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Call for interest – Clinker plant member opportunity ripe for exploring

HERA is well known for our research collaborations but maybe not so well for our role as a catalyst for collaboration amongst our members. This is supported by our “About us” page on our website which states “HERA creates value through collaboration and being the industry stimulus for research, innovation and development. Delivering a trusted…

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Call for papers – IIW Commission X meeting at HERA House, 12 – 13 March 2018

We’d like to invite researchers and practising engineers to submit abstracts for presentation at the upcoming meeting of the International Institute of Welding (IIW) Commission X Structural Performances of Welded Joints – Fracture Avoidance. The meeting will be held in Auckland at HERA House, 12 – 13 March 2018. The IIW is a not-for-profit organisation…

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Call for comment – Draft HERA Public Policy Position 2017

HERA advocates on behalf of our members where we feel we can make an informed contribution – and this is in R&D and industry development. And as a result, we’ve put together a comprehensive policy position document aimed at informing decision makers and in particular the new government on what we believe is important to…

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Update – AS/NZS 1554.3:2014 A1 Structural steel welding – Part 3: welding of reinforcing steel amendment

In May 2015, Standards Australia was alerted to the fact that the 2014 editions within the AS/NZS 1554 suite contained material that was included without adherence to their standards development processes. This Amendment applies to Clauses 1.4.13, 1.4.15.1, 1.4.15.2, 3.3.2, 3.3.3, 4.7.3, 5.6, 6.1, 6.5 and 7.3.3, Tables 3.2, 3.3, 4.6(B), 4.7.1(B), 4.7.5, 4.11(A), 4.12.2(A)…

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Notice – Welding of non-AS/NZS steels to AS/NZS 1554.1

When steel merchants aren’t able to supply parent materials to a preferred AS or AS/NZS specification fabricators will face the need to weld structural steel manufactured to an overseas standard. This steel is often referred to as “alternative” steel or “not-prequalified” as it isn’t referenced in the welding standard AS/NZS 1554.1. While the standard allows…

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HERA submission – low-emissions economy issues paper

The New Zealand Productivity Commission – an independent Crown entity – called for an in-depth inquiry into the issue of New Zealand’s transition to a low-emission economy and how it can meet its Paris agreement targets. HERA, as the industry research association of the heavy metals-based fabrication and manufacturing industry, is primarily engaged in the…

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Call for comment – revision of draft AS/NZS 2980 Welder Quality Standard

AS/NZS 2980, our most widely used welder qualification standard, is up for revision. The draft for public comment can be accessed at the Standards NZ website. The draft is reflects the inevitable process of moving away from local standards to the ISO standards; in this case to ISO 9606-1:2012, Approval testing of welders—Fusion welding, Part…

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Notice – MBIE consultation: building code verification method B1/VM1 update and proposed loop bar ban

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is proposing several amendments to B1/VM1, and it’s important that you have your say in these changes as they’ll affect our steel industry.   They intend to: Update Verification Method for B1 Structure (B1/VM1) to cite the latest version of NZS 3101:2006 Concrete Structures Standard: Part 1 – The…

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Call for interest – Join our HERA Industry Advisory Panel and make a difference!

HERA is seeking expressions of interest from members who would like to be on an Advisory Panel for heavy engineering industry development. This objective of this panel will be to provide sound advice and counsel on the future direction for general heavy engineering such as in the petrochemical, marine or transport industry (but with lesser…

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Calls for comment – SNZ TS 3404:2017 Durability requirements for steel structures and components

In August 2017, a SCNZ-led standard development committee, which HERA also takes part in, was established to develop a new technical specification for steel corrosion protection. Superseding NZS 3404.1:2009 Chapter 5 Corrosion Protection, the new stand-alone technical specification SNZ TS 3404:2017 Durability requirements for steel structures and components will be developed into a document that keeps abreast…

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Call for attendees – #MIC2017: delivering the goods on options for conformity

The factor of safety (FoS), also known as (and used interchangeably with) safety factor (SF), is the ratio between the nominal and the design load carrying capacity of a structural member or system. The factor of safety ensures that the probability of the actual resistance falling below the design resistance is sufficiently low. The magnitude…

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Update – Revised rules to transition arrangements for IIW qualifications

HERA is the Authorised National Body (ANB) for personnel qualification for New Zealand under the system of the International Institute of Welding (IIW). To provide a smooth transition from the national to the international (IIW) qualification system, a national ANB has been allowed to issue IIW diplomas to professionals who have relevant work experience, and…