School Visit: Raising Awareness of the Demolition and Construction Industry

On 5th May 2022 two representatives from John F Hunt Ltd, Civil Engineers Marc and Andreas, visited Prior Weston Primary School, London EC1 as part of their local community engagement initiative. During their visit they carried out a presentation to raise awareness on both Demolition and Construction with the intention to inspire the younger generation to opt for an engineering related career. The presentation covered site safety, equipment, how to keep the community safe from demolition works and examples of engineering marvels. John F Hunt Ltd also donated programmable LEGO kits to be used by the children as a learning platform and some engineering goodies donated by the IDE.

Dawn Dias, Pupil Premium Champion from Prior Weston Primary School commented on their visit within their school newsletter “Civil Engineers Marc and Andreas talked to us about graduating from university (with Civil Engineering Degrees). They now work on demolition sites. In a highly visual and interactive assembly, these professionals explained how sites are made safe and impact on the community is minimised. Consideration is given to scaffolding, tools, trip hazards, holes, falling items, etc. Machinery functions were explained e.g. excavators and tower cranes. Operatives are kept safe with protective clothing, helmets, high-viz jackets, safety boots, hard hats and glasses. Demolition start with ‘engineer sequence drawings’ which are applied to reality. We really enjoyed watching a video of a demolition and playing ‘Spot the Hazard’! We were amazed by pictures of fascinating architecture e.g. ‘The Dancing House’ in Prague and London’s ‘Walkie Talkie’. Imagine our excitement when Marc and Andreas presented us with Lego kits to promote programming skills! John F Hunt has also donated other gifts from the IDE e.g. rulers, flasks…things that engineers use. A huge thank you to John F Hunt for their generosity. Marc and Andreas were phenomenal!

The IDE wish to thank Davinder Singh Reehal MIDE and his team at John F Hunt for organising this event and for their continued support of the IDE.

Author: D Singh Reehal BEng (Hons) MSc CEng FICE MCIOB MIDE MAPM, Technical Director, John F Hunt Ltd.

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South East Regional Meeting 16th March 2022

The South East Regional Meeting held on 16th March 2022 was a triumph thanks to the sponsorship of Prime Safety and the interesting presentations on offer that afternoon.  Presentations from Steve Peacock (Prime Safety), Mike Kehoe (C&D Consultants), Gary Jack (Erith Group) and Alex Hadden (Brown & Mason Ltd) were very well received by the audience.

All 23 attendees appeared pleased to be able to return to a face to face setting and took advantage of the opportunity to catch up and network over a tasty spread arranged by Prime Safety.

The IDE wish to thank Prime Safety for their support as well as all the Speakers, Steve Jack, Hon FIDE and everyone involved in making this event a success.

If you wish to sponsor an IDE Regional Meeting in your part of the world or would like to speak at one of our events please contact us with your proposal [email protected] We are always looking for interesting topics or case studies and would love to hear from you.


Spring Seminar and Graduation and Awards Ceremony 25th February 2022

On 25 February, the Institute of Demolition Engineers met at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. The event consisted of the IDE’s Spring Seminar and Graduation and Awards Ceremony for students of the Foundation Degree in Demolition Management, produced by the Institute and supported by the University of Wolverhampton.

The morning began with coffee and networking. This was on point as, following the British Demolition Awards and the Demo Expo, this was one of the first UK demolition industry events to be held since pandemic regulations were fully lifted.

Ben Cumberland attended for Demolition Hub with our professional photographer David Kennedy, both stepping in for me as I was at the American demolition industry’s NDA convention in San Diego. Both said the atmosphere was electric as old friends and industry acquaintances reunited with seemingly everyone.

Ben found a few familiar faces in attendance, including Matthew Bastable (BPH), Michelle Redman (Campbell Associates), Richard Yarwood (ECY Haulmark) and Howard Button, Chief Executive of the NFDC, to name a few. He told me it was fascinating to see just how enthusiastic attendees were to see old friends, colleagues and industry figures, bearing in mind this was the first IDE event for at least two years.

