SPEAKERS

Francisco Cobo Valero

President of the European Dismantling Association, EDA (Spain)

Francisco Cobo Valero was born in Spain in 1956.

He holds an advanced degree in information technology as well as in jurisprudence. Graduated from the Complutense University of Madrid and has been a practicing lawyer since 1983.

Mr. Cobo was the founder and first Executive Director of the Spanish Demolition Association for 9 years.

At the European level, he has been a member of the European Demolition Association (EDA) since 1980. For over 10 years, from 2008 to 2021, Mr. Kobo was a member of the Board of Directors of the European Demolition Association, holding various positions. In June 2018, he became President of EDA.

And also, Mr. Kobo took an active part in the establishment of the European Cleaning Institute (EDI), which was founded in 2012. He currently serves on the EDI Board of Directors and President of the Institute.

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Adam Safran

Lead Project Engineer
Saudi Aramco
(Saudi Arabia)

Adam Safran is a mechanical engineer with extensive experience and training in business management who loves conceptual and analytical thinking to execute organizational plans. He is fully committed to designing, developing innovative tools and strategies to achieve goals. He strives to learn from anyone, regardless of industry.

Adam received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Petroleum and Minerals. King Fahd in 1999 and received his MBA in 2007. In addition, he earned relevant PMP certifications and a Master’s degree in Applied Research from the Swiss Business School in 2019.

After graduation, he worked as an engineer for Saudi Aramco, where he succeeded in planning and organizing general maintenance at the Abkaik gas plant. He was then assigned to the Department of Engineering Facilities, where he managed, executed and completed renovation projects ahead of schedule. As part of his work, he also supervised other junior engineers in the execution of external maintenance contracts.

He is currently leading the demolition of the existing damaged ASL tank and the construction of a new facility to ensure a reliable supply of crude oil to customers.

As an experienced leader and team player, Adam has the experience and innovative mindset to carry out any construction project.

Adam was the keynote speaker at the 2019 World Demolition Summit, which was held in Boston, USA.

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Anton Ananyin

CEO Volgaspetsstroy (Russia)

Anton Ananyin is the head of the Volgaspetsstroy company, which has been operating since 2008.

The company specializes in preparation of investment sites on the territory of industrial clusters and municipalities; dismantling, handling of construction waste, processing and disposal.

From 2019 to the present – Vice President of the Association of Demolition Organizations (NADO). Head of the Committee for Legislative Initiatives and Interaction with Government Bodies, whose field of activity includes the preparation of proposals for amending legislation on the regulation of dismantling works and requirements for their design, as well as proposals for improving the legal regulation of the construction and demolition waste management industry …

By the end of 2020, Volgaspetsstroy LLC became one of the leaders among the companies in the dismantling industry in Russia with a revenue of 1.5 billion rubles (including VAT).

One of the main achievements of Anton and the Voglaspetsstroy team for the period 2017 – 2021. processing and disposal of about 450,000 tons of demolition waste during the implementation of the project for the preparation of the territory of one of the chemical enterprises, within the framework of which the order managed to save about 671 million rubles in payments for the negative impact on the environment.

Anton Ananyin pays special attention to environmental issues in his professional activities, which are used to strengthen and develop the industry, dismantle and utilize waste. The key direction of his activity in ecology is the promotion of processing and disposal technology directly in the process of dismantling works. As part of this activity, through the Ministry of Construction of Russia, his company participates in updating the set of rules for SP 325.1325800.2017 “Buildings and structures. Work during dismantling and disposal”, through the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia, participates in the creation of GOST R “Waste of building materials,” formed during the demolition of buildings. Rules for transportation and sorting.”

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Tim Barker

Principal Resolute (USA)

Mr. Barker has over 30 years of leadership experience working with Decommissioning, Decontamination, Deactivation and Demolition (D4) projects and programs. He has managed and overseen some of the largest, most challenging D4 projects throughout the U.S. and around the world with proven exceptional safety, quality, schedule and budget results.

Tim works on overseeing D4 projects for many utilities and industrial private Fortune 500 companies as well as the public sector managing larger D4 programs for DOE-EM, DoD, Dept. of Army, Chemical Materials Activity (CMA). One of Mr. Barker’s greatest contributions to the Demolition industry as the Chair of the Certification Committee was the idea to provide formal certification training for the industry which is now being developed and Mr. Barker is co-leading in this effort.

