November 24, 2015

Demolition engineering; Battersea gas holders free lecture tomorrow

Tomorrow the ICE is holding a free lecture at Coventry University. The speaker is Andre Jaarson, Design Engineer at demolition firm, Coleman & Company.

This is the gas holder demolition featured in the BBC Two television series: "Demolition – The Wrecking Crew". Andre will talk about the constraints surrounding the site, the engineering behind the innovative techniques and physicality's of cold cutting the gas holder down.

To attend, please book online.

November 23, 2015

John Woodward named ICM’s Construction Manager of the Year

Our very own John Woodward has every right to celebrate in the run up to Christmas as he's become the first demolition expert to be named the Institute of Construction Management’s Construction Manager of the Year.

John beat more than 50 other professionals to take the title. His ongoing efforts to educate the young, promoting demolition as a great career, and his work in general spanning from London all the way up to Glasgow were reasons why he came out on top.

Speaking about the award, John said:

"This came as a bit of a shock to me if I’m being honest, but I’m delighted that my industry, which often gets overlooked, has been recognised for the work we do in clearing the way for the future. It has been a massive year for the business and one that has seen a number of the projects we’ve been consulting on hit the national headlines.

I’m keen to use this ICM Award to do even more Primary Future talks to promote and push our sector, showing the future generation of workers that demolition offers great career opportunities both at home and abroad.

Everyone at C&D is extremely proud of John!

Source: Express & Star

November 20, 2015

Demolition & Recycling International has a new editor

Demolition & Recycling International (D&Ri) has announced a new editor has joined its ranks in the form of Steve Ducker.

Regular readers will be used to seeing the name Lindsay Gale. Lindsay has left to pursue other opportunities after receiving a special award from David Sinclair for her work in the sector this year, but Steve will pick up the baton and carry it forward. He's already edited International Rental News for a good chunk of 2015

Steve can be contacted by email at steve.ducker@khl.com or by phoning 01892 786210. We wish him all the best in his new role!

Source: D&Ri

November 19, 2015

Spillard wins new contracts thanks to innovative vehicle collision system

We've covered Spillard Safety Systems before on this site. The company has created a very clever 360 Vision System (Vehicle Collision Avoidance Systems) that overcomes the blind spot issue on the large vehicles used in many commercial sectors of industry including demolition.

So it comes as no surprise to us that they've managed to secure a number of new contracts spread across the plant, waste, and commercial sectors. Sales are now expected to reach £2.8 million for the year and £4 million by mid-2016. That's a 25% increase and has in turn allowed for the creation of 10 new jobs.

Pete Spillard, managing director of the company commented:

"We have spent a lot of time and money on R&D and now we are beginning to see the fruits of our labour with a number of major contractors – including Balfour Beatty, BAM Nuttalls and Morgan Sindall, making it mandatory to fit VCAS systems.

Our business plan puts us on course to hit £4m by mid 2016. We’re also coming to the end of a £250,000 investment drive that has seen us extend our R&D department, take on two new apprentices and overhaul our fleet of service and maintenance vehicles.

Spillards isn't sitting still on the technology front. The VCAS system is in the process of being enhanced with new features including a tilt sensor, seatbelt warnings, night silence, and fail safes. They are also developing a smoke detection solution to inform drivers of any fires they cannot see behind them.

Source: Express & Star

November 18, 2015

Lehnhoff joins the Komatsu Group

Worsley Plant are pleased to announce that LEHNHOFF, the supplier of their newest range of Fully Automatic Quickcoupler Systems – the Variolock, have successfully completed a deal with KOMATSU to become their new owner.

This transaction is a great move forward for the future of both companies. Whilst LEHNHOFF will be able to directly benefit from KOMATSU’s global presence and its financial and technological strength, KOMATSU can expand its product portfolio with LEHNHOFF’s innovative and ground breaking technology and product range.

“To evaluate an early and best possible succession plan for the company and its workforce was very important to my family and me. We are very fortunate for this important decision with KOMATSU, with whom we have been cooperating excellently for 30 years. We are convinced that Lehnhoff Hartstahl will continue to grow from its location in Baden-Baden and will sustainably access the international markets," remarked Peter A. Lehnhoff, current owner and CEO of Lehnhoff Hartstahl GmbH & Co. KG. "This strategic decision will ensure Lehnhoff Hartstahl are best positioned for the future."

