THOUSANDS OF PRODUCERS AND construction professionals returned to Las Vegas for World of Concrete 2012, held Jan. 24-27. Showgoers visited more than 1200 indoor and outdoor exhibitors, went to many special editorial events, and attended more than 100 educational seminars.
"There was a very positive and optimistic buzz on the show floor," said show director Jackie James. "WOC 2012 has been a huge success, and based on the feedback we have received from both exhibitors and attendees, we have no doubt the economy is recovering and the commercial construction industry is well on its way to a great 2012."
Attendance totaled 52,088, an increase over the prior year. Exhibit space totaled 552,500 square feet, an increase of 40,000 net square feet over the 2011 show.
Seminars of special interest to producers included Concrete Mix Designs, High-performance Concrete, and Concrete Material Incompatibility. Producers also spent much of their time at the Producer Center in the Las Vegas Convention Center's North Hall. Here, dozens of exhibitors displayed and demonstrated their products and technologies targeted especially for concrete producers.
Attendees literally had all of the information they needed right at their fingertips. This was the first year for the World of Concrete Mobile App. The free app allowed attendees to quickly find exhibitors, seminars, events, and more.
The app will be back for next year's World of Concrete, which takes place Feb. 5-8 in Las Vegas; seminars begin Feb. 4. Visit www.worldofconcrete.com
Hoover Dam, Nearby Bridge Inspire
Hoover Dam was dedicated 77 years ago. Yet this monument to the best in concrete construction continues to be a draw, as evidenced by the sold out annual editorial tour hosted by THE CONCRETE PRODUCER and CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION magazines.
Adding to the grandeur of the site about 25 miles south of Las Vegas is the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. The bridge, the second highest span in the nation, features the widest concrete arch in the Western Hemisphere.
After visiting the bridge's pedestrian walkway high above the Colorado River, attendees on both Jan. 15 and 20 learned about the concrete aspects of Hoover Dam from concrete historian Luke Snell, who gave a special presentation at the Visitors Center. A tour of the dam's power plant and museum completed the tour.
More than 350 contestants competed for great prizes in the John Deer Operator Challenge throughout the week at World of Concrete. This is the ninth year the construction equipment manufacturer has sponsored the event.
The contestants maneuvered several John Deere machines throughout the courses in the Gold parking lot. These included the 544K loader, 410JTC backhoe, 85D excavator, and two 326 skid steers. Visit www.deere.com.
Each of the four events had a daily winner:
Loader: Ken Porisky, Slave Lake, Alberta; Thomas Waldner, Stratford, S.D.; Myron Decker, Gibbon, Minn.; Brian Saionz, Freemont, Ohio.
Skid Steer: Wes Spencer, Greenville, Ohio, and Duane Indenbosch, Lethbridge, Alberta (tie); Ernest Sawatzky, Austin, Manitoba; Chris Robbins, Kennesaw, Ga.; Paul Johnson, North Branch, Minn.
Backhoe: Tim Gilmer, Maitland, Ontario; Josh Zuberbier, Black Creek, Wis.; John Swanson, Atlanta; Shane Suchy, Great Bend, Kan.
Excavator: Gary Gingrich, Enola, Pa.; Nathan Holly, Saratoga Springs, Utah; Shaun Moore, Sewell, N.J.; Myles McVeigh, Morton Grove, Ill.
One Serious Challenge
Ready-mix truck drivers had a great opportunity to demonstrate their driving skills at the Second Annual Western Star Serious Truck Challenge. Featuring Western Star's new 4700 truck model, competitors were tested on different challenges that simulate various tasks they would find at a construction site. These included parallel parking, S curves, driver-side parking, blindside parking, and backing up and stopping on a 42-foot-long, steeply graded ramp.
The Western Star 4700SF truck was equipped with a 450-hp Detroit Diesel DD13 engine and Allison 4500 RDS transmission. The 4700 features a 110-inch BBC and is ideal for ready-mix applications, as well as dump and roll-off jobs.
