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Call for attendees – Steel Research Panel’s strategy workshop 2016

In the recent Steel Research Panel’s annual workshop, HERA agreed to launch quarterly workshops focused on the 5-to-10 year strategy for New Zealand steel research. Based on the themes of fire, seismic, robustness/reliability and productivity – the first one-day workshop is now confirmed to be held at HERA House on 14th November on the theme of FIRE.…

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Building new relationships with Maori Trust

HERA Senior Research Engineer and AGGAT Programme Manager Dr. Boaz Habib recently met with representatives of Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust in Rotorua to discuss plans for a new geothermal project. This relationship will see us designing a heat distribution system using heat sources from geothermal bores to help the Trust in creating a modern complex of…

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Steel industry ups it’s game by making quality certification compulsory

The Steel Fabricator Certification (SFC) scheme continues to grow strongly with the latest group of three structural steel fabricators to achieve certification recognised at the Steel Construction New Zealand (SCNZ) AGM in Napier on 16 September. Since SFC’s introduction, 23 fabricators – representing 75 percent of New Zealand’s structural steel output – have become certified.…

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Collaboration with SKF for AGGAT turbo-generator research progresses further

Our international alliance with S2M-SKF progressed further last month when HERA Research Engineer Dr. Lei Chen visited SKF representatives in Vernon, France. The meeting was to present our latest work on turbine design and integration with SKF magnetic bearings and outline next steps in our collaborative research. HERA will be making modifications to the turbine…

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Pursuing IP commercialisation for promising seismic damage resistant system for modular steel structures

HERA has recently made a decision to assist the commercialisation for a seismic damage-resistant system for modular steel structures developed by Dr. John Jing in his PhD thesis. He’s received this opportunity through a HERA research scholarship fund, starting his PhD study in 2009. Supervised by Prof Charles Clifton, he has developed a base isolation…

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Local apprentice demonstrates skills to win new industry award

Congratulations to the first SCNZ inaugural ‘Apprentice of the Year Award’ recipient Red Steel’s Thomas Forbes! Red Steel is valued member of ours and steel fabricator company so it was great to see one of their staff members take out this apprentice award. The Award was announced during a gala dinner following SCNZ’s AGM and conference…

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Christchurch wins 2020 International Structural Engineering Congress

The city of Christchurch will host the International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) Congress in September 2020. The prestigious five-day event, to be held at the new Convention Centre, is expected to attract 550 delegates from around the world, with an estimated economic benefit of $1.2 million for Christchurch. The bid was put…

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AGGAT research makes its mark in Belfast

Our AGGAT engineers Dr. Lei Chen and Dr. Haiam Abbas attended and presented at the recently held third consecutive Engine Organic Rankine Cycle Consortium (EORCC) workshop 2016 in Belfast, North Ireland. The conference attracted more than 100 representatives both from university and industry sectors of the Organic Rankine Cycle technology, 44 researchers, including four keynote…