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Demolition world’s first children’s book headed for best-seller list.

The children’s book – My Dad Does Demolition – has caused quite a stir. Copies have been purchased from across the world in destinations ranging from the UK, Sweden, Finland and Denmark to the US, New Zealand, Australia and Malaysia.

In fact, we’re just a few more orders away from an enforced reprint.

To avoid any delay, check out the video (below) and snap up your copy now. And don’t forget, discounts are available on orders of 50 copies or more. So if you have an active community liaison programme or are hosting children at a site open day any time soon, hit the link in the video or drop us a line:

Video – Wacker Neuson demonstrates future fuel…

Dual power excavator perfect for working inside and in zero emissions areas.

The Wacker Neuson 803 mini excavator arrives on site in much the same way as any standard mini or micro excavator, diesel power getting it off the trailer and on station ready for a day’s work. At that point, it becomes unlike any mini excavator. Rather than relying on noisy, smelly and contaminant rich diesel to power it through a working day, the 803 is hooked up to a dedicated and external electro-hydraulic drive unit, allowing it to operate completely emission-free.

The hydraulic power unit – known as the HPU8 – has been designed specifically for this applications and benefits from a compact and sturdy design and a high cooling capacity that has been tailored for the 803 machine.

And the Wacker Neuson is more than merely a showcase for some nifty power engineering. The reduced tailswing radius, 360 degree rotation of the chassis, low operating weight and compact dimensions make the machine a truly versatile workhorse that should find favour with contractors carrying out internal demolition or refurbishment works or those working in zero-emission locations such as hospitals, schools and zoos.

Read the full story here or view the machine’s walk-around video below:

Video – Sting in the tail…

Datatag targets fuel thieves with DNA for fuel.

A few months ago, we brought you an exclusive (but really badly shot) video featuring Datatag Venom, the latest weapon in the fight against fuel theft.

Well now our buddies over at Diggers and Dozers (who actually know how to drive a video camera) have taken a run at the product with far greater effect. Check out this great video below to learn more.

Jobs – Calling all CCDO supervisors…

Leading UK demolition company seeks CCDO supervisor to satisfy increased demand.

Clarke Demolition Company Ltd (CDC) has become the latest company to hit the recruitment trail.

The Suffolk-based company is on the hunt for a CCDO demolition supervisor. The successful candidate will have the following key qualifications:

  • CCDO Gold Card Supervisor/SSSTS/SMSTS
  • First Aider

For further details on this exciting job opportunity, please click here.

DDS bags Burlington House…

They think it’s all Dover; it is now.

DDS Demolition has secured the contract to demolish the Burlington House complex as part of a long awaited £60 million redevelopment in Dover.

The works, which will lead to the creation of new leisure and retail facilities, are due to start on the 6th July 2015, with some on site mobilisation occurring prior to this.

“Our clients had a very difficult task on their hands” said Jay Preece, Operations Manager, who spear-headed the tender bid “The scheme had attracted a lot of interest within the industry, and the complexities presented as a result of the location and the nature of the buildings meant that the contractor assessment process had to be robust and accurate in it’s findings. We’re pleased that our proposals, which demonstrated our ability to deliver the project, were successful”.

Developer, Bond City, said that they were delighted to be working with DDS Demolition on the scheme, and that we were selected in no small part as a result of our successful track record in carrying out the demolition of tower blocks and multi-storey car parks.

Read the full story here.

Video – Refining the implosion process…

Liberty Industrial carries out explosive demolition of Clyde Refinery infrastructure

A 65 metre tall, 1,500 tonne structure previously used in the refining process has been demolished using controlled explosive techniques.

Liberty Industrial demolished the unit as part of the Clyde Terminal Conversion Project which involves demolishing and remove redundant refining infrastructure, as well as other works to improve the environmental and operational performance of the Terminal. Liberty Industrial’s team has been systematically removing redundant infrastructure at the former Clyde Refinery in Rosehill, NSW since January.

In the lead up to this demolition event, weeks of meticulous planning and consultation was undertaken by the project management team, working closely with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Planning and WorkCover NSW.

Using state of the art risk mitigation technology, Extreme Loading for Structures demolition simulation software, the team were able to demonstrate to key stakeholders how the structure would react prior to executing the task.

Explosives were used to fragment four of the structure’s seven reinforced concrete foundations and forcing the structure to hinge over the remaining supports, collapsing the structure as planned.

