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NDA announces keynote speaker, events, at 39th Annual Convention
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A leading construction industry economist, Dr. Anirban Basu, is the keynote speaker at the National Demolition Association's 39th Annual Convention in the historic city of San Antonio March 10-13. His address, entitled Understanding the Construction Economy: Your 19th Nervous Breakdown, is sure to generate a good deal of discussion and interest, said Michael R. Taylor, CAE, NDA executive director. More

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Still time to sponsor an event at the 39th Annual Convention in San Antonio
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Cam Gabbard and Brad Hutchinson of Company Wrench of Carroll, Ohio, have stepped up to support the National Demolition Association and its programs by sponsoring the Monday Luncheon in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio this year. They join Caterpillar, Volvo Construction Equipment, Stanley LaBounty, Genesis Attachments, Komatsu America, Liebherr Construction Equipment, Atlas Copco Construction Equipment, Apollo General Insurance Agency, Fireman's Fund, Envirocon and Rocky Mountain Recycling in sponsoring events at the NDA's 39th Annual Convention. Several other sponsorship opportunities are still available, including all three coffee breaks at the show, the tote bags provided for use in the exhibit hall and several of the speakers. You can also sponsor a golf hole or contest at the NDA's 25th Silver Anniversary Golf Tournament at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort on March 10.

For more information about sponsoring an event at the 39th Annual Convention, the largest exposition of demolition equipment, products and services in the world, contact NDA headquarters at 1-800-541-2412.

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Volvo Construction Equipment to sponsor 17th Demolition Academy
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As they have done for many years, Volvo Construction Equipment from Asheville, N.C., and soon-to-be Shippensburg, Pa., will be sponsoring the NDA's 17th Demolition Academy on March 10-11 right before the association's 39th Annual Convention in San Antonio. This year's academy features the demolition-specific OSHA 10-hour health & safety training course; a session on the proper handling and disposal of universal waste; one on Basic Industrial Hygiene for the Demolition Industry; and a program on Demolition Project Site Management. The OSHA 10-hour provides a presenter course completion card.

Registration forms for the 17th Demolition Academy, the NDA's premier educational program are available on the NDA's website, or you can all NDA headquarters at 1-800-541-2412. The NDA appreciates Volvo Construction Equipment's long-term support of the association's safety and education programs.

NDA Member-Get-A-Member Program
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The best indicator of a vibrant, service-oriented association is a growing membership base. The Member Services Committee of the board of directors of the NDA believes now is the time to recruit new members to our organization. Therefore, the committee has developed its exciting new Member-Get-A-Member program that provides valuable incentives for our current members to assist the NDA in attracting new members. More

Apply for the NDA's Environmental Excellence Award
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Applications for the NDA's second Environmental Excellence Award program were mailed recently to every member of the association. This program, designed to highlight the demolition industry's skill and experience in dealing with challenging environmental issues of their project sites or products developed that protect the environment, had 11 winners in 2011. The program was developed by the association's Environment Committee to promote the NDA's commitment to environmental stewardship as part of its mission. Awards will be presented to this year's winners at the 39th Annual Convention on March 13 in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention center in San Antonio.

For an application form or more information, contact NDA headquarters at 1-800-541-2412 or click here.

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OSHA chooses 10 online training companies for outreach training
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OSHA on Jan. 12 announced 10 companies it has chosen as authorized trainers to deliver 25 online courses as part of its Outreach Training Program. The winners will be able to train thousands of workers on construction safety, general industry safety, and, in one company's case, maritime safety. OSHA notes that the online courses are voluntary, not required — but in practical terms, satisfactorily completing 10- or 30-hour construction training is frequently a required "ticket" for someone to perform work at a construction site. More

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Waste Management launches online diversion, recycling tracking tool
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Waste Management launched a Diversion and Recycling Tracking tool to help project planners, contractors, architects and building owners measure their green performance during a construction, renovation and demolition project. The service, which is available across the U.S. and Canada, operates online and is accessible 24 hours a day to monitor construction and demolition recycling, tabulate total diversion rates and provide documentation to support LEED certification. More

Communication technology can improve productivity, customer satisfaction    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Construction sites are often highly dispersed, noisy and potentially dangerous work environments, making effective communication challenging on various levels. One essential component to maximizing the productivity, efficiency and safety of crews is real-time communication between teams of mobile workers. More

Iowa program preserves the past, creates jobs for today
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An old building can be a lot of things. For some, it is a relic to be preserved, full of rustic charm and rich history. To others, it is nothing but an eyesore or an obstacle to new construction. To Dan Oswald, the coordinator of the Iowa Central Community College deconstruction program, an old building is an opportunity to create jobs and make way for new work, while still preserving some of that history. The idea is, instead of simply demolishing an old building, a team of workers can "harvest" it: they remove the nails, undo the bolts and save as much wood as possible to be reused. More

Construction materials prices dipped in December
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Thanks to a stronger dollar and weakening world demand, the price of most construction materials fell in December, the Associated Builders and Contractors reported. On average, materials prices fell 0.2 percent, putting them down 0.9 percent for the fourth quarter, the ABC said. More

Researcher receives $250,000 NSF grant for new structural failure method
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A researcher from Wayne State University in Detroit recently received a three-year, $250,000 grant to create a new method for calculating structural failure probability. The grant was awarded to Christopher Eamon, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering. The National Science Foundation provided the $250,000 grant in an effort to reach heightened consistency within a structure via the development of new methods for reliability analysis for probabilistically and computationally complex structural engineering problems. More

Industrial output rises on strong manufacturing
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Industrial output rose in December as manufacturing rebounded at its strongest pace in a year, countering a weather-related decline in utilities, Federal Reserve data showed. Industrial production increased 0.4 percent in December, the Federal Reserve said, after falling 0.3 percent in November. Manufacturing has been one of the main drivers of growth in the U.S. economy since the end of the 2007-2009 recession. More

Winter weather safety tips for construction workers
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Snow recently hit the area of Portland, Ore., and meteorologists called for more of the same winter mess. That is never good news for a construction site, but project teams can plan accordingly. More

Top 7 CES gadgets for your small business
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The Consumer Electronics Show 2012 saw the launch of a slew of new gadgets, many of which could be useful for small business. Here's a roundup of some of the top gadgets for entrepreneurs, aside from the new batch of tablets, which are got their own post chock full of spec comparisons. More
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