July 30, 2015

NDTG updates CCDO Applications & Training Requirements

The NDTG has updated the requirements for all new CCDO applications for assessments/ renewals as well as Supervisor and Manager courses. They now will not be accepted unless all the relevant training has been completed.

Here is a run down of what is required for each course:

Trainee Card (Green Card):
  • Operative Touch Screen Test
  • Asbestos and Demolition Awareness
Demolition, Reclamation & Refurbishment Operative (Red Card), Experienced Worker Topman, Topman
  • Demolition Touch Screen Test
  • Asbestos and Demolition Awareness
Experienced Worker Supervisor (5 day Supervisor Course)
  • Supervisor Touch Screen Test
  • Asbestos Awareness
  • Supervisor Touch Screen Test
  • Asbestos Awareness
  • Supervisor Refresher Course
Experienced Worker Manager (5 day Manager Course)
  • MAP touch screen test
  • Demolition CV
  • MAP touch screen test
  • Manager Refresher Course
Source: NDTG

July 29, 2015

Explosive storage and use rules have changed

Anyone involved in explosive demolition projects as explosives engineer, or like ourselves, as Principal Designer, will be aware that HSE have issued new guidance on the storage and use of explosives. Details of the guidance can be found at the following link:


If you are a "fan" of explosive demolition, and we certainly are, please keep following us on Twitter and by visiting the website as we currently have four explosive contracts scheduled for completion in the next six months. With that much work I suppose you could say "Business is Booming."

July 28, 2015

Fantastic coverage lately for our children's demolition book

We are very pleased to see that our recently published children's book dedicated to the demolition industry is receiving some fantastic coverage in the press. The three stand out examples include some coverage in the Express & Star, which you can read by clicking on the image below:

The book has also received coverage in BDaily, with an article titled "Demolition industry brought to book by Wolverhampton expert." and on The Midlands Business, with an article titled "Demolition industry brought to book by Wolverhampton expert."

If you have yet to read My Dad Does Demolition, then it's easy to pick up your very own copy for £4.99 + postage on eBay.

July 27, 2015

Dominic Ogden's funeral arrangements announced

The funeral arrangements for Dominic Ogden have been announced. We include the details courtesy of DSR Demolition below:

Dominic Richard Ogden - 1st January 1959 to 20th July 2015

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, 5th August 2015 (Family Flowers only please)

Donations to be made to the Intensive Therapy Unit, Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Calow, Chesterfield

2.15pm - Service at St John The Baptist C OF E Church, Church St, Dronfield, S18 1QB

Approximately 4.00pm - Wake to be held at Whirlowbrook Hall, Whirlowbrook Park, Ecclesall Road South, Sheffield, S11 9QD

Funeral Directors and Chapel of Rest - Alfred Dunham & Son Ltd, 56 Snape Hill Lane, Dronfield, S18 2HP
01246 413205 [24-hour service]
01246 290205

The Chapel of Rest is open one day from 11am to 5pm on Thursday 30th July

Tributes to Dominic to be in the Sheffield Star on Thursday 30th July

Many thanks from Dominic's family for the condolences received over the last week.

Worsley Plant welcomes Brian Carroll to their team

We have received the following press release from Worsley Plant welcoming Brian Carroll to their team. Full details below:

Worsley Plant are delighted to welcome Brian Carroll to our team. Brian brings with him a wealth of experience gained across the various engineering roles he has held since starting his career as an Apprentice Toolmaker in Essex. His most recent role as General Manager at Kocurek Excavators in Ipswich made him the ideal candidate to help Worsley Plant grow their presence in the demolition, construction and recycling markets in the South of the UK.

Starting in September, Brian’s role, as General Manager Southern, will involve setting up a new facility to feed London and the south of England, and he will be responsible for running this facility and the new team. He will also be heavily involved in generating sales in this area.

Brian’s experience and reputation within the industry meant that a number of opportunities presented themselves to him when he left Kocurek Excavators at the end of May this year. Fortunately, Sean at Worsley Plant sparked Brian’s interest with a proposal to join the company.

Brian says: “I travelled up to the offices and spent the afternoon with Sean, whereby he sold the company to me. I was also very impressed with how I saw the company being run and the team ethic was clear straight away.

I am very excited about the role and the opportunity. I am looking forward to setting it up, generating sales and being part of the Worsley team. I truly believe that the potential is huge and that if we can be successful in London then it will be massive for Worsley Plant.

Sean Heron, MD of Worsley Plant says: “I’ve made no secret of the fact that I respect Brian and the work that he does. I was keen to get him to join the team. We had intended to open a facility in London next year but securing Brian as a team member has bought that forward in our plans as he is available now, and is the right man for the job.”

Brian adds: “When someone is prepared to do this, and thinks highly of you, as Sean does, then for me, it was an easy decision to accept the offer, and it is now up to me to work hard and to repay that faith.”

We look forward to Brian joining us and being instrumental in growing our business in London and the South.

July 24, 2015

Demolish and Dismantle reaches a quarter of a million pageviews!

C&D Consultancy's foray into the world wide web started back in 2008 when John Woodward laid the groundwork for a website called Demolish and Dismantle that would cover a whole range of areas related to the demolition industry. The goal was to provide a complete resource for those in the industry seeking guidance, training, insights, and the latest news.

7 years on and a quarter of a million pageviews later (251,334 at time of writing), Demolish and Dismantle is achieving its goal. There's now more than 1,750 published articles on the site and around 200 people visiting every single day. That may not seem like much compared to the big players on the web such as Facebook and Twitter, but for an industry that's so hands-on away from a computer, these are numbers to be very proud of. And what's more, they keep growing.