The LEHNHOFF brand will remain a symbol of innovation in the field of construction and demolition equipment, providing trend-setting products for all manufacturers. Both companies will benefit from this merger by combining their expertise, technology and extensive distribution networks.

Sean Heron, MD of Worsley Plant, the UK distributor of the Lehnhoff product range added, “We are delighted with the integration of Lehnhoff with Komatsu. We see this as a positive step for the future of Lehnhoff’s products, allowing us to further penetrate the UK market with this market leading technology. The Variolock range is ideal for our range of high-quality attachments such as crushing and screening buckets, grabs, shears and pulverisers, and can work with other similar products on the market. We look forward to a great future continuing our work with the Lehnhoff team.”

The owner family LEHNHOFF, has sold all shares of the LEHNHOFF group to KOMATSU’s European subsidiary. A corresponding agreement was signed on November 6, 2015 resulting in KOMATSU being the new owner of Lehnhoff Hartstahl GmbH & Co. KG, subject to the approvals of the relevant merger control authorities.

November 17, 2015

Armac donates a fantastic auction prize!

Armac Demolition have donated a fantastic auction prize for the Italia '90 revisited event on Wednesday 18 November. The event, organised by Neil Taylor of the Fox at Shipley, will raise money for Birmingham Children's Hospital and Breast Cancer Now.

Please click the image below to see the full details:

Next IDE North West regional meeting being held on November 26th

The next IDE North West regional meeting being held on Thursday, November 26th at The Park Hotel, Dunnings Bridge Road, Netherton, Liverpool L30 6YN.

The meeting is sponsored by Sloyan Doyle Demolition and the programme has been organised by Wayne Bagnall and Thomas Sloyan. The proceedings begin at 2:30pm with registration alongside refreshments and biscuits. Then at 3pm there's a CDM Consulting Ltd. presentation on "CDM 2015 Demolition and your duties." This is followed at 4pm with a presentation by Wayne Bagnall Consulting Ltd. covering the challenges and solutions working on one of the largest demolition projects in London. Finally at 5pm there will be a hot buffet for registered attendees.

If you would like to attend then please register in advance with the National Secretary at info@ide.org.uk. Attendance is also worth 3 hours CPD and non-IDE members are more than welcome.

November 16, 2015

We are seeking experienced demolition engineers

C&D Consultancy is seeking experienced demolition engineers to help fuel its ongoing expansion both in the UK and overseas.

We're based in Wolverhampton, London, Liverpool, and Glasgow, and recently won at the World Demolition Awards for our part in the Top Down Way demolition of two tower blocks with Safedem and Despe. We have established ourselves as a leader in the demolition field, working with major UK contractors and expanding to work overseas.

With an increase in demand and a full forward order book, C&D is seeking qualified and experienced demolition engineers to join our team. If this is you, get in touch!

Applicants should be full IDE members, have demolition industry experience, and be willing/able to travel both nationally and internationally.

November 13, 2015

Watch a massive machine as it erects a bridge

If you've seen a new bridge erected in recent years you may have noticed it changing from a number of concrete posts set in the ground to a fully-fledged bridge incredibly quickly. The reason for that? A very large bridge building machine.

Working in the demolition industry we all know how large and useful the machines can get. Well, it's the same for bridges with machines having revolutinised how large they can be as well as how quickly they can be erected. The video above shows one of these huge machines in action. Enjoy.

Source: Sploid

November 12, 2015

ICM's next regional meeting is November 17th

The next Institute of Construction Management regional meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 17th at the St. Francis Social Club at the Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath with refreshment available from 6pm.

The topic for the meeting will be “The VIC-96 Steamship Restoration” by Jim Hatfield


18.00 - Registration and Coffees with light refreshments
18.45 - Welcome and Introduction – Roy Blamey - Chairman
19.00 - The VIC-9 Steamship Restoration by Jim Hatfield

This meeting features Jim Hatfield and his Steam Ship VIC-96 and will include details about the ship itself and the teamwork involved with the restoration of a 1945 vessel as close to the original as possible and the challenges of keeping it in running order and putting to sea.

Jim is a Chartered Surveyor, and has many interests that make him an informative and interesting speaker and previously spoke on the Tay Bridge Disaster

The meeting qualifies for CPD, and CPD Certificates will be issued at the meeting to all those attending. For more details please email events@aatcl.org.uk