The C&D Recycling Forum, Sept. 23-25, at the Hilton Long Beach and Executive Meeting Center will provide attendees an opportunity to hear from experts on demolition and recycling techniques used abroad. Lindsay Gale, editor, Demolition & Recycling International, will moderate the session titled, “Worldly Views,” on Monday, Sept. 24, at 3 p.m. during the three-day conference.
Attendees will hear Stefano Panseri, Managing Director, Despe Srl, Italy present “The Debut of TopDown Way – High Rise Deconstruction in Lyons. France.” This paper will cover the first operational use of a patented modular system that allows the safe and contained deconstruction of high rise buildings irrespective of their size and configuration. It consists of a three level working platform that surrounds the entire building and hydraulically descends the structure as the demolition progresses. The middle stage can be sealed against the structure to allow hazardous materials such as asbestos to be safely removed, while the overall system fits closely to the building to prevent debris from falling outside the structure. TopDown Way is also fully enclosed to protect workers from the elements.
Panseri is a member of the technical commissions of the Italian Demolition Association (NAD) and the European Demolition Association (EDA). With the latter, he acted as coordinator for the development of the EDA’s Guide to the use of high reach demolition machines.
A second panelist during the session, William Sinclair, Managing Director, Safedem Ltd will discuss how two wind damaged residential multi-story structures in the Danish city of Copenhagen formed the first explosive demolition ever carried out in the country. Heavily contaminated with hazardous materials, including asbestos and PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyls), Danish environmental regulations required an intensive and detailed soft strip to be undertaken, creating a major challenge for Danish contractor Brandis A/S. The nature of the site required precision blasting by explosives specialist Safedem Ltd who was contracted by Brandis to carry out this side of the contract.
Sinclair is vice president of NFDC (National Federation of Demolition Contractors) and a fourth-generation demolition industry professional who has plied his trade both in the U.K. and in Australia since earning a Master’s Degree in Management and Economics at St. Andrews University in Scotland. Dundee, Australia-based Safedem Ltd is renowned for its expertise in demolition by a variety of means, and is a leading exponent of complex facade retention methods. Sinclair and his company are also recognized as global leaders in the use of explosive demolition methods having won the World Demolition Contractor of the Year award twice in the four-year history of the awards.