SS AudienceOn 27th February 2015 the IDE held yet another successful Spring Seminar back at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. Buoyed by increases in work and and the up-turn in the economy, the general mood from the delegates attending the event was very promising.  The Armouries venue is well liked by the delegates and exhibitors thanks to its good travel links and ideal location and it was pleasing to see a very good turn out  of both delegates and exhibitors for this years event.

Thursday saw the IDE Council of Management meet to discuss Council business, Membership issues and forthcoming events with the days meeting being topped off with with almost 40 delegates and exhibitors sampling the Leeds nightlife.

Friday saw 215 attendees arriving at the Armouries for a day of networking, discussion and speeches. With refreshments available on arrival, the guests were able to take the time to look around the exhibitors stands before making their way into the auditorium for the first session of presentations. Following on from President, Duncan Rudall’s welcoming speech, Worsley Plant Managing Director Sean Herron was first to grace the lectern delivering an interesting talk on the benefits of the attachments supplied by his company and through a rather interesting video, the possibilities of the money that may be saved in selecting the right tool for the job. Wayne Bagnall MBE, a late addition to the bill, was next to take the stage to explain the recent and forthcoming changes to the CDM regulations and how it will effect everyone working within the construction and demolition industries. After a short break the delegates were back in the auditorium to listen to the three speakers before lunch. First up was Bruce Sutherland from Aspire Safety Ltd. Mr Sutherland spoke in great detail about the problems with dealing with asbestos contaminated ground and arisings. Mr Sutherland also touched on the legislation in dealing with the contaminated ground and the growing need for contractors to undertake regular sampling along with the various methods of cleaning the soils and reporting the results back to Jason Ankerthe client. Second to the stage was Jason Anker MBE who runs the Proud 2b Safe campaign. Paul worked as a roofer and sustained a life changing injury which has confined him to a wheelchair for almost 20 years. Jason spoke passionately and honestly to the audience about his problems in dealing with his injury and his resulting fall into drug and alcohol use. Working with his children he now speaks about his problems and his fight to overcome them and encourages others to speak out against dangerous practices and to, most importantly, ensure their own safety while at work. Completing the morning session was Davinder Reehal from John F Hunt Demolition Ltd. Davinder ReehalWith so many nuclear facilities coming to the end of their working life, the possibilities for demolition contractors in this sector is good so long as they can meet the strict criteria laid down by the HSE and the NDA. Davinder spoke about a particular contract at Bradwell nuclear power station and the methods and precautions which were taken by the whole team working on the project to dismantle the central change facility at the plant.

As is the norm, an excellent lunch was served by the staff at the Armouries and the break gave the delegates the chance to visit the exhibitors stands to see the latest technology on offer including the latest demolition simulator from the NDTG. Returning to the auditorium for the afternoon session, the attendees were in for a packed few hours with four speakers ready to deliver. First to the stage was Richard Yarwood, Managing Director of Warrington based attachment specialist ECY Haulmark. Richard YarwoodRichard spoke about the necessity of preventative maintenance of demolition attachments in order to keep them working at full capacity. Vibration and sound monitoring is fast becoming an issue faced by many demolition companies and the next speaker, James Flitton from Campbell Associates, spoke in great depth about the issues companies face with these issues not only on inner city job sites but in rural locations. Many demolition contracts now call for the constant monitoring of both sound and vibration and Campbell Associates products can remotely undertake this, reporting back via text or email. Claire Donovan who is Head of Engineering the Future campaign at The Royal Academy of Engineering was next to take the stage to inform the delegates about the future of engineering in the UK. The campaign recently released their “Universe of Engineering – A Call To Action” report looking at the role of the engineer in various sectors of industry and the need to make the engineering sector stronger and sustain a higher profile within industry.Claire Donovan

The final speaker of the day, Amanda Rosewarne from the CPD Standards Office, spoke about the need for continual professional development and the philosophy of structured lifelong learning. Ms Rosewarne touched on the issue that many industry professionals undertake regular learning yet there is a lack of formal recording and putting into practice of this teaching that needs to be encouraged so that, should an individual be audited on their CPD, all information is in place.Amanda Rosewarne

The IDE would like to take the opportunity to thank all those that supported this event and look forward to seeing you soon!

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