World Demolition Summit 2010


The World Demolition Summit 2010, celebrated on November 5th 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 2010 was possible thanks to:



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5 November 2010

9:00 – 9:15 Chairman’s welcome and opening address

Morning session chairman: Bill Moore, Brandenburg Industrial Service Co and Past President, National Demolition Association (USA)

9:15 – 9:45 Economic forecast for the European 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
  • Tips for survival

Prof. Dominic Swords, Business Economist, and Consultant

09:45 – 10:15 The Südbahnhoff demolition in Vienna: a challenging project within a challenging timeframe

  • The project timetable
  • Working in collaboration with Hitachi
  • An outline of our earthmoving operations to provide a level site footprint
  • Protecting adjacent tram lines and roads
  • Dealing with WWII reinforced concrete bunkers on the site
  • Managing recycling on-site
  • A review of the project post-demolition: successes and lessons learned

Martin Taborsky, Construction Manager, Porr Umwelttechnik GmbH (Austria)

10:15 – 10:30 Progress on updating the UK’s High Reach Guide

  • The manufacturers’ consultation process
  • How guidelines on ground conditions and exclusion zones are likely to change
  • Recommendations on the use of impact breakers

Howard Button, Chief Executive, NFDC

10:30 – 11:00 The challenges of demolition over water: The deconstruction of the Lodi/Piacenza Bridge

  • The site and its restrictions: a natural environment requiring protection; another bridge project 50m away; climbing restrictions on the bridge; working over water: a destabilizing and unpredictable element
  • Working in a natural environment with no databases to consult about river flows, ground stability, and vegetation
  • The project timescales: 90 days to complete the project, including accounting for tides, rainfall, and floods
  • Using flood mapping to reduce uncertainty
  • Dealing with the unexpected: rainfall, floods, and a seasick excavator

Gianni Panseri, Project Manager, Despe (Italy)

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 – 12:00 An update on European Union legislation related to construction and demolition Gunther Wolff, DG Environment, Sustainable Consumption & Production, European Commission

  • Environmental, health, and enterprise-related legislation and the impact on the demolition and construction industries in Europe

12:00 – 12:30 Demolition of The two Old Ladies of Cape Town

  • Demolition of 2 x 90m Cooling Towers in South Africa
  • IndEx independent explosives engineers working with Jet demolition to demolish the towers safely.
  • Part of one tower collapsed prematurely making the structures unsafe.
  • Conditioning of the structure meant all works had to be carried out from inside and special access /egress arrangements enforced.
  • Main concrete sewer pipe within meters of the tower meant the direction of collapse, debris fly and minimum vibration levels were critical.

Dick Green, Explosive’s Engineer, IndEx, Independent Explosives Engineers

12:30 – 13:00 Non-trained labor: do you want to take the chance? – A UK perspective

  • An update on unqualified competition and the impact on accident rates in the UK, and elsewhere
  • The steps being taken in the UK to improve the training of the demolition workforce
  • A look at demolition training elsewhere in Europe

John Woodward, Consultant, C&D Consultancy and Vice President, Institute of Demolition Engineers (UK)

13:00 – 13:15 Morning session closes with Q&A

13:15 – 14:15 Lunch

14:15 – 14:20 Chairman’s remarks:

Afternoon session chairman: Howard Button, Chief Executive, NFDC

14:20 – 14:45 An update on demolition developments in Germany

  • Progress on the use of high reach excavators and explosive demolitions
  • The current waste handling situation in Germany and likely future developments
  • Dealing with our neighbors: vibration monitoring to minimize disruptions

Dr. Walter Werner, President, German Demolition Association (Germany)

14:45 – 15:15 Demolition safety in the USA

  • The latest in United States Safety & Environmental Regulations
  • Safety-specific to the demolition industry
  • Preventing accidents and liability claims
  • Recycling in America

Bill Moore, Brandenburg Industrial Service Co., and Past President, National Demolition Association (USA)

15:15 – 15:45 Coffee Break

15:45 – 16:15 Security measures adopted for Brazilian implosions: pre-demolition simulation and analysis

Fabio Bruno Pinto, Director Operacional, Fabio Bruno Construcoes Ltda (Brazil)

16:15 – 16:45 Deconstruction and demolition of the Lafarge Cement Works

  • The site: a vast 88 acre, environmentally sensitive site with over 100 structures ranging from 1 to 15 stories
  • The area and its restrictions: adjacent to the Thames, a school and residential property
  • Our mixed-use demolition approach: long reach, super-long reach, and explosives
  • Our achievement of 95% recycling, with only asbestos going to landfill
  • Our financial investment and return

David Darsey, Joint Managing Director, Erith Group and President, NFDC

16:45 – 17:15 Afternoon session closes with Q&A

17.15 – Closing remarks and end of the conference

Lindsay Gale, Editor, Demolition & Recycling International

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
  • New Entrant Award
  • World Demolition Award