At 9.30 visitors were called into the auditorium where, standing alongside Dr Terry Quarmby of Dorton Group, President of the IDE Richard Dolman introduced the day. Members who had successfully upgraded their membership over the last 12 months were recognised, while graduates of the Foundation Degree were congratulated and awarded their certificate by the President.

Each recipient was welcomed by a huge round of applause as Richard Dolman called them up to the stage, where Dr Quarmby shook their hands and presented them with their degree. Demolition Hub’s photographer David then took the obligatory ceremonial photos. Once again, the audience showed what these awards mean to the industry with a further rapturous round of applause.

Richard briefly talked about the hours of study and commitment that go into achieving the foundation degree and honestly, hats off to each and every student. As an aside for those wishing to study in 2023 and beyond, I am joining the class of 2022, so have all of this to come. From 21 March I will be documenting my learning experiences in each issue of Demolition Hub magazine as well as through the IDE’s channels.

Lunch was served soon after and the catering team didn’t disappoint, with a traditional crowd pleaser of boeuf bourguignon and fruit crumble. There followed talks on a variety of industry matters by eminent professionals. Jacqueline Western, HM Inspector of Health and Safety, spoke about challenges that arise when taking on projects; Howard Button (NFDC) gave the audience an insight into the courses available through the National Demolition Training Group and how both the NFDC/NTDG and the IDE should, do, and will continue to work together for the greater good.

The whole day was a great success and well executed. Representatives from Worsley Plant, BPH Attachments, Liebherr, NFDC, Mabey Hire, ECY Haulmark and Campbell Associates all said how pleased they were with how the day had gone and how being a part of it as an ISP allowed them to be in the right place with the right people to gain potential new business.

The Demolition Hub team are honoured to have been part of the day. We witnessed the next generation of demolition engineers, were present for the interesting and informative talks and entrusted to report on, take official photographs and become that little bit closer to the IDE and this wonderful industry.

Author: Ben Chambers, Chambers Media

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Happy Christmas Everyone!

A New Face at IDE HQ

As most of you are aware, Amy Roberts our Educational and Training Administrator, left us for pastures new at the beginning of December and as we said goodbye we wished her well in her new role.  With Amy’s departure we are pleased to announce that a new face has joined the IDE Headquarters team, Lisa Belsom.  This will be Lisa’s first month in the role and she has already adapted to our fast-paced environment very well.  Lisa will be taking on the same role as Amy as well as some additional duties to support our Events programme.  I hope that you will join me in welcoming Lisa to the Institute and please say hello if you bump into her at one of our events.

Standards Matter – 40 Years of regulating the UK engineering profession

The Engineering Council was incorporated by Royal Charter in November 1981 to regulate the engineering profession in the UK. This week marks our 40th year of setting and maintaining standards, to ensure that society continues to have confidence and trust in the engineering profession.

Our mission as a regulator is to maintain internationally recognised standards of competence and commitment for the engineering profession and to license competent institutions to champion those standards to deliver public benefit.

There are currently over quarter of a million professionally registered engineers and technicians on the Engineering Council’s Register, all of whom have committed to maintaining and developing their knowledge throughout their careers. The most recent Ipsos MORI Veracity Index shows that engineers are the third most trusted profession in Britain, only ranking lower than doctors and nurses.

Engineering Council CEO Alasdair Coates said “The Engineering Council’s vision is to maintain society’s confidence and trust in the engineering profession. Voluntary regulation is important because standards matter – the public has a right to expect engineers, who do so much to shape our world, to be able to demonstrate their competence and behave in an ethical, sustainable way.”

Professional registration is internationally recognised and open to all practising engineers and technicians who can meet the requirements, which are based on competence and commitment, rather than academic qualifications. What matters is the standard those seeking professional registration have reached, not the route they took to get there.

Because engineering is not regulated by statute in the UK (with the exception of some safety-critical areas, such as aircraft maintenance, gas fitting and railway signalling), there is no legal restriction on who can call themselves an engineer. But the four professional titles awarded by the Engineering Council:

are legally protected and can only be used by individuals who have been assessed against our internationally-recognised standard. Everyone on that register has also committed to abide by a Code of Conduct and to undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD), which is monitored.

