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Fire behaviour of slender, highly utilised, eccentrically loaded concrete-filled tubular columns

Our General Manager Structural Systems Dr Stephen Hicks and Finite Element Analyst Nandor Mago have published a peer-reviewed paper in the Journal of Constructional Steel Research. The paper investigates the fire performance of highly utilized and eccentrically loaded concrete filled composite columns with a slenderness greater than currently permitted for the simple calculation model in…

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Statistical calibration of safety factors for flexural stiffness of composite columns

Dr Stephen Hicks has been working with Dr Farhad Aslani, Ryan Lloyd and Prof. Uy of the Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Safety at the University of New South Wales, together with Dr Won-Hee Kang of Western Sydney University, on design rules for the flexural stiffness of composite columns for the forthcoming standard AS/NZS 2327.…

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Call for comment – Should HERA support a NZ certificate in mechanical engineering?

The purpose of NZQA Level 5 Qualification New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering is to provide our industry with advanced tradespeople. Ones who are able to contribute to the success and competitiveness of a business by demonstrating leadership in a technical and/or operational field. Last year, the NZQA level 5 qualifications have been reviewed by COMPETENZ with…

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Update – Fabsec F-Beam software remains free to NZ users

No doubt many HERA News readers are aware that New Zealand structural steel designers have had access to the free Fabsec FBEAM® design software. With a total of 159 individual licenses issued in New Zealand, this is a widely-used software package that produces efficient steel designs. Last year, at least 6,000 tonnes of welded beams…

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AGGAT is progressing well through it’s research themes

The AGGAT program underwent a major transition phase last year which saw HERA strengthen its relationship further with the University of Auckland and established key roles internally in turbine research and heat transfer research by the appointment of Dr. Lei Chen and Dr. Haiam Abbas within our team respectively. Since then the AGGAT programme has…

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Call for attendees – Welding supervisor and inspector courses

In today’s competitive structural steel market, the ability to meet the client’s expectations while making an adequate return requires the capability to meet specifications and to minimise profit-eating re-work. This is achieved by implementing a quality management system using the well-established “standard” methodology based on the following principles: Welders who follow suitably qualified, efficient procedures…

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Update – Building controls No. 176 and 177: guidance on product substitution, safety and suitability of external cladding

B.C.Update 176: Further Guidance Relating to Building Product Substitution Work by MBIE to assist BCAs concerned about inferior building products has highlighted ongoing issues relating to product substitution. In some cases, products substituted after building consent has been granted have been unauthorised, have no evidence of compliance with the relevant Building Code requirements, and invalidate…

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NZ engineer recognised for excellence in civil engineering

Tony Fairclough has been recognized by Worldwide Branding for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in civil engineering. Now the geotechnical engineer of HERA member Tonkin & Taylor, Mr. Fairclough contributes to the company’s longstanding commitment to providing specialty services throughout New Zealand and the wider Asia Pacific Region. In his role, he offers technical support…