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Opus develop rust detection technology

Using innovative technology originally developed for cultural conservation, our member Opus International aims to detect rust on steel structures from up to 100m away. The idea for developing the technology originally came from Opus structural materials and corrosion engineer Raed El Sarraf, who has undertaken numerous assessments of steel structures to determine levels of corrosion,…

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Successful stainless steel laser fusion expert seminar by NZSSDA

The NZSSDA in cooperation with Stainless Structurals Asia Pte Ltd, and NZSSDA members Vulcan Steel and Rivet Ltd organised an expert seminar Laser-fused stainless steel sections – The structural solution. The seminar addressed architectural and structural applications of lased welded stainless steel sections and state-of-the-art fabrication practices. The event was presented by Kenny Lim Teck…

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Lets not waste ‘waste heat’!

Through our Industry Development team we have a research project underway in our AGGAT research program to collect waste heat information from process industries across New Zealand. The output will be to create a waste heat map identifying waste heat zones across the country. These zones include (but aren’t limited to) refineries, cement works, foundries,…

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HERA and Maori Trust plan for a geothermal paradise

We’re proud to announce that HERA has recently entered into a partnership with Rotorua based Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust group to jointly develop their geothermal resource for commercial opportunities. We’re excited about positively impacting the local region of Rotorua through economic and job opportunities. We believe our work will make a positive difference not only for…

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Call for attendees – Steel Research Panel’s strategy workshop 2016

In the recent Steel Research Panel’s annual workshop, HERA agreed to launch quarterly workshops focused on the 5-to-10 year strategy for New Zealand steel research. Based on the themes of fire, seismic, robustness/reliability and productivity – the first one-day workshop is now confirmed to be held at HERA House on 14th November on the theme of FIRE.…

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Building new relationships with Maori Trust

HERA Senior Research Engineer and AGGAT Programme Manager Dr. Boaz Habib recently met with representatives of Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust in Rotorua to discuss plans for a new geothermal project. This relationship will see us designing a heat distribution system using heat sources from geothermal bores to help the Trust in creating a modern complex of…

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Steel industry ups it’s game by making quality certification compulsory

The Steel Fabricator Certification (SFC) scheme continues to grow strongly with the latest group of three structural steel fabricators to achieve certification recognised at the Steel Construction New Zealand (SCNZ) AGM in Napier on 16 September. Since SFC’s introduction, 23 fabricators – representing 75 percent of New Zealand’s structural steel output – have become certified.…

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Collaboration with SKF for AGGAT turbo-generator research progresses further

Our international alliance with S2M-SKF progressed further last month when HERA Research Engineer Dr. Lei Chen visited SKF representatives in Vernon, France. The meeting was to present our latest work on turbine design and integration with SKF magnetic bearings and outline next steps in our collaborative research. HERA will be making modifications to the turbine…

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Pursuing IP commercialisation for promising seismic damage resistant system for modular steel structures

HERA has recently made a decision to assist the commercialisation for a seismic damage-resistant system for modular steel structures developed by Dr. John Jing in his PhD thesis. He’s received this opportunity through a HERA research scholarship fund, starting his PhD study in 2009. Supervised by Prof Charles Clifton, he has developed a base isolation…