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Geothermal New Zealand – World Congress follow up meeting

Representatives from the Geothermal New Zealand group met earlier this month in Auckland to follow up on outcomes from the World Geothermal Congress (WGC) held in Melbourne recently. Mike Allen (Executive Director Geothermal NZ) chaired the meeting of about 25 attendees to lead through a busy agenda of items which included international geothermal updates and…

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AGGAT progress update for July

Research Aim 1-1 – Expert Design Tool A major objective of the Above Ground Geothermal and Allied Technologies (AGGAT) Research Programme is to make the assessment of heat resources potential for energy generation (geothermal / waste heat) easier for heavy engineering member companies involved in the clean energy space. This objective is being addressed through…

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Design rules for steel and composite structures using overseas product standards

As an extension to the Australian Journal of Structural Engineering paper that was reported in last month’s HERA News, the paper entitled ‘Australasian Advances in Steel & Composite Structures to Enhance Cross-Border Practice’ was delivered by Prof. Brian Uy (CIES Director and Chair of IABSE-Australia) at the 17th Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines…

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AGGAT progress update for June

Above Ground Geothermal & Allied Technologies (AGGAT) is a HERA-led co-operative research programme to support the development of Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) power plants utilizing low enthalpy geothermal resources or waste heat. The geothermal turbine, which converts the working fluid’s enthalpy into kinetic energy and then outputs the power, plays a crucial role in the…

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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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Recent HERA publications internationally peer reviewed

A number of journal papers have recently been published that have been co-authored by our  General Manager Structural SystemsDr Stephen Hicks. They’re now available to members from our library. Details for each of these papers are given below.   Safety Factors for the Resistance of Steel Sections Australian Journal of Structural Engineering, by Kang WH, Hicks…

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HERA says farewell to an engineering safety veteran – John Martin Stark

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of a veteran of the engineering safety industry, John Martin Stark. John established Engineering Safety while still in the then-Ministry of Transport around 1989 to develop and administer legislation for land-based boilers, pressure vessels, pressure piping, lifts, cranes and passenger ropeways that used to…

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A successful ‘engineering the repair and retrofitting of steel structures’ seminar

A series of seminars on Engineering the Repair and Retrofitting of Steel Structures took place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in April 2015. More than 60 engineers have attended the events. The seminars were presented by Robert E. Shaw, one of the leading experts on seismic welded and bolted connections, the Chairman of the International Institute of…

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HERA successful in $100K research bid

HERA is delighted to announce its success in obtaining research funding from the 2015/16 Building Research Levy Investment Programme for the project entitled “Specific Design for Multi-storey Light Steel Framed Housing”. Working closely with the National Association of Steel-framed Housing (NASH), whom will also be funding this initiative, the project is in response to the…

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AGGAT Global Conference a great success!

The first ever Global Conference on Above Ground Geothermal and Allied Technologies (AGGAT) was held on 30th April 2015 in Auckland. Around 60 delegates registered for this conference covering a mix of industry, academia, field experts and government. The conference was divided into the following research themes, which also form the basis of the AGGAT…