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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…

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Call for comment – Have your say in driving our industry policy direction for building product conformance

Responding to the reinforcing steel mesh conformance issue recently highlighted in the media, HERA is driving a policy change that allows our members to deliver better value and remain competitive. With the rapid adoption of the Steel Fabrication Certification (SFC) scheme, our New Zealand steel construction industry has significantly progressed on its way to verifiable…

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IPENZ Fellows and Achievers awards have strong HERA links

Engineering’s top achievers were recognised last month at the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand’s (IPENZ) 2016 Fellows’ and Achievers’ Awards in Wellington. HERA sponsored one of the awards and notes with pride how many of the winners have strong HERA affiliations. The awards, attended by more than 300 people, were an opportunity to celebrate…

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Evaluation of allowable limits of imperfections in butt welds

Integrity of steel structures relies on welded connections. Quality requirements for welds are specified in underlying welding standards that are well established. The weld quality criteria of the standards have proven to be safe. The acceptance criteria for welds are largely based on industry best practice values. The objective of this student project was to…

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Resource – Draft for public comment published for AS/NZS 1252 high strength steel bolt assemblies

The drafts for public comment DR AS/NZS 1252.1 and DR AS/NZS 1252.2 have been published by Standards New Zealand. The objective of these draft standards is to provide manufacturers of high-strength steel bolt assemblies with requirements and tests to ensure that such assemblies are suitable for bolted connections in steelwork construction, consistent with the steel…

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Welcome to Kim Nugent – our new Market Development Coordinator

HERA warmly welcomes Kim Nugent, who brings a unique insight into digital content marketing and communications as the newest edition of the Industry Development team. Hailing from the professional services environment, her previous position allowed her strategically align business capabilities in both the New Zealand and global market by improving brand positioning and awareness and…

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AGGAT seeks to continue thriving past October

There’s still a lot of life left in the AGGAT program, which is why our Industry Development team have recently entered the highly contestable science funding round to seek financial support from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE). So far, we’ve covered significant ground in building a technology platform to cater to the…

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Call for comment – SFC structural steelwork fabrication and erection standard

New Zealand’s structural steel fabricators are showing strong support for the industry’s recently launched quality assurance scheme, the Steel Fabricator Certification (SFC), an initiative designed to ensure safety of fabricated structural steelwork. Developed jointly by industry bodies HERA and Steel Construction NZ (SCNZ), the SFC scheme is based on the European system, which is part…

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HERA making inroads in geothermal opportunities

HERA has long understood that clean energy represents a great business opportunity for many of our members – particularly in the geothermal sector. That’s why we’re pleased to announce Dr. Boaz Habib from our Industry Development team now sits on the New Zealand Geothermal Association (NZGA) Board of Directors. We see this as a pivotal…

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Call for interest – A niche research and development opportunity

Like many other renewable energy technologies, grid connected wave and tidal energy seems poised ready for the kind of global build-out we saw in wind, which will bring a range of market opportunities. There are also emerging niche marine energy opportunities which are disconnected from the wholesale price of a kilowatt of electricity which governs…