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Exciting News For the NDA — Change to New Management Company
NDA President Jeff Kroeker writes, "I am pleased to communicate to you some exciting news that will assuredly take our organization to the next level. As part of our strategic planning efforts, the National Demolition Association (NDA) Board of Directors is looking to the future and has been exploring management options to best support us as we continue to evolve and grow. We are committed to increasing membership, enhancing our products and services and increasing our profile in the demolition community. After discussion and reflection, we have chosen SmithBucklin Corporation as our new management company."
NDA Members Get to Test Drive New Volvo Demolition Equipment
National Demolition Association leaders and members recently toured a Volvo Construction Equipment plant in Shippensburg, PA, watched an outdoor machine show featuring the manufacturer’s standard and high-reach demolition equipment, and had a chance to test drive some of the newest loaders, haulers and excavators during a day-long visit to the Volvo Customer Center.
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In Denmark, researchers clean water with recycled concrete
Researchers at the University of Southern Denmark are proposing an alternative use for crushed concrete recycled from demolition sites as a filtration medium for nutrient-rich water.
Excavator showdown: Tracked vs. wheeled
When it comes to high-production digging, you just can’t beat an excavator on steel tracks. But take away the undercarriage and add wheels and you get a very different machine. Wheeled excavators can’t dig as aggressively as their tracked cousins, but with a quick coupler and attachments they can perform a surprising variety of jobs and maneuver in places where any other type of heavy equipment would be impossible.
New Jersey city seeks demolition activity
Construction & Demolition Recycling
The mayor of Camden, New Jersey, has put out bids to demolish 64 abandoned properties and says it is a first step toward her goal of demolishing a total of 598 targeted buildings. Mayor Dana L. Redd has announced that the city of Camden is currently advertising for bids from contractors willing to demolish the 64 properties, 61 of which are in the same Whitman Park neighborhood.
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Newport News, Virginia, ramps up demolition of its abandoned properties
More than 250 properties in Newport News, Virginia, are abandoned, and the city's initiative to demolish more of them than in the past is underway.
"Not only do we need to do more, we need to do more and do it in a timely fashion," Assistant City Manager Cindy Rohlf said during a City Council work session recently.
For concrete, climate change may mean a shorter lifespan
The Boston Globe
A new study out of Northeastern University suggests that for a dense coastal city like Boston, a more immediate vulnerability may lie in something not even considered. It’s not rising seas that will get those areas first; it’s collapsing concrete. Untold tons of concrete make up a city’s buildings, bridges, roads, and parking garages. As solid as it looks, reinforced concrete is vulnerable to long-term corrosion and decay: Over the course of decades, elements from the environment slowly work their way through to corrode the metal rods inside.
Sections of California's San Andreas Fault overdue for major earthquakes
Four urban areas of the San Andreas Fault System in Northern California have accumulated a sufficient amount of energy to produce major earthquakes, a new study finds. Scientists say the region appears to be overdue for a significant quake. The four areas singled out in the study are: Hayward, Rodgers Creek, northern Calaveras and Green Valley.
Construction technology: The cloud and beyond
By Nate Budde
We use technology to improve or simplify our lives and jobs every day — no matter what job you have or what industry you are in. Despite the fact that everybody uses technology in some way, some industries lag far behind the curve in the adoption of certain technologies. It's odd, but many construction industry participants have not yet realized how much simpler, easier, cleaner and more efficient the proper use of new technology could make their outdated and inefficient current process, even though they are currently using technology in some way anyway.
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