The National Demolition Association (NDA) and Purdue University Press jointly announce the publication of the nation's first university textbook on the subject of the demolition process, entitled Demolition: Practices, Technology, and Management.
Co-authored by demolition veteran Richard J. Diven and Purdue University assistant professor Mark Shaurette, Ph.D., it serves as a repository of basic demolition knowledge, best practices, and standards and is the first such textbook of its kind in the U.S. and possibly the world, according to the NDA.
"This is the first systematic presentation of means and methods that defines exactly what modern demolition contractors do. It describes an increasingly complex business that requires knowledge of construction, law, nearly every aspect of engineering, and a Byzantine maze of environmental regulations," said Michael R. Taylor, CAE, NDA Executive Director. "We expect the textbook to enlighten the university community, the construction industry, as well as regulators as to the skills, training, and experience that are needed to be a demolition professional."
Demolition: Practices, Technology, and Management was initially developed for use at Purdue University, which boasts the nation's first demolition and reconstruction specialization offered through its Department of Building Construction Management in the College of Technology. The specialization focuses on practical, real-world skills needed to succeed in the industry, aimed at both aspiring demolition professionals and other professionals who wish to become more versed in the demolition process.
The textbook was created in partnership with the National Demolition Association and is intended not only for students in construction management programs, but also for any working professional involved in demolition projects looking for an invaluable reference resource, including general contractors, civil engineers, architects, and government officials and regulators. Covered in the book is the full range of technical management issues encountered by the demolition contractor and those who hire demolition contractors.