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What’s the strategy for 2020?

What the heck is HERA about and what’s our plan for the future? Two very good questions – and we’re excited to tell you the answer! Because for the first time, we’re releasing our strategy publicly. We’re doing this because we are really focused on building a tribe within our industry. We want to create…

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Panel project delivers software to design composite columns to AS/NZS 2327

Over the last nine months HERA and CTICM have developed software to design composite columns using concrete filled tubes according to AS/NZS 2327. We’re excited to announce that the design software is now exclusively available for our members. This came to fruition when our Steel Research Panel identified it was important to develop electronic tools…

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With heavy hearts, we say goodbye to a valued HERA staff member – Peter Hayward

We’re saddened to share the sudden passing of our longest serving employee, Peter Hayward. Last Friday sharing our condolences with his family and friends, and acknowledging the many contributions he made to industry. Peter came to New Zealand in 1983. Leaving a good job with the Atomic Energy Commission in the UK, to seek a better…

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Romancing the steel – we’re on a mission to build a tribe by sharing our history and story!

History helps us understand change. The world around us is in a constant state of change, and understanding this in society plays a pivotal role in being able to interpret the world that we see now. Up until now the history of HERA has been recorded in typical factual style. But, we believe there is much more to…

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Introducing ‘Whanake’ – a HERA Scholarship and step towards addressing the skills gap

At HERA we have a real commitment to help our members address the challenges that are facing them. One we hear often is the skills gap which is hindering our members from delivering what’s in their pipeline – particularly as we look to the future. As a research association, it’s often hard to find a…

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New service available to HERA members interested in automation of welding fabrication

Last month our Welding Research Engineer Holger Heinzel spent two weeks at the University of Wollongong (UoW) Facility for Intelligent Fabrication (FIF) gaining hands on experience on the latest technology. It’s valuable insight that we can’t wait to bring to our membership! Whilst there Holger explored 3D scanning, virtual-reality assisted fabrication planning, CAD data driven…

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R&D on expert design tool now complete via Scholarship Recipient Shoulong Dong

After three years of support, HERA Foundation is pleased to report the close out of Scholarship Recipient Shoulong Dong’s doctoral project. Shoulong’s R&D was focused on the development of an online engineering framework to aid engineers and researchers to carry out preliminary design exercises and performance evaluation. Developing an Expert Design Tool (EDT) as part…

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HERA’s qualification, training and certification services successfully achieve the highest standards in a recent IIW audit

In December last year, our qualification, training and certification services underwent an external audit by expert assessors from the International Institute of Welding (IIW). Attended by IIW’s Mr Henk Bodt from Netherlands and Mr Shoichi Nomura of Japan, these auditors assessed our training facilities. They also visited our member D&H Steel Construction, who were the first…

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Emerging innovation cluster opportunities in automation and defence

This month our CEO Troy Coyle and General Manager Welding Centre Michail Karpenko spearheaded a visit with five of our member companies to the University of Wollongong’s (UOW) Facility for Intelligent Fabrication (FIF) in Australia.  This was part of our efforts to respond to member feedback which has called for greater support to take advantage…

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Cost effective fire solution presentation arms industry with valuable knowledge

At the beginning of the month, HERA was honoured to sponsor a presentation on cost effective fire solutions for steel structures in collaboration with the Auckland Structural Group. We’ve found it’s a growing area of interest to many of our members and to the structural engineering fraternity. Particularly as it’s been captured in the new…