This maintenance of standards for public benefit is at the core of the Engineering Council’s purpose. In this 40th anniversary year, we:

  • are implementing the latest version of our Standards, revised through a wide-ranging consultation with stakeholders. This is a five-yearly process, which ensures that the Standards (including the requirements for professional registration) remain fit-for-purpose as engineering and the wider world changes.
  • have delivered online tool RegCheck, to support employers and members of the public. This is a simple online check to verify whether an individual engineer or technician has a currently active Engineering Council registration.
  • have launched our ‘Advancing Regulation’ Strategy, developed in consultation with the profession, with our goals and priorities to 2025.

In that 2025 Strategy, we set out our aspiration to see professional registration moving from being seen as a ‘benefit to the registrant’ to being an ‘expectation of the individual’. As the importance of competence becomes increasingly clear in all areas of life, standards matter.

We look forward to continuing to deliver public benefit by setting and maintaining standards, to ensure an engineering profession with sustainability and ethical principles at its core.

Author: Kate Webster, Engineering Council

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45th AGM and Annual Luncheon 12th November 2021

In the first Institute of Demolition Engineers AGM and Annual Luncheon since 2019, due to last year’s event being cancelled, members met to network and socialise and discuss the Institute’s achievements over the past two years.

The stunning venue of One Great George Street in central London, also home of the Institution of Civil Engineers, was filled with 170 Demolition and associated industry professionals, alongside special guest speaker and former rugby international John Bentley.

The luncheon followed the AGM, chaired by IDE President Richard Dolman FIDE in his first year in the role since taking over from Gary Bishop FIDE.

Mr Dolman discussed progress within the Institute on education and training, urging all members to get involved in talks and seminars so expertise can be shared throughout the membership.

“It’s been a privilege and honour to be your President for the last year, and my thanks go out to everyone who has supported me during the past year, which hasn’t been an easy period,” he said.  “Despite last year not being ideal financially, we are confident that it’s just been a blip caused by the pandemic. Fortunately, and thanks to the Council of Management’s prudence, we have been able to weather the storm with minimal impact. The IDE is benefitting from a good amount of new and often young candidates joining the membership, which is really encouraging.

“I’m pleased to announce that the second intake of the Foundation Degree is now complete, with a third intake well underway and the fourth intake scheduled to start in March 2022.

“The third intake of the MSc is also underway and I’d like to thank Dr Terry Quarmby for his work on both degrees, after his efforts to get them going. I’d also like to thank Stephen McCann FIDE for his huge efforts in the development and delivery of the Foundation degree.  I personally feel that education is a massive part of the future of our industry, and I’d like to encourage more people to get involved. Make no bones about it – the degrees are being recognised by clients and stakeholders involved in the demolition process. We as an industry should be proud of the academic standing that we now have. The more we can get behind it, by getting people on the courses, the better.”

Mr Dolman also reported the encouraging news that many members are now sitting exams, and that more than 100 people have achieved different IDE grades of membership and degree levels this year. A graduation event is planned for the Leeds seminar at the Royal Armouries in February 2022.

He encouraged people to take up paid opportunities to talk at seminars about case studies, projects and innovations to publicise their achievements and share best practice.

Mr Dolman also confirmed positive conversations and new links forged with stakeholders and the Royal Institute of British Architects, to discuss the misunderstanding of the carbon footprint of the demolition industry and to find constructive, collaborative ways forward.

CPD requirements will recommence in January 2022, with 15 new short talks, online events available from the beginning of the year. Sponsorship is being sought, to support these talks which will be free of charge to members of the IDE. Organising regional meetings will also be a priority for next year, with members across the UK urged to support them by offering talks, articles and papers for discussion.

Members are also reminded that IDE subscription costs are personal payments and members are urged to pay promptly and not rely on their employers to pay for them.

Mr Dolman also announced plans to develop a best practice and lessons learned forum in partnership with the NFDC, as well as filming and archiving all seminars so they can be accessed by all members.

