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Resource – Weld access holes in seismic applications

Weld access holes are frequently required in the fabrication of structural components. The geometry of these structural details can affect the components’ performance. The size and shape of beam copes and weld access holes can have a significant effect on the ease of depositing sound weld metal, the ability to conduct non-destructive examinations, and the…

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Call for interest – Structural steel fabricator benchmarking study participation

As mentioned in our last HERA 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 subsectors subject to…

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Call for attendees – AGGAT Global Conference 2015

For the first time in New Zealand, the Above Ground Geothermal and Allied Technologies (AGGAT) program will be presented on an international scale. The date and venue for this conference will be on the 30th April at the Sky City Convention Centre in Auckland. The Conference focuses on above ground geothermal engineering, with an emphasis…

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Resource – Stainless steel in agricultural applications

The International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) has launched a new publication on Stainless Steel in Agricultural Applications. From a simple feeding pail to the most advanced fully robotised milking equipment, stainless steel is found on farms in numerous applications, where it is an alternative to plastics, light metal and galvanised steel. This new brochure from…

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Event – Welding seminars and courses for 2015

Quality management of structural welding fabrication The introduction of the Steel Fabricator Certification (SFC) scheme in 2014 was an important milestone for NZ’s structural steel fabrication industry. This half-day seminar will provide comprehensive insights on how to specify welding quality requirements, how a QA system such as the SFC is to be established, and how…

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Call for interest – Opportunity for software developers in calibrating AS/NZS 2327

Good progress has been made in developing the new steel-concrete composite standard AS/NZS2327. Due to the maturity of the standard, the Standards Australia BD-032 Committee is inviting software companies to participate in the final stages of the development by undertaking calibration studies using the new provisions; companies that already provide design software to other international…

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Resource – Specifying roughness of welded stainless steel surfaces

Surface roughness is a measure of the texture of a surface. It is quantified by the vertical deviations of a real surface from its ideal form. If these deviations are great, the surface is rough, if they are small, the surface is smooth. The roughness of a surface has most commonly been measured by an…

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Notice – Standard to help comply with new regulations for building work

New consumer protection regulations for building work costing $30,000 and over are expected to take effect from 1 January 2015. Acting Chief Executive of Standards New Zealand Michelle Wessing said the New Zealand standard 3902 Housing, alterations and small buildings contract will help meet the new regulations and makes the building process smoother and easier…

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Notice – New edition of AS/NZS 1554.1 now available

This month the 2011 edition of our most widely-used welding standard AS/NZS 1554.1 was superseded by the published 2014 edition. The expectation is that the new edition of the standard will now be implemented by all users. Standards are periodically reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date with developments in technology, to take account of changes…

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Call for papers – International design challenge

Through his membership of IABSE Working Commission 2 (responsible for Steel, Timber and Composite Structures), our General Manager Structural Systems Dr Stephen Hicks has been selected as the Facilitator for Professional Session on “International Design Challenge: Complexity of Design Rules”. Participants wishing to make a contribution in accordance with the global themes of the conference…

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Call for attendees – Welding Inspection Part 2

This month,we’re offering Part 2 of the welding inspection training program leading to national and international qualifications. Qualifications are: CBIP Certified Welding Inspector (CWI), and Globally-recognised IIW International Welding Inspector Basic (IWI-B), and International Welding Inspector-Standard (IWI-S). The Centre is New Zealand’s only International Institute of Welding (IIW) Accredited Training Body (ATB). People gaining these…

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Notice – Fire resistance of unprotected concrete filled hollow steel columns

The fire design of steel-concrete composite columns using concrete filled tubes to EN 1994-1-2:2005+A1:2014 (Eurocode 4) is seemingly a simple task, assuming that the temperature distribution of the cross-section is conservatively known. Reading the rules in the section that deals with the structural behaviour and evaluation of the resistance to axial compression, one gets the…