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"Use it or lose it" - Pressure Equipment Workshop 2016 - Nov 2016

The Pressure Equipment Workshop 2016 provided a unique opportunity for a diverse industry sector to meet and discuss its issues. HERA Director Dr Wolfgang Scholz consulted with industry representatives on the future of the industry and presented its findings in the Opening Address...

ACRS strategic renewal

In February 2016, Australasian Certification Authority for Reinforcing and Structural Steels or ACRS asked industry and stakeholders to have their say on The Future of ACRS. HERA is represented on the Board of Directors by Structural Systems General Manager Dr Stephen Hicks who reports on this exercise...

The Pressure Equipment Workshop 2016 - A tremendous success!

The 2nd Pressure Equipment Workshop was held on 14th October in Auckland covering the diverse aspects of the industry from design to fabrication, to ongoing operation which are all tied together by the legal framework governing the industry...

HERA and Maori Trust plan for a Geothermal Paradise

HERA is proud to announce that we have recently entered into a partnership with Rotorua based Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust group to jointly develop their geothermal resource for commercial opportunities...

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Ultrasonic Testing Lvl 1

Ultrasonic Testing (UT) uses high frequency sound waves to detect imperfections or changes in properties within materials - and can be used for flaw detection/evaluation, dimensional measurements/thickness determination, material characterisation, inspection of metallic and non-metallic materials, and more...

Magnetic Particle Lvl 2

Magnetic Particle inspection is used to identify surface and near surface discontinuities in ferromagnetic materials such as steel and iron. The technique uses the principle that magnetic lines of force (flux) will be distorted by the presence of a discontinuity. Discontinuities (for example, cracks) are located from the flux distortion following the application of fine magnetic particles to the area under test. ..

Liquid Penetrant Testing Lvl 2

In Liquid Penetrant the test object or material is coated with a visible or fluorescent dye solution. The excess dye is removed from the surface and a developer which acts like a blotter is applied drawing penetrant out of imperfections open to the surface. With visible dyes, the vivid colour contrast between the penetrant and the developer is used. With fluorescent dyes an ultraviolet lamp is used to make the ‘bleed out’ fluoresce brightly allowing the imperfection to be seen readily...

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HERA Publication P4001:2013 - Seismic Design of Eccentrically Braced Frames
HERA and SCNZ launched HERA Publication P4001:2013 - Seismic Design of Eccentrically Braced Frames. Order the guide from HERA HERE.

HERA Report R4-100 Update 
The Structural Steelwork Connections Guide HERA Report R4-100 is superseded by SCNZ Report 14:2007 Steel Connect Structural Steel Connections Guide. Contact SCNZ.

 

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Industry policy direction for building product conformance enforced
HERA Director reports on the findings from members responses to endorse or reject a draft policy statement on building product conformance enforcement... Read more

HERA Director's “Factory of the Future” Study Tour Report Now Available for Download

HERA Report R5-58 Factories of the Future – Impressions from a Study Tour to Germany showcasing advanced manufacturing technologies employed in industry there as a case study for the next industrial revolution is available HERE.

HERA commissioned BERL review of Gov't sourcing rules & tender evaluation tool
Read HERA-commissioned BERL int'l literature review HERE. To download BERL Tender Evaluation Tool, click HERE.

New Greenstar steel credit for New Zealand
The new steel credit was published 1st September in the NZ Green Building Council (NZGBC) web site allowing greater recognition of responsible sourcing and the reduction of environmental impacts from using structural steel. Read more...

HERA Notice: What You Must Know if Considering Importing Seismic Resisting Fabricated Steel Structures
HERA has formulated a comprehensive notice advising on achieving compliance of imported fabricated steel within NZ's regulatory framework. Download it HERE.

HERA Geothermal Capability Register now available
The HERA-produced R5-35 Geothermal Capability Register showcases NZ companies with experience in renewable geothermal energy production. Download the document HERE or email to order.