Quake Cleanup Yields Lessons

NDA Convention session summarizes earthquake cleanup lessons learned in New Zealand.

January 10, 2013
CDR Staff
Association Activities

Three demolition contractors who have been helping clean up following the 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, will give their first-hand descriptions of how the demolition industry has responded to this disaster in a major metropolitan city. The multi-media presentation will take place at the National Demolition Association’s Annual Convention in San Diego on March 25, 2013.

“The U.S. Geological Survey, the science organization of the U.S. government, has predicted with a 99 percent certainty that there will be a similar magnitude earthquake in California in the next 30 years,” says Michael Taylor, executive director of the trade organization. “Our [panelists] have been working there for the last two years dealing with everything from downed utilities, lack of food, housing, and power, hazardous materials disposal and the safe demolition of damaged structures. They will give a compelling presentation at our convention.”

The goal of the presentation, Taylor says, is to enable government disaster response agencies, seismic experts and Californians how the state can deal in a similar and productive way after such a disaster.

The 6.3 magnitude New Zealand earthquake caused damage across the city, especially in central Christchurch and its suburbs. Experts say the damage was made worse by buildings, roads and bridges that were already weakened by a 7.1 magnitude 2010 earthquake in the nearby Canterbury region.

The National Demolition Association Convention takes place at in San Diego and will run from March 23-26. The association says that the exhibit hall will feature the world’s largest exposition of demolition equipment, products and services.

The keynote speaker on March 25 is former U.S. Navy Commander Mike Abrashoff, author of the book It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy. His talk is entitled “It’s Your Ship: Achieving Breakthrough Performance.” Following his talk, the association will present its Environmental Excellence Awards, recognizing public and private projects that show significant environmental conservation and community improvement.

Also on the convention schedule are educational sessions on civil and criminal liability and OSHA; maximizing scrap vendor profits; PCBs in caulk; and the City of San Diego’s construction and demolition debris ordinance.

The opening night celebration will be held aboard the USS Midway, one of America’s longest-serving aircraft carriers.

Those seeking more information about the event can go to the Events section of the NDA website at www.demolitionassociation.com.