Dust: More than a nuisance
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Demolition contractors, operators of crushing plants and operators of several types of equipment used in the demolition and recycling process face the challenge of controlling dust. When working at a job site or facility in a residential, commercial or mixed-use neighborhood, the importance of dust control escalates, as the last thing a contractor or subcontractor wishes to deal with are nuisance complaints from neighbors. More
Register now for NDA's Fall Education Program set for Baltimore
The Education Committee of the National Demolition Association will be holding its Fall Education Program Sept. 23-24 at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Md., north of Baltimore. Part of the Education Committee's 2011-2012 program to provide training opportunities for our members, the fall program will offer the NDA's demolition-specific OSHA 10-hour Construction Safety & Health course; a course on Demolition Estimating taught by Demolition textbook co-author Richard J. Diven of R.J. Diven, Inc.; and one on Demolition Project Site Management by the other Demolition textbook author, Mark Shaurette, Ph.D., of Purdue University's School of Building Construction Management. The OSHA demolition-specific 10-hour training course provides a certification from the instructor.
These courses are designed to provide practical hands-on instruction in construction safety and health, estimating and project management. The safety and management training are part of the NDA's mission to provide our members and their employees with the tools necessary to be leaders in the demolition industry. Registration forms for the Fall Education Program have been mailed to every Regular member. Click here to register online. For more information, contact NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.
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Outlook positive for stronger commercial construction in Canada for 2012
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Despite the recent pattern of subpar growth in the United States, persisting uncertainty about the impact of the European sovereign debt crisis on global financial markets and the impact of supply chain disruptions midway through the year, the outlook for the Canadian economy in general, and for commercial construction in particular, remains positive. More significantly, the Business Outlook Survey reported that a record 53 percent of firms reported that they are planning to hire additional staff over the next 21 months. More
China to boost public housing investment
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China will step up investment in public housing and ensure that construction quality meets standards, Minister of Finance Xie Xuren said. "China will make sure that construction proceeds at a reasonable pace," and that quality and safety are assured, Xie said in remarks recently posted on the ministry's website. Affordable housing has become a key issue for the government amid widespread criticism of surging property prices and fears this could lead to social unrest. More
Get ready for ENR's 2011 Demolition Insert
McGraw-Hill's Engineering News-Record magazine has announced the publication dates for their 2011 Demolition Insert. One of the largest public relations and marketing efforts that the NDA undertakes every year outside of its own extensive public relations program, ENR's Demolition Insert presents NDA members with an opportunity to showcase their project skills and capabilities in one of the world's premier construction publications. ENR's Demolition Insert will reach close to 250,000 construction professionals, including over 100,000 contractors, over 50,000 public and private owners, and over 50,000 design engineers. The Demolition Insert will also be posted on ENR's website for the next 12 months.
This year's ENR Demolition Insert will run in the Nov. 28 issue of the magazine. Materials and photos need to be sent to NDA Executive Director Mike Taylor at by no later than Oct. 21. For more information about this excellent member benefit and marketing opportunity contact Mike Taylor at 1.800.541.2412 or ENR's Director of Special Project Al Dalessandro at 914.219.5070 or al_Dalessandro@mcgraw-hill.com.
When does it pay to use innovative concrete products?
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New materials and methods available to concrete construction crews in the past decade present a financial dilemma: A flashy material may offer advantages despite its upfront cost, but how do you know you aren't sending your overall project into the red? A research team took a stab at this problem and found overall cost savings. High-strength rebar generally wins out over traditional steel reinforcement, the study shows. More
NDA's fall board meeting scheduled for Asheville, NC
The board of directors of the NDA will be meeting Oct. 7-8 at the grove Park Inn in beautiful Asheville, N.C. Part of the planned activities of this year's Fall Board of Directors Meeting includes a visit to Volvo Construction Equipment's North American headquarters and its equipment proving grounds in Asheville Oct. 7. The tour will include a time for hands-on equipment operation. The NDA is also planning dinner and a tour of the historic Biltmore Estate, summer home of the Vanderbilt's on Oct. 8. NDA President Don Rachel invites all NDA members to attend this important event. He encourages association members to invite their clients and potential members of the organization to all of the association's board meeting so that they can see the benefits of membership in the association. For more information about the October board of directors meeting, contact NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.