 “Richard Dolman’s doing a great job. People must understand that the Institute has struggled over the past 18 months like everyone else. Now we’re at the start of a new chapter. We need to focus on raising standards throughout the industry. We’re stepping up the plate with education. And we need to emphasise how much we recycle – it’s something we’ve been doing since the Second World War.” Gary Bishop FIDE, Past President of the IDE

Stuart Accleton, who has announced he will stand down as Honorary Treasurer next year after 14 years in the role, confirmed that although “a difficult year for everyone” had left a deficit in the accounts, compared to a surplus the year before, the resumption of seminars and education was the focus of new revenue streams.

Membership, he said, has fallen from 388 in April this year, from 421 the previous year, largely due to retiring members and situations related to the pandemic. Click here to read theAGM-minutes-2021

Following the AGM, members enjoyed a three-course lunch followed by an entertaining talk by John Bentley, who represented England and Great Britain in both rugby codes.

Two notable awards were given to members. Howard Button, Chief Executive Officer of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors, was made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute. And Jennifer Atkinson, Administration Assistant at The Comley Group, was announced as winner of the Best Paper Award for 2021. Congratulations to both.

“We need to think about climate change and sustainability. Demolition is not dead; it will never stop as everything, ultimately, has an end of life. But it’s changing. We are a progressive industry and we need to use our expertise to influence the construction industry, to help them avoid building structures with a reduced recycling index. Collaboration with architects is key.” Howard Button Hon.FIDE, CEO NFDC

The Institute would like to extend its thanks to the event sponsors Inmalo, Worsley Plant, BPH Attachments and AR Demolition, along with the kindness of everyone who donated raffle prizes, including QMSC and Armac Group, with proceeds donated to the Alzheimer’s Society which is the President’s Charity for 2020-22.

Author:  Rupert Janisch, Turn the Tables. Photographs courtesy of Rupert Janisch

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Engineering Regulator Updates Industry-wide Risk Guidance

Risk is an inherent part of all engineering activities, so it is essential that all engineers and technicians are able to identify, assess, understand and appropriately manage risk. It is also crucial to be able to communicate about risk, both to other professionals and the public.

To support this, the Engineering Council, the regulatory body for the engineering profession in the UK, has issued updated Guidance on Risk. This guidance is suitable for engineering professionals at all career stages, and across all sectors and specialisms.

The Guidance on Risk describes the role of all those engaged in engineering in dealing with risk, and their responsibilities to society. The revised Guidance on Risk sets out the key stages of managing risk and emphasises the need to exercise informed judgment and identify what is an acceptable level of risk – the risk appetite.

This Guidance sets out six principles to ensure all engineering professionals integrate understanding of the environment and sustainability of resources into all aspects of their work. The full Guidance on Risk leaflet, and a convenient wallet card of the six principles, can be downloaded free from:

Alasdair Coates CEng FICE MCIHT CMIOSH, CEO of the Engineering Council said:

“Engineers have a crucial role to play in assessing and managing risk, especially as they frequently work in safety critical areas. This updated Guidance on Risk supports individual engineers and technicians by providing key principles that can be incorporated into their daily practice with engineering teams, inter-disciplinary teams and when communicating risks to the wider public.”

The Guidance is reviewed periodically and (following consultation with the engineering community) this edition replaces and updates the previous Guidance on Risk.  The Engineering Council also produces guidance on Security, Sustainability and Whistleblowing, in addition to the Statement of Ethical Principals, published jointly with the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng). This Guidance is reviewed regularly and can be found at:

Author:  The Engineering Council holds the national Register of Engineering Technicians (EngTech), Incorporated Engineers (IEng), Chartered Engineers (CEng) and Information and Communication Technology Technicians (ICTTech). It also sets and maintains the internationally recognised standards of competence and ethics that govern the award and retention of these titles. By this means it is able to ensure that employers, government and wider society, both at home and overseas, can have confidence in the skills and commitment of registrants. For more information visit:

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