This in part led to Purdue University offering demolition as an elective to the Construction Management major in 2012. Mr. Barker was a regular guest lecturer at Purdue for this program. Mr. Barker was cofounder, co-developer and is currently a trainer of the National Demolition 40-hour Association (NDA) Fundamentals of Demolition Project Management certificate program.

As a demolition contractor for two decades, Mr. Barker led many teams on several of the largest, most complicated and environmentally above grade projects in the industry. His experience ultimately led Mr. Barker to DOE-Em D&D projects where he discovered proven approaches to mitigate risk on very environmentally challenging and physically hazardous sites. Mr. Barker learned how these D&D programs sites achieved a million accident free workhours. As the programmatic AECOM demolition subject matter expert (SME) of the D4 of the DoD Dept. of Army, CMA Chemical Weapons Demilitarization sites, Mr. Barker and the Clouse Managers applied these mitigation measures and achieved the same safety and environmental success. There were zero TRIR while demolishing six Chemical Weapons Demilitarization Plants and over a dozen Support Facilities using ten different demolition contractors. Mr. Barker and the four CMA AECOM Closure Managers were recognized by the CEO, C-Suite and organization and earned AECOM’s greatest project and program performance award. Mr. Barker discovered that exceptional results in “safety is synonymous with savings” as the $1.6 billion dollar closure program was completed a year ahead and nearly $300 million under budget. Mr. Barker has continued to apply this approach in the D4 management for private owner utility, commercial and industrial sites with the same safety and overall success.

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Anna Chtorkh

International Development Manager
CURIUM (France)

CURIUM is a French company founded in 1994, specialized in the management of chemical and radiological risks.

Our team of highly qualified chemical engineers develops solutions for all sectors involving hazardous substances, from technical studies to in situ works and large-scale project management. CURIUM’s expertise includes contamination assessment and decontamination operations prior to the dismantling and demolition of facilities and processes that used toxic, corrosive, flammable, explosive, radioactive, or infectious substances.

Anna Chtorkh has started at CURIUM in 2017 as Business Developer for Central and Eastern Europe, located in Vienna, Austria. She is now International Development Manager at the company HQs in Lyon, France. Her mission is to develop mutually enriching partnerships with companies whose expertise is complementary to CURIUM’s, and to seek opportunities to share CURIUM’s know-how abroad.

Anna represents CURIUM in the framework of the Hazardous Substances Working Group of the European Demolition Association, and has contributed an article to the EDI Special Publication 2021.

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Fabio Bruno

Managing Principal Fabio Bruno Pinto
(Brazil)

Fábio Bruno Pinto graduated in Mining Engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in 2000 and in Business Administration in 2005 at FGV, both in Brazil. He established his own company in 2001, specializing in the use of explosives. Following numerous successful demolitions with no accidents in his career, he has been responsible for many of the more important demolition projects in Brazil, including projects for Soccer World Cup in 2014 and the Olimpic Games in 2016. After many services in South America, he made his first service in North America in 2018, with the implosion of 3 buildings in Nassau, Bahamas. After this implosion he created a company Fábio Bruno USA to operate in the biggest market of the world.

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Joe Brinkman

General director
Jet Demolition
(South Africa)

After being born and raised on a farm in Illinois (USA) and receiving a blasting-focused Master’s degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1982, Joe and Liz, his wife and a Metallurgical Engineer, moved to South Africa in 1983 in pursuit of adventure and opportunity. Joe then undertook applied blasting research for the Research Organization of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa until 1989.

This was followed by 5 years of technical consulting, field projects and product development relating to many facets of explosives applications. He developed a patented range of shaped explosive charges for demolition and rock breaking, and this is what pulled him to the demolition industry in 1991.  He discovered the ultimate occupation, and formed the company Jet Demolition (Pty) Ltd, with the company name and logo being inspired by the jetting action of a shaped explosive charge.

Soon after, he was joined by Liz, and they set about building a technically-based company from scratch with the objective of providing the highest quality of safe demolition services in Africa.

