NDA announces 2009 Convention programme…

The National Demolition Association has announced the schedule of events for its 36th Annual Convention to be held April 4-8, 2009 at Walt Disney World’s Swan and Dolphin Resort®, Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Frank Addeman, Vice President of Walt Disney Imagineering, will speak on Monday April 6 about that creation of the Walt Disney World resort and what goes on behind the scenes to maintain it.

Educational breakout sessions on Tuesday April 7 will be on the topics of the emergency response to the I-35W bridge collapse in the Twin Cities and the subsequent cleanup; the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program and how demolition plays an important role; and the issues and obstacles inherent in succession planning.

On Wednesday April 8, a presentation will be made by Michael Casbon of Brandenburg Industrial Service Co., Chicago, and chairperson of the National Demolition Association’s Safety Committee, on the BP Texas City refinery disaster.

The exhibit hall of the Annual Convention, which is the largest exhibition of demolition equipment and services in the world, is open Sunday April 5 through Tuesday April 7.

There is still space remaining in the 100,000-sq.-ft. exhibit hall. Prospective exhibitors can contact the Association at info@demolitionassociation.com or at 800-541-2412.

New issue of PDI out now…

The latest issue of Professional Demolition International (PDI) is out now and available to read online by clicking here.

Demolition News endorsed by EDA…

The European Demolition Association, which represents more than 1,000 members across the European Union and beyond, has endorsed the Demolition News magazine.

The magazine is now available through the EDA website.

Demolition dolphin watch…

With its blue skies and sandy beaches, Florida must seem like the ideal place in which to earn a living as a demolition contractor. But while the thought of being surrounded by bikini-clad lovelies straight from the set of Baywatch holds a certain appeal, even this idyllic location brings with it certain unforeseen challenges.

The online edition of the Tampa Bay Newspaper reports that demolition crews conducting underwater demolition work at John’s Pass had to set in place an exclusion zone….for dolphins!

Read the full story here.

People power halts Aussie demolition…

Frustrated residents who use Kital Road bridge near Allora in Australia gathered yesterday before 6am to halt the crossing’s demolition. The bridge was closed yesterday awaiting demolition but this has now been delayed until further notice because of the residents’ actions.

Full story here.

Awards’ judging panel announced…

The judging panel for the D&Ri demolition awards has now been largely confirmed following a meeting between D&Ri and the European Demolition Association at the end of last week. It was agrees that the panel for this, and subsequent annual Award events, will include the three senior office-holders of the EDA – the president, vice president and past president – in addition to other leading industry figures. This means that in 2009, Yves Canessa (president), Giuseppe Panseri (vice president) and Jan Brandis (past president) will make up the EDA contribution to the judging for the 2009 Demolition Awards to be held in Amsterdam on 6th November 2009.

These three will be joined by seven other leading figures from the demolition industry around the world. From the UK will come Howard Button, chief executive of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) and John Woodward, newly elected vice president of the Institute of Demolition Engineers. From Germany will come Walter Werner, president of the Deutscher Abbruchverband (German Demolition Association). From the Netherlands comes Kees de Groot, president of Babex, the Dutch demolition association, and from Denmark comes Henrik Bonneson, a consultant working with COWI. French explosive demolition specialist Pierre Burgeure has also been approached to join the panel.

Finally, the North American industry will also be represented on the panel through the presence of William Moore of Brandenburg Industrial Service and past president of the NDA.

Further information can also be found here

Cooling towers tumble…

Demolition News – First-Ever Issue

The first ever issue of the Demolition News magazine is available for free download now.

From here, you can read the magazine online (click open the publication and the use the arrows at the outer left and right-hand sides to turn the pages; click on a page or photo to zoom) or simply print it for reading at your leisure.

We trust that you will enjoy this first-ever issue and look forward to receiving your comments and feedback in due course.

Flipped excavator hits wrong building…

An excavator trying to demolish a New England home flipped over Monday afternoon, crashing into the backside of another home.

Read the story and see the photo here.

Demolition builder inundated…

A builder who demolished his handiwork after a customer did not pay has had more than £3m of unpaid bills registered on his website.

Nigel Gray set up a website roguecustomer.com after he knocked down a £15,000 porch and conservatory in Shoreham, West Sussex when the tenant missed deadlines for payment.

Read the full story here.