A total of 220 people competed. Contestants received points for successfully completing each maneuver. The first place finisher was Kitt Philips, of Ready Made Concrete, Salt Lake City; second, Matt Engle, ECS Construction LLC, Abilene, Kan.; third, Matthew Nardi, Dennison Bridge Ind., Dennison, Ohio; fourth, Ron Hesley, Concrete Materials Supply, Woodville, Ohio; fifth, Gary Piercy, Pier C Construction, Othello, Wash.
For more, visit www.westernstar.com.
Pervious Concrete Live!
There was no better opportunity than World of Concrete for anyone looking to learn about pervious concrete.
The week got started on Monday with the Contractor's Introduction to Placing Pervious Concrete. This three-hour session presented four of the six chapters from the NRMCA Pervious Concrete Contractor Certification program. Attendees learned the basics of pervious concrete, how it is different from plain concrete, and the tools and techniques for placing, consolidating, finishing, edging, jointing, and curing the material. They then had the opportunity to take the Pervious Concrete Contractor Certification Exam the next day.
The rest of the week, Pervious Concrete Live! offered demonstrations on placing equipment and techniques, test methods, decorative pervious concrete, and more.
Attendees watched pervious concrete being placed at exhibitors' booths and attended technical presentations several times per day. Sample panels showed common problems with pervious installations, along with examples of pervious concrete installed correctly.
The event was sponsored by Bunyan Industries, Multivibe, Propex, and Lura Enterprises.
CIM Auction Breaks Record
The National Steering Committee (NSC) for the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program raised $617,750 at its seventh annual auction held at World of Concrete. This surpassed last year's total by more than $100,000 and exceeded the previous record by $50,000.
"This is yet another example of the high value the concrete industry places on the CIM program," said Eugene Martineau, executive director of the steering committee. "The NSC appreciates the record number of 155 donated items and all the bidders that helped make this year's auction a huge success."
The signature item was a Mack Truck model GU813, equipped with a McNeilus 11-yard mixer drum, donated by Mack Trucks and McNeilus Co., a division of Oshkosh Truck. The winning bidder was Danny Rodgers, president of MMC Materials Inc., of Ridgeland, Miss.
A silent auction also was held. Auction items included cement; a skid steer; concrete saws, drills, and vibrators; scaffolding, safety equipment, screeds, fiber transport systems, dust collectors, generators, training sessions, laptop computers, sports memorabilia, travel packages, and more. Visit www.concretedegree.com.
The 2012 Election
Attendees pick winners in Most Innovative Products contest.
The votes are in and the winners have been selected in the World of Concrete 2012 Most Innovative Products (MIP) award program.
Held annually at the show, the MIP Award Program showcases many of the new products exhibited. The program allows the thousands of attendees and readers of THE CONCRETE PRODUCER and other Hanley Wood commercial construction magazines to vote for the products they judge as the most innovative.
A panel of industry experts, many of whom serve on the World of Concrete Educational Advisory Board, and Hanley Wood editors reviewed and selected the winners. Products were grouped into nine categories. Following are the winners in the Concrete Production Equipment category. To see all of the winners and entries, visit www.votemip.com.
PRODUCE CONCRETE AS ORDERED
Techcrete is the first truckmounted concrete mixer using load cells and onboard batch controls, producing concrete continuously by weight, not volume. This results in improved quality and productivity and reduced operating costs. Techcrete ensures that every load of concrete is produced as ordered. Maxon Industries Inc. 800-236-9944. www.maxon.com.
ICE FOR YOUR MIX
The Flake Ice Plant features a new ISO container and has an aluminum floor. The plant produces ice on refrigerated drums by spraying water onto the drum's ice-cold surface, where it immediately freezes. Optimum ice thickness is 1.55 mm, which guarantees the highest possible output and the shortest possible mixing and melting time inside the mixer. KTI, a partner of Liebherr Concrete Technology. 866- 879-6312. www.liebherr.us
ENSURE PROPER AIR CONTENT The model 300 custom-designed air entrainment machine ensures ready-mix and precast producers achieve required air content every time at little to no added expense. Users can predictably add, entrain, and maintain air content in virtually all typical conditions and for most needs. The heavyduty, large production model is designed for medium to large size producers. Cellular Concrete Technologies. 877-828-1954. www.cellularconcretetechnologies.com