Jet Demolition undertakes mainly heavy industrial demolition projects for multinational companies who demand the highest levels of safety and quality in the developing world, and also large and difficult commercial projects. They undertake projects throughout Africa and have also worked in Indonesia. Whilst originally planning to spend 2-3 years in South Africa, Joe and Liz fell under the spell of Africa, raised a family of 4 wonderful sons, and became fully entrenched there.

They are now in their 38th year in South Africa and the adventure continues.

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Anne Mittelsdorf

Finance Management, member of the executive board MB Spezialabbruch (Germany)

Anne holds degrees in International Business and Economics as well as Linguistics and Literary Studies.

In 2016, she joined the family-owned company MB Spezialabbruch located in Thuringia, Germany. She is part of the executive board and responsible for finance management and project controlling.

Anne has been involved in several complex demolition projects, such as the demolition of the 162 m cooling tower of the nuclear power plant in Mülheim-Kärlich, Germany.
Anne lives in Meiningen, Germany.

MB Spezialabbruch GmbH & Co. KG is an owner-operated company situated in the very center of Germany.

For more than 30 years, the company has been a reliable partner for complex demolition and dismantling works, such as controlled demolition of industrial chimneys, cooling towers or industrial buildings.

With specially developed equipment and innovative technologies, MB Spezialabbruch provide secure and efficient alternatives to demolition by blasting.

The major concern of the company is the achievement of the highest possible level of safety and quality. Therefore, they are constantly seeking for innovation and further improvement in the field of specialized demolition.

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Tristan Giesa

Ph.D., Dipl.-Ing. Constructure (Germany)

Dr. Tristan Giesa is a mechanical and a civil engineer with a diploma degree from Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Universität (RWTH) in Aachen and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA.

After his doctoral studies, Dr. Giesa was employed by Exponent Inc. since 2016, and transitioned to the German subsidiary of Exponent Inc. in 2018, which has since continued as Constructure GmbH located in Ratingen, Dortmund, Hamburg and Berlin.

Dr. Giesa specialises in the analysis and modelling of complex mechanical systems, including damage and failure mechanics, fatigue and corrosion analysis and nonlinear finite element analysis. He has applied his expertise to the assessment of complex mechanical and industrial structures, such as wind energy plants, cooling towers, chimneys, high pressure equipment and other machine elements. As licensed mechanical engineer in the United States, he has conducted failure and accident investigations of welded and non-welded structures also in litigation cases.

Tristan Giesa has modelled highly nonlinear, dynamic and large timescale failure scenarios, particularly for the demolition of industrial structures. He has developed material subroutines to capture the complex behavior of various engineering materials (metals, concrete, plastics) and developed debris models to assess the impact of falling masses on ground vibrations and surrounding structures.

Dr. Giesa has published numerous papers in the field of mechanics of materials and serves as peer reviewer to several journals in the field of damage mechanics. He has supervised Bachelor’s and Master’s theses at RWTH and MIT.

Together with his wife and his two children he lives in Hamburg, Germany.

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Markus Rost

Dipl.-Ing. Constructure (Germany) 

Markus Rost studied civil engineering at the Technical University of Dortmund and graduated with Diplom-Ingenieur.

He was employed by Exponent GmbH, the German subsidiary of Exponent Inc. since 1998 and took over Exponent GmbH in 2020 with his colleague Dr. Andreas Harling, which has since continued as Constructure GmbH located in Ratingen, Dortmund, Hamburg and Berlin.

Markus Rost specialises in the assessment of complex industrial structures with a focus on chimneys, cooling towers, boiler frames, conveyor bridges, bunkers and silos. His broad spectrum of knowledge enables him to carry out structural analyses of temporary construction stages, demolition planning and accident engineering. In this context, the close-to-reality analysis of structural behaviour, taking into account previous damage and ageing, is of high priority.

Markus Rost is certified by the SLV-Duisburg as an international welding engineer. In this context, he carries out failure-cause analyses on cracked, corroded and fatigued steel structures. He is specialised in the investigation of cyclic loading of steel structures caused by transient effects such as temperature and pressure.

During conversion and demolition planning, he carries out hazardous substance investigations in industrial plants, for example with regard to building materials containing asbestos, PCBs and heavy metals. He is an expert in accordance with TRGS 519 for the handling of asbestos products and an expert for the remediation of hazardous substances in buildings.

