Improving structures after 9/11: Engineers test effects of fire on steel, nuclear plant design
Amit Varma, a Purdue associate professor of civil engineering, is leading work that could lead to safer steel structures such as buildings and bridges and also an emerging type of nuclear power plant design. The work is based at Purdue's Robert L. and Terry L. Bowen Laboratory for Large-Scale Civil Engineering Research. Ten years after 9/11, researchers at Purdue University are continuing work that could lead to safer steel structures such as buildings and bridges and also an emerging type of nuclear power plant design. "I want people to understand that in the last 10 years we've not been quiet," said Amit Varma, a Purdue associate professor of civil engineering. "We've been working to make structures better and safer." More
Constructing the 9/11 memorial: All about demolition, debate and design
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For Lower Manhattan, N.Y., the year 2004 was all about design and demolition. The design of the Freedom Tower, as it was then named by Gov. George Pataki, was debated. Over 5,000 different designs were released for the 9/11 Memorial and the Memorial Foundation was legitimately established. Plans were laid out to ensure that the future World Trade Center site would include dedicated space for cultural institutions; the arts groups selected were the Joyce Theater, The Drawing Center, Signature Theater and Freedom Center. The Santiago Calatrava-designed PATH train and subway station was unveiled to mostly rave reviews. More
Get ready for ENR's 2011 Demolition Insert
McGraw-Hill's Engineering News-Record magazine has announced the publication dates for their 2011 Demolition Insert. One of the largest public relations and marketing efforts that the NDA undertakes every year outside of its own extensive public relations program, ENR's Demolition Insert presents NDA members with an opportunity to showcase their project skills and capabilities in one of the world's premier construction publications. ENR's Demolition Insert will reach close to 250,000 construction professionals, including over 100,000 contractors, over 50,000 public and private owners, and over 50,000 design engineers. The Demolition Insert will also be posted on ENR's website for the next 12 months.
This year's ENR Demolition Insert will run in the Nov. 28 issue of the magazine. Materials and photos need to be sent to NDA Executive Director Mike Taylor at by no later than Oct. 21. For more information about this excellent member benefit and marketing opportunity contact Mike Taylor at 1.800.541.2412 or ENR's Director of Special Project Al Dalessandro at 914.219.5070 or al_Dalessandro@mcgraw-hill.com.
PPE focus of safety blitz in Ontario, Canada
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An October safety blitz in Ontario, Canada, will focus on personal protective equipment at industrial and health care workplaces. PPE reduces or prevents a worker's exposure to occupational health and safety hazards. The blitz will mainly focus on head, eye and foot protection at industrial and health care workplaces, but inspectors may also address other types of PPE, including fall, respiratory, skin and hearing protection. More
Register for the second C&D Recycling Forum in Baltimore
The NDA is co-sponsoring C&D Recycling magazine's second C&D Recycling Forum Sept. 25-27 at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Md., just north of Baltimore. This event follows the NDA's 2011 Fall Education Program scheduled for Sept. 23-24 at Turf Valley. The C&D Recycling Forum will offer a host of diverse programs covering recycling and reuse issues of importance to the demolition industry. Program specifics and registration information are available at http://forum.cdrecycler.com and from both the NDA and C&D Recycling magazine. Registration forms for both the Fall Education Program and the 2011 C&D Recycling Forum will also appear in the September/October issue of Demolition magazine.
Serve on the NDA's board of directors
National Demolition Association Past President Raymond E. Passeno of Bierlein Companies, Inc. in Midland, Mich., chair of the Leadership Development Committee is searching for NDA Regular Members interested in serving on the organization’s board of directors. Serving as a director on the NDA’s board is a great opportunity to grow both personally and professionally. You will be helping the demolition industry’s trade association develop programs that will benefit its members while working with people who have the same experiences you do as a demolition contractor. Service involves three one-year terms and four quarterly board meetings per year.
For more information, contact Ray Passeno at email@example.com or 989-496-0066. You can also contact NDA headquarters at 1-800-541-2412 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paladin Brands Holding, Inc. to be acquired by KPS Capital Partners
Paladin Brands Holding, Inc. recently announced that KPS Capital Partners, LP, through a newly formed holding company, International Equipment Solutions, Inc., has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Paladin and Crenlo LLC from Dover Corporation. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Paladin is the leading independent North American provider of engineered attachment tools for operator‐driven equipment serving a wide range of markets. More
Register now for NDA's Fall Education Program set for Baltimore
The Education Committee of the National Demolition Association will be holding its Fall Education Program Sept. 23-24 at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Md., north of Baltimore. Part of the Education Committee's 2011-2012 program to provide training opportunities for our members, the fall program will offer the NDA's demolition-specific OSHA 10-hour Construction Safety & Health course; a course on Demolition Estimating taught by Demolition textbook co-author Richard J. Diven of R.J. Diven, Inc.; and one on Demolition Project Site Management by the other Demolition textbook author, Mark Shaurette, Ph.D., of Purdue University's School of Building Construction Management. The OSHA demolition-specific 10-hour training course provides a certification from the instructor.
