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NDA names 6 2012 scholarship winners
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National Demolition Association presented college scholarships to six deserving students at the 39th Annual National Demolition Association Convention in Las Vegas. The NDA has recognized exemplary students with scholarships for more than 10 years. "We're pleased to present these scholarships to students who have demonstrated a commitment to serve the local community while maintaining a high level of academic achievement," said Michael R. Taylor, CAE, executive director of the association. More

NDA returns to Opryland
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The NDA will be returning to the site of one of its most successful conventions, Gaylord's Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn., for its 42nd Annual Convention, March 21-25, 2015. One of the nation's premier convention destination Gaylord's Opryland has over 3,100 rooms, a massive glass-enclosed atrium with shops and restaurants, and a terrific convention center for the world's largest exhibition of demolition products, equipments and services. The NDA plans to utilize Gaylord's steamboat, the General Jackson, for its Opening Night Celebration on March 22, 2015. There will also be a major country music concert in Opryland's Presidential Ballroom on March 23. The association's 28th Annual Golf Tournament will be onsite at Opryland's Gaylord Springs course March 21, 2015. Gaylord's Ryman Convention hall will be open March 22-24 from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. to allow the NDA's Associate members to showcase their products and services to the demolition industry. More

NDA adds new members to board of directors
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The National Demolition Association announces the addition of four new demolition professionals to its 2012-2013 board of directors. Click here to see who the four new board members are. More

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

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NJ contractors indicted for unsafe asbestos removal
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New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa has announced that two men and the demolition company that operated have been indicted by a New Jersey grand jury on charges that they unlawfully removed asbestos from a closed hospital in Riverside, N.J., without a license, using workers who were not trained or equipped to do the job safely. According to the AG's office, between August 2010 and March 2011, the defendants allegedly used untrained day laborers, including inmates from a halfway house, to remove asbestos from the hospital buildings in connection with demolition at the site and their efforts to salvage copper and steel. More

A look at job site security
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What if project managers could look in on a construction project or build at any time of the day or night? How would this affect the project as a whole? Think schedule, budget, quality and plain-old peace of mind. Perhaps the most important concession when considering the benefits of remote job site-monitoring technology, however, is job site security. When assets go unmonitored, they are often unsafe. More

Luminant implodes cross-pit spreader in Texas
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With current and former Luminant employees looking on, the largest and most distinctive piece of equipment at Winfield South Mine in Texas took its final bow. The cross-pit spreader's story doesn't end there, though; following the implosion, 2,900 tons of material will be recycled for reuse. More

Geologists to study site of controlled blast in NY
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Controlled blasting of Prospect Mountain in Binghamton, N.Y., went off without a hitch June 20. The rock excavation — in which crews drilled holes into the rock, filled them with explosive materials, then backfilled with crushed stone and covered with a blast mat or fencing — left no rocks tumbling toward cars traveling below on State Route 17. More

Solutions to environmental impacts of concrete with new ISO standard
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A new ISO standard will help the construction industry better manage the environmental impacts of concrete. Concrete is widely used for constructing infrastructures such as buildings, bridges, dams and tunnels, and its consumption as a resource is the second largest on the planet after water, with potential strong negative impacts on the environment. More

'World's greenest buildings' get seal of approval
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A rigorous green certification system is recognizing the next phase of eco design, which its founders describe as "the world's greenest buildings." Founded by Jason F. McLennan in 2009 through the Cascadia Green Building Council, the Living Building Challenge is a green ratings system for design and construction that judges a building based on its actual performance, not just its projected performance at the design stage. To date, it has recognized six buildings for their green credentials. More

Substantial drop in Architecture Billings Index
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Following the first negative reading in five months, the Architecture Billings Index has had a significant drop in May. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine- to 12-month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. More

Construction industry looks to nanotechnology to reduce environmental effects of concrete
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Nanotechnology is increasingly being researched for applications in the construction industry, and cement — as the most important building material — is a particular focus. Nanowerk recently covered a novel, solar-powered process that would make cement production a much greener process than it is now. Apart from reducing the damaging environmental side effects of cement production, another research focus is on reinforcing concrete to improve its mechanical performance. More

Volatility returns in force to ferrous market
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After more than half a year of relatively smooth waters, rough waters returned to the ferrous scrap market in late May and early June in the form of price drops in the $50-$65 per-ton range. U.S.-based steel mills buying on the spot market in late May and early June paid up to $65 less per ton for ferrous scrap compared to the month before, according to the monthly averages issued by the Raw Material Data Aggregation Service of Pittsburgh-based Management Science Associates. More


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