Protection measures were employed to reduce the disbursement of debris caused by the explosive charges. Measures included both at source and secondary protection in the form of conveyor belting, chain link fencing and geotextile preventing damage to nearby facilities.

Comprehensive planning, careful engineering and precise preparation delivered a successful outcome for Liberty Industrial’s project team, with the structure safely grounded in a matter of seconds.

Project Manager, David Wall, said the success of this latest Induced collapse is a credit to the whole team.

“Everyone played their part, from the oxy cutters who methodically carried out the structural pre- weakening to the explosives specialists – it’s a pleasure to work with such committed and professional individuals” he said.

Planning and preparations are under way for future, controlled explosive demolition events.

Clyde Refinery Reactor & Stripper Structure Demolition from Liberty Industrial on Vimeo.

Comment – Why take the chance…?

Yet another bridge collapse throws spotlight onto unnecessary desire to keep roads open.

TimonThere are certain things in life that are just so ludicrously dangerous that they should require no formal risk assessment as they just scream “DON’T!” – Understating your body weight just prior to a bungee jump for example; sleeping with the wife of a Great White Shark; wasp nest piñata.

Until quite recently, I had (wrongly as it transpires) assumed that demolishing a road bridge over a road with traffic flowing beneath would likely fall into this category. Not only is it wholly avoidable – a driver frustrated by the temporary closure of a road is surely preferable to a dead driver wearing a bridge deck hat – but it is doubly risky, relying upon notoriously unpredictable bridge structures and even more unpredictable road users to behave themselves.

Yet, for all the obvious and inherent risks, this is still viewed as a viable demolition method in certain circles. And, what is remarkable about the latest example of this is that it happened in Finland.

I have been fortunate enough to visit Finland on a number of occasions. I have several Finnish friends and I am yet to meet a Finn that I don’t like (impressive given my customary warmth towards my fellow humans). And for all their controlled lunacy behind the wheel of a rally car and their passion for salted liquorice (don’t knock it till you’re tried it…then you can knock it all you like), the Finns are an eminently sensible race of people. For this latest bridge collapse to have happened in Finland goes against the national grain like the Scottish Temperance Movement; public displays of affection in England; American gun control.

As I have said on countless occasions previously, I am not a demolition expert; I am merely an interested observer and occasional commentator. But even I can see that demolishing a bridge with live traffic running beneath is akin to playing Russian roulette with five chambers loaded. And any contractor proposing this as a viable demolition method or any client countenancing such a suggestion needs training, psychiatric help or a good slap* (please delete as applicable).

Video – Straight trippin’…

Hotworks and excavators fell steelworks building.

The Frontier Industrial Corp. demolition team performs a controlled building drop at Steel Works Industrial Park in Lackawanna, New York State.

But you need to fast forward to the one minute mark to see the good stuff:

Steelworks Building Drop from Abbey Mecca on Vimeo.

Video – P&H mill laid to rest…

Long-awaited blast goes to plan; dust suppression plumes not to much.

Hundreds of people came out, braving the rain, to see the end on an era as the Parrish & Heimbecker mill was imploded yesterday.

The 105-year-old building was the first imploded structure in Saskatoon in at least 50 years. Fifty to 60 pounds of explosives were set in the ground and a 200-metre perimeter was set up around the site which was evacuated a half hour before the blast.

Water plumes that were timed to catch dust arising from the blast seemed inadequate but, thankfully, the Canadian rain stepped in to keep the dust to a minimum.

Read more here.

Saskatoon braced for Saturday blast…

Canadians on the look-oot for weekend implosion.

The remaining structure of the Parrish & Heimbecker Mill, in Saskatoon’s West Industrial area, is scheduled for demolition by explosives tomorrow at 6 am (local time).

The demolition will be performed by Winnipeg-based contractor Rakowski Cartage & Wrecking Ltd., which is a licensed blasting specialist.

“The process began this March when the City of Saskatoon issued a permit to demolish the lower structure portions of the building with the use of heavy equipment,” explains Kara Fagnou, Building Standards Director. “Because of its height, the demolition of the upper portion will need to be completed using explosives.”

A designated exclusion zone will be in place two hours prior to the blast limiting public access near the site.

Read more here.

Breaking News – Three injured in latest bridge collapse…

Bridge collapse caught on surveillance cameras.

Three workers in Ridgway, Pennsylvania, have been hurt when the bridge they were working on collapsed. The dramatic collapse was caught on surveillance video.

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