communication

Update – Member survey: our new communication walk, talk and feel

Now more than ever, we know that delivering value doesn’t simply stop at the ‘doing’ stage – it also needs to be effectively communicated and shared with our members so we can spark conversation, bring insight and drive a future focused metals industry. That’s why, a specific section of our member survey concentrated on understanding…

pressure-equipment

Call for attendees – Second NZ pressure equipment workshop ‘working together’

HERA and the Pressure Equipment Workshop committee invite the New Zealand pressure equipment community to the Second New Zealand Pressure Equipment Workshop. This workshop will benefit designers, fabricator, inspectors, vendors, regulators, owners and operators. The goals for the workshop are: Sharing technical information, innovation and practical experiences Provide guidance and feedback for the application and…

quenching-tempering

Notice – Welding procedures for high strength quenched and tempered steel

“Quenched and tempered” (Q&T) steels for welded structures and pressure vessels provide enhanced hardness and strength properties compared to “regular” steels while maintaining adequate ductility, weldability and toughness. Steel manufacturers obtain these properties by using low alloy chemistries, heat treatment and controlled rolling. The regular structural grades of steel are designated by the specification, grade…

stress

Notice – Proposed new fatigue design provisions for the forthcoming AS/NZS 5100.6

A regular enquiry received by HERA has been the application of fatigue design in steel bridges. On one hand, some designers have had trouble interpreting the current design rules; whilst on the other, many fabricators have expressed concerns on more expensive butt welds being specified for fatigue details where this might not be entirely necessary.…

building-construction-cranes

Update – Industry policy direction for building product conformance endorsed

During the last month, HERA asked members to endorse or reject a draft policy statement that “all critical building work independent of building material should be required to have reliable third party verification enforced by the MBIE-driven regulatory framework”. With the support of SCNZ, HERA described a pathway for a joint journey to get to…

mbie-auckland

Update – Complaints about non-compliant building products

In response to recent media coverage involving allegations that some building products are unfit for purpose or non-compliant with the Building Code, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has established a dedicated email address to collect product complaints for analysis and investigation. Even though a number of concerns have been raised in the…

calculator

Resource – SCI publication of free online software for floor vibration

SCI has recently released an online based calculator for floor dynamic response prediction. Compared with the manual method proposed in SCI P354, the calculator investigates the floor vibration using finite element analysis of regular grids. For irregular floor grids, existing tools such as the Oasys design software should still be used. The online tool covers…

acrs-logo

Update – ACRS new developments for certificates of compliance

The Australasian Certification Authority for Reinforcing and Structural Steels was founded as a not-for-profit, voluntary, third party product certification scheme in 2000 and issued its first certificates of compliance in 2003 to AS/NZS 4671 for steel reinforcing materials. ACRS now provides additionally certificates of compliance to prestressing steels and structural steels to AS/NZS Standards 4672,…