industry4.0

Notice – exploring Industry 4.0 opportunity for construction

Aotearoa New Zealand’s construction industry reached over $15 billion in 2019, making it a major contributor to GDP and employment, as well as developer of critical national infrastructure. Despite this, it’s an industry that requires radical transformation and has long been criticised for its low productivity, inefficiencies, and contribution to New Zealand’s carbon emissions. It requires…

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Ep. 46 | Ceinwen McNeil & Matt Bishop – the new age of engineering

May262021 Listen on iTunes Listen on Spotify Listen on PodBean 24 May 2021 | Ep.46 – The new age of engineering in construction In this episode of Stirring the Pot we’re talking with BVT Engineering’s CEO Ceinwen McNeil and Founder & Managing Director, Matt Bishop. Together they’re a dynamic leadership duo driven to continuously improve,…

FY21 AGM launches new initiatives from HERA

Having just held our Annual General Meeting last week – we’re pleased to report that FY21 was a celebratory year full of validation. Covid-19 proved that our focus on preparing our industry for digital disruption was justified… we just didn’t anticipate it would be for a global pandemic! MBIE’s focus on  Building For Climate Change and…

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Ep. 45 | Nathan Larkin – Bringing robotic automation solutions to industry

May122021 Listen on Spotify Listen on PodBean 12 May 2021 | Ep.45 – Bringing robotic automation solutions to industry In this episode of Stirring the Pot our Industry 4.0 Research Engineer Holger Heinzel chats with Verbotics Director Nathan Larkin to explore the world of robotic automation. Together they delve into the details of what  is…

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Notice – HERA Report R4-152 validation of structural fire design for steel framed carparks published

HERA is pleased to announce the publication of HERA Report R4-152, authored by Nandor Mago, HERA’s Finite Element Analyst. The report checks the validity of the simpler structural design methodology for steel framed carparks using detailed sequentially coupled thermal-stress analyses, which models a 17m x 30m composite floor system supported by steel framing. The steel…

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Study shows cast-in-place reinforced concrete more affordable than cross laminated timber in a US-based 10-storey building

A recent technical study has come to HERA’s attention as it highlights our stance that you should choose infrastructure material based on design parameters. The technical study that we refer to was performed by the structural engineering firm Cary Kopczynski & Company in Seattle, WA. It compared the affordability of a hypothetical 10-story residential building…

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Research and evidence gaps on fire performance challenged

A recent John Hopkins University Report validates our concerns at HERA around the lack of data and baseless assumptions relating to mass timber performance in high rise buildings. This is not a new conversation for HERA. We have previously raised concern about the lack of research relating to the fire performance of building materials generally…

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Ep. 42 | John Cole – The intersection between Mātauranga Māori and Construction 4.0

Mar312021 Listen on Spotify Listen on iTunes Listen on PodBean 31 March 2021 | Ep.42 – The intersection between Mātauranga Māori and Construction 4.0 In this episode of Stirring the Pot we invite University of Auckland Engineering & Law Student John Cole from Episode 41, back into the studio. This time exploring the intersection between…

environment-innovation

Calls for research – HERA sustainability fund open for ideas from our members

We want your ideas – because our HERA sustainability fund is now open for ideas from our members! 2021 is going to be an exciting year for us at HERA in the space of sustainability. Even more so, because we’re so very excited to announce a $80K research fund for projects aimed at improving steel’s…