European Demolition Association annual meeting 2023

Published 24/4, 2023 at 16:11

This year’s annual convention of the European Demolition Association takes place in Amsterdam (as published in PDi issue 1-2023). Here we cover the detailed programme.

EDA’s annual meeting will take place from the 15-16 June in Amsterdam this year. The venue is Corendom Village Hotel Amsterdam. This edition will be held in collaboration with Dutch Demolition Association, VERAS, and the European Decontamination Institute, EDI.

Conference programme

Thursday, 15 June 

11:00 – Workshop on the subject of, ‘Global status of nuclear decommissioning and related HR development and supply chain considerations’, by Vladimir Michal, International Atomic Energy Agency and Johan D’Hooghe, Recycling Assistance BVBA (BE). This will contain an overview of the global status of decommissioning of nuclear facilities and the IAEA’s thoughts on training and human resource development; specific conclusions of the IAEA decommissioning conference (May 2023) on supply chain and technology innovations; and examples of contractual and implementation practices, including those on demolition within nuclear decommissioning projects.

* This activity has a limited number of seats; interested parties need to be registered to participate and has a specific rate that also includes lunch.


Thursday, 15 June

Professional programme

15:00 – Workshop about environmental implications for the demolition industry, with three key presentations followed by a round table discussion.

NFDC commitment to Net Zero

Mr. Howard Button, National Federation of Demolition Contractors (UK) will present, covering the subject of environmental challenges faced by contractors managing POPs; the reuse of materials against traditional recycling methods and embedded carbon challenges.

Nitrogen on construction sites

Mr. John Van Herk, VERAS (NL)

Carbon auditing in demolition

Mr. Jonathan Cox, Rye Demolition, (UK), will explore the challenges facing SME demolition companies when conducting carbon audits; he will look at key steps in the process and recommendations to make carbon audits easy and a look at how a demolition company can become carbon neutral.

17:00 – General Assembly (for EDA members only)

19:30 – Welcome cocktail party open to all participants.


Friday, 16 June

Professional programme

9:00 – Official opening

Conference session 1

Erik Hoven VERAS, Stichting Veilig en Milieukundig Slopen (NL), will start the day, discussing certification and circularity as well as giving a roundup of demolition projects in the Netherlands. He will also discuss what the Dutch certification system consists of and circular demolition, whether it really exists and how to check circularity.

This will be followed by:

The challenge to recover and recycle mineral wool from demolition sites

Project wool2Loop, by Johan D’Hooghe, Recycling Assistance BVBA (BE), covering such subjects as scanning for materials using the pre-demolition audit; sourcing and pre-treatment of mineral wool from demolition sites and the use of processed mineral wool in a geopolymerisation application.

Coffee break, networking and exhibition

Conference session 2

Relevant Good Practice (RGP) on explosive and conventional demolition

Given by John Wolstenholme, Office for Nuclear Regulation (UK), covering such items as expectations for the concept, design, procurement and undertaking of a demolition project safely; the requirement for an engaged and adequately resourced intelligent client and competent project team not just a competent contractor, and the benefits and advantages of risking a demolition project to improve safety.

Power alternatives for demolition sites

Given by Mark Coleman, Coleman & Company Ltd (UK), concerning Input-Output, a snapshot of power sources utilised across sites and how that stacks in our journey to zero carbon; the transitional approach; driving cultural change and investing in research and development; the future through our eyes, and the alternative power sources mix and how we see it working for us.

Case study: Bnext Projecten

Given by Axel Hendriks, Bnext.NL Projecten (NL), covering how do we prevent circular greenwashing in deconstruction projects; how do material passports help to increase the value of the materials from deconstruction projects, and what do circular hubs contribute to a circular economy?

Lunch, networking and exhibition

Conference session 3

New EDA guide about high reach demolition

Given by Stefano Panseri, Despe Spa (IT).

Respiratory presentation on half and full mask with or without a blower

Given by Kai Salmi, Salmi and Co. Consulting OY (FI), covering such topics as personal protective equipment for decontamination and fit testing of masks.

Case study: Circular demolition of the city office in Roosendaal

Given by Arno Snellen, Gebroeders Snellen BV (NL), covering such topics as circular demolition and the opportunities that exist for the demolition contractor.

Case study: Sustainable demolition of the Anllares, Narcea and Robla power plants

Given by Erik Sandonis, Lezama and Mr. Ángel Fudili, Naturgy (ES) covering the tender process and pre-demolition audit; D&D projects, best practices in security and circular economy and sustainability results, as well as discussing economic, environmental and social effects.

Coffee break, networking and exhibition

Conference session 4

EDA guide about recycling equipment given by Marcel Kerkhofs, Keestrack Group (BE)

Developing a market for recycled products. The Austrian experience

Given by Martin Car, BRV – Austrian Construction Material Recycling Association (AT), covering deconstruction, decontaminated and sorted recycling products; quality products with no waste, and the market, its framework and tendering practice.

Case study: Demolition of Carlsberg headquarters

Given by Christian Gravholt, P. Olsen (NL) & Paolo Scorza, Despe Spa (IT), covering the Covid complications on the project; environmental remediation; and the demolition of a high rise building in a busy environment. solved via the ‘top-down’ method.

End of professional programme.

19:00h Gala dinner 19.00h

Gala dinner at National Maritime Museum.

Sponsors of the event

This year’s sponsors of the EDA annual convention are:

Gold sponsors: Steelwrist, VTN, OilQuick, Sennebogen, Dynaset and Caterpillar

Silver sponsors: MBI, ACDE Europe, Liebherr, Epiroc, Kemroc, Rotar, Demarec and Volvo Arden

Bronze sponsors: MB, KTEG and Husqvarna.

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