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Call for comment – Design software for composite design standard AS/NZS 2327

As the new design standard for composite construction AS/NZS 2327 nears completion, consideration is being paid to what software tools will be needed by designers. Our General Manager Structural Systems Dr Stephen Hicks has encouraged Arup’s software house Oasys to implement the new AS/NZS 2327 within their Compos programme, which enables users to design composite beams…

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Resource – Code of practice for fabrication of stainless steel plant & equipment blue book

The third edition of the Code of Practice for the Fabrication of Stainless Steel Plant & Equipment referred to as the “Blue Book”, is now available. The “Blue Book”, as it is generally known as in industry, has established itself as a key document for the specification of stainless steel plant in New Zealand. It…

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Against the trend? New Steel Construction returns to print format

After one year as a digital only publication, New Steel Construction (NSC), the well-known and respected steel construction marketing publication of the UK Steel Construction Institute (SCI) is reverting to the traditional paper format as from the Structural Steel Design Awards special issue in July/August. Following numerous requests from subscribers and advertisers, SCI has decided…

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Notice – Surface imperfections on welds made with flux cored arc process

The flux cored arc welding (FCAW) process is widely used in NZ for the welding of steel; the gas-shielded process variation for in the workshop, and the self-shielded option for site work. While FCAW has a proven track record as a productive and reliable process, welds made with cored wires may occasionally have distinctive surface…

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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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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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HERA House has officially re-opened!

HERA House, home of the New Zealand Heavy Engineering Research Association (HERA), celebrated the re-opening of its refurbished premises, officiated by the Minister for Research and Innovation Hon Steven Joyce. The building’s refurbishment coincided with 30 years of service, and the Minister congratulated the Association on the impressive $2m face-lift of the metals engineering industry-owned…

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A rejuvenated HERA House – celebrating innovation

After 30 years of service, the building has undergone an extensive $2m refurbishment which allowed the building owners, HERA’s Heavy Engineering Research and Educational Foundation (HEERF), to catch up with long-deferred maintenance, provide for a more efficient use of space, and give the metals industry a meeting place with a more contemporary look in line…

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Resource – Latest in steelwork research and thinking utilised in new University Auckland building

Our General Manager Structural Systems Dr Stephen Hicks contributed to the current Engineering Insights article on New Zealand steel research activities and its implementation within the new University of Auckland building. This article was first published in Engineering Insight January/February 2015, Volume 16/1 and is reproduced with the permission of the Institution of Professional Engineers…