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WDS 2021 heads to Chicago

The 2021 World Demolition Summit (WDS) will take place in Chicago, USA, on October 20 & 21

It is returning to the US following a successful online event in November after the rescheduling of the live WDS originally arranged for Vienna, Austria.

This year’s program, will feature William Sinclair presenting a paper on the British contractor Safedem’s record-breaking demolition of the Meena Plaza in the United Arab Emirates.

In addition, Joe Brinkmann – managing director of South African demolition specialist Jet Demolition – will describe in detail his company’s controlled implosion of the fire-damaged Bank of Lisbon building in Johannesburg.

This was selected by our international judging panel as the overall World Demolition Award winner across all categories for 2020.

Holly Price, president of the United Kingdom’s National Federation of Demolition Contractors, and demolition industry veteran David Sinclair will each chair a session during the conference part of the summit.

This will be the third time in five years that the WDS has visited the US, after the record attendance at Boston in 2019 and a well attended event in Miami in 2016.

The event has secured once again the headline sponsorship of leading manufacturer Volvo Construction Equipment.

Organized by Demolition & Recycling International in co-operation with the European Demolition Association (EDA) and the US National Demolition Association (NDA), it will follow the traditional format of a welcome drinks reception to be followed by a conference the next day and awards dinner on the Thursday evening.

In the coming days the WDS website will be updated with details of how to book online as well as advice on submitting a conference paper or entering for the World Demolition Awards.

The venue for the WDS is Chicago’s Loews Hotel.


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