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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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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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Why isn’t manufacturing uptaking exponential technologies

There are many logical and psychological barriers stopping people from uptaking exponential technologies. In fact a study of US manufacturing firms’ adoption of exponential technologies has many similarities to feedback that HERA receives from its members. Key findings being, that companies are too focused on the day-to-day operations to respond to longer-term disruption opportunities. And,…

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Seminars by the inventor of the Master S-N Curve method a huge success in NZ!

Last week was a successful one for our ‘Design for Joint Strength, Fatigue, and Fracture Resistances in Welded Connections’ seminars series. Taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch they were presented by University of Michigan Prof. Pingsha Dong. The inventor of the mesh-insensitive structural stress method adopted by the 2007 ASME Div 2 and API…

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Meet Robert Ryan – the new face joining our Welding Centre team

It’s been a long time coming trying to find the right candidate – but we’ve finally done it! Next week welcoming Robert Ryan to our Welding Centre team! Robert brings over 30 years’ experience in the engineering trade to our offerings. In the late 80’s beginning his career specialising in welding. Consequently leading to a…

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Disruption – the path to resilience

Last week we were excited to have our Executive member and WSP Opus Corrosion & Asset Integrity Consultant Raed El Sarraf head to Rotorua from 20 – 22 June. Here, he attended IPWEA’s ‘Disruption, the path to resilience’ conference as one of three finalists for the Hynds Paper competition. Attendees explored the challenges and demands…