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New service available to HERA members interested in automation of welding fabrication

Last month our Welding Research Engineer Holger Heinzel spent two weeks at the University of Wollongong (UoW) Facility for Intelligent Fabrication (FIF) gaining hands on experience on the latest technology. It’s valuable insight that we can’t wait to bring to our membership! Whilst there Holger explored 3D scanning, virtual-reality assisted fabrication planning, CAD data driven…

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Diversity dissonance – broaching a taboo topic

It’s not often you’d expect a heavy engineering research association to talk homelessness to their membership. But, having recently discovered that three homeless people were sleeping in the undercover area at the back of HERA House – here we are. The discovery led to some really challenging discussions amongst HERA House tenants on how to…

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Stand up and move: is sitting the new smoking or bacon?

Sitting for long periods is thought to slow the metabolism, which affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and break down body fat. This makes it a serious health and safety consideration with emerging awareness of its impacts. A range of studies show growing evidence for the serious consequences of pro-longed sitting.…

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The ‘Sky’ is not the limit – R&D into the feasibility of a Skycycle project in Auckland

The world is full of congested cities and Auckland is one of them. Public transport is a main issue and cycling on dedicated cycle paths is suggested as a solution by many including interest groups, city councils and governments. Moving into the age of electric bikes and scooters you’d think large cycle path acceptance by…

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Flashback project: the beauty of steel at Te Rewa Rewa – Novare Design | Fitzroy Engineering

Te Rewa Rewa iconic bridge design and development Client: New Plymouth District Council Duration: 2007 – 2010 Location: Taranaki, New Zealand Project value: NZD $2.85 million   Novare designed an iconic pedestrian and cycle way bridge that achieved economy and beauty simultaneously. Not only has this footbridge become a strong community symbol and tourist attraction…

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R&D on expert design tool now complete via Scholarship Recipient Shoulong Dong

After three years of support, HERA Foundation is pleased to report the close out of Scholarship Recipient Shoulong Dong’s doctoral project. Shoulong’s R&D was focused on the development of an online engineering framework to aid engineers and researchers to carry out preliminary design exercises and performance evaluation. Developing an Expert Design Tool (EDT) as part…

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Notice – Welding consumable levy increase due to come into effect 1 February 2019

We’re pleased to announce that the Heavy Engineering Research Levy Notice 2018 has now been published and listed on the legislation.govt.nz website. This means a levy increase from 5c to 10c per kilogram of welding consumables is due to come into effect on 1 February 2019. We want to thank everyone who responded to our…

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Update – Establishing new brittle fracture provisions for the Australasian steel structure standards

In order to ensure in-service safety of steel structures, design engineers need to select steel grades that will remain ductile under the imposed conditions that include in-service loadings, fabrication induced conditions, seismic actions and service temperatures. To achieve this, we’ve developed a new procedure to select steel grades manufactured to Australian and New Zealand standards…

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HERA’s qualification, training and certification services successfully achieve the highest standards in a recent IIW audit

In December last year, our qualification, training and certification services underwent an external audit by expert assessors from the International Institute of Welding (IIW). Attended by IIW’s Mr Henk Bodt from Netherlands and Mr Shoichi Nomura of Japan, these auditors assessed our training facilities. They also visited our member D&H Steel Construction, who were the first…