It's John's goal to continue offering the right mix of news, advice, and training. And training in particular is becoming increasingly important, which is why the Demolition Training sister website was launched. It is a much younger destination on the web, but with 350 articles it has already achieved over 50,000 pageviews.

We'd like to say a big thank you to anyone who visits the site, especially the regulars, and we hope to continue growing and providing content for you to consume for many years to come.

However, neither website would be viewed at all were it not for the excellent work done by Matthew Humphries who took the ideas and made them work. The sites load on every device, are updated regularly, and have never been offline for even a minute in all that time. Well done Matthew.

July 23, 2015

Dominic Ogden has passed away aged 56

From left to right above is Dominic Ogden, Dick Green, Simon Ogden

Emma Thompson, QHSE Manager at DSR Demolition has informed us of the sad news that Dominic Ogden has passed away.

Here's is Emma's email in full regarding Dominic's death:

Dear friends and colleagues,

We are devastated to inform you all of the passing of Dominic Richard Ogden on the morning of 20th July, at the age of 56.

Dominic lived and breathed demolition nearly all his life. After leaving school, he initially joined the Naval Ordnance in Sheffield as a time served fully indentured apprentice engineer. Then, following in his father’s footsteps, Dominic entered the world of demolition. He joined the Institute of Explosives Engineers in 1984 at the tender age of 25, having already been in the business several years. He later joined the Institute of Demolition Engineers – managing, incredibly, to write his thesis from a hospital bed during a bout of illness.

Dominic was part of his father’s firm Fred Ogden & Sons and other companies along with his brother Simon, before the brothers established DSR Demolition in 2001. Over the years, Dominic managed just about every type of demolition project you could think of and he had all the anecdotes to go with it, delivered with his trademark sense of humour.

Dominic battled health problems for a long time but you rarely heard him complain. He would never give up his responsibilities or his independence. Dominic would try his very best to help those he knew if they were in need; he is owed much by many. He was utterly courageous, generous and fearless; giving every endeavour 100%.

When he could drag his mind away from work (no mean feat), Dominic was an enthusiastic motorist, enjoying driving holidays in Europe with his wife Christine and allowing his collection of cars to spread all over his driveway. He relaxed by going fishing and spent many an hour catching his evening meal. He loved taking his grandson to play football on Saturdays, and having his granddaughters running around his house. At the end of a tough day he would unwind with a whisky or go to his favourite Italian, where all the staff knew him well.

He leaves behind his wife Christine; his children, Rachael, Andrew and James, his grandchildren, Matthew, Izabelle, Ivy and Evelyn, his brother Simon, mother Dawn, sisters Deborah and Elizabeth, and a wider network of family, friends, colleagues and peers who respected and admired him hugely.

Fifty six is no age for a life to end, but Dominic crammed more into his life than most octogenarians have managed. Dominic was a life force and once met was never forgotten. A gregarious and outgoing person, he made a lasting impression on all who knew him and he will be profoundly, deeply missed.

On behalf of Dominic’s family and DSR Demolition, we want to express our gratitude for the messages of condolence we have received.

Details of Dominic’s memorial service will follow shortly.

Kind regards,
Emma Thompson QHSE Manager

July 22, 2015

OilQuick system advantages discussed by IDE Vice President David Darsey

There's an interesting article over on the IDE website about the recent investment Erith Group has made in new plant and equipment. Interestingly, David Darsey, Erith Group Director and IDE Vice President, insisted all new demolition machines be fitted with the OilQuick automatic quick coupler system.

The reasons are simple: safety and speed because operators "no longer having to spend time manually changing between attachments."

The article is well worth your time.

July 21, 2015

ICM 40th anniversary speaker line-up announced

This October the Institute of Construction Management is going to celebrate their 40th anniversary with a National Conference on Friday, October 16th.

We now have the provisional speaker line-up for the conference, and it includes our very own John Woodward:
  • Philip Baker of APS - CDM 2015 update
  • Craig Spillard of Spillard Safety Systems - 40 years of Vehicle Safety
  • Danny Kearney of Prosafe - 40 years of H&S legislation
  • Seamus Hanna of CITB - BIM the next 40 years
  • John Woodward of C&D Consultancy - Top Down Way - Demolition by Engineering
More speakers are set to be confirmed closer to the day.

If you would like to attend, it costs £20 for ICM Members and £65 for non-members. There's also a coach trip planned for the following Saturday. For £10 you can spend 11am - 5pm visiting Bibury, Bourton on the Water and Stow. Then in the evening there is a dinner, dance, and toasts including a raffle before the day ends at midnight. The evening meal costs £40.

You can book your place by filling in the ICM booking form. Alternatively, for more details please contact Eric Richards by phoning 02392 618049 or emailing eric.richards@virginmedia.com.

July 20, 2015

Drone captures Park Avenue Hotel Implosion up close

Who doesn't like to watch a building implode? The problem is, getting the best view of that implosion.

If you turn up on the day you are forced to keep your distance for obvious safety reasons. Then there's the option of cameras setup to record the event from lots of different angles. They are great, but also static so they don't give you a perfect feel for what has happened. Therefore the best footage is always from helicopters, however, they are very expensive and still have to put safety first meaning they don't get as close as the viewer would like.

It's 2015 though, which means we have access to cheap, cutting-edge technology. And for building implosions that means drones!

Below is a video of the Park Avenue Hotel in Detroit implosion, which occurred on July 11th. The camera is attached to an unmanned, remote control drone, meaning it can fly in very close with the worst that could happen being the drone gets taken out. Thankfully it doesn't, because the video that was captured is great.