International speaker line-up for WDS 2022

By Steve Ducker16 September 2022

The World Demolition Summit (WDS) returns to Europe this year as an in-person event for the first time in four years – with a global line up of speakers.

Maximiliano Maurino, chief operating officer, Grupo Mitre Grupo Mitre’s Maximiliano Maurino will describe a project that involved demolishing more than 1,300 houses in a densely populated area. (Photo: Grupo Mitre)

As the summit heads for Vienna on 16 and 17 November, we already have presenters from three continents confirmed, with the final big names to follow soon.

As in previous years, the conference will feature a range of demolition projects combining the innovation and best practice within the industry which the WDS is well known for promoting.

But we will also be covering key subjects such as people and skills shortages, safety and net zero, all of which are high up the agenda for the demolition sector.

Here’s how the programme is shaping up at the moment:

  • Barrio 31 Urban Space Creation Project, Buenos Aires
    Maximiliano Maurino
    Chief operating officer
    Grupo Mitre, Argentina

  • Carbon audits for demolition - the SME challenge
    Ben Griffiths and Jonathan Cox
    Safety health environment and quality director/marketing director
    Rye Group, United Kingdom

  • Circular economy in demolition - dismantling for reconstruction
    Kati Tuominen
    Marketing and business development director,
    Purkupiha Group, Finland

  • Demolishing and remediating a power plant
    Massimo Baraldi
    Ferraro Group, Italy/Germany

  • Implications of legacy asbestos spacer blocks in demolition
    Wayne Bagnall
    Wayne Bagnall Consulting, United Kingdom

  • Material traceability and net zero on demolition projects
    Simon Hébert
    Civils work manager and project director
    Delsan-AIM Environmental Services, Canada

  • Remote control demolition to support restoration of iconic Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch, New Zealand
    Shaun Coakley and Simon Gaynor
    General manager/Commercial manager
    Protranz Earthmoving, New Zealand

  • Solutions to people and skills shortages in demolition
    Edwin Winton
    Lawsons Global Recruitment, United Kingdom

  • Urban factors in demolition projects
    Sanna Lepistö
    Quality and environmental manager
    Engineering Lepistö, Finland

The final programme, with running order and timings, will be published in the next WDS newsletter published in October, as well as in the Demolition & Recycling International e-newsletter and on the D&Ri website.

The World Demolition Summit is organised by D&Ri in co-operation with the European Demolition Association and the US National Demolition Association. The headline sponsor is Volvo Construction Equipment.

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