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Video – The hard hat of the future…

Augmented reality display offers endless work and safety possibilities.

Imagine if your workers were able to tell what a portion of a structure was made of, inside and out, just by looking at it. Imagine if they could tell precisely what was to be done with that portion of the structure and when, merely by gazing in its direction. Imagine if they could record precisely what they were doing on site, as they were doing it. And imagine if their toolbox talk and safety briefing data flashed before their eyes whenever they fell upon a known hazard.

Sounds futuristic, right? But with the augmented reality hard hat from Daqri, such possibilities are just a sizeable investment away.

“What the Daqri Smart Helmet allows the worker to do is take work instructions and augment data or information right on top of the actual work environment,” says Daqri president Andy Lowery in the accompanying video.

Take a glimpse of the future here.

Video – Is this a world first…?

Mall demolition captured by Google Glass.

We have all charted the rise and rise of the demolition video from early camcorders to time-lapse, mobile phone footage to GoPro films. But here, quite possibly, is a world first – Demolition shot by Google Glass.

The Google Glass system effectively puts a huge amount of computing power into a pair of glasses, providing the wearer with a heads-up display of incoming messages, augmented reality visuals, and even the ability to take photos and shoot video with nothing but a gesture.

As far as we know, this is the first time this has been used to shoot demolition footage and, admittedly, the content of the film is not great. But just imagine this inconspicuous power in the hands of a safety inspector or a site auditor. Big Brother will be watching…and he’ll be wearing glasses!

Video – Dutch truck plant demolition…

Timelapse film of part of Scania’s famous Zwolle facility being demolished.

The following film – which shows the demolition of part of truck manufacturer Scania’s famous Zwolle factory in the Netherlands – condenses two and a half months of demolition into just two minutes.

Coupled with a suitably epic soundtrack, and this film is well worth a viewing:

Timelapse Demolition Tijlgebouw Scania Zwolle, the Netherlands from The Timewriters on Vimeo.

Video – Now here’s something you don’t see every day…

Stanley hydraulic breaker sinks to new depths.

Safety goggles? Check. Safety gloves? Check. Dust suppression? Check. Safety boots? Erm, no…flippers!

This highly unusual video shows a hand-held Stanley breaker being used to carry out a spot of underwater demolition at the bottom of the Caribbean Sea.

Nice work if you can get it!

Return to the Dead Pool…

Andrew Connolly Demolition in liquidation…again.

DemolitionNews is receiving multiple reports that Accrington-based Andrew Connolly Demolition has once again slipped into liquidation.

The company’s founder Andrew Connolly has led something of a chequered life over the past few years. In December 2012, he was disqualified from company directorship following an investigation by The Insolvency Service into the dealings of his previous company Connolly Demolition Limited (Demolition) which fell into liquidation in 2010. However, Connolly subsequently fought that ruling and won, allowing him to take control of the reformed Andrew Connolly Demolition company.

Leicester council HQ faces controlled collapse…

Councillors reveal details of planned demolition method.

leicester ccLeicester City Council’s former headquarters will be demolished using a “controlled collapse”, it has been confirmed.

The two tower blocks on New Walk, which were closed after being ruled unsafe, will be brought down in the new year.

It follows a 10 week investigation to establish the safest method of demolishing the office buildings.

The authority said the controlled blast would bring the “blocks down into their own footprint in a matter of seconds”.

The offices, a large landmark building in the city centre, were handed over in July to demolition firm DSM, which has since been carrying out preparatory works at the site.

Testing found other possible methods of demolition – including gradual dismantling – would be impractical because of the decaying state of the building.

Read more here.

Jobs – New roles going Downwell…

Kent-based contractor becomes the latest on the recruitment bandwagon.

It is a sure sign that the industry is on the rise when demolition companies open the recruitment floodgates to replenish and expand workforces impacted by the recent recession.

Following the mass recruitment drive by TDS yesterday comes Kent-based Downwell Demolition which is seeking to strengthen its team in London and the South East.

In particular, the company is seeking:

• Site Supervisor/Foreman
• 360 Excavator Operator

If you have the requisite experience, qualifications and skills to pay the bills, please send your CV to Sarah Clark ( for your chance to join the company’s team.

Video – Ling Group’s sea battle…

Kent-based contractor tackles Folkestone Harbour pilot house in this exclusive video.

Kent-based Ling Group is in advanced stages of demolishing the iconic Pilot House that once guided commercial shipping into and out of Folkestone Harbour.

In this exclusive DemolitionNews video – brought to you by our new video sponsor Regal Gentleman – we take a look at some of the Volvo excavators that are paving the way to the rejuvenation of the seaside town.

To read the full story of this epic sea battle, please look out for the next edition of the Demolition magazine; a publication so hot it should carry and R rating.

Jobs – Multiple vacancies at TDS…

Technical Demolition Services hits the recruitment trail HARD!

004As part of Technical Demolition Services Ltd continued expansion in the North West and wider UK demolition market, the company is looking to recruit key personnel in order to strengthen its office and site based activities.

Vacancies exist for the following:

• Contracts Director
• Estimator/Bid Manager
• Junior Marketing Assistant
• Contracts Managers
• Site Supervisors
• Machine Operators
• Asbestos Manager
• Asbestos Supervisor
• Asbestos Operatives (CAT 1)
• Demolition Operatives

Applicants must be experienced within the demolition industry and must hold all relevant training certification/cards.

Please email your CV to or post you details to Julie Hitchen, Technical Demolition Services Ltd, 17 Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, Wirral. CH41 6AX

Residents raise dust concerns…

GBM allays asbestos fears but dust concerns remain.

Concerns about asbestos at a demolition site in Hounslow have been allayed by a public watchdog.

Householders living beside Hounslow House, in London Road, were concerned the highly toxic material was present in dust covering their balconies and windowsills.

But the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told getwestlondon: “Asbestos present was removed under license prior to demolition commencing and was completed last year.”

The HSE had halted destruction at the site in July after the partial collapse of an office block sent rubble crashing into Hounslow bus garage next door.

But the watchdog allowed work to resume at the site a fortnight ago after more stringent safety measures were put in place by GBM UK, which is carrying out the work. The HSE is still investigating the cause of the collapse.

Despite the new safety measures, residents say there is still too little being done to prevent their properties being blanketed with dust from the site.

Bernard Zieja, who lives in Aces Court, overlooking the work, said there was so much dust people were reluctant to open their windows or use their balconies.

“I think that the dust protection measures undertaken by GBM UK are inadequate and we are not protected enough from the dust,” said the photographer.

“I think we should be separated from the demolition site by a tall scaffolding covered by protective curtains. I have seen this done in central London and I wonder why this is not being bone here in Hounslow.”

A spokeswoman for the HSE said complaints about dust were a matter for Hounslow Council, which has already warned GBM UK about carrying out noisy work outside permitted hours.

Read more here.

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