More speakers sign up for the World Demolition Summit

08 May 2014

D&Ri can announce that further speakers have confirmed their willingness to speak at the 2014 World Demolition Summit in Amsterdam on November 6, 2014.

The simultaneous implosion of five Red Road tower blocks in Glasgow by Safedem will be the subject of an explosive presentation. Originally scheduled as part of the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in that city, the blowdown is now to be rescheduled but will take place prior to the Summit. Safedem's managing director and current president of the NFDC William Sinclair will discuss the challenges the project presented and how they were overcome - including the political ones, no doubt.

A further presentation will be a first, as far as D&Ri is aware, for any event in Europe or North America, with US contractor ERM aiming to present an outline of the demolition of two high technology silicone chip factories in Japan. Details are somewhat sketchy and client approval is still awaited - here's hoping.

From the USA will come David Mardigian from MCM Corporation, who will speak about a major project the company is currently working on, namely the decommissioning for the former Bethlehem Steel Sparrow Point plant in Maryland. The 2,300 acre site has seen over 100 years of industrial activity and as such is possibly the largest industrial clean-up currently under way in the country.

Making a welcome return will be Brazil’s Fabio Bruno Pinto, who will revisit the major selective bridge implosion in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. At the 2013 World Demolition Summit, he discussed the theory and planning behind this major project prior to work began. With the majority of the work now completed, he will discuss the reality – did the work go as smoothly as the planning suggested it would?

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