EDA Annual Convention 2018



After the DDR Forum & Expo 2017, the European Demolition Association, EDA, organized its Annual Convention 2018 on June 7-9, in Vienna (Austria), this time focusing on demolition and decontamination.

The European Demolition & Decontamination Annual Convention 2018 brings contractors, manufacturers, and associations related to these industries in Europe, to protect its interests around the continent. In previous years, EDA has highlighted demolition is every day more and more linked with other activities such as decontamination and recycling, and for this reason, in the 2018 edition, EDA changes the name of the convention by adding “decontamination”.

Conference book of the Annual Convention 2018

This publication contains of the presentations given during the event


The European Demolition & Decontamination Annual Convention 2018 is possible thanks to:






















Download the program of the event




Thursday, June 7th – Professional program

  • 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch (for participants in the workshops)
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Workshop 1: Demolition estimating, how to prepare the most qualified bid
  • 15:30 – 16:30 Workshop 2: Demolition project management: set up, implementation and closing of the job
  • 17:00 – 18:30 EDA General Assembly (for EDA members only)

Thursday, June 7th – For all participants

  • 19:00 – Welcome cocktail

Friday, June 8th – Professional program

Multilingual conference with simultaneous interpretation.

  • 9:00 – Official Opening
    Mr William Sinclair, EDA President
  • 9:15 – Conference introduction
    Mr Andreas Pocha, Chairman of the conference

9:30 – Conference session 1

  • Business intelligence about the European DDR (demolition, decontamination, and recycling) activities
    Mr. Martin Seban, IHS MARKIT
  • City-wide monitoring of demolished buildings and material quantities based on satellite images and GIS models
    Mr. Fritz Kleemann, TUWIEN
  • Case story: Extreme demolition in the heart of Munich
    Mr. Johann Ettengruber and Mr. Michael Appel, ETTENGRUBER

Coffee breaks, networking, and exhibition

11:30 – Conference session 2

  • European Construction Sector Observatory: general trends for resource and energy efficiency in construction
    Ms Olga Mala, PWC
  • IAEA considerations on decommissioning (focus on decontamination, dismantling, and demolition) of nuclear facilities
    Mr Vladimir Michal, IAEA
  • Dismantling technologies in nuclear power plants
    Mr. Jakob Walchetseder, BRAUN 

Lunch break, networking, and exhibition

14:00 – Conference session 3

  • Identification of materials (including hazardous substances) prior to demolition. The new Austrian regulation
    Ms. Julia Schimek, PORR Umwelttechnik GmbH
  • Development of a Safety Manual for demolition operations, practical materials, and better communication
    Mr Michael Casbon, ERM
  • Case story: Decontamination and demolition of petrochemical plants in South Africa
    Mr. Joe Brinkmann, JET DEMOLITION

Coffee breaks, networking, and exhibition

16:30 – Conference session 4

  • Bringing the industry together, the experience of the French Demolition Association 
    Mr. Nathanael Cornet Philippe, SNED
  • Case story: Engineering analysis and demolition modelling for the GA Dome, Atlanta
    Mr. Mahesh Raju Bailakanavar, THORTON TOMASETTI

17:30 – End of the professional program

Friday, June 8th – Leisure program

Discover Vienna, including:

  • 9:30 – Departure from the hotel
  • Citiwalk to hidden Vienna
  • Visit St. Stephan Cathedral
  • Entrance to the Spanish horse riding school
  • 13:00 – Lunch at restaurant Führich
  • Free time for visiting or shopping
  • 17:00 – Arrival at the hotel

Friday, June 8th – For all participants

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

The EDA Gala Dinner includes:

  • Welcome reception
  • Live music
  • Dinner in a unique location
  • Change of EDA President
  • The announcement of new members of the EDA Club of Honor

22:30 – the First bus departs to the hotel

Saturday, June 9th – For all participants

Visit Vienna, including

  • 9:30 – Departure from the hotel
  • Visit Schönbrunn Palace and gardens
  • 13:00 – Lunch at restaurant Residenz Schönbrunn
  • Discover the historic city at Ringstrasse
  • 17:00 – Arrival at the hotel


If this event was interesting to you, we kindly invite you to participate in EDA