World Demolition Summit 2009


The World Demolition Summit 2009, celebrated on November 5-6 at the Hotel Okura in Amsterdam (THE NETHERLANDS).

The European Demolition Association, EDA, was one of the main partners in this event.

It is also an excellent opportunity to network and forge relationships with all of the other professionals of the industry.

The Word Demolition Summit was possible thanks to:



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5 November 2009

15.00-18.00 EDA Board Meeting

19.30-21.00 Welcome cocktail reception hosted by the European Demolition Association.

6 November 2009 – morning program

Howard Button, Chief Executive, National Federation of Demolition Contractors, UK.

9.00 – Chairman’s welcome and opening address

Yves Canessa, President, European Demolition Association.

9.05 – The light at the end of the tunnel: an economic forecast for the construction and demolition industry

  • The current state of the global economy
  • Analyzing the outlook for the construction industry
  • Predicting the end of the recession and analyzing the likely post-recession landscape for the sector

Oebele Vries; Economisch Instituut voor de Bouwnijverheid (EIB)

9.35 – The future of demolition: challenges and opportunities ahead

  • Modern buildings coming to their end-of-life: implications for demolition
  • New materials, new headaches: disposal challenges
  • Demolishing stronger and better building
  • Is your equipment, workforce, and expertise up to the new challenges?
  • Exploring strategies to prepare for the future

Martin Bjerregaard, Associate, Golder Associates, UK.

10.00 – Case: Challenges in working for a public client removing PCB

Jørn Bak, Sales Director, Kingo, Denmark.

10.25 Questions and answers

10.40 Morning coffee break

11.10 – Case: Italy: Demolition, decontamination, and disposal of materials of Bosco Marengo’s Nuclear Station for fuel production

Giuseppe Fiore, Nuclear Engineer and Project Manager, Despe, Italy.

11.40 – Case: Health & Safety and Training in an economic crisis

  • The implications of not fully understanding your Health & Safety and training needs
  • Why these are not times to take risks
  • Remaining competitive in an increasingly tough marketplace without cutting corners

John Woodward, Vice President, Institute of Demolition Engineers & Consultant for C&D Consultancy, UK.

12.10 Questions & Answers

12.20-13.30 Lunch

6 November 2009 – afternoon program

Pilar de la Cruz, EDA Board member and President of the EDA International Committee, Spain

13.30 – Demolition in the US: challenges and solutions

  • Analyzing the US demolition landscape and how this has changed post 9/11
  • Innovative ideas in US demolition work
  • Tackling a disaster: the key role of demolition in major crisis management

Bill Moore, Vice-President, Brandenburg Industrial Service Co, USA

14.00 – Update on the EDA High Reach Guide

Ivan Poroli, NAD, Italy.

14.10 – Case: taking a collaborative approach: making innovation happen

Frank de Vries, Rusch, The Netherlands, and Alf Ragnar Sørenes, AF Decom, Norway.

14.40 – Case: Taking a collaborative approach: making innovation happen

Darren Bennet, Product Manager, Liebherr, UK.

David Kocurek, Owner, Kocurek Excavators, UK.

David Coleman, Owner, Coleman & Co., UK.

15.15 – Questions & Answers

15.30 – Afternoon Coffee Break

16.00 – Report back – results of the round table on the unqualified competition held at the EDA’s Spring meeting in Nice –

Daniel Anka, Director, Anka

Demoliciones, Spain.

16.10 – The rise of unqualified competition: a new worrying trend in the construction world

  • Defining ‘unqualified competition’ and why this is happening
  • Assessing the extent of the phenomenon and implications for the demolition sector (lack of H&S and use of unskilled labor)
  • Identifying possible strategies to prevent this from becoming an acceptable practice
  • Ideas from the floor: how to tackle the issue

Walter Werner, President, German Demolition Association, Germany.

16.40 – Case: UK: 20 Fenchurch Street, London – demolition from the bottom up.

Jim O’Sullivan, Project Director, Keltbray, United Kingdom.

Dave Rowe, Pre-bid Manager, Keltbray, United Kingdom.

17.15 – Questions & Answers: final remarks

17.25 – Final remarks

Yves Canessa, President, European Demolition Association, and Lindsay Gale, editor of D&Ri.

17.30 – Conference ends

Awards categories:

  • Civils Demolition
  • Collaboration in Demolition
  • Contract of the Year
  • Contractor of the Year
  • Explosive Demolition
  • Industrial Demolition
  • Innovation, Plant & Equipment
  • Innovation, Tools & Attachments
  • Recycling & Environmental
  • Safety & Training
  • Urban Demolition
  • World Demolition Award