WDS 2017 - updated programme

11 September 2017

World Demolition Summit 2017

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The World Demolition Summit takes place in on November 2

Thursday November 2, Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London, UK

Preliminary Programme

0800 – 0900

Registration, networking and morning coffee

Conference Chair (morning)

Howard Button

CEO, National Federation of Demolition Contractors

0900 – 0905

Organiser’s welcome and opening remarks

Steve Ducker

Editor, Demolition & Recycling International, KHL Group

0905 – 0910

Welcome on behalf of the European Demolition Association

Stefano Panseri

Managing Director, Despe and EDA Board Member

0910 – 0940

Keynote speaker

Richard Vann

Managing Director, RVA Group

0940 – 1005

Demolishing an iconic structure

Duncan Rudall

Director, Rye Demolition

1005 – 1030

Crisis management and learning from major incidents

James Howard

General Manager, Coleman & Co

1030 – 1120

Morning coffee/table-top area

1120 – 1150

Using demolition simulation technology to save lives

Ahmed Amir Khalil

Vice President, International Development, Applied Science International

1150 – 1215

Safety on the ground: a new technique for soil remediation

Eirik Wraal

Executive vice president, AF Decom

1215 – 1240

Safety in the air: Operational challenges of using cranes in demolition

Teddy Holt

Director, Radius Crane Management

1240 – 1410


Conference Chair (afternoon)

John Woodward

Demolition Consultant, C&D Consultancy

1410 – 1440

Demolishing a five-storey mill

Scott Knightly

Owner, Envirovantage

1440 – 1510

Taking down the Nipigon Bridge

Ryan Priestly,

President, Priestly Demolition Inc

1510 – 1540

Bringing demolition, logistics and waste closer together

Jacqueline O’Donovan

Managing Director, O’Donovan Waste Disposal

1540 – 1610

Afternoon break/table top area

1610 – 1635

The global demolition equipment market of the future

Rupert Craven

UK and Ireland Sales Director, Ritchie Bros Auctioneers

1635 – 1705

Demolition and debris management in Syria

Aiden Short, Founding Director, Urban Resilience Platform

(on behalf of Martin Bjerregaard, Director, Disaster Waste Recovery)

1705 – 1715

Closing Remarks

Steve Ducker

1915 – 2000

Awards Drinks Reception

2000 – 2230

Awards Dinner & Presentations



(Note: this is the provisional programme and may change.)

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