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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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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 papers – IIW Commission X meeting at HERA House, 12 – 13 March 2018

We’d like to invite researchers and practising engineers to submit abstracts for presentation at the upcoming meeting of the International Institute of Welding (IIW) Commission X Structural Performances of Welded Joints – Fracture Avoidance. The meeting will be held in Auckland at HERA House, 12 – 13 March 2018. The IIW is a not-for-profit organisation…

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Notice – MBIE consultation: building code verification method B1/VM1 update and proposed loop bar ban

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is proposing several amendments to B1/VM1, and it’s important that you have your say in these changes as they’ll affect our steel industry.   They intend to: Update Verification Method for B1 Structure (B1/VM1) to cite the latest version of NZS 3101:2006 Concrete Structures Standard: Part 1 – The…

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Call for attendees – #MIC2017: delivering the goods on options for conformity

The factor of safety (FoS), also known as (and used interchangeably with) safety factor (SF), is the ratio between the nominal and the design load carrying capacity of a structural member or system. The factor of safety ensures that the probability of the actual resistance falling below the design resistance is sufficiently low. The magnitude…

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HERA mourns the loss of Associate Professor John Butterworth

We’re saddened to share the passing of University of Auckland’s Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering John Butterworth. Passing away after a long illness on 4 September – we wanted to share our condolences with his family and friends and acknowledge the contributions he’s made to our industry. Graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering…

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A major milestone struck in our seismic testing on stainless

We’re pleased to announce that the first test on stainless steel connection was successfully performed 28 July 2017 at the University of Auckland’s testing lab. Answering what we believe is a growing industry necessity to understand the behaviour of structural stainless steel connections under severe seismic load. For HERA it’s an area where we currently…