July 21, 2014

Pear Tree Court demolition begins

The images you see above are of Pear Tree Court off Churchill Way in Salford -- a tower block in Pendleton. Demolition is being carried out by Forshaw Demolition and they have decided to use a 100-tonne high reach demolition crane. Apple Tree Court will follow, with an expected completion fate of October 2014.

Source: Salford Online

July 18, 2014

Institute of Demolition Engineers Autumn Seminar 2014 being held on September 26th

On the 26th September the Institute of Demolition Engineers is holding its Autumn Seminar 2014. The seminar will run from 9:30am to 4pm and be held at the following location, the day after the ICE Health and Safety conference:

Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
United Kingdom

Speakers announced to date include:
  • Mr Glenn Hide, Managing Director, GMH Planning Ltd
  • Mr Martin Bjerregaard, MIDE. Project Manager D3 Consulting Ltd
  • Mr Richard Dolman, MIDE, Managing Director A R Demolition Ltd
  • Mr Zinzan Brooke, CEO, Number 8 Group
  • Mr Brian Carroll, Affiliate Member, General Manager, Kocurek Excavators Ltd
  • Mr David Gridley, The Tongole Foundation
  • Mr Shaun Knott, Casella Measurement
  • Mr Alan Matchett, Avant Tecno (UK) Ltd
  • Mr John Underwood, Construction Inspector, HSE
  • Mr Ron Cowan, Consultant in Emergencies Planning and Disaster Management
Tickets cost £150 and if you would like to attend please get in touch with Maureen Tong-Ralphs either by emailing her at info@ide.org.uk or phoning on 01634 816255.

July 17, 2014

Explosive demolition takes down 1,290 meter bridge in cleveland

Building implosions always offer the best spectacle to watch up close or on video, but you can't help but enjoy the light show a bridge implosion puts on. And the latest bridge to be raised to the ground by explosive demolition didn't disappoint.

This is the Innerbelt Bridge in Cleveland, Ohio which has stood since 1959. It was 1,290 meters in length and 35 meters wide, and it carried the traffic of Insterstate 90 until 2008 when the structure was deemed unsafe. It was reopened, but is now being replaced by the George V. Voinovich Bridges.

The implosion was carried out early on the morning of July 12th and went off without a hitch. It's incredible to imagine that a bridge that took from 1954 to 1959 to build cost $26 million over 50 years ago. I hate to think what that cost is in today's terms.

July 16, 2014

Institution of Civil Engineers to hold Health and Safety event

On September 25th the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is holding a Constructing Health and Safety 2014 event. The conference will run all day from 9am to 5pm and be held at the following location:

Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
United Kingdom

The conference will explain common reasons for failed health and safety inspections and highlight examples of best practice. It will explore imminent updates to legislation, and concentrate on embedding world class safety across the lifecycle of a project – highlighting significant innovation in technology, skills and BIM.

Reasons to attend the event include:
  • Improve your knowledge and gain understanding of the common reasons for failed inspections
  • Identify areas of best practice to apply to your everyday work
  • Receive a valuable overview of recent developments, together with an insight into current national initiatives
  • Understand how to embed safety across the lifecycle of a project
  • Show commitment to and support for raising health and safety standards
For more information or to book your place please get in touch with ICE directly either by email at events@ice.org.uk or by phoning 02076 652226.

Source: ICE

July 15, 2014

Quadcopter used to capture building implosion from the air

You may have noticed an increasing number of drones in the skies above us and for sale at electronics retailers. These so-called quadcopters are remote-controlled flying machines with enough battery juice to keep them in the air for no more than 20 minutes.

And yet, they hold the key to revolutionising the way we view building implosions in the future, because quite simply, they can get very close to the action without fear of anyone getting hurt.

Here's a case in point:

As you can see, the quadcopter captured high-definition video of the building going down. It's quite a distance away, but for future implosions it could be hovered right over the building if desired.

The building in question is the Sir John Carling Building in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It was demolished at 7am on July 13th. For comparison, here's a video of the implosion captured from ground level.

July 14, 2014

Are you ready to upgrade to IDE Full Membership

The IDE has decided it's time to remind Associate Members that they should be considering the next step. That step being Full Membership status. The poster below says it all:

July 11, 2014

Demolition Managers course spaces still available

The NDTG have been in touch to inform us that there are still spaces available on the Demolition Managers course, which commences on the 30th July.

As well as allowing your staff to receive the training they need, the course includes a visit to the ACT -UK Simulation Centre in Coventry. If you would like to attend, these are the dates:

(DAY 1) 30th July 2014 - Birmingham
(DAY 2) 31st July 2014 - Birmingham
(DAY 3) 1st August 2014 - Birmingham
(DAY 4) 14th August 2014 - Birmingham
(DAY 5) 15th August 2014 - Coventry

The cost of attendance is £1,650 +VAT for NDTG members or £2,000 +VAT for non-members. Please phone 01442 217 144 for further details.

July 10, 2014

Matt Birch Work Experience Blog Entry #5

Better late than never, here's the final entry in Matt's work experience blog:

Today John and I went to Coleman and Co so John could do a few asbestos awareness training sessions. I was given the grand tour of the facility by James Howard whom I met earlier in the week. He went into detail of how the material waste gets processed and recycled into widely used aggregate and other materials that can be used, such as sand and dirt matter. The tour included a detailed guide of the machinery used to process the waste materials from the sites.

After the tour, I went to the training that John was leading meaning that I have a qualification in asbestos awareness! John and I are now discussing my future in the company and I will be returning over the summer for more work and I might be getting a part time job. The main role would include standardising the company's documents and indexing them as well as typing up all the information that is only in hard copy form.

I've had a great experience and can't wait to come back.

July 9, 2014

This video proves why training on machines is so important

Here at C&D we train around a dozen people every month in the use of MEWPs and we always advocate that the training is the first part of getting the experience needed to drive machines every day. During the training course we also cover harness use and the need to clip onto the relevant point in the basket of the MEWP as you never know when you might hit bumpy ground, which could easily eject you from the basket.

This brief film clip shows a MEWP operator (who was NOT trained by C&D) demonstrating clearly why you need to wear a harness when driving a MEWP.

July 8, 2014

The Queen spent millions this year having asbestos removed

We all know that asbestos is a very dangerous material that needs to be handled by trained professionals, which in turn can be quite costly. And due to its widespread use during decades past, everyone eventually encounters asbestos, including the Queen.

Many of the buildings that are managed as part of the Royal Family's estate are quite old, meaning there's every chance asbestos was used in their construction. One example of that is Apartment 1A at Kensignton Palace. It was the residence of Princess Margaret until her death in 2002, and has since been used as office space. It was last refurbished in 1963, with plumbing and cabling dating back to 1949.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with their son Prince George have decided to make Apartment 1A their future long-term residence, meaning a complete overhaul was required to bring it up to modern spec. You won't be surprised to hear that asbestos was found in the apartment, and it has cost £3.4 million to have it removed safely. The total renovation costs including new cabling and plumbing are north of £4.5 million.

You may think that's a huge job and bill for the Royal Family to deal with, but it's actually just a drop in the ocean. In order to get Apartment 1A ready, the Queen deferred repair work on Buckingham Palace. That's a much larger project, and a building with the potential to have much greater amounts of asbestos contained within.

Source: The Telegraph