International line-up for 2016 World Demolition Summit in Miami


  • Demolition event moves to the USA for the first time
  • Online registration now open for event, taking place on 14 October, 2016
  • Deadline for entries to World Demolition Awards is 30 June, 2016

An international line-up of expert speakers has been confirmed for this year’s World Demolition Summit (WDS), which takes place in Miami, Florida on 14 October – its first time in the USA. The Summit, always previously held in Europe, is established as one of the major annual international events for the demolition industry.
The Summit, which is being organised by Demolition & Recycling International (D&Ri) magazine in cooperation with the US-based National Demolition Association (NDA), will again feature a one-day conference followed by the World Demolition Awards dinner in the evening.
Conference speakers already confirmed include:

  • Mike Casbon (Technical Director, ERM, USA)
  • Dr Jan Kupec (Technical Director, Ground Engineering/Infrastructure, Aurecon Group, New Zealand)
  • Roberto Folchi (Mining Engineer/Geologist, Nitrex SRL – Explosives Engineering, Italy)
  • Ahmed Amir Khalil (VP, International Business Development, Applied Science International , USA)
  • Mark Lies (Partner, Seyfarth Shaw, USA)

Dr Kupec will report on his experience of earthquake affected areas and other sites in New Zealand, and Ahmed Amir Khalil and Roberto Folchi will look at simulation technology on a bridge demolition in Italy.
Mike Casbon of ERM will highlight the importance of attention to detail in demolition projects, and fellow US-based speaker Mark Lies, an employment lawyer and partner at Seyfarth Shaw, highlights what delegates can expect from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 2017 and beyond.
More information and online registration is available at the conference website:
Companies are also encouraged to enter the 2016 World Demolition Awards, which are the most prestigious awards for the worldwide demolition industry, judged by a panel of independent experts.
There are 11 categories and the awards are free to enter. The deadline for entries of Friday 30 June. The entry forms can be downloaded from the event website at
The World Demolition Summit is being organised by KHL Group and Demolition & Recycling International magazine, in cooperation with the National Demolition Association (NDA). (The NDA will hold a Board Meeting the day after the Summit on 15 October.) Supporting associations include the European Demolition Association (EDA).
Volvo Construction Equipment is the exclusive Headline Sponsor for the event. Silver sponsor is OilQuick, and Bronze sponsors are Jewell and LaBounty.