US earthquake damage on East Coast will take time to assess
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As officials across the Washington region continued to assess the damage from a 5.8-magnitude earthquake, structural engineers warned that the full effect of the quake might not be known for days. While the area seems to have fared relatively well, the earthquake packed a punch. Across the region, walls cracked and chunks of concrete broke off buildings. But thanks to improvements in building design and codes that require reinforcements that help buildings stay upright when the ground starts rumbling, the damage was minimized. 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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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.
Directive on cranes and derricks rule to be issued soon
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OSHA will issue a compliance directive and letters of interpretation on the Cranes and Derricks in Construction rule by this fall. Issues raised by the industry are training requirements for crane operators, riggers and signalpersons; whether a crane is considered engaged in construction when it is used to deliver supplies to a worksite; and the amount of time electrical utilities have to shut down power to electric lines close to construction cranes. 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.
The rapid rise of India's steel industry
The traffic leaving the Kolkata airport in India moves in a type of organized chaos that's incomprehensible to Westerners but clearly understood by the local road warriors who communicate with the beep of a horn. These bumpy roads leading toward Kolkata's business center help tell the story of a nation struggling to enter the industrialized world. Indeed, the sights and sounds of new construction are ever present along JBS Haldane Avenue near the city's sprawling Science City technology and science museum. One of the key sectors supplying these developments is the steel industry. India's government expects the country to become the second-largest crude-steel producer in the world by 2015 More
Register for the second C&D Recycling Forum in Baltimore
The NDA is co-sponsoring C&D Recycling magazine's second 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.
AGC: Construction fatalities decline by nearly 10 percent between 2009-2010
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The number of construction fatalities declined by nearly 10 percent between 2009 and 2010 and by almost 40 percent during the past five years, according to an analysis of new federal data prepared by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials pointed to an industrywide commitment to improving workplace safety as a key reason for the safety improvements. More
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
Indianapolis residents anticipate Keystone Towers implosion
City leaders and demolition crews in Indianapolis reviewed a detailed plan Aug. 23 to implode the Keystone Towers, a longtime neighborhood eyesore. Residents in the neighborhood surrounding the towers said they are looking forward to seeing the towers come down because of the problems associated with the building. "The whole neighborhood and city is happy that this eyesore is going away," one resident said. 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.
Red Cross: Social media prevalent in disasters
A pair of new surveys conducted by the American Red Cross confirmed that the uptick seen on sites such as Twitter and Facebook is part of a growing trend of Americans turning to social media in response to emergencies. Clear evidence of this was the East Coast earthquake that occurred Aug. 23, which produced more than 40,000 earthquake-related tweets on Twitter, was discussed in more than 3 million Facebook accounts and caused Twitter to hit 5,000 tweets per second. 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.