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World Geothermal Congress 2015

The World Geothermal Congress (WGC) was held in Melbourne at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 19th – 24th April 2015. The event was co-hosted by New Zealand, where a number of short courses and field trips to geothermal plants also took place post-conference. Over 1,600 delegates from over 80 countries attended the conference…

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Call for interest – Design guidance on existing steel-concrete composite bridges

Last year, HERA was successful in being awarded a new research project by NZTA to develop a design guide for existing steel-concrete composite bridges. Working in collaboration with Opus International Consultants, to date, the project has identified the many different shear connector types that have been used in New Zealand since the 1920s. Design rules…

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Congratulations to A-Ward Attachments Ltd & Milmeq Ltd

Our member A-Ward Attachments Ltd recently won the Westpac ‘Best of the Best in Innovation’, which recognises the New Zealand’s Overall Innovator of the year and Milmeq Ltd the Supreme Business Excellence award. A-Ward Attachments Ltd A-Ward CEO and also HERA Executive member Simon Ward says “This award is special because our business fundamentally thrives…

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Quality management of structural welding fabrication seminar

More than 80 professionals attended the seminars jointly-organised by the NZ Welding Centre and SCNZ in March. The seminars were held in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown. The seminars provided a comprehensive insight into normative requirements of the existing NZS 3404.1 and AS/NZS 1554 standard framework and included an overview of the Steel Fabricator…

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Call for comment – Seeking nominations for our Industry Awards in September

Apr102015 HERA is seeking nominations for the HERA Industry Awards to be presented at the Industry Awards Gala Dinner in the Rendezvous Hotel Ballroom, 3rd September, as part of the Metals Week event celebrating the metals industry organised by Metals NZ. Every HERA member has a real chance to pick up one of these prestigious awards. The HERA Awards will…

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Call for comment – Tosca structure optimisation

Currently HERA is considering to extend its Abaqus finite element analsysis license to include topology optimisation. We’flike to hear from interested companies if they would like to explore optimisation at this level and expand their design field in co-operation with HERA’s Structural Systems. The description and illustration of the technology is given below.   Tosca…

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Call for interest – AGGAT IP opportunity

An AGGAT program associate has developed some interesting intellectual property in relation to a process to mitigate silica fouling in geothermal plants. They have run the technology at lab scale and now want to proceed to field trials and ultimately a pilot plant. They feel they could benefit by partnering with a fabricator with a…

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What’s in a name?

After a major refurbishment, HERA House was officially re-opened on 20 March by the Minster of Science and Innovation Hon Steven Joyce. He is also Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Regulatory Reform, Minister of Science and Innovation, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Minister Responsible for Novopay and Associate Minister of Finance; not…

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Update – Structural steel fabricator benchmark study participation

As mentioned in our February and March news, the HERA Executive supported an ongoing research activity run by HERA to gather more specific data characterising our heavy engineering industry. This research activity included a proposal for the performance of a benchmarking study of the structural steel fabrication industry as a pilot for other sub-sectors subject…