Conference program for 2018 European Demolition & Decontamination convention announced

Published 17/4, 2018 at 10:57

The European Demolition Association, EDA, has announced its conference program for its 2018 annual convention, which will be held in Vienna from 7 to 9 June.

The organisation has also announced that members of the EDA, EDI and companies that belong to the national associations, are entitled to discounted attendance. Sponsors for this year’s convention include Liebherr, Epiroc, Caterpillar, Hydraram and VTN Europe, with Rotar, Mantovanibenne, Braun, AMS and Haunzl already being confirmed as exhibitors. 

The 2018 European Demolition & Decontamination Annual convention will provide a forum for contractors, manufacturers and associations involved in these industries in Europe, to meet in order to discuss issues affecting them, as well as provide an opportunity for interaction between industry professionals. Over the course of three days, representatives will be presented with the perfect occasion for interaction, networking and the sharing of experiences.

This 2018 convention will see decontamination as a major topic of the event, which along with demolition, is the area in which members of the EDA and EDI are mostly involved. Additionally these activities are related to the subject of the ‘circular economy’, which has been a major topic for discussion by the EDA for many years. 

The preliminary program for the convention has been announced, and consists of the following events.

Thursday, 7 June: a program of four demolition workshops and the EDA general assembly. This will be followed by a ‘welcome’ cocktail party.

Friday, 8 June: opening by the EDA president, Mr. William Sinclair, followed by an introduction by the chairman of the conference, Mr. Andreas Pocha.  This will be followed by four conference sessions.  These will comprise of:

Conference session 1: business intelligence concerning the European demolition, decontamination and recycling activities; city wide monitoring of demolished buildings and material quantities based on satellite images and GIS models, and a case story titled: Extreme demolition in the heart of Munich.

Conference session 2: European construction sector observatory concerning construction industry trends in Europe; IAEA considerations on decommissioning (decontamination, dismantling and demolition) of nuclear facilities and a case story titled: Special projects decommissioning nuclear facilities with diamond tools.

Conference session 3: Identification of materials (including hazardous substances) prior to demolition; discussion of a new Austrian regulation; funding for investment in the circular economy - an opportunity for demolition and recycling companies; safety in demolition operations, practical materials and better communication, and a case story titled: Decontamination and demolition of petrochemical plants in South Africa.

Conference session 4: Main subject matter is ‘bringing the industry together’, the experience of the French Demolition Association; engineering analysis and demolition modelling for the GA Dome, Atlanta (USA), and a case story titled: The demolition of the GA Dome, Atlanta (USA)

A gala dinner will follow the convention at the Palais Pallavicinni which will mark the change of EDA President, and announcement of new ‘Club of Honour’ members.


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