Robyn Rushforth

His experience has covered a wide variety of structures from steel framed petro-chemical plants to delicate pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities. These projects have involved both conventional mechanical demolitions and the use of explosives.

Having joined John Faulkner at PDC some 2 years ago, Robyn is a qualified shot firer and has been jointly responsible for several major explosive demolitions over this period

John Faulkner

A strong-headed business man, John’s renowned for tackling complicated mega-structures. He’ll take on any structures and provide pre-weakening structural design calculations followed through by explosive demolitions with precision using state of the art, world first detonation systems. Whether it be giant power generating stations, steel producing plants, chemical plants including a multitude of industrial structures, or 20+ story building projects in tight urban spaces.

Ron Callan

Kocurek Excavators is a family owned private company founded in 1979 by Mrs Rita Kocurek and her son David. The company’s roots have always been in Engineering and Plant Hire. The first premises were established at The Barn, Poplar Lane, a former farm on the outskirts of Ipswich.

Nowadays, Kocurek is the No.1 supplier of bespoke front end equipment for hydraulic excavators and for the last 25 years Kocurek has sought to provide solutions to customer’s requirements by increasing the versatility of their standard Hydraulic Excavators.

Ron will speak about the

“Development of High Reach Demolition Rigs”

Gary Eastman

Bierrum International specialize in the design, construction, repair, maintenance and demolition of tall reinforced concrete structures particularly chimneys, cooling towers and silos and they work on a worldwide basis.

Through their knowledge of the chimney industry, it became clear that there was a requirement for a methodology to be developed to demolish chimneys in difficult environments where there was live plant in close proximity to the structure. Bierrum developed the “Spider” demolition tool which has been used successfully on several 180m high chimneys in the UK and is currently being used on the “B” station stack at Rugeley.

Title of Talk

Innovative Demolition of a 180m chimney with the Bierrum “Spider”

In 2006, Rugeley Power commenced the design and construction of a Flue Gas Desulphurisation installation at their Rugeley Power Station. The project involved the construction of a new 180m high chimney. The existing chimney needed to be demolished but it was situated very close to existing and new plant and the client specified that no material was allowed to fall outside the chimney.

Rugeley Power contracted with Bierrum International Ltd to use their “Spider” demolition system to ensure the safe and speedy removal of the structure without the need for expensive protection works to the surrounding equipment.


Past Presidents

  • 2010-2012 – John Woodward FIDE
  • 2008-2010 – Dr Terry R Quarmby FIDE
  • 2006-2008 – David R Turner Hon FIDE RIP
  • 2004-2006 – John J Law Hon FIDE
  • 2002-2004 – David M Keane FIDE
  • 2000-2002 – Howard M Button FIDE
  • 1998-2000 – Charles Moran Hon FIDE
  • 1996-1998 – Richard P Vann FIDE
  • 1994-1996 – Mary C V Bradley Hon FIDE
  • 1992-1994 – Anthony R Hurley Hon FIDE
  • 1990-1992 – Brian F Bird Hon FIDE
  • 1988-1990 – Dr Peter Lindsell Hon FIDE
  • 1987-1988 – Robert Merrick FIDE
  • 1986-1987 – Sidney L Hunt Hon FIDE RIP
  • 1984-1986 – Claude J Brown Hon FIDE RIP
  • 1982-1984 – Robert A Hartland FIDE
  • 1980-1982 – Maurice Dudley FIDE
  • 1978-1980 – William F Brand FIDE
  • 1976-1978 – Peter A Griffiths Hon FIDE RIP


The Institute was founded in 1976

Council of Management

The Institute is managed by a Council of Management, the membership of which collectively and individually seeks to combine talent and experience in the field of Demolition Engineering and make this available for the general benefit of the industry.

Members of the Council are elected annually in accordance with the Rules.

  • Stephen J Jack FIDE – President
  • Duncan Rudall FIDE – Vice President
  • John Woodward FIDE – Past President (Ex Officio)
  • Richard D Comley FIDE – Hon Treasurer
  • President of the NFDC (Ex Officio)
  • Stuart Accleton MIDE
  • Howard M Button FIDE
  • David J Darsey FIDE
  • Richard Dolman MIDE
  • Robin A Powell MIDE
  • Terry R Quarmby FIDE
  • Trevor Symonds MIDE
  • Michael Ulyatt MIDE
  • Vernon Watson FIDE

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Aims and Objectives

The Institute of Demolition Engineers (IDE) exists to promote and foster the science of demolition engineering.

The main objectives include the:

  • promotion of use of more efficient techniques in the industry
  • encouragement of safer methods of working
  • provision of a qualifying body for the industry

Professional Body

The Institute is a Professional Affiliate of the Engineering Council

The qualified Demolition Engineer is a professional within the industry.

The Institute is an organisation committed to continuing professional development and has its own scheme which is mandatory for all active members.

It also provides a forum where colleagues may exchange ideas and meet others with allied interests.

The reputation of the Institute is rightly bound up with that of its members. The Institute will take such steps as are necessary to ensure that its members conform to professional and ethical standards.

The required standards are described in the Rules of the Institute

Continuous Personal Development (CPD) – Am I Bovvered?

As you will be asked for proof of CPD throughout 2010 and beyond why not decide now to make CPD one of your goals for this year. Attend as many seminars or training days that you can, record your attendance and use those records to prove your CPD.

The CPD record will allow you to demonstrate to potential clients that you take institute membership seriously, that your industry knowledge is up to date and that you are dedicated to your status as an institute member.

With two major seminars a year and numerous regional meetings the opportunity to obtain IDE CPD points has never been better so make a decision to attend as many as possible and keep recording those points as “Points make competence”.

Here is a list of emails to contact other members if you wish:

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Autumn Seminar 2009 – Presentations

Following a very successful Autumn Seminar on 25 September the following presentations and videos are available to view:

Demolition from the structural engineer viewpoint by Simon Simpson

Demolition of concrete chimneys by robotic means by Rainer Cremer to follow shortly
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Blow Foam Panels – an alternative viewpoint by Peter Jones

Changes to MDHS100 surveys by Jonathan Francis

Earth Exchange, improvements to recycling by Alex Albon

New developments in shear technology by Arne Marx

Explosives demolition in India by Dick Green


The man who created a monster …
Exclusive video of Ruud Schreijer’s presentation from Demolition News

(Opinions expressed in any of these presentations are those of the speaker and cannot be attributed to the IDE.)