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Education and Speakers


Any player or coach will tell you that you need to know the facts before you can make an impact in the game. Use Demolition 2017 to gain the knowledge and industry updates you need to advance your business and strengthen your team.With education consisting of both full length sessions and the ever-popular, 15-minute “Fast and Furious” Presentations, you will leave Las Vegas with everything you need to Play to Win.

Cost Accounting Panel Discussion

Monday 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Moderator: Mark Shuarette, PhD, Associate Professor/Assistant Department Head, Purdue University
Scott Knightly, President, EnviroVantage
Scott Homrich, Vice President of Estimating, Homrich
Dennis McGarel, Vice President, Sales, Brandenburg Demolition

There is no set way to bid a demolition job. Construction software will only take you so far. You need to understand the business concepts behind the formulas and how to analyze data once it has been collected for post project debriefs. In this session, hear from a panel of successful business owners who walk you through the bidding process in their respective markets.

OSHA: Important Updates for Demolition

Monday 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. 

Stephen Rodgers, Program Coordinator, Safety Consultation and
Training Section of Nevada

Being compliant with the latest regulations is not only important, it's imperative. In this session, the panelist will address changes to the federal OSHA Penalty Structure and provide attendees with an understanding of Electronic Injury and Illness Records submission process as well as the training requirements.

Learning Objectives:
• Determine who must submit electric records to the federal Site
• Determine the date required for submission of the electronic records
• Identify changes to the federal OSHA penalty structure
• Identify free federal resource for determining training requirements under 29CFR 1910 and 1926

Global Demolition Perspective

Tuesday 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Moderator: Bill Moore, Principal Consultant, ERM
Peter Banks, President, CEI Boston LLC; William Sinclair,
European Demolition Association; and Martin Wilson, National
Federation of Demolition Contractors

Moderated by NDA Past President Bill Moore, this panel will address the global perspectives of demolition from the viewpoint of the Presidents from three major demolition associations. Martin Wilson, President of NFDC, will share his perspective regarding UK demolition; newly appointed EDA President, William Sinclair, will discuss the future of the demolition industry in Europe; and Peter Banks, President of CEI Boston LLC, will share his perspective on the demolition industry in North America and the recent growth within the National Demolition Association. 

What Keeps You Awake at Night?

Tuesday 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

A. E. “Skip” Osborn, P.E., CRIS, M.ASCE, Senior Risk Engineering
Consultant, Zurich Services Corporation

Above all else, our goal is to save lives. At the same time, we want our contractors and business partners to understand how to reduce the total cost of their risk, and recognize that we need to preserve reputations. Let's go from "good to great" and achieve "best in class" safety status.

Learning Objectives:
• Define what is meant by the phrase “safe enough”
• Analyze current industry trends
• Recognize unsafe and at-risk behaviors
• Identify the financial impact of an accident/injury as direct, indirect, and real costs



Tuesday 12:20 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Robert Szynskie, Program Director, Earth Services & Abatement
(ESA), Inc.

Working with regulations that were created 30-35 years ago and regulators who may be lacking in field experience brings unique challenges to sometimes already difficult projects. Explore methods to overcome some of these challenges using examples of demolition projects impacted by inferior asbestos information and regulatory bumps in the road. Additionally attendees will come away with a clear understanding of the key elements of a complete asbestos survey and draw lessons from experiences that have led to criminal investigations from projects that failed to deal with some of these key issues.

Learning Objectives:
• Identify marginal inspective reports
• Engage regulators in your projects
• Identify project team members