NDA Newsletter
Feb. 21, 2014

See you at the NDA's 41st Annual Convention at The Mirage
NDA
We look forward to seeing everyone at the National Demolition Association’s 41st Annual Convention — at The Mirage, Feb. 22-25. You can still register for the largest exposition of demolition equipment, products, and services in world by simply coming to The Mirage and visiting our Registration Area in the rotunda of the resort’s Exhibition Center. If you have any questions about the event or need additional information call 1-800-541-2412.






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Learn about the NDA's new member services
NDA
Kim Wieland, the NDA's new director of member services, will be discussing the dramatic changes that are taking place with the member services provided by the Association and how they are delivered on Tuesday morning, Feb. 25 at The Mirage. Wieland will be discussing the improvements being make to the NDA's website to improve access and user interface as we prepare the site for the implementation of the NDA's web-based health and safety training program and the development of the Body of Knowledge for the demolition process which will be accessible via www.demolitionassociation.com. Come learn how these improvements and a host of other innovations will make it easier to get the maximum benefit from the NDA.More

Remember, a Nobel Prize winner is this year's keynote speaker
NDA
One of the best reasons to attend this year’s 41st Annual Convention in Las Vegas is the keynote speaker. Nobel Prize winning physicist Dr. Stephen Chu, the former head of the U.S. Department of Energy, will be addressing the convention this year about the state of the global energy environment. Chu will be discussing how innovation and cooperation helped the United States address many of the challenges faced with the growing demand for energy resources. His presentation will deal with the successes that we have seen in the energy sector, the future challenges the U.S. and the rest of the world face, and how individual companies can implement some of the management tools developed by the DOE when dealing with complex problems.More

Locations set for upcoming NDA Board Meetings
NDA
NDA President Jeff Kroeker — of Kroeker, Inc. in Fresno, Calif. — has announced the dates and locations for the next three Board of Directors meetings in 2014/15. The summer Board Meeting will take place at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver, B.C., on June 6-7; The fall Board Meeting will take place at the Gettysburg Hotel in historic Gettysburg, Pa., on Sept. 26-27; and the winter Meeting is scheduled for the Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu on Jan. 9-10, 2015.More

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1 ton of explosives brings down a skyscraper in 10 seconds
Equipment World
To bring down this 32-story, 381-foot tower in Frankfurt, Germany, demolitions experts drilled more than 1,500 strategically-placed holes in its side and packed them full of explosives. More than 2,000 pounds — one ton–full to be exact. More than 10,000 people gathered to see the event, according to Deutsche Welle. It is one of the tallest buildings ever demolished with explosives in the world and the tallest in Europe. Large canisters containing 264 gallons of water were exploded as well to keep dust from spreading from the blast zone. More

Demolition tests durability of storm shelter
The Associatd Press via KTUL-TV
An excavator recently tore down an aging former school, but it was what was inside that drew a crowd of onlookers. The machinery tore down concrete walls and ceilings with ease. What was left at the end was a lot of debris and a strategically placed steel storm shelter.More

Time-lapse shows multi-building demolition
USA Today
Trenton, N.J., is getting a partial facelift. Time-lapse video captured by Thomas Edison State College shows the demolition of the Glen Cairn Arms apartments. More

A Viking burial
Demolition News
It is a sight that will bring a tear to the eye of the purple army that follows the Minnesota Vikings. With the roof deflated and the cable stays popped by explosives, demolition is now properly underway at the team’s former home — The Metrodome.More

What it takes to be the boss
By Michael J. Berens
Who wouldn't want to be the boss? You get to call the shots and tell everyone what to do. You get a nice office, an even nicer paycheck and all those perks. What's not to like? It turns out, though, not as many employees as you might think aspire to being the boss. Fewer than 1 in 4, according to a Pew Research Center report. That figure is all the more surprising since bosses express higher levels of job satisfaction than do workers, are as likely to maintain work/life balance and are more satisfied with their home life as well. Are bosses just lucky, or is there something different that sets them apart from their co-workers?More

What's in the air this year? Here is what you need to know about the Clean Air Act in 2014
The National Law Review
This year promises many important developments with respect to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s implementation and enforcement of the federal Clean Air Act. Here are some major enforcement trends and regulatory issues that regulated parties may want to monitor in 2014.More

What it takes to be the boss
By Michael J. Berens
Who wouldn't want to be the boss? You get to call the shots and tell everyone what to do. You get a nice office, an even nicer paycheck and all those perks. What's not to like?More

Goodbye, Metrodome: Video of roof support demolition
SB Nation
In a process that's going to be drawn out over a series of months, the Metrodome went through another stage of its demolition when crews rigged explosives to the Dome's roof support structure and promptly blew it up.More

Locations set for upcoming NDA Board Meetings
NDA
NDA President Jeff Kroeker — of Kroeker, Inc. in Fresno, Calif. — has announced the dates and locations for the next three Board of Directors meetings in 2014/15.More

Construction industry groups ask OSHA to withdraw proposed silica rule
Construction & Demolition Recycling
The Construction Industry Safety Coalition, a coalition representing associations in the construction industry, has requested the Occupational Safety and Health Administration withdraw its proposed rule to drastically lower the permissible exposure limit of crystalline silica for the demolition and construction industry. The request was made Feb. 18.More