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Resource – HERA report shows adoption of construction 4.0 worth $8 billion

Industry 4.0 is driving an unprecedented transformation across global industry, as new technologies promise to save time, boost productivity, reduce waste, expand business models, and be more responsive to fast-changing environments and consumer demands. While companies have the opportunity to position themselves at the forefront of this new Industry 4.0 wave, they can struggle to…

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Resource – the potential business and economic benefits of Construction 4.0 in NZ

HERA has identified a need for greater uptake of Industry 4.0 technologies to improve productivity in the construction industry. At the same time, we are also building our own capabilities in Industry 4.0 focusing on Construction 4.0, in particular in what we have coined “Fabrication 4.0”,”Sustainability 4.0” and “Monitoring 4.0”. We have already previously announced…

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Seismic research program improving optimisation of welded structures

Steel structures performed exceptionally well during the February 22, 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Such earthquake performance confirms that steel is the ultimate low-damage solution for modern multi-story buildings and structures. The performance also showed that the applicable New Zealand design and fabrication standards are safe – even though some minor damage in steel structures were reported…

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HERA Foundation supporting the optimisation of welded connections

HERA Foundation PhD scholarship recipient’s Hafez Taheri’s research topic is part of a long-term HERA research program managed by the New Zealand Welding Centre. Its program leader, our General Manager of Fabrication 4.0, Dr Michail Karpenko, explains the underlying strategic objectives of this research and why the Foundation contribution is so valuable: “New Zealand’s major…

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Resource – Living Standards Framework report update and infographic for bid documentation

HERA is pleased to report the release of our updated Living Standards Framework assessment and supporting resources. This comes following our work which started in 2018 when we commissioned BERL to assess the metal industry’s contribution to the NZ economy using the Living Standards Framework (LSF). That was a pivotal publication as it was the…

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Notice – exploring Industry 4.0 opportunity for construction

Aotearoa New Zealand’s construction industry reached over $15 billion in 2019, making it a major contributor to GDP and employment, as well as developer of critical national infrastructure. Despite this, it’s an industry that requires radical transformation and has long been criticised for its low productivity, inefficiencies, and contribution to New Zealand’s carbon emissions. It requires…

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Ep. 46 | Ceinwen McNeil & Matt Bishop – the new age of engineering

May262021 Listen on iTunes Listen on Spotify Listen on PodBean 24 May 2021 | Ep.46 – The new age of engineering in construction In this episode of Stirring the Pot we’re talking with BVT Engineering’s CEO Ceinwen McNeil and Founder & Managing Director, Matt Bishop. Together they’re a dynamic leadership duo driven to continuously improve,…

FY21 AGM launches new initiatives from HERA

Having just held our Annual General Meeting last week – we’re pleased to report that FY21 was a celebratory year full of validation. Covid-19 proved that our focus on preparing our industry for digital disruption was justified… we just didn’t anticipate it would be for a global pandemic! MBIE’s focus on  Building For Climate Change and…

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Ep. 42 | John Cole – The intersection between Mātauranga Māori and Construction 4.0

Mar312021 Listen on Spotify Listen on iTunes Listen on PodBean 31 March 2021 | Ep.42 – The intersection between Mātauranga Māori and Construction 4.0 In this episode of Stirring the Pot we invite University of Auckland Engineering & Law Student John Cole from Episode 41, back into the studio. This time exploring the intersection between…

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Is there a welder shortage in New Zealand?

The global welder shortage is a growing and well-known phenomenon. A recent article – Global welder shortage – viewpoints from three continents asked for the opinions of specialists in three continents on this topic. Their insight on welder shortages were as follows: Welders are more in demand than ever, The manufacturing industry will continue being…