These courses are designed to provide practical hands-on instruction in construction safety and health, estimating and project management. The safety and management training are part of the NDA's mission to provide our members and their employees with the tools necessary to be leaders in the demolition industry. Registration forms for the Fall Education Program have been mailed to every Regular member. Click here to register online. For more information, contact NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.
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NDA changes exhibitor contract for San Antonio
The NDA's 39th Annual Convention scheduled for March 11–14 at the Gonzalez Convention Center on the Riverwalk in San Antonio will be the first time that NDA has held an annual convention in Texas and the first time the association has utilized a convention center. Changes to the NDA's exhibitor contract involve enlarging the size of exhibit booth size from 8 x 10 to the "industry standard" 10 x 10 size. This will mean an increase in exhibitor space for those companies in the NDA's equipment area as well as its standard booth area. Fees for exhibiting at the NDA's 39th Annual Convention have increased slightly, for the first time in a number of years, but the actual square footage price with the increase in booth-space size will go down from prior conventions. The exhibitor contract will be sent to every Associate member and previous exhibitors at an NDA convention shortly. More
C&D Recycling Forum offers full program
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The second edition of the C&D Recycling Forum will be held at the Turf Valley Resort & Conference Center in Ellicott City, Md., (Baltimore) Sept. 25-27. It offers a full roster of programming spread over parts of three days, with this year's program heavy on case studies of successful projects. Topics are tailored to provide information and insights that will improve the bottom lines of companies that handle C&D materials, including demolition contractors, general contractors, mixed C&D recyclers, concrete and asphalt recyclers, waste haulers, solid waste and recycling officials, government officials and scrap metal dealers and recyclers. More
NDA's fall board meeting scheduled for Asheville, NC
The board of directors of the NDA will be meeting Oct. 7-8 at the grove Park Inn in beautiful Asheville, N.C. Part of the planned activities of this year's Fall Board of Directors Meeting includes a visit to Volvo Construction Equipment's North American headquarters and its equipment proving grounds in Asheville Oct. 7. The tour will include a time for hands-on equipment operation. The NDA is also planning dinner and a tour of the historic Biltmore Estate, summer home of the Vanderbilt's on Oct. 8. NDA President Don Rachel invites all NDA members to attend this important event. He encourages association members to invite their clients and potential members of the organization to all of the association's board meeting so that they can see the benefits of membership in the association. For more information about the October board of directors meeting, contact NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.
Convention Committee prepares for 2012 show in San Antonio
The Convention Committee of the NDA is completing work on the program for the association's 39th Annual Convention at the Hyatt Regency on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, which is planned for March 11–14. This year's show will feature a real Texas rodeo at the Monday Night Theme Party, which will include a PBR bull riding, two country western bands, line dancing, armadillo racing and a mechanical bull to ride. A Texas barbeque will be served. Next year's NDA golf tournament will be held March 11 at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort outside San Antonio. The Convention Committee is considering a demolition rodeo at next year's show, similar to those events held by the solid waste industry, to test the skills of the demolition industry's operators. A number of skill test events will be held in the Gonzalez Convention Center attached to the Hyatt Regency on March 12 in the NDA's exhibit hall. Look for more information about the NDA's 39th Annual Convention shortly.
Report: Las Vegas among top cities for theft of construction equipment
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Las Vegas ranks among the nation's top five cities for the theft of seemingly difficult-to-conceal items — heavy equipment such as backhoes and bulldozers, according to a report released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Thieves tended to target heavy equipment manufactured by John Deere, followed by Catrepillar and Melroe, according to the report. More
NDA considering first Demolition Rodeo in San Antonio
The NDA wants to help its regular members with team building within their companies. Therefore, the association is working on our first Demolition Rodeo to be held at the 39th Annual Convention in San Antonio in March. Tentative plans called for a sponsored event involving operator skill tests involving a small grapple and one using a skid steer. Cash prizes and NDA jackets denoting the winner's success will be offered. The event would be held March 11 in the Gonzalez Convention Center during expanded exhibition time. More information about this exciting event will be available shortly.