The National Demolition Association and Purdue University Press announce the publication of the nation’s first university textbook on the subject of the demolition process, titled “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.

“This is indeed 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, Executive Director of the NDA.