EDA Annual Convention 2015

EDA Annual Convention 2015

June 11-13, 2015
Helsinki (Finland)


The EDA Annual Convention 2015 was possible thanks to:


Thursday, June 11th

Professional program

09:00 Meeting of the Finnish Demolition Industry

14:00 Workshop “Selective demolition: current practices and innovation. Presente and moderated by members of the European project HISER.

16:00 Visit demolition waste management facility

17:30 – 19:00 – EDA General Assembly

All participants

19:00 – Welcome cocktail

Welcome by Pilar de la Cruz, EDA President, and Janne Salonen, FDA President


Friday, June 12th

Professional program

Multilingual conference with simultaneous interpretation on the following languages: English/Italian/French/Spanish

09:00 Opening by Riikka Kinnunen, moderator of the conference, FDA-YTP (Finland)

  • Welcome by Pilar de la Cruz, EDA President (Spain)
  • Institutional Opening by Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP (Finland)

09:30 Conference session 1

  • Guidelines for emolition of tower blocks, Barry Ward (UK)
  • Pre-weakening of steel structures to enable demolition, Holly Price
  • Case story: Demolition of tower blocks, Johannes Harzheim (Germany)

Coffee break & networking


11:30 Conference session 2

  • Framework for demolition in The Netherlands, Edwin Zoontjes (The Netherlands)
  • Circular economy. The approach of the European Commission, Vincent Basuyau (Belgium)
  • Case story: Demolition of Koverhar steel mill, Jussi Niemelä (Finland)

Lunch & networking

14:15 Conference session 3

  • Tracking demolition waste. The French model, Mathieu Hiblot (France)
  • Trends of the European Demolition Industry, Andreas Pocha (Germany)
  • Croatian practices in demolition and use of recycled C&D Waste, Vedrana Lovincic (Croatia)

Coffee break & networking

16:30 Conference session 4

  • Training of workers for hazardous waste decontamination, Lars Sandström (Sweden)
  • Working with explosives, Johan Finsteen (Denmark)
  • European Professional Card for Demolition workers, Jose Blanco (EDA)


18:00 End of the Conference

Friday, June 12th

Leisure program

09:00 – Departure from the hotel to Suomenlinna (UNESCO World Heritange)

  • Guided visit to Suomenlinna
  • Lunch at typical Restaurant
  • Optional shopping tour

17:30 – Arrival to the hotel

All participants

19:00 – Departure for the Gala Dinner (by bus)

The Gala Dinner will be held in the emblematic “Katajanokan Kasino” and it includes:

  • Welcome drink
  • Unique dinner
  • Words from the EDA President and a delegate of Ritchie Bros, sponsor of the Gala Dinner
  • Live entertainment and music

23:00 – First bus departs to the hotel


Saturday, June 13th

Leisure program

10:00 – Departure from the hotel

  • Guided tour on a panoramic bus
  • Lunch in a typical restaurant
  • Boat tour

16:00 – End of the activity


Download the program of the event