Markus Rost is also certified as a demolition consultant by the German Demolition Association. As part of the lecture series “Building in Existing Contexts” at the Hochschule Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences in Mülheim (HRW), he gives a block lecture on “Demolition in Existing Contexts”. He supervises Bachelor’s and Master’s theses in the field of demolition at the HRW and the Technical University of Dortmund.

Markus Rost is a member of numerous industry associations and technical committees, where he develops guidelines on demolition and hazardous substances.

Together with his wife and his two children he lives in Essen, Germany.

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Uttkarsh Mehta

Partner of Edifice Engineering (India)

Uttkarsh Mehta, born on 16th September 1976 & raised in Mumbai, a financial Capital of India is currently a Partner in Edifice Engineering, a Company involved in Engineering and Safe Demolitions of Cricket Stadiums, Hospitals, Multiplex Theatres, Shopping Malls, Bridges & Residential and Commercial buildings in India and brings 11 years of relevant experience in the Demolition Industry.

His Core Expertise is to mechanise execution of Demolition Contracts. His academic qualifications of Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Stream supports the over all cause of mechanisation in his day to day activity. He equipments, increasing excels in the up-keep of the productivity & Speed of execution at site and is committed to the profession. Safety is another area which is close to his heart and has certified his company for ISO 45001:2018 & ISO Certification of 9001: 2015.

After graduation, did his post graduation in Foreign Trade & Diploma in Marketing Management, started his career with Jobs in various industries in Sales department such as Sale of Equipment for Sugar Factories, Fastening& Demolition Industry and then plunged into business with a working Partner of complete Engineering Dismantling and Demolition jobs across India.

His key success areas are Sales & Marketing. He manages a company of 55 Employees with a turn over of about USD 7 Mio. He loves travelling, music & is a hardcore field guy with good man management skills. Combining his interest with business he travels abroad in search of good equipments and technologies and establishes new technologies in India.

He shall be proud to say that his company Edifice Engineering is the biggest Demolition Company in India with 6 Nos High Reach Excavators in their asset list with tallest being 34M Pin Height (Only Machine in India of this height) and 3 Nos of 85KW Track Saws, 4 Nos of Shears , Demolition Robots and various other equipements.

He dreamt of being an entreprenuer and today he is successful based on his core values of hardwork & Smartwork.

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Alexey Chikov

Head of the Department for the Organization of Experimental Design and Construction of the State Budgetary Institution “Mosstroyrazvitie”, Leading Researcher, University of Minstroy (Russia)

Professional achievements and experience:
• Participated from 2009 to 2014 in the construction of facilities for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, as a project manager of the State Corporation “Olympstroy”;
• From 2015 to 2017, he took part in the construction of facilities of the Moscow metro, in the position of head of the production and technical department of JSC Mosinzhproekt;
• From 2017 to 2019, he worked as Deputy Director at the Federal Autonomous Institution “Project Directorate of the Ministry of Construction of Russia” in the direction of preparing regulatory legal acts and regulatory technical documents for the implementation of information modeling technologies (BIM technologies) in the life cycle management of capital construction facilities;
• From 2019 to the present, he has been taking part in the implementation of experimental construction projects in the city of Moscow, in the position of Deputy Head of the Department for the Organization of Experimental Design and Construction of the State Budgetary Institution “Mosstroyrazvitie” (a subordinate institution of the Department of Urban Development Policy of the City of Moscow).

In addition, he is actively involved in scientific and teaching activities:
• Author and presenter of more than 20 training courses and webinars, senior researcher University of the Ministry of Construction NIISF RAASN;
• Took an active part in the development and approval of codes of practice for construction;
• Participated in the research and development work carried out by MGSU on the topics of information modeling and construction technologies.
• Member of the Expert Council under the Public Council of the Ministry of Construction of the Russian Federation for the introduction of information modeling technologies.

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Alexey Myshastiy

Alexey Myshastiy CEO Eurotechnology (Russia)

Alexey has 27 years of experience in the development of complex engineering systems and complexes, is a professional in the design and construction of engineering networks of buildings and structures, including using information modeling technologies. It is included in the National Registers NOPRIZ and NOSTROY.

Higher education with a degree in Industrial Electronics (Taganrog State Radio Engineering University, SFedU), Additional education in Project Management, Building Inspection, Systems Engineering Thinking, Administrative Technologies and Management.

