May 27, 2016

World Demolition Awards deadline is fast approaching!

If you would like to enter this year's World Demolition Awards, then you really need to get a move on. The closing date for entries is June 30th.

In order to apply, you need to visit the Demolition Summit website and download the appropriate entry form. There's one for each of the award categories, which are:
  • Contract of the Year under US$1 million
  • Contract of the Year over US$1 million
  • Safety & Training Award
  • Collaboration Award
  • Explosive Demolition Award
  • Urban Demolition Award
  • Industrial Demolition Award
  • Civils Demolition Award
  • Recycling & Environmental Demolition Award
  • Manufacturers’ Innovation Award: PLANT & EQUIPMENT
Over 50 entries contested for the 11 different categories last year, but one thing is key: you've got to be in it to win it, so go grab that entry form!

Source: d&ri

May 19, 2016

Demolition Expo 2017 announced

Just Announced!

Demolition Expo 2017 will be going ahead on the 23rd and 24th of June at the Hertfordshire Showground. After the popularity of the 2015 Demolition Expo, the NFDC in partnership with the IDE, are looking forward to hosting another successful event in the hopes of once again breaking all records as the leading Demolition event.

For now, the best way to keep up with news relating to the Expo is through Facebook.

May 18, 2016

Notherntrack completes re-location, website re-design, and becomes sole UK dealer for HYDRARAM

Northerntrack, manufacturer and supplier of quality demolition and related work tools for excavators for the past 26 years, have three pieces of good news to share with the demolition industry this week. We'll let their press release do the explaining:

Northerntrack Does The Treble!

Firstly, Leeds based attachment specialists Northerntrack Ltd have now completed the re-location into new custom equipped premises in the heart of Leeds. This new site is handily located just a stone’s throw from the M621 motorway and just around the corner from the old workshop.

Secondly, Northerntrack are very pleased to announce we have been appointed as the sole UK dealer for the complete range of HYDRARAM premium demolition attachments. HYDRARAM have been manufacturing and supplying their range of equipment for over 20 years and are regular exhibitors at major construction fairs around the world.

Most recently was at Bauma in Germany, where they unveiled a number of new products to the market including the world’s largest concrete demolition pincers weighing over 14 tonnes. HYDRARAM offer a full line of demolition, recycling, handling & forestry attachments and have a vast stock of both new and quality used equipment available from their rental fleet.

And thirdly, to coincide with the re-location of the workshop and the new dealership agreement with Hydraram, a brand new re-designed website has been launched at www.northerntrack.com Bringing together all the latest information and product data together with a selection of used stock and a regularly updated blog for news, events and job site reports.

May 4, 2016

The Passion Project: the NFDC helping young people into work

The Passion Project, established in 2013 to help get young people into paid employment, was the springboard to getting 9 young people into the Demolition Industry courtesy of a partnership between the National Federation of Demolition Contractors, the Institute of Demolition Engineers and the Erith Group.

Of the original 18 applications, 9 young men were selected to join the programme, which entailed an intensive 2-day training course on 14th and 15th April 2016 in Demolition Awareness and Asbestos Awareness set at one of Erith’s City of London sites. With the addition of a successful Touchscreen Test all 9 candidates achieved 1st level CCDO Cards, enabling them to work safely on demolition sites.

The candidates themselves, from across inner and outer London, range from 18-24 years of age, with the majority between 19 and 21. Often from difficult backgrounds, these young people now have a real chance of getting into paid employment. Starting this week, the candidates will start work at Erith’s on a 3 month paid probation, after which those that can prove themselves will have a permanent job in the industry with a 2 year NFDC Apprenticeship.

This round of candidates, funded by the IDE and certified by the NFDC, are the first of what is hoped to be a successful stream of well needed candidates into the Demolition Industry, with the next round being sponsored directly by the NFDC.

May 3, 2016

The IDE has successfully moved

April 29, 2016

Scottish Regional Meeting being held May 11th

The next Scottish Regional Meeting is happening on May 11th at the following location:

National Demolition Training Group (Scotland)
30 Nisbet Street

Speakers include: Jim Caldwell Snr F.I.D.E. and Shona Farrell with the meeting focussing primarily on health surveillance following the inclusion of this as mandatory within the NFDC Site Audit Scheme.

The format for the morning will take the form of a workshop with Jim Caldwell Snr taking the lead, initiating debate with the demolition engineers who attend on health surveillance within the demolition industry and the requirements thereof.

