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With an increasing amount on information now available from the NFDC’s own website and the Internet in general, Demolition & Dismantling will be offering a regular update on how to get the best from the Web and where to look for quality demolition-related content.
With the new NFDC website now live, let’s start with a look at some of the key features: Site Search – In addition to the new member search facility, the new website also has a dynamic site search which can help you locate information, documents and audio and video content, simply by entering a key word in the search box of the top left- hand side of the site and hitting go. You will be presented with a list of articles/files containing the keyword you selected. Guests – Until recently, only NFDC members (generally the managing director of the member company) could sign up for email alerts (right-hand column, below events) as new content is added to the website. Now, however, “guests” can also subscribe to ensure that they’re kept abreast of all relevant developments in the industry. In addition, this free subscription requires guests merely to enter their name, email address and to select the news categories they want to be alerted upon. Regional Mini Sites – In addition to the main NFDC website, each of the Federation’s five regions now has its own mini sites which can be accessed by selecting a regional site from the drop- down menu in the red banner at the top of the page. Although these are still under construction, these sites will carry details of local news and events and will be the primary portal for regional members to keep abreast of local developments. In addition to the NFDC’s own website, there’s a whole host of other content out there that’s worth seeing. Our pick of these is shown below: Contaminated Concrete – A new video podcast featuring NFDC member Richard Comley discussing the issue of concrete contaminated with textured coatings containing traces of asbestos. http://tinyurl.com/6peooy High Reach Accident – No-one likes to see accidents on demolition sites but this footage from Sweden is certainly dramatic. http://tinyurl.com/55388y Blast from the past – A piece of vintage footage from the 1960s showing the demolition of Nottingham’s Victoria station, crawler cranes, wrecking balls and all. http://tinyurl.com/6xtcxf Web Watch is brought to you by www.demolitionnews.com
D & D Autumn 08
FREELEY GOES BACK TO SCHOOL
A Hattersley, Tameside school's "battling bursar" Pam Hemmings has won her fight for a £100,000 grant to transform a derelict school site into an outdoor environmental learning area for the school children. And Manchester demolition contractor J Freeley Ltd went on site at St James' Catholic Primary School helping to turn the school's vision into reality. "This is a most unusual project where the funding has been secured by the single-minded determination of a person who wants to improve the school and the opportunities of its youngsters,” says J Freeley Ltd managing director John Freeley. “We are proud to be making an important contribution to the project."
Members of the NFDC and delegates at the 2008 Annual Convention set aside fears of an impending recession and raised £25,000 for the Dwarf Athletic Association during an auction at the event’s Gala Dinner. The charity is one that has a special place in the heart of NFDC chief executive Howard Button whose daughter Miranda has restricted growth. The money will be used to support Great Britain’s athletes at the next world dwarf games that will take place in Belfast in July 2009. The auction, which included the sale of high reach excavator models donated by Marubeni-Komatsu and a range of weekend breaks and holidays donated by the Federation’s five regions, was hosted by vice-president David Darsey who managed to drive prices way beyond expectations. “I am delighted by the generosity of members and their support for this very worthy cause,” says Darsey. “It is no less than Howard and his family deserves after all they have done for the NFDC over the years.” Anyone wishing to make a direct donation to the Dwarf Athletic Association should visit: http://tinyurl.com/6rukud
Brown and Mason’s Craig O’Hare collects his ConstructionSkills National Construction College East award from former world featherweight boxing champion, Barry McGuigan. Runners up were Terry Marshall Jnr of Keltbray and CLS Demolition’s Lee Love.
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INMALO TO IMPORT DUSTBOSS
International Marketers (London) Limited (INMALO) has been appointed distributor for the DustBoss line of mobile dust suppression units, manufactured by Dust Control Technology o Peoria, Illinois (USA). DustBoss, a leader in the field of dust and odour suppression equipment, offers a number of market sectors cost-effective, efficient and environmentally friendly solutions for the control and suppression of dust. The DustBoss designs feature a fully automatic, oscillating ducted fan with a high pressure misting system that creates a Virtual Dust Barrier™ - an ultrafine mist that attracts dust and drives it to the ground. Both DustBoss and INMALO will be at the Institute of Demolition Engineers’ Autumn Seminar which will take place at One Great George treet in London on 3 October 2008. Details of this event can be found here: www.ide.org.uk/
CUDDY SHARES HONEY POT
Despite the much heralded economic downturn, the Cuddy Group is celebrating increased profits by sharing an £80,000 “honey pot” with a range of sports and culture initiatives. The Welsh-based company increased its profits by 9.8 per cent in the latest financial year. To mark this achievement, the community-minded firm has announced it is to sponsor four notable organisations/events, namely Glamorgan County Cricket Club, Portrait of a Nation, the Horse of the Year Show, and the Ospreys rugby club. “It’s been another incredibly successful year for us in which we have not only increased profits, but have also invested £2 million in new plant and equipment and expanded our civil engineering division,” says director Christian Jones. “It’s great to be able to share this good fortune with the community by investing in some of the sporting and cultural pursuits closest to our hearts.”
D & D Autumn 08
I am writing this, my latest President’s Note, on my return from Palma, Majorca where I hosted another superb NFDC Convention. The event, my second as President, was memorable for many reasons: the military precision of the planning and implementation by convention chairman Patrick Williamson; the hard work of CEO Howard Button and his team; the fabulous accommodation at the Valparaiso Hotel; and the launch of the NFDC’s own Rebar Awards.
But I was also struck by the generosity and support of some of our associate members. As this year’s primary supporter, Marubeni-Komatsu were incredibly helpful and generous. Not content with supporting the entire event, they gave us some models to auction and ran a spot-the-difference competition, awarding the winners with some really smart MP4 players. Sandvik Mining and Construction, meanwhile, once again hosted the Claude Brown Trophy golf tournament (although I do need to look into exactly how Sandvik’s own Alan Matchett managed to win the nearest the pin contest!) Equally striking, however, was the support and enthusiasm of some of the smaller companies supporting the event; the likes of Nichola Elvy of Building Health and Jonathan Wagman of Sylentmite who both demonstrated their commitment by attending and participating in every aspect of the event. I would like to offer each and every one of them my personal thanks.
All of which brings me to the crux of my latest President’s Note. The National Federation of Demolition Contractors is committed to bettering the industry it serves. It is committed to providing its members with up-to-date and valuable information. And it is committed to representing the interests of its members. But all of these activities cost money and would be virtually impossible without the support and generosity of the Federation’s associate members. But we are an ambitious organisation and we know we could do more. So we are actively seeking new associate members; companies and individuals that provide products and services to the demolition industry.
Yes, there is a cost involved. But in return, those associate members will have direct access to the demolition companies that are responsible for around 90 percent of the UK’s demolition. They will be afforded multiple networking and sales opportunities each and every year, across the length and breadth of the UK. And by working with us, they can help shape the demolition industry for the benefit of us all.