Oil and gas activity continues around New Zealand – from preliminary seismic surveys to exploration and development drilling. Most activity still centres on Taranaki, either onshore or offshore, but some is scheduled near the top and bottom of the country.
Tauranga's Callum Riddington has won the Baldwins supreme award at Bright Sparks 2014 for his invention, Kiwi Drones. Kiwi Drones is a control system for a working drone. It includes GPS mission plotting, stability control and a super-friendly user interface. Callum designed it all from scratch.
HP unveiled its Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology in October. Derived from a combination of existing inkjet and fusion processes, the firm aims to introduce the first printers in the second half of 2016. Pricing is not available but they will be targeted at enterprises and service bureaus, not consumers.
Scientists from the University of Auckland’s Bioengineering Institute (ABI) are collaborating with the Fraunhofer Institute in Stuttgart, Germany to create human exoskeletons that will reduce workplace injury and assist stroke patients.
The Maintenance Engineering Society (MESNZ) wrapped up a busy and fruitful year with the most successful national conference seen by maintenance engineers yet. A record 200 people attended this year’s SKF sponsored Hamilton event.
While 140,000 people are gaining skills through industry training every year, New Zealand’s ‘skills gap’ is predicted to widen. That gap, between supply of and demand for, skilled workers could slow productivity and stall economic growth.
While LED, or light emitting diode, technology has been around for 90 years, only within the last decade has the technology become cost effective and able to produce the brighter and whiter light necessary for the home market.