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Update – Ministerial response on why R&D funding from industry levy doesn’t qualify for co-funding

As previously reported, HERA took up Minister’s Joyce’s offer made at the re-opening of HERA House to investigate why industry funding from (heavy engineering research) levy-funded activities are not able to attract Government R&D funding support in the same way direct industry R&D money does. The main point of HERA’s letter was our concern that…

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Notice – Influence of durable marking methods on the fatigue strength of steel compontents

According to EN 1090-2, steel components have to be identifiable and traceable throughout the whole production chain. The choice of identification method is not specified consistently in international rules and standards. In terms of durability and liability, markings should be resistant to particular fabrication processes such as sandblasting, hot-dip galvanizing or coating. The methods are…

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Call for attendees – Upcoming courses in welding inspection

This month, the HERA Training Centre is again offering Part 2 of its training programme in welding inspection leading to national and international qualifications. This is for the CBIP Certified Welding Inspector (CWI), and the globally-recognised IIW International Welding Inspector Basic (IWI-B) and International Welding Inspector Standard (IWI-S). The Centre is New Zealand’s only International Institute of Welding (IIW) Accredited Training…

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Call for interest – HSR transition training

Following an introductory email members will have received from WorkSafe New Zealand regarding the Government-funded Health and Safety Representative (HSR) transition training programme, WorkSafe is now introducing Safety ‘n Action. Safety ‘n Action is developing the HSR transition training course in partnership with WorkSafe New Zealand. This free training is available for HSRs within our…

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ASME ORC conference 2015

The ASME Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) Conference 2015 held in Brussels, Belgium this year was the third consecutive conference of its kind and takes place every two years. A total of 214 submissions for presentation were received for this conference of which 142 were accepted, 53 of them in poster presentations. The conference attracted more…

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Resource – HERA published in Institution of Civil Engineers flagship journal

As a past reviewer, Dr Stephen Hicks was invited to author a paper for the flagship journal of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Civil Engineering. Following its recent publication, details of the paper are given below.   Eurocodes – Overcoming the Barriers to Global Adoption, by Dr Stephen Hicks In 2010 the Eurocodes replaced the equivalent…

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Notice – Managing the risk of welding related fire and explosions and the role of the welding supervisor

The risk of fire and explosion is ever present with welding and thermal cutting and the fatal accident at an Auckland tank farm is a timely reminder of this. It is no coincidence that most welding equipment and welding consumables come with warnings either in the user instructions or on the packaging. Nor is it…

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Fire performance of light steel framed floors in multi-storey residential buildings

HERA is currently working on assessing the fire performance of a typical New Zealand light steel frame floor of a multi-storey building with the aim to provide input into the fire section of the resulting design guide. As the first part of the research, an overseas experimentally-tested floor slab has been investigated numerically by advanced…

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Contractors appointment raises procurement rules application questions

The late September announcement that Australian company Leighton Contractors has been appointed as preferred contractor for the pre-construction phase of Christchurch Hospital’s new acute services building, has local manufacturing industry members question if the tender process applied by the Christchurch District Health Board (CDHB) followed the Government Procurement Rules as required by law. Oct52015 An…