2000-2004 postgraduate studies and scientific work on mathematical methods of signal processing. He was engaged in the development and research of methods of non-destructive testing and diagnostics of mechanical systems.

2004-2006 project manager for the development and launch into serial production of controllers for automated building management systems. Member of the KNX Russia Association.

2007-2010 project manager – design and construction of automated building management systems.

2010-2014 participated in the design of the Olympic facilities “SOCHI-2014”. In the general portfolio, participation in 5 Olympic venues with positive conclusions from GlavGosExpertiza.

In 2015, he performed the development of a detailed design, construction, installation and commissioning works for SCA Hygiene Products Russia, as well as the development of working documentation for LUKOIL-Energoengineering, LLC.

In 2018, he developed design and working documentation, construction and installation work for PJSC Severstal, as well as design work and a feasibility study for the Skolkovo Technopark.

From 2019:
– development of design and working documentation for DOPPELMAYR Russia, LLC;
– development of working documentation for the “Industrial and Technological Park for the production of auto components” Synergy “. Special economic zone “Alabuga”, Tatarstan.

2019 – 2020:
– development of design and working documentation within the framework of technical re-equipment of the “Cooling tower of circulating water supply” at the address: Kirov region, Kirovo-Chepetsk for HaloPolymer Kirovo-Chepetsk, LLC;
– development of design and working documentation for the project “Modernization of low-current systems of the complex of collectors” Khimki “,” Leningradsky-2 “, State Unitary Enterprise” Moskollektor “.

In 2021, he completed the development of design and working documentation for DOPPELMAYR Russia, LLC within the framework of the projects “Construction of the Gorodetsky Kremlin funicular” in Gorodets, Nizhny Novgorod region, “Passenger cableway (chair) of the Baikal ski resort” Sobolinaya Mountain “, Baikalsk.

This is not a complete track record of Alexey.

He has unique experience in Russia in using information modeling technologies to determine the technical characteristics of dismantled underground structures and works in a team to create a concept for applying his experience to the field of demolition of buildings and structures.

Married, 3 children. He is fond of yachting. The area of ​​professional interests is modern methods and approaches in the field of education technologies and digitalization.

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Alexander Krotov

CEO Bars (Russia)

For more than 10 years he has been professionally dealing with issues of industrial ecology.

Until 2016, on the staff of a specialized organization, he analyzed the impact of industrial facilities on the environment and human habitat.

Since 2016, he was the head of the environmental service unit at the industrial enterprise of JSC Russian Railways.

From 2017 to the present, he has been providing environmental support for the project to eliminate the accumulated waste of the Chusovoy Metallurgical Plant.

In 2019, he headed the management of Bars LLC, which deals with environmental projects for large industrial enterprises.

2019-2020 oversaw the environmental block of the project for liquidation of the slag dump of the Novolipetsk Metallurgical Plant.

2020 – to the present time he takes part in environmental projects of the Norilsk industrial hub aimed at eliminating objects of negative impact on the environment.

As the general director of Bars LLC, he develops innovative technologies aimed at implementing the principles of resource conservation, increasing the utilization of waste and restoring damaged environmental components.

Has a higher technical education in the field of technical physics and laser systems. Received special training in environmental protection and hazardous waste management.

Shares the mission of the company: “To make the world cleaner using the best technologies and an inexhaustible desire for excellence.”

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Ahmed Khalil

Ph.D., P.E., Director of Engineering ASI (USA)

Dr. Khalil is a pioneer in the area of engineering simulations for demolition planning with 25 years of structural engineering experience. During the past 15 years he specialized in numerical modeling of the demolition of structures, whether mechanically in stages or induced through implosion or cut and pull techniques.

His team performed engineering simulations for a variety of industrial structures including silos, tanks, boilers, reactors, conveyers, and stacks. He oversaw demolition planning for special structures such as prestressed and cable stayed bridges with various demolition methodologies.

He performed demolition simulations for steel, masonry, and reinforced concrete structures comprising hospitals, sports stadiums, as well residential and commercial buildings. In 2020, his team did the engineering modeling for the tallest building in the world to be demolished by implosion. In addition to structural analysis, he manages performing numerical simulations to ensure vibration, noise, and dust generated by demolition activities are within acceptable performance limits.

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