are you disruption ready?’ the journey…

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Call for comment – MBIE consultation for proposed changes to B1/VM1 and B2/AS1

Over the last six months, HERA have worked closely with SCNZ and MBIE to get value from the significant investment made in developing the new composite design standard (AS/NZS 2327) and durability technical specification (NZS TS 3404) by having them referenced in B1/VM1 and B2/AS1 of the New Zealand Building Code. It’s important that you…