If you would like to attend, please email info@ide.org.uk

April 27, 2016

Ditton Services offering control and eradication solution for Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed can cause some serious problems in the UK. It can have a major impact on biodiversity, but from an industrial site standpoint there's problems it can cause with regards to flooding and property damage. It even classes as an offense under section 14(2) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to "plant or otherwise cause to grow in the wild" any plant listed in Schedule nine, Part II to the Act, which includes Japanese knotweed.

With that in mind, a control and eradication solution is required. If you're in the Midlands, Ditton Services provides such a service to Bridgnorth, Ludlow, Telford, Wolverhampton and the surrounding areas. Ditton uses the most advanced and successful method of Stem Injection. A three year management plan is put into place, which is ideal for industrial sites that will not be used for redevelopment, public open spaces, churchyards, cemetery’s, and residential properties. Treatment is spread out over the course of 3 years but very often the Japanese Knotweed can be eradicated sooner.

If you'd like to learn more, then get in touch with Ditton Services directly by phoning 01746 712183 or emailing info@ditton-services.co.uk

April 21, 2016

EDA Annual Convention 2016 program details released

The EDA has released details of the program for their Annual Convention 2016 happening on Friday, June 10th. You can see the full program included below:

Professional program – Friday, June 10th

Multilingual conference will have simultaneous interpretation.

09:00 Opening by the moderator of the conference and institutional words


09:30 Conference session 1

» How demolition is changing Glasgow
Mr. Kenny Crookston, Wheatley Group

» FISSAC Project: Fostering industrial symbiosis in the construction and demolition value chain
Ms. Angeliki Koulouri, ACR+

» Case story: Demolition of the Earls Court Exhibition Centres
Mr. Dave Rowe and Mr. Jim O’Sullivan, Keltbray

Coffee break & networking


11:30 Conference session 2

» Guidelines for safe circulation of building materials
Ms. Marianne Hedberg, the Swedish Construction Federation

» Removal and recycling of External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems
Mr. Ralf Pasker, European Association for External Insulation Composite Systems, EAE

» Case story: Salvage Baltic Ace project
Mr. Carsten Tromp, Jansen Group

Lunch & networking


14:15 Conference session 3

» Monitoring decontamination sites
Mr. Oliver Smith, SMH

» Preparation of the demolition of three skyscraper buildings in Cologne
Mr. Manfred K├╝hne, Geoexperts

» Case story: Demolition of Concordia wreck at Genoa port
Mr. Vittorio Omini, F.lli Omini S.p.A.

Coffee break & networking


16:30 Conference session 4

» Advance of the EDA Industry Report
Mr. Andreas Pocha, German Demolition Association, DA

» Deconstruction of high rise buildings using tower cranes
Mr. Thorsten Hesselbein, Liebherr

» Case story: Decontamination of heavy metals
Mr. Lindsay Pepperel, ERM

18:00 End of the Conference

For further details please visit the EDA website.

April 15, 2016

A massive year for the IDE

This year will be the 40th year that the IDE has been the only institute in the world for demolition engineers and for promoting the science of demolition engineering, and they intend to make it a year to remember.

Not only do they have the usual Autumn Seminar on Friday, 30th September at One Great George Street but, for the first time ever, a seminar North of the Border in Edinburgh on Friday, 8th July ensuring that members from Scotland can get vital IDE CPD without the need for a costly trip to London.

As it is the 40th Anniversary the CoM have decided to hold a gala black tie ball on Friday, 1st July at the Science Museum and tickets are selling well.

All in all it has been a busy year for President Duncan Rudall in his last year in the position before he hands over the President's jewel on Friday, 11th November to David Darsey.

11th November will also see a newly elected Vice President. Members should think carefully before deciding who to vote for as by the time the election comes round the IDE will be in partnership with Wolverhampton University in delivering the first ever BSc and MSc in Demolition Engineering. That will place it a long way down the road towards fully chartered status.

As of today no-one has thrown their hat into the ring for the Vice President election and I am keen to see who intends to stand to follow Dave Darsey into the chair.

Exciting times for our institute!

April 14, 2016

How to book your place at the IDE 40th Anniversary event

At the beginning of April we told you about a very special event happening on July 1st this year in order to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the IDE.

What may have been less clear is how you go about booking a place so you can attend at The Science Museum in London. Well, now a page has been added on the IDE website which offers directions and a link to the Anniversary Booking Form.

We'll see you there!