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41st Annual Convention sponsorships still available
NDA
There are still a number of excellent sponsorship opportunities available at the NDA's 41st Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas, Feb. 22–25. Items and events such as the tote bags and three coffee breaks as well specific opportunities to sponsor individual speakers or the NDA's Leadership Development Training Program on Sunday, Feb. 23, are still available for sponsorship. The NDA is also interested in any ideas potential sponsors may have about new initiatives or items they would like to sponsor.

For more information about sponsoring an item, session, or event at next year's Convention contact NDA Headquarters at 1-800-541-2412. Don't miss this great opportunity to support the National Demolition Association and its programs.
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Nov. 8: ENR material deadline approaching
NDA
For those companies participating in this year's NDA McGraw-Hill Engineering News-Record Demolition Insert, which will appear in the Dec. 2 issue of the magazine, the deadline for editorial material, including a project or product photo that must be sent to NDA Executive Director Mike Taylor at mtaylor@demolitionassociation.com no later than Friday, Nov. 8. Ad material should be forwarded to ENR directly. See the ENR flier for more information.
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Former Energy Secretary Stephen Chu is NDA Convention keynote speaker
NDA
Former Energy Secretary Stephen Chu of Stanford University is the keynote speaker for the National Demolition Association's 41st Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas, Feb. 22–25. Dr. Chu will be speaking on Monday morning, Feb. 24, discussing how energy innovation, the nation's energy research has produced groundbreaking technological advances, scientific discoveries, greater energy independence and a culture of leadership and accountability that can prove invaluable for all organizations.

Dr. Chu, a Nobel Prize winning physicist and renowned university professor will be discussing the state of clean energy, including the numerous cutting-edge advances that have been made over the course of the last four years as well as the myriad of government-sponsored partnerships that have provided American innovators and entrepreneurs with a competitive edge in the global energy economy. He will also discuss the role of government and industry in energy development, the transformative impact that renewable energy sources is having on the nation’s economy and how the recent advances in energy development have made the U.S. stronger, more competitive, and safer.

Dr Chu's presentation will also touch on mitigating climate change through the development of new technologies and business models that will accelerate the nations' transition to sustainable energy.

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Understanding Obamacare: Making sense of the Affordable Care Act
NDA
Another important speaker at new year's 41st Annual Convention at The Mirage is Jennifer Berman, a labor and employment attorney from Philadelphia who will be discussing how the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act will impact small businesses in the U.S. Berman, who counsels clients on employee benefit compliance issues, will be presenting compliance strategies for employer-sponsored medical benefits plans under the new health care rules with a particular emphasis on the needs of small-business and entrepreneurial companies. Her presentation will provide broad insights into what is actually contained in the Affordable Care Act and how companies can comply with the new rules and regulations.
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Leadership Development program at 41st Annual Convention
NDA
As part of the NDA's Education Initiative, FMI, one of the nation's leading construction management consulting firms, will be offering a full-day Leadership Development training program at next year’s 41st Annual Convention. The program is designed for project managers, estimators, superintendents, foremen and company owners, anyone who benefits from improving their leadership skills.

The interactive curriculum will include sessions on:
  • Leadership vs. management
  • Managing up & down
  • The leader's world view: who am I as a leader and why does it matter?
  • Time management and purposeful delegation
  • Action planning
The program is designed to provide the attendee with a better understanding of who he/her is as a leader, how that impacts both his/her direct reports and supervisors; and how knowing this will help them be more effective and efficient. The program is limited to 30-35 attendees. The cost for this Leadership Development program is $250. Attendees will receive a discount in their delegate registration for the NDA's 2014 Convention.

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Dec. 16: 2014 Environmental Excellence Awards applications due
NDA
Applications for the NDA's 2014 Environmental Excellence Awards were mailed to every Association member. This program, designed to promote the demolition industry’s commitment to environmental stewardship as outlined in the organization's mission, has been very successful with both members and their clients.

