Demolition: Practices, Technology, and Management

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As the built environment ages, demolition has become a rapidly growing industry offering major employment opportunities. During the 1990s the number of contractors grew by nearly 60 percent and there are now over 800 U.S. companies focused on demolition, as well as many more offering this service as part of their portfolio. It has also become an increasingly complex business, requiring a unique combination of project management skills, legal and contractual knowledge, and engineering skills from its practitioners. Demolition was created in partnership with the National Demolition Association, and is written specifically with students of construction management and engineering in mind, although it will also be an invaluable reference for anyone involved in demolition projects. The book covers modern demolition practices, the impact of different construction types, demolition regulations, estimating demolition work, demolition contracts, safety on the demolition project, typical demolition equipment, debris handling and recycling, use of explosives, demolition contractors’ participation in disaster response, and demolition project management.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557535672
  • Publisher: Purdue University Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 197
  • Sales rank: 317,206
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard J. Diven has almost forty years experience in the demolition industry, as a member of the senior management team at structural demolition company ICONCO between 1964 and 2000, and as founder of R. J. Diven Consulting, LLC. He has played a key role in projects ranging from earthquake repairs in Los Angeles to the demolition of aircraft hangars in Pearl Harbor. Mark Shaurette is an assistant professor in building construction management at Purdue University. He was previously president of Meridian Homes, Inc. and vice president of Ryan Homes. He has a master’s degree in civil engineering from MIT and a PhD from Purdue University.
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Table of Contents




Chapter 1 Introduction To The Industry 1

A it's Not Construction 1

B What Is Demolition? 1

C Brief History of Demolition 2

D Study Questions 4

Chapter 2 The Demolition Contractor 7

A As Prime Contractor 7

B As Subcontractor 7

C Work Area---Local---Regional---Nationwide 8

D Demolition Personnel And Their Duties 9

E Union And Non-Union Labor Relations 10

F Study Questions 10

Chapter 3 Modern Demolition Practices 13

A Introduction 13

B Analyzing The Demolition project 13

C Preparatory Tasks 14

D Machine Demolition 15

E Selective Demolition 21

F Hand Demolition 25

G Salvage 26

H Hazardous Material Management 27

I Study Questions 43

Chapter 4 Types of Demolition---building And Structures 45

A General 45

B Low-Rise Commercial And Residential 45

C High-Rise Buildings And Other Structures 45

D Foundations 45

E Bridge Demolition 48

F Industrial Demolition 51

G Marine Demolition 52

H Historic Salvaging 54

I Special Structures 56

J Demolition of Pre-Stressed And Post-Tensioned Concrete Structures 56

K Interior Demolition 58

L Study Questions 61

Chapter 5 Demolition Regulatory Guides 63

A Introduction 63

B Occupational Safety And Health Administration (OSHA) 63

C American National Standards Institute (ANSI) 65

D U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers Safety And Health Requirements Manual, EM 385-1-1 65

E Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 65

F Environmental Regulations 66

G State And Local Regulatory Authorities 70

H Study Questions 71

Chapter 6 Estimating---Quantifying And Pricing The Demolition Project 73

A Introduction 73

B Preparatory Estimating Tasks 73

C The Demolition Estimate 77

D Sample Estimate Formats 80

E Common Errors And Pitfalls 86

F Study Questions 87

G Appendix 88

Chapter 7 Contracts And Accounting For The Demolition Project 89

A Introduction 89

B Lump Sum Contracts 89

C Time And Material Contracts 90

D General And Administrative Costs 90

E Project Overhead 91

F Documentation 92

G Study Questions 93

Chapter 8 Safety On A Demolition Project 95

A Introduction 95

B The Role Of Osha In The Demolition Industry 95

C Employee Training 97

D Drug And Alcohol Policy 98

E Personal Protective Equipment 98

F Jobsite Security 99

G Study Questions 101

Chapter 9 Demolition Equipment 103

A Introduction 103

B Primary Heavy Equipment 103

C Support Equipment 112

D Demolition Trucking 118

E Specialized Equipment 123

F Study Questions 125

Chapter 10 Material Handling And Recycling 127

A Introduction 127

B Material Handling And Sorting 127

C Debris Removal And Disposal 128

D Recycling 131

E Recycling Hazardous Materials 137

F Sustainability And The Future Of Recycling 137

G Marketing Salvage 139

H Study Questions 139

Chapter 11 Explosives In Demolition 141

A Introduction 141

B When To Consider Using Explosives 141

C Preparations For Using Explosives 142

D Implosion, The Spectacular Use Of Explosives 144

E Explosive Demolition of steel structures 145

F Explosive Demolition of Foundations 151

G Explosive Demolition Of Stacks And Towers 153

H Specialized Explosive Uses 154

I Study Questions 155

Chapter 12 Disaster Response 157

A Introduction 157

B The Role Of The Demolition Contractor 157

C Training 159

D Coordination With Other Responders 160

E Study Questions 160

Chapter 13 Project Management 163

A Introduction 163

B Planning The Work 163

C Project Start-Up 163

D Project Administration 166

E Contract Close-Out 168

F Summary 168

G Study Questions 169

Glossary of Terms, Abbreviations, And Acronyms 171

Index 177

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