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General Manager Structural Systems Stephen Hicks moving on to exciting new role

After 11 years at HERA, we’d like to let our membership and industry know that our General Manager Structural Systems Stephen Hicks will be heading back to the UK to pursue a career as Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Warwick. Stephen came to us from the Steel Construction Institute (SCI). He’d been…

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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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Russley Road SH1 Upgrade – Part of the Western Corridor | McConnell Dowell Downer JV

Delivering cost effective value engineering initiatives ahead of schedule. Client: New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) Duration: Apr 2015 – May 2018 Location: Christchurch, New Zealand Project value: NZD $112 million, value to JV $93 million Mar132019 An aerial view of the arches as part of the Russley Road SH1 Upgrade. Working together, the project team…

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Meet Jing Cao – a Structural Engineer driven to solve problems from a young age

It’s amazing what you get to learn about someone when you take the time to sit down and really chat. My latest catch up with our Senior Structural Engineer Jing Cao was no different! Growing up in Shanghai China – I think Jing was destined to be an engineer. Although as a youngster he was an…

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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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Notice – Welding consumable levy increase due to come into effect 1 February 2019

We’re pleased to announce that the Heavy Engineering Research Levy Notice 2018 has now been published and listed on the legislation.govt.nz website. This means a levy increase from 5c to 10c per kilogram of welding consumables is due to come into effect on 1 February 2019. We want to thank everyone who responded to our…

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Flashback project: pipe racks for Kupe Gas Field – Grayson Engineering

Pipe racks for Kupe Gas Field Client: Robert Stone Duration: October 2007 – August 2008 Location: Taranaki, New Zealand Project value: NZD $6 million   Grayson Engineering successfully fabricated one of the largest modular construction projects at the time – working cost effectively within a tight program schedule and to stringent quality assurance and weld…

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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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Call for attendance – free seminar for designers on cost effective fire solutions for steel structures

Fire design techniques for steel structures have progressed rapidly in recent years. Epitomised in the new Australasian multi-storey composite building design standard AS/NZS 2327:2017, where latest advances in fire design for composite concrete/steel structure components is comprehensively presented. That’s why in collaboration with the Auckland Structural Group (ASG) we’re supporting Holmes Technical Director Dr Linus…

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Solving the housing crisis with a sustainable light steel framing multi-storey building option

The Greater Auckland region is facing a housing crisis that requires greater urban density to help fix it. That’s why our Structural Systems team has been conducting innovative research on a light steel framing (LSF) multi-storey building solution. An approach that answers the Auckland Unitary Plan’s calls to action to house a growing population. While…

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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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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,…