germany-factory-future

Our metals industry future is promising and in our hands

I have just come back from a study tour to Germany with the theme “Factory of the Future”. This gave me a fantastic insight into what is going on in Germany in future focused research in the metals-based manufacturing industry. The trip to Germany was sponsored by FRIENZ (Facilitating Research and Innovation co-operation between Europe…

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DIY vibration testing

The two most advanced design guides on floor vibrations are SCI Publication 354 and CCIP-016 for steel-framed buildings and reinforced concrete buildings, respectively. Both design guides permit engineers to predict the response of structures due to human-induced vibrations to enable comparisons to be made with acceptance criteria contained within standards such as ISO 10137. Standards…

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Notice – HERA Executive elections now running. Have your say and vote!

HERA Ordinary Member contact people will have received their voting papers for the nominees to the vacant HERA Executive position. Voting closes on the 12 August. In line with HERA rules only Ordinary members are entitled to vote. Should your organisation be an Associate HERA member and you would like to take a more active…

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Welcome to Jing Cao – our new Senior Structural Systems Engineer

HERA is pleased to welcome Dr. Jing Cao to the Structural Systems division. Jing graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering from Tongji University in Shanghai, China. He obtained his PhD from the University of Southampton, UK, which was fully supported via EPSRC research funding. He has design and assessment experience in the UK, China, Australia…

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Call for interest – Fabrication & installation of rig materials

HERA members can you help? An essential objective of the AGGAT program under this research aim is the installation of a materials test rig on a geothermal site to investigate field-based geothermal scaling and corrosion. The data gathered in turn will accumulate into an industry owned information database to base future decisions on in terms…

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First-party welding inspection to AS/NZS ISO 3834 and AS/NZS 1554.1 standards

For structural steel products to be free from serious problems in production and in service, it is necessary to provide a suitable level of quality management from the design phase, through material selection, into fabrication, and subsequently inspection. Requirements for welding/fabrication activities are given in the Code of Practice of the NZ Steel Fabricator Certification…

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New Zealand engineering firm riding on the crest of wave energy – EHL Group

HERA member EHL provided the basis for US energy innovator Northwest Energy Innovations’ wave energy device, which was successfully deployed at the US Navy Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) near Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii. The device, called Azura, will be deployed for 12 months of grid-connected testing as part of a rigorous programme to commercialise…

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Non-standard products

There is an increasing dialogue out in the market place about non-standard products being sold into the building and construction industry in NZ. The alleged numbers being reported are significant and almost somewhat unbelievable. But if they are anywhere near reality, we do need to be taking some form of action otherwise ‘Standards creep’ will…

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Notice – Meeting new government procurement rules in steel construction

The recent tender round for a Christchurch cornerstone project highlighted the need for clarity around what information is required to allow the procurement decision makers to comply with the new Government Rules of Sourcing whose 3rd Edition came into force on the 1st July 2015. On 1st February 2015 an additional 103 crown entities joined the 29…

fire-contour

Notice – Temperature distribution in typical composite slabs under standard temperature-time fire condition

Temperature-time (T-t) curves and temperature contour plots due to the ISO 834 standard fire loading curve for typical New Zealand composite floors have been calculated and presented in tabulated format. The temperatures in 10 minute intervals up to the requested fire resistance rating have been reported for the slab top face and along the thinnest…