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The Colorado River Bridge is under construction just downstream from Hoover Dam. Below: Deputy project manager Jeff St. John answered questions about the project during last year's tour.

Concrete industry professionals who join the 3rd Annual World of Concrete Editorial Tour this year will have a behind-the-scenes look at the highway project that is literally changing the face of one of our country's most well-known historical landmarks—Hoover Dam.

The Hoover Dam Bypass Tour will take visitors off the paved road for a unique view of the Colorado River Bridge being built about 1500 feet downstream of the dam.

A representative of Obayashi/JSM, the general contractor, will give a project update and answer questions. Representatives from Sika Corp., the tour's sponsor, will provide information about the concrete admixtures used in the project.

We will also tour the Hoover Dam Visitor Center, the power plant inside the dam, and the observation deck. Attendees will see a special presentation of the history of the dam's construction in the 1930s.

World of Concrete attendees can join the tour on two different days: 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20, or 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. All who attend will receive a box lunch and a commemorative hard hat. Buses will leave from and return to the Central Hall Door 9 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The tours fill up early, so visit www.worldofconcrete.com to register. The cost is $80 per person until Dec. 20; and $85 afterward.

A View From the Top

During a construction slowdown, expert advice isn't just helpful—it's critical for producers who want to keep their businesses going strong. This year, a group of top economic and industry analysts will share their expertise during the Economic Summit.

Speakers will talk about the ups and downs they anticipate in the coming year, and what producers need to do to survive them. Attendees will benefit from this “big picture” view of the industry, with unique insights from many different angles. Topics will range from a general economic forecast to details about specific materials and equipment availability.

This luncheon will be an important event for anyone involved in business planning or purchasing, as well as producers who want to start the year with a competitive advantage. It will be held from noon to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Allen Villere Partners is the event's sponsor.

The cost, including lunch, is $75 per person until Dec. 20; $125 afterward. To register, visit www.worldofconcrete.com.

Challenging Event

In the midst of seminars and booth visits, remember to keep the Producers' Challenge on your schedule. Mack Trucks' Driving Skills Challenge and the John Deere Load America competition will transform the Orange and Gold lots, respectively, between the Central and South halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, into an exciting exhibition of driver skills from Tuesday, Jan. 22 through Thursday, Jan. 24.

Mack Trucks' Driving Skills Challenge invites ready-mix truck drivers to navigate through a course of simulated situations they would encounter on a job. Drivers can show their expertise by maneuvering through parallel parking, tight turns, and stopping on a dime (or at least a painted line).

Front-end loader operators will have the same opportunity to prove their skills in the John Deere Load America competition. Drivers receive scores for their abilities to back up, park, and move various objects with precision. Some of the most expert four-wheel drive loader operators in the industry will compete for prizes each day.

For more details about these events, visit the sponsors' booths at the show. John Deere: C6269 and Mack: C5469.

Women in Concrete Luncheon and Forum

The annual Women in Concrete Luncheon and Forum, co-hosted by CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION and THE CONCRETE PRODUCER, is a two-hour program that brings together women working in all segments of the concrete construction industry. It provides a unique opportunity to connect with peers and gain insights into the challenges specific to women in the industry.

This year, the program consists of a panel of women discussing some hot industry trends. How is green concrete going to affect how you do business? Will pervious concrete be a part of your business?

The discussion will be followed by an open question period. The Women in Concrete Luncheon and Forum takes place noon to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23. Cost is $50 for advance registration; $75 after Dec. 20. Register at www.worldofconcrete.com. The event has sold out for two consecutive years.

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