These awards are presented to NDA members that perform projects that have a significant impact on the quality of life in the community where they did the work or developed a product or service that does the same. Applications for next year's awards are due at NDA Headquarters in Doylestown, Pa., on Monday, Dec. 16.

This year's awards will be presented by Environment Committee Chairman John Adamo, Jr. — of Adamo Demolition Company in Detroit — on Monday morning, Feb. 24, immediately following NDA President Kroeker's welcoming address at the NDA's 41st Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas.

Award winners receive two awards, one for their own firm and one to present to the client they did the work for. The NDA's Environment Committee established this program to enlighten our customers, the construction community, and the general public to the major role the industry plays in enhancing the quality of life in the towns and cities where we work. Look for the 2014 Environmental Excellence Awards application forms soon. The applications will also be available online at www.demolitionassociation.com.

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Nov. 8: ENR material deadline
NDA
For those companies participating in this year's NDA McGraw-Hill Engineering News-Record Demolition Insert, the deadline for editorial material, including a project or product photo that must be sent to NDA Executive Director Mike Taylor no later than Friday, Nov. 8.

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Extremedemolition: Watch 200-foot tall wind turbine tower toppled in Connecticut
CNN
Petr Hejl is a hobbyist drone photographer. For his latest project, he filmed the demolition of a 200-foot wind turbine in Torrington, Conn.

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Timeline of dome demolition, Vikings stadium construction revealed
WCCO-TV
Only five home games remain on the Vikings schedule this year. And unless the Minnesota Vikings go to the playoff, that's how much time is left for the Metrodome. The Dome will be torn down to make way for the Vikings' new home.

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AchieveLinks program highlight: Group earn
NDA
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OSHA extends comment period on proposed silica rule
Construction & Demolition Recycling
The U.S Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is extending the public comment period for an additional 47 days on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica.
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Crash-friendly drone could explore collapsed buildings
GigaOM
Advanced robots tend to be loaded with sensors that help them analyze their environment and avoid obstacles like walls and debris. One crash can break a robot's parts and end its mission, so the sensors play an important role in planning a cautious route. Gimball, a drone built by researchers in Switzerland, doesn't have any sensors to prevent it from damaging itself. Instead, it flies in an elastic cage and bounces wildly from obstacle to obstacle, allowing the cage to absorb the shock of each hit.
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California Emergency Management Agency confers with National Demolition Association on disaster response plans
EHS Today
The California Emergency Management Agency has invited the National Demolition Association to address its staff on ways demolition contractors' skills, equipment and experience can help save lives and property at disaster scenes.
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Smart leadership: Delegate, prioritize and simplify
BusinessNewsDaily
Being the boss has its perks, but it isn't always an easy job. There are a lot of decisions to make and responsibilities to deal with, especially when you have a team of people counting on you for direction. While a leadership position does demand time and effort, good leaders know that you don't have to live in the office to effectively guide your employees. Smart leadership is about making the most of your work hours by learning to delegate, prioritize and simplify.
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A bionic material that lets buildings open and close like a flower
Gizmodo
Imagine a building with a façade that opens and closes like a flower blooming. It feels like the building is alive, but in reality, it's just inspired by life. A material that can make this happen actually does exist — it's called Flectofin, and it's based on a flower called the Bird of Paradise.
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Contractors forbidden to publicly discuss Newtown, Conn., school demolition
The Associated Press via Fox News
Contractors demolishing Sandy Hook Elementary School are being required to sign confidentiality agreements forbidding public discussion of the site, photographs or disclosure of any information about the building where 26 people were fatally shot last December.
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Credit application can be the first step in getting you paid
By Nate Budde
A thorough credit application is an integral part of any company's credit management policy, including companies in the construction industry. Credit applications aren't sexy to look at, but when specifically tailored to fit within the framework of your credit policy as a whole, they can greatly improve your payment funnel and increase profits. Making sure the customer is creditworthy is important, but it's only the first step.
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