Other Structures

Towers, Wind Turbines & More

CDI has felled hundreds of tall, slender, steel structures, including guyed towers up to 2,000’ tall, free-standing towers up to 600’ tall and wind turbines almost 600′ tall, under a variety of site and structural-condition circumstances on six continents.

CDI’s engineered preparation for and remote explosives felling of such structures are more cost-effective than dismantling as they eliminate schedule and cost uncertainty for crew/crane standby due to elevated winds which often delay dismantling operations. Explosives felling is far safer than mechanical tripping or pulling structures over with cables as the risk to workers using such operations is eliminated.

Whether tall structures are in pristine condition or have been condemned due to weathering, fatigue or damage due to structural failure, impact or thermal events, CDI’s remote felling techniques can dramatically mitigate risk to workers. Our operations require a minimum of structural modification to damaged structures, near grade, in a matter of hours to put them on the ground safely.

Where insurance companies are involved, CDI’s work can be designed to mitigate the loss by protecting foundations for re-use. CDI’s plan can also be designed to preserve artifacts, as necessary, to facilitate post-demolition analysis and investigations into the cause of the original event.

 

Project: WECT Television Tower
Date: 09.20.2012
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Record Setting Demolition

CDI sets a NEW WORLD RECORD for "the tallest manmade structure ever felled through the use of explosives" in their successful explosives felling of the 2,000 foot tall, guyed, structural steel WECT (Raycom) Media Television Tower in Elizabethtown, North Carolina at 12:47 PM on Thursday, September 20, 2012.

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Project: WECT Television Tower
Date: 09.20.2012
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Record Setting Demolition

CDI sets a NEW WORLD RECORD for "the tallest manmade structure ever felled through the use of explosives" in their successful explosives felling of the 2,000 foot tall, guyed, structural steel WECT (Raycom) Media Television Tower in Elizabethtown, North Carolina at 12:47 PM on Thursday, September 20, 2012.

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Project: Hunterson Wind Turbine & Radio Tower
Date: 09.26.2019
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CDI performed the preparation for and explosives felling of one (1), 580’ tall, 1000 mt wind turbine and one (1), 328’ tall communications tower at the SSE National Off Shore Wind Turbine Test Facility in Hunterston, Scotland on Thursday, September 26, 2019.

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Project: Hoyt S. Vandenberg
Date: 05.27.2009
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The Hoyt S. Vandenberg Becomes an Artificial Reef

CDI's involvement in the scuttling of the Hoyt S. Vandenberg was featured in one of National Geographic's "Blowdown" episodes.

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Project: MST at Atlas Space Launch Complex #40
Date: 04.27.2008
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Making Way For The Future

CDI, performed the explosives felling of the 6,500+ ton, 265’ tall, structural steel, mobile service tower in Cape Canaveral, Florida at 9:00 AM on Sunday, April 27, 2008.

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Project: KeySpan Energy Gas Holders
Date: 07.15.2001
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Rumble in Brooklyn

CDI performed the explosives felling of two (2) structural steel natural gas holders (#1 - 401' tall, 15 million cubic feet; #2 - 385' tall, 17 million cubic feet) in Brooklyn, New York at 7:00 AM on Sunday, July 15, 2001.

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