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Ep. 74 | Megan Girdwood – extractables from steel bi-products

Aug102022 Listen on iTunes Listen on Spotify Listen on PodBean 10 August 2022 | Ep.74 – extractables from steel bi-products In this episode of Stirring the Pot we’re talking with Paihau-Robinson Research Institute Junior Engineer, Megan Girdwood. Megan is a Graduate Chemical and Process engineer with a minor in Energy Technologies, and recently submitted her…

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Resource – Corrosion maps now available for macro-climate corrosion classification

We are pleased to announce the launch of our online corrosivity map to enable our members to search by address to quickly and precisely determine a recommended corrosion classification for their project. Developed in collaboration with NIWA, these corrosion maps were first published in SNZ TS3404:2018 based on our past research projects. These paper-based maps…

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A breakthrough ‘next step’ in Aotearoa’s steel industry and its transition to a low carbon future.

A homegrown solution to steel decarbonisation is on the way in collaboration with industry. HERA has been tracking research being done by Dr Chris Bumby and team at the Robinson Research Institute for some time now. Their works first coming under our radar after they won our industry award for innovation in 2020. At the…

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Update – Steel Recycling Report

Steel is a hero of the circular economy: study estimates 85% of Aotearoa’s building and construction steel waste is recycled Earlier this year, HERA published a Steel Recycling Report, which outlined the estimated steel recycling rate in New Zealand. At the time, we indicated that the specific building and construction waste recycling rate was likely…

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Resource – HERA report shows adoption of construction 4.0 worth $8 billion

Industry 4.0 is driving an unprecedented transformation across global industry, as new technologies promise to save time, boost productivity, reduce waste, expand business models, and be more responsive to fast-changing environments and consumer demands. While companies have the opportunity to position themselves at the forefront of this new Industry 4.0 wave, they can struggle to…

Resource – the potential business and economic benefits of Construction 4.0 in NZ

HERA has identified a need for greater uptake of Industry 4.0 technologies to improve productivity in the construction industry. At the same time, we are also building our own capabilities in Industry 4.0 focusing on Construction 4.0, in particular in what we have coined “Fabrication 4.0”,”Sustainability 4.0” and “Monitoring 4.0”. We have already previously announced…

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HERA welcomes Fanqin Meng to our structural fire research project work

We’re excited to let industry know that Fanqin Meng has joined our Structural Systems team to assist with our focus on structural fire performance research. Fanqin is joining the HERA Structural team for a six month period to contribute to two key structural fire projects. These projects will be conducted in collaboration with the University…

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Seismic research program improving optimisation of welded structures

Steel structures performed exceptionally well during the February 22, 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Such earthquake performance confirms that steel is the ultimate low-damage solution for modern multi-story buildings and structures. The performance also showed that the applicable New Zealand design and fabrication standards are safe – even though some minor damage in steel structures were reported…

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Notice – publication of changes to the HERL Act

We’d like to advise industry that a Heavy Engineering Research Levy Act Amendment Order 2021 was signed by the Governer-General on 5 July and published 8 July. This has been something that we have been working on with the MBIE innovation policy team and Customs for quite some time. MBIE’s role has been to coordinate…

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Fire and burn out resistance of timber columns

Data on the cool down phase for timber structures is something designers and regulators need to consider when it comes to load carrying capacity of CLT structures. This thinking comes about after noting an interesting paper in the recent issue of Fire Safety Journal highlighting the critical aspect of the cool down phase for timber…