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Specific design for multi-storey light steel framed buildings

HERA has significantly progressed the ongoing research work on this project initially reported in October 2015. This two-year research project is BRANZ Levy-funded and HERA is working in partnership with the National Association of Steel Framed Housing Inc., (NASH) on the project. HERA/NASH would like to gratefully acknowledge the material contribution of Frametek Ltd, Howick Ltd,…

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Metal NZ’s Gary Hook take on safer manufacturing

The new Workplace Health and Safety legislation has been in force for a month and a good level of discussion has been happening within business circles. Certainly directors, owners and managers are far more ‘tuned into’ the requirements of this business critical function than previously as they become more familiar with new accountabilities. This is…

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Certified steel fabricators celebrated in Queenstown

The Steel Fabricator Certification (SFC) scheme continues to go from strength to strength with the latest group of five structural steel fabricators to achieve certification recognised at our recent SCNZ 10th anniversary event in Queenstown. A total of 21 New Zealand fabricators have now achieved SFC certification ensuring that 70% of the local industry output…

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Update – Complaints about non-compliant building products

In response to recent media coverage involving allegations that some building products are unfit for purpose or non-compliant with the Building Code, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has established a dedicated email address to collect product complaints for analysis and investigation. Even though a number of concerns have been raised in the…

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Preparing our industry for disruption

We work in an industry based on well-established and traditional materials. Metals have been fabricated for millennia. Applications have historically ranged from warfare, tooling, building and construction and are now evolving into emerging applications such as geothermal energy extraction and biomedical technologies. Metals, such as steel, are known for their high strength, ductility, and formability.…

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Resource – SCI publication of free online software for floor vibration

SCI has recently released an online based calculator for floor dynamic response prediction. Compared with the manual method proposed in SCI P354, the calculator investigates the floor vibration using finite element analysis of regular grids. For irregular floor grids, existing tools such as the Oasys design software should still be used. The online tool covers…

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Turning to the ocean to answer our energy needs

HERA will be attending the 10th Annual Conference hosted by the Aotearoa Wave and Tidal Energy Association that begins in Wellington, New Zealand this Thursday. This conference brings together professionals and researchers worldwide to exchange ideas and present recent experiences, innovation and best practices in harnessing marine energy. HERA staff will be attending the event representing…

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Update – ACRS new developments for certificates of compliance

The Australasian Certification Authority for Reinforcing and Structural Steels was founded as a not-for-profit, voluntary, third party product certification scheme in 2000 and issued its first certificates of compliance in 2003 to AS/NZS 4671 for steel reinforcing materials. ACRS now provides additionally certificates of compliance to prestressing steels and structural steels to AS/NZS Standards 4672,…

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Quality management in welding update for engineers

Over 80 IPENZ members took the opportunity at the April 2016 Auckland Branch Meeting to get up-to-date with current best practice in managing the quality of welding. Our Senior Welding Engineer Alan McClintock gave a presentation outlining what engineers need to be aware of when designing, specifying and managing the fabrication of welded steel structures.…

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Notice – Revised structural steel standards published

It is of great pleasure to report that the following structural steel Standards and Technical specification were published in April 2016. HERA is a participating member of the BD-023 Committee, which has been working on the revision of the structural steel standards since 2012 for: AS/NZS 1163-2016 Cold-formed Structural Steel Hollow Sections AS/NZS 3678-2016 Structural…