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Education


Take advantage of both full length sessions, and the returning 15-minute "Fast and Furious" Presentations educational sessions. Use Demolition Rockies to gain the knowledge and industry updates you need to advance and strengthen your business. 

General Sessions:

Utility Plant Decommissioning and Demolition Panel Discussion
Sunday, March 24 | 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Moderator: Jim Graham, Winter Environmental
Panel: Dennis Dunning, Exelon Generation; Ronnie Lee Goldman, Duke-Energy; Mark Schwartz, Southern Company: Jeff Loewe, NiSource: and Greg Tinin, Entergy

This panel discussion will provide access to representatives from five national utility companies that have been actively involved in the retirement, decommissioning, environmental clean-up and demolition of these facilities. Join us to understand what metrics they use to select environmental and demolition contractors, what they see as critical to contractors in the future, and what their plan for future retirements will be.

Managing Demolition Projects: Perspectives from the Owners' Consultants Panel
Sunday, March 24 | 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m
Moderator: Dennis McGarel, Brandenburg
Panel: Blake Svenson, ERM; Tim Barker, AECOM; David Braungardt, WOOD PLC; Keith Kotimko, WOOD PLC; Jeff Pope, P.E., Burns & MacDonnell; and Bob Patullo, O’Brien & Gere

This panel session will query experts from five of the nation’s leading engineering firms that specialize in the retirement, decontamination and demolition market. Come and hear from these individuals the metrics that are used in screening and selecting environmental and demolition contractors; lessons learned in the multi-dimensional markets of government, industrial, manufacturing and commercial demolition; and where they see the industry heading over the course of the next five years. 

Doing Business with the USACE
Monday, March 25 | 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Panel: Michelle Clark, PMP, Program Manager, Facilities Branch, US Army Corps of Engineers; Betina Johnson, Chief, Ordnance and Explosives Design Center, US Army Corps of Engineers

Since 2004, the Facilities Reduction Program of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been eliminating excess facilities and structures to reduce costs and save energy. Through this program, over 5,000 facilities and ancillary structures have been removed from federal government sites. During this session, you will hear directly from the USACE and learn more about how to get involved in
future projects.

Demolition at the Frontiers of Science & Technology
Monday, March 25 | 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Panel: Mahesh Bailakanavar, PhD, Senior Project Engineer, Thornton Tomasetti

Change is the only constant. Embracing change with new and emerging technologies will have a large impact on the demolition projects of the future. Even in today’s world, there are a range of engineering services to support
demolition and deconstruction processes. By utilizing comprehensive engineering assessments of demolition plans, you can help to mitigate risks in your project. During this session, we will also explore case studies and lessons learned in previous incidents and examine where technology is heading in the industry.


Fast and Furious Presentations

Date Time Title Presenter
Sunday, March 24 1:30 PM - 1:45 PM What's New at NDA? Natalie DeHart, NDA Operations Manager and Jeff Lambert, NDA Chief Executive Officer
Sunday, March 24 1:45 PM - 2:00 PM Best Practices in Vendor Prequalification Bill Hunter, Strategic Relationships Manager, Avetta
Sunday, March 24 2:00 PM - 2:15 PM Demolition Jeopardy Drew Lammers, Cohen
Monday, March 25 1:45 PM - 2:00 PM Foundations of Demolition Job Cost Tracking Steve Schwartz, NDA Education Committee Chair
Monday, March 25 2:00 PM - 2:15 PM How Insurance is Much More than the Title of the Policy Bill Pritchard, Berkley Insurance Group
Monday, March 25 2:15 PM - 2:30 PM Scrap Market Update Larry Odle, President, Rocky Mountain Recycling Inc.