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General Manager Structural Systems Stephen Hicks moving on to exciting new role

After 11 years at HERA, we’d like to let our membership and industry know that our General Manager Structural Systems Stephen Hicks will be heading back to the UK to pursue a career as Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Warwick. Stephen came to us from the Steel Construction Institute (SCI). He’d been…

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What’s the strategy for 2020?

What the heck is HERA about and what’s our plan for the future? Two very good questions – and we’re excited to tell you the answer! Because for the first time, we’re releasing our strategy publicly. We’re doing this because we are really focused on building a tribe within our industry. We want to create…

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Call for information – Request for steel floor deck data for new composite beam design software

Our metals industry should be driven to make steel the material of choice for designers. A way we can achieve that, is by simplifying the design process through the use of electronic tools and guides. The current market share for steel in construction is 50% nationally. We’ve had particular success in warehouses and multi-storey office…

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Meet Jing Cao – a Structural Engineer driven to solve problems from a young age

It’s amazing what you get to learn about someone when you take the time to sit down and really chat. My latest catch up with our Senior Structural Engineer Jing Cao was no different! Growing up in Shanghai China – I think Jing was destined to be an engineer. Although as a youngster he was an…

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Notice –B1/VM1 Amendment 17 and B2/AS1 Amendment 10 published

Back in August we called for comments from our members on MBIE’s proposed changes to B1/VM1 and B2/AS1. Three months later – we’re pleased to report these amendments have now been published. Over the last 9 months, HERA have worked closely with SCNZ and MBIE to exploit the significant investment that has been made in…

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Call for attendance – free seminar for designers on cost effective fire solutions for steel structures

Fire design techniques for steel structures have progressed rapidly in recent years. Epitomised in the new Australasian multi-storey composite building design standard AS/NZS 2327:2017, where latest advances in fire design for composite concrete/steel structure components is comprehensively presented. That’s why in collaboration with the Auckland Structural Group (ASG) we’re supporting Holmes Technical Director Dr Linus…

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Solving the housing crisis with a sustainable light steel framing multi-storey building option

The Greater Auckland region is facing a housing crisis that requires greater urban density to help fix it. That’s why our Structural Systems team has been conducting innovative research on a light steel framing (LSF) multi-storey building solution. An approach that answers the Auckland Unitary Plan’s calls to action to house a growing population. While…

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Assessing the NZ metals industry against the living standards framework

Oct32018 We’re proud to report that our NZ metals industry is an early adopter of the living standards framework in terms of assessing where we sit across the four capitals of human, social, natural and physical/financial. HERA commissioned Business and Economic Research Limited (BERL) to prepare this report – because it’s important to understand how…

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Update – removal of conflict with latest national standards including AS/NZS 5131 and NZS 3404.1

Working with the Building System Performance (BSP) branch of MBIE, the New Zealand Standards Approval Board has revoked NZS 3404.1:2009. This development will eliminate the conflict that has existed with other standards and provide a clear signal about which version of NZS 3404.1 should be used to support regulatory compliance. It’s important that designers, building…

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Page Macrae Engineering’s Peter Swan talks innovation!

Aug282018 We’ve been on a quest to help our members become more Innovation READY. Developing a bespoke course focused on arming them with the tools and understanding to implement innovation strategies into their organisations. So of course, when Page Macrae signed up their Business Development Manager Peter Swan to attend, we knew we had to…

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New floor product ComFlor SR now available for the NZ market via Steel & Tube

Every day, we’re driven to solve our members problems. So, when the opportunity to work with Steel & Tube came up to help develop their new construction product – we jumped! We spent 18 months driving R&D focused on getting their new composite slab product ComFlor SR market ready. Providing design of the test specimens,…

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Call for comment – MBIE consultation for proposed changes to B1/VM1 and B2/AS1

Over the last six months, HERA have worked closely with SCNZ and MBIE to get value from the significant investment made in developing the new composite design standard (AS/NZS 2327) and durability technical specification (NZS TS 3404) by having them referenced in B1/VM1 and B2/AS1 of the New Zealand Building Code. It’s important that you…