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Plan to participate in this year's ENR Demolition Insert
NDA
The National Demolition Association will once again be sponsoring McGraw-Hill's Engineering News-Record "Demolition Insert" scheduled to run in the Dec. 2 issue of ENR. The annual "Demolition Insert" presents Association members with an exceptional opportunity to market their products and services to the over 250,000 readers of world's premier construction and engineering publication. For more information about participating in this program contact Mike Taylor at NDA Headquarters at 1-800-541-2412 or click here.
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NDA hires director of member services
NDA
The National Demolition Association has hired Kim Wieland as the NDA's new director of member services. Kim Wieland will be responsible for the development and implementation of the organization's new Education Initiative designed to provide management and safety training to the demolition industry while improving professional competency.

Kim Wieland has worked in association education programs for the American Lung Association and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. She holds a master's degree in global public health from George Washington University and has also been a teacher. In addition to her responsibilities involved with the NDA's Education Initiative, she will be working on expanding the Association's other member services, the recruitment and retention of Association members, enhancing the NDA's social media and branding programs, and working on Association public relations.


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Demolition of the Wilshire Grand in Los Angeles fascinates passersby
Los Angeles Times
As the methodical destruction of the Wilshire Grand Hotel is taking place at two of L.A.'s busiest thoroughfares. Observers are impressed with how space is being made for the 73-story Korean Air skyscraper.
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Survey finds significant savings with recycled asphalt
Construction & Demolition Recycling
The National Asphalt Pavement Association and the Federal Highway Administration have released a survey of sustainable construction practices in the asphalt pavement industry. The survey, which covers the 2011 construction season, studies the usage of reclaimed asphalt pavement, recycled asphalt shingles and warm-mix asphalt. The two groups note that the use of recycled materials in asphalt pavements saved taxpayers more than $2.2 billion dollars during the 2011 paving season.
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New report highlights mounting challenge of aging bridges, ranks states
Transportation for America via Rebuilding America's Infrastructure
One in 9 of the bridges and overpasses American drivers cross each day is rated in poor enough condition that some could become dangerous or be closed without near-term repair, according to an updated analysis of federal data released by Transportation for America. Nearly 67,000 of the nation's 605,000 bridges are rated "structurally deficient" and are in need of substantial repair or replacement, according to bridge inspections analyzed in "The Fix We're In For: The State of the Nation's Bridges 2013."
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Demolition of the Wilshire Grand in Los Angeles fascinates passersby
Los Angeles Times
As the methodical destruction of the Wilshire Grand Hotel is taking place at two of L.A.'s busiest thoroughfares. Observers are impressed with how space is being made for the 73-story Korean Air skyscraper.

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Inspector of collapsed building kills himself
WCAU-TV
The lead inspector of a Center City building in Philadelphia that collapsed last week is dead after committing suicide, city officials confirmed recently.

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Stealth demolition:
How do the Japanese bring down their skyscrapers

The Economic Times
There are many ways to demolish a building, and some of them are spectacular: blowing it up from the inside so it collapses on itself, or smashing it to bits with a 2-ton wrecking ball.

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NSPS objects to DOL decision on survey crew members
CE News
The executive director of the National Society of Professional Surveyors told members of a congressional subcommittee that the U.S. Department of Labor's recent decision to categorize survey crew members as "laborers and mechanics" was "detrimental to the surveying profession," and requested Congress' help in reversing DOL's decision.
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New construction starts rise 5 percent in May
NationalMortgageProfessional.com
At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $495.7 billion, new construction starts in May advanced 5 percent from the previous month, according to McGraw Hill Construction, a division of McGraw Hill Financial. Much of the upward lift came from nonresidential buildings, which registered moderate growth for the second month in a row after its sluggish performance at the outset of 2013.
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Nanomaterials in the construction industry: A 21st century revolution
By Adolfo Benedito
When we talk about innovation of materials for construction, inevitably, terms such as energy efficiency, sustainability, ecology, home automation and autonomy arise. New concepts have been developing that, by adopting the most innovative technological solutions, seek to go beyond simple integration to nature. The potential of nanomaterials is considered, perhaps prematurely, the revolution of the 21st century. The development of the house of the future demands a continuous innovation in new materials, such as polymers, whose versatility and capacity of being functional and intelligent confer new and attractive options.
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    Stealth demolition: How do the Japanese bring down their skyscrapers (The Economic Times)
Slideshow: 8 of the world's most spectacular infrastructure projects (CNN)
Inspector of collapsed building kills himself (WCAU-TV)
Philadelphia City Council begins review of demolition practices (Newsworks.org)
Final rule expands construction standards to demolition workers (Risk & Insurance)
Clean up on rewards (NDA)

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Salvaging ideas for homeowners from an industrial demolition contractor
Elder Demolition
Dismantling, or taking apart a building by hand so almost everything may be reused, is the latest environmental innovation among demolition contractors. "Eco-aware" homeowners who are tearing down their homes may be interested to learn what can be dismantled.
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Why training for earthmovers cannot be overlooked
Site Prep
If you thought that learning stopped on your last day of school, you're probably not reading this. Nope, those folks are probably still living in their parents' basement. Albert Einstein said it best: "Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death." Life is a learning experience.
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