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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…

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Questionable steel product conformance hits news headlines

The Ministry of Business Inovation and Employment (MBIE) and Commerce Commission announcement that some concrete reinforcing steel mesh supplied into the New Zealand construction market doesn’t comply with New Zealand standards has caused considerable concern. Resulting in HERA staff recently being the target of extensive media attention with varying degrees of accuracy in being quoted.…

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Steelmaker Arrium goes into voluntary administration

On the 7th April 2016, Arrium Limited announced that Voluntary Administrators have been appointed to oversee the affairs of the company. Staff from Grant Thornton have been appointed to act as Voluntary Administrators for each of the relevant companies including OneSteel. HERA understands since this announcement that the administrators have changed to KordaMentha and Grant…

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Update – The role of the Welding Supervisor in quality management schemes

A SFC fabricator has demonstrated that all their welding and related activities are managed under a quality management system that fully complies with the requirements of AS/NZS ISO 3834; specifically for NZS 3404.1 Steel Structures Standard, and AS/NZS 1554 Structural Steel Welding. A quality management system relies on competent people: the fabricators welding co-ordination team. A key…

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Call for comment – Register essential skills in demand for your business

The NZMEA are compiling a list of occupations for consideration to the first round of the 2016 Review of Essential Skills in Demand lists (ESID). They are seeking input from companies who are experiencing labour shortages that could be classed as either an Immediate Skill Shortage or a Long Term Skill Shortage. If you are experiencing specific areas of…