EDA Spring Conference 2011


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

With associations, magazines, social networks, conferences… our industry is actively 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 will celebrate a new edition of its Annual Conference .

The EDA Annual Conference 2011 was held in London (UK) on June 9th – 11th 2011, in order to bring together the industry to present, debate and define the steps to take in the close future.


The Spring Conference 2011 was possible thanks to:



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Thursday, June 2nd

Professional Programme

10:00 National Associations meeting (for General Managers of associations)

12:00 Business lunch at the hotel (for General Managers of associations, members of the Technical Committee and Board members)

13:00 Technical Committee meeting (for members of the Technical Committee)

15:00 Board meeting (for Board members)


For All Participants

15:00 Delegates and guests start to arrive

18:30 Welcome by the President of EDA and cocktail at the Sponsors Area for delegates, guests and sponsors

Friday, June 3rd

Professional Programme

9:00 Opening ceremony, standing, at the Sponsors Area

10:00 Conference session 1, presented by William Sinclair

  • High Reach Training, by Howard Button, NFDC General Manager
  • Power Station Demolition, by Steve Jack, MAGNOX D&D Programme Manager
  • Innovative Strategies for High-grade material recovery C&D waste: IRCOW Project, by Iñigo Vegas, Senior Researcher TECNALIA
  • 11:00 Coffee break

11:30 Conference session 2, presented by Morten Brandis

  • Demolition waste: now and the future, by Katherine Adams, BRE Principal Consultant Demolition project in central London, by David Darsey, ERITH Managing Director
  • The new Ferrari system, by Daniel Rieber, FERRARI DEMOLITION Head of Special Projects
  • How did we get here? Some notes about EDA history, by David Sinclair, associated with SAFEDEM Limited, Member of NFDC and EDA Past President

12:30 Business lunch at the hotel

13:30 General Assembly

  • Where do we want to get? by Pilar de la Cruz, EDA Vice president
  • An opinion poll will be distributed to all members, asking for comments and proposals
  • Annual report of activities, by Giuseppe Panseri, EDA President
  • Annual economic report, by Francisco Cobo, EDA Treasurer

15:00 Coffee break

15:20 Conference session 3, presented by Michael R. Taylor

Managing a Crisis at Your Company and Emergence Response Demolition, by Tom Stahr, ROBINETTE Emergency Response Division Manager

16:00 Round Table
Where is my profit? Questions and concerns about the demolition industry, the economic situation and the challenges to be profitable. Moderator: José Blanco, EDA General Manager


  • Don Rachel, NDA President, USA
  • Gary Bishop, NFDC President, UK
  • Marcel Schroeder, DA Official EDA Delegate, DE
  • Jan Bork, VERAS President, NL
  • Daniel Midavaine, SNED President, FR
  • CATERPILLAR (Round Table Sponsor) Neil LeBlanc

17:30 End of the conference and meeting time, with sponsors and speakers

Leisure Programme

9:15 Welcome at the hotel lobby and coach to Windsor

10:30 Visit of the Windsor Castle

13:00 Lunch at the House on the Bridge

15:00 Exploring Windsor town

17:30 Arrival to hotel


For All Participants

19:30 Departure for the Gala Dinner at the Royal Courts of Justice. During the Gala dinner, a very special event will take place: the announcement of the Club of Honor.

Saturday, June 4th

Leisure Programme: Go For a Ride

8:00 Departure for outdoor activities and day out
9:00 Welcoming at Mercedes World, Off-Road activity, and Brooklands Museum Tour
13:00 Lunch at Mercedes World
16:00 Arrival to hotel

Leisure Programme: Go for a wine

11:30 Coach to depart the hotel
12:00 Essential Wine tasting Challenge
13:45 Lunch at Cantina Vinopolis
16:00 Arrival to hotel

For All Participants

19:30 Informal dinner at The Park


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