EDA Annual Convention 2016


The demolition industry is today bigger and more connected than ever before.

With associations, magazines, social networks, conferences… our industry has actively been engaging customers, contractors, suppliers, engineers and Public Administrations.

The European Demolition Association, EDA, is an active part of this global movement of our industry and is aiming now to go one step further.

For this reason and as every year, EDA celebrates a new edition of its Annual Convention.

Under the topic “Innovating together”, the EDA Annual Convention 2016 was held in Glasgow (Scotland) on June 9th – 11th 2015, in order to bring together the industry to present, debate and define the steps to take in the close future.

Best moments

Consult the conference book of the Annual Convention 2016

This publication contains the presentations given during the event

The EDA 2016 Annual Convention was possible thanks to:



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Thursday, June 9th – Professional program

The following meetings were in English only.

14:00 Workshop

  • “Assessment of Construction and Demolition Waste Streams prior to Demolition or Renovation of Buildings and Infrastructures”, presented and moderated by TECNALIA (Coordinators of HISER H2020 project and the EU Specific Contract on Pre-demolition Audit)

17: 00 EDA General Assembly

For EDA Board of Directors, delegates of National Associations and EDA members.

Thursday, June 9th – All participants

19:00 Welcome cocktail: Welcome words by Ms. Pilar de la Cruz, EDA President

Friday, June 10th – Professional program

The multilingual conference had simultaneous interpretation.

09:00 Opening by Mr. Howard Button, moderator of the conference.

09:30 Conference session 1

» How demolition is changing Glasgow

Mr. Kenny Crookston, Wheatley Group

» FISSAC Project: Fostering industrial symbiosis in the construction and demolition value chain

Ms. Angeliki Koulouri, ACR+

» Case story: Demolition of the Earls Court Exhibition Centres

Mr. Dave Rowe and Mr. Jim O’Sullivan, Keltbray

Coffee break & networking

11:30 Conference session 2

» Guidelines for safe circulation of building materials

Ms. Marianne Hedberg, the Swedish Construction Federation

» The Institute of Demolition Engineers – where we are today

Mr. Duncan Rudall, Institute of Demolition Engineers, IDE

» Removal and recycling of External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems

Mr. Ralf Pasker, European Association for External Insulation Composite Systems, EAE

» Case story: Salvage Baltic Ace project

Mr. Carsten Tromp, Jansen Group

Lunch & networking

14:15 Conference session 3

» Monitoring decontamination sites

Mr. Oliver Smith, SMH

» Preparation of the demolition of three skyscraper buildings in Cologne

Mr. Manfred Kühne, Geo experts

» Case story: Demolition of Concordia wreck at Genoa port

Mr. Vittorio Omini, F.lli Omini S.p.A.

Coffee break & networking

16:30 Conference session 4

» Advance of the EDA Industry Report

Mr. Andreas Pocha, German Demolition Association, DA

» Deconstruction of high rise buildings using tower cranes

Mr. Thorsten Hesselbein, Liebherr

» Case story: Decontamination of heavy metals

Mr. Lindsay Pepperell, ERM

18:00 End of the Conference

Friday, June 10th – Leisure program

09:00 Departure from the hotel to Edinburgh

  • Escorted walk from the New Town to Edinburgh Castle
  • Guided visit of the Edinburgh Castle
  • Lunch at the Amber Restaurant at the Scotch Whisky Experience
  • Special tour at the Hamilton and Inches Jewellers
  • Free time for visiting or shopping

17:00 Arrival at the hotel

Friday, June 10th – All participants

This was an elegant activity. The recommended dress code was black tie.

18:30 Departure for the Gala Dinner (by bus)

The Gala Dinner was held in the Trades Hall of Glasgow and it includes:

  • Civic reception offered by the Glasgow City Council
  • Change of EDA President
  • The announcement of new members of the EDA Club of Honor
  • NFDC Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Live music

The EDA 2016 Gala Dinner was possible thank to the support of LIEBHERR

22:30 First bus departs to the hotel

Saturday, June 11th – All participants

Visit Glasgow

10:00 Departure from the Hotel

Panoramic City Tour which included the following highlights:

  • Glasgow Green and the People’s Palace
  • The Botanic Gardens
  • Riverside Museum
  • Kelvingrove Museum
  • George Square and the City Chambers
  • Glasgow Cathedral

12:30 Lunch in the city center

16:00 End of the activity


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