The saving of Ground Zero
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To the degree that it's possible for a 102-story building to take a city by surprise, One World Trade Center snuck up on the New York skyline. For years the project, conceived in the throes of tragedy, has been debated, negotiated, re-named, re-drawn, hailed as a beacon and maligned as a boondoggle. It wasn't until recently, though, that it presented itself as an immutable fact, beginning to replace the void above Ground Zero with steel and reflective glass. Designed to commemorate lost life and recapture lost revenue, the half-completed skyscraper is both a nationalistic statement — it was formerly known as the "Freedom Tower" — and the centerpiece of a speculative real estate project. More
Convention Committee prepares for 2012 show in San Antonio
The Convention Committee of the NDA is completing work on the program for the association's 39th Annual Convention at the Hyatt Regency on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, which is planned for March 11–14. This year's show will feature a real Texas rodeo at the Monday Night Theme Party, which will include a PBR bull riding, two country western bands, line dancing, armadillo racing and a mechanical bull to ride. A Texas barbeque will be served. Next year's NDA golf tournament will be held March 11 at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort outside San Antonio. The Convention Committee is considering a demolition rodeo at next year's show, similar to those events held by the solid waste industry, to test the skills of the demolition industry's operators. A number of skill test events will be held in the Gonzalez Convention Center attached to the Hyatt Regency on March 12 in the NDA's exhibit hall. Look for more information about the NDA's 39th Annual Convention shortly.
NDA changes exhibitor contract for San Antonio
The NDA's 39th Annual Convention scheduled for March 11–14 at the Gonzalez Convention Center on the Riverwalk in San Antonio will be the first time that NDA has held an annual convention in Texas and the first time the association has utilized a convention center. Changes to the NDA's exhibitor contract involve enlarging the size of exhibit booth size from 8 x 10 to the "industry standard" 10 x 10 size. This will mean an increase in exhibitor space for those companies in the NDA's equipment area as well as its standard booth area. Fees for exhibiting at the NDA's 39th Annual Convention have increased slightly, for the first time in a number of years, but the actual square footage price with the increase in booth-space size will go down from prior conventions. The exhibitor contract will be sent to every Associate member and previous exhibitors at an NDA convention shortly. More
Register for the Second Annual C&D Recycling Forum in Baltimore
The NDA is co-sponsoring C&D Recycling magazine's Second Annual C&D Recycling Forum Sept. 25-27 at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Md., just north of Baltimore. This event follows the NDA's 2011 Fall Education Program scheduled for Sept. 23-24 at Turf Valley. The C&D Recycling Forum will offer a host of diverse programs covering recycling and reuse issues of importance to the demolition industry. Program specifics and registration information are available at http://forum.cdrecycler.com and from both the NDA and C&D Recycling magazine. Registration forms for both the Fall Education Program and the 2011 C&D Recycling Forum will also appear in the September/October issue of Demolition magazine.
Scientists to shake 5-story building in Japan
Landmark earthquake engineering tests this summer in Japan by the University of Nevada, Reno, could open the door for earthquake-proofing technology applied to hospitals, nuclear power plants and emergency-response facilities to be more common in the United States, and confirm the capabilities for the technology used in Japan and the rest of the world. The tests on the five-story 500-ton steel-frame building will be held on the earthquake simulation "shake-table" at the Hyogo Earthquake Engineering Research Center, also known as E-Defense. More
Equipment manufacturers aid in flood relief
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High-performance equipment from aggregate, construction and recycling equipment manufacturers KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens played an important role in recent flood relief efforts during an extensive sandbagging operation in Dakota Dunes, S.D. The South Dakota National Guard used a Series 271 Screening Plant, which was engineered and manufactured at KPI-JCI in Yankton, S.D., to fill sandbags that were carried by a UH60 Blackhawk helicopter in an attempt to raise and reinforce levees along the Missouri River. More
NDA considering first Demolition Rodeo in San Antonio
The NDA wants to help its regular members with team building within their companies. Therefore, the association is working on our first Demolition Rodeo to be held at the 39th Annual Convention in San Antonio, in March. Tentative plans called for a sponsored event involving operator skill tests involving a small grapple and one using a skid steer. Cash prizes and NDA jackets denoting the winner's success will be offered. The event would be held March 11 in the Gonzalez Convention Center during expanded exhibition time. More information about this exciting event will be available shortly.