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NDA Convention presentation highlights construction industry expansion
NDA
Grant Thayer of FMI, a noted construction consulting firm with offices in Denver and Raleigh, N.C., spoke on Tuesday, Feb. 25 about the state of the American construction economy. Thayer’s presentation highlighted the growing strength of the construction economy in the United States predicting sustained growth for the next five to seven years. He predicted that construction activity for 2013 will finish around 5.5 to 7.0 percent higher than in 2012 with continued growth through 2017. The strategic implications of this predicted growth are the need for all construction entities to work hard to attract talented individuals to actually perform the work and the market beginning to shift away from low bid to “value buying.” Copies of Mr. Thayer’s presentation are available online here.
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NDA director of member services makes presentation to construction management schools
NDA
As part of the NDA’s Education Initiative the NDA’s Director of Member Services Kim Wieland made a presentation to the Association Schools of Construction Management on Thursday, March 27, in Washington, D.C. Wieland’s presentation dealt with three major topics: curriculum and case studies, faculty internships and research opportunities tied to the demolition process. Using the “Purdue” model developed as part of the NDA’s demolition sub-major at Purdue’s School of Building Construction Management in W. Lafayette, Ind., the Association is interested in expanding its education program to other construction management schools in the U.S. and Canada. The NDA is also looking into working with construction management schools to educate their faculty members about the demolition process with the goal of starting demolition courses at these interns’ institution.
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NDA Environment Committee chair to speak at Plant DDD Conference in Chicago
NDA
New NDA Environment Committee Chairman Jim Graham of Winter Environmental in Atlanta will be speaking on “Asbestos Abatement in a Power Plant Environment” at the upcoming Plant DDD Conference at AMA Executive Conference Center in Chicago on Wednesday, May 14. Graham’s presentation will deal with pre-demolition surveys and state-of-the-art techniques to safely demolish structures containing asbestos. For more information about the Plant DDD Conference, which deals with power plant decommissioning, decontamination and demolition, contact the NDA at 1-800-541-2412 or view online here.
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Locations set for upcoming NDA Board Meetings
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NDA President Jeff Kroeker — of Kroeker, Inc. in Fresno, Calif. — has announced the dates and locations for the next three Board of Directors meetings in 2014/15. The summer Board Meeting will take place at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver, B.C., on June 6-7; The fall Board Meeting will take place at the Gettysburg Hotel in historic Gettysburg, Pa., on Sept. 26-27; and the winter Meeting is scheduled for the Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu on Jan. 9-10, 2015.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Public hearings begin on OSHA silica proposal
Construction & Demolition Recycling
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration began holding public hearings on March 18 for the notice of proposed rulemaking on occupational exposure to crystalline silica. This marks the beginning of an intensive three weeks of public comment on the proposal, with hearings scheduled through April 4.
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Recycling Detroit's building past: How do you save bricks, wood from landfills?
Detroit Free Press
The bricks, wood and other valuable building materials are there for everyone to see on many of Detroit’s 80,000 blighted houses. But a major unknown as the city gears up to raze all of those structures in just six years is how effectively the city and its partners can salvage and recycle the material.
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How to best leverage advisors for your business: Part II
By David B. Mandell, JD, MBA
Savvy business owners typically expand their businesses by adding employees, making additional investments and creating new products or services. These additional steps to increase profitability also increase the complexity of their businesses — and for the owners, their personal financial planning. This complexity necessitates a team of advisors for assistance. In part I of this article, I discussed why a successful demolition business needs a team of knowledgeable and diverse advisors. Here, I will explain the roles of three key outside advisors who may impact the financials and protection of the business.
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Ground-improvement methods might protect against earthquakes
Purdue University via ScienceDaily
Researchers are developing ground-improvement methods to help increase the resilience of homes and low-rise structures built on top of soils prone to liquefaction during strong earthquakes. Findings will help improve the safety of structures in Christchurch and the Canterbury region in New Zealand, which were devastated in 2010 and 2011 by a series of powerful earthquakes.
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Materials monitored: Demolition contractors increase their job site security
Construction & Demolition Recycling
When demolition contractors work a temporary job site, one of the most important responsibilities they have is to keep the general public out. For years, demolition contractors have installed temporary fencing, posted “Do Not Enter” signs and set up barricades to prevent the public from wandering onto the site. However, as scrap metal prices have surged over the last decade, so too has the number of job site security measures that contractors use daily. Demolition contractors say theft of high-value scrap metals has become so prevalent in the industry that owners have had to expand security efforts at job sites in order to protect their assets.
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Why the White House is spending millions to promote wood skyscrapers
Gizmodo
The Department of Agriculture doesn't usually meddle in architecture, but at a recent event at the White House, it announced an unusual project: A $1 million competition for high-rise buildings built out of wood — and another million that will go to educating architects about it.
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Lightweight construction materials of highest stability
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology via ScienceDaily
Researchers have developed microstructured lightweight construction materials of highest stability. Although their density is below that of water, their stability relative to their weight exceeds that of massive materials, such as high-performance steel or aluminum. The lightweight construction materials are inspired by the framework structure of bones and the shell structure of the bees' honeycombs.
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Lightweight construction materials of highest stability
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology via ScienceDaily
Researchers have developed microstructured lightweight construction materials of highest stability. Although their density is below that of water, their stability relative to their weight exceeds that of massive materials.

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Dismantling Fukushima: The world's toughest demolition project
IEEE Spectrum
A radiation-proof superhero could make sense of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in an afternoon. Unfortunately, mere mortals can’t get anywhere near that pressure vessel.

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NDA recognizes environmental projects making significant 'quality of life' impact
NDA
The National Demolition Association presented the 4th annual Environmental Excellence Awards in February at the NDA’s 41th Annual Convention in Las Vegas.

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Concrete Canvas: Innovative new sustainable building material
Greener Ideal
A new building material called Concrete Canvas could drastically change the way that we are able to respond to natural disasters and humanitarian crises. In the video, you can see how the flexible but sturdy nature of the material makes it easy to pop-up a large and durable tent in a very short amount of time.
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Tax tips for the self-employed
USA Today
Americans who own their own businesses have to wear a lot of hats, from saleswoman to marketer to janitor. And at this time of year, one other role the self-employed need to fill is that of accountant and tax preparer. The good news is that a host of credits and deductions the Internal Revenue Service offers help sole proprietors of small businesses make the most of their endeavors. But the bad news is that the tax code can often be intimidating — especially to first-time filers who are self-employed. To help take the headache out of your 2013 tax return, here are five money-saving tax tips for those who own their own business and are about to file.
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