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Notice – Revised structural steel standards published

It is of great pleasure to report that the following structural steel Standards and Technical specification were published in April 2016. HERA is a participating member of the BD-023 Committee, which has been working on the revision of the structural steel standards since 2012 for: AS/NZS 1163-2016 Cold-formed Structural Steel Hollow Sections AS/NZS 3678-2016 Structural…

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Call for comment – Have your say in driving our industry policy direction for building product conformance

Responding to the reinforcing steel mesh conformance issue recently highlighted in the media, HERA is driving a policy change that allows our members to deliver better value and remain competitive. With the rapid adoption of the Steel Fabrication Certification (SFC) scheme, our New Zealand steel construction industry has significantly progressed on its way to verifiable…

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Evaluation of allowable limits of imperfections in butt welds

Integrity of steel structures relies on welded connections. Quality requirements for welds are specified in underlying welding standards that are well established. The weld quality criteria of the standards have proven to be safe. The acceptance criteria for welds are largely based on industry best practice values. The objective of this student project was to…

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AGGAT seeks to continue thriving past October

There’s still a lot of life left in the AGGAT program, which is why our Industry Development team have recently entered the highly contestable science funding round to seek financial support from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE). So far, we’ve covered significant ground in building a technology platform to cater to the…

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HERA making inroads in geothermal opportunities

HERA has long understood that clean energy represents a great business opportunity for many of our members – particularly in the geothermal sector. That’s why we’re pleased to announce Dr. Boaz Habib from our Industry Development team now sits on the New Zealand Geothermal Association (NZGA) Board of Directors. We see this as a pivotal…

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Call for interest – A niche research and development opportunity

Like many other renewable energy technologies, grid connected wave and tidal energy seems poised ready for the kind of global build-out we saw in wind, which will bring a range of market opportunities. There are also emerging niche marine energy opportunities which are disconnected from the wholesale price of a kilowatt of electricity which governs…

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New program bridges the innovation gap for industry

In 2009 HERA put a proposal to Government to work with companies to transition them to being innovative and match fit for a competitive export market. While the proposal was not successful, HERA took up the challenge in establishing the Above Ground Geothermal and Allied Technologies (AGGAT) programme which is part funded by MBIE, and…

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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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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…