There will be more to do than ever at the upcoming World of Concrete. The world's only international construction event dedicated to concrete takes place Jan. 18-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center; seminars begin Jan. 17.

World of Concrete has it all—exhibitors who will be displaying their newest products, innovations, and technologies; an educational program that is tops in the industry; and a wide range of events that are both educational and fun. WOC attracts about 1500 exhibitors and occupies more than 600,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibit space.

Make plans now to attend this exciting event. Visit to register, and for updated information on registration, exhibitors, events, housing, and more.

Hoover Dam Bypass Tour

Get an up-close and personal look at the just-opened Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge which spans the Colorado River just south of the Hoover Dam. Learn about the history and challenges that contractors overcame to build these iconic structures.

The guided tour will include a visit to a special viewing site on the bridge (weather permitting); a special group presentation in the Hoover Dam Visitor's center by industry experts describing how the bridge was constructed and historical significance of concrete construction on the dam and a power plant tour of the dam's inner workings. Bus transportation and a box lunch are included. Sunday, Jan. 16, 12:30-5:30 p.m., and Friday, Jan. 21, 1-6 p.m. Cost is $105.

John Deere Operator Challenge

This annual event sponsored by John Deere and presented by TCP gets bigger and better each year. Operate a four-wheel drive loader, skid steer, backhoe, or excavator in the Gold Lot outside the North Hall. Test your speed and accuracy. The contestants with the highest point totals win some great prizes. Let John Deere put you in the driver's seat.

Visit the John Deere Operator Challenge page at www. for a video of last year's event. This is ongoing throughout show hours, Tuesday, Jan. 18, through Friday, Jan. 21.

Pervious Live

This new event takes place in a 10,000-square-foot area of the Gold Lot outside the North Hall. There will be three pervious demonstration pads for showgoers to walk on. One pad will be placed too dry to demonstrate raveling, and one will be placed too wet to show sealing. The third will be placed as it should be.

Students from the Concrete Industry Management program at Middle Tennessee State University will install the slabs and will explain their construction.

Pervious Live is the industry's only live forum on current pervious concrete technology. Also in this area, event sponsors will display, discuss, and demonstrate new equipment and test procedures for this material, which is becoming more popular.

Also, this exciting event complements training that will be offered 1-4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 17, at the show. Students taking the Classroom Training for Pervious Concrete Certification Program will learn the information necessary to pass the Pervious Concrete Craftsman/Installer/Technician Certification.

Throughout the week, students can take the Pervious Concrete Field Projects for Installer Certification course. Students who pass the performance evaluation will be issued credit for their efforts as completing one project of three successful construction projects with a total area exceeding 10,000 square feet. Contact Alan Sparkman at the Tennessee Concrete Association at 615-360-7393 for more information.

Women in Concrete Luncheon & Forum

Now in its sixth year, this event unites women from all segments of the industry who face the same daily challenges as you. Network, build relationships, and learn about important issues driving the industry and how you can contribute. This event takes place noon-2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 19. Cost is $80 before Dec. 9; $105 after Dec. 9 and onsite.

Volumetric Operators Luncheon

Make the most of your future business opportunities using volumetric mixing, and attend the Volumetric Operators Luncheon & Forum, sponsored by Cemen Tech. This is an ideal opportunity for producers and contractors to share tips, advice, and experiences.

This luncheon will provide valuable information on how contractors can learn about this important market, adopt industrywide quality initiatives, and bring about a proper respect for this segment of the commercial construction business. Speakers will discuss bidding and the contract specification process, the status of work on two current ASTM standards, C-94 and C-685, that affects volumetric procedures, and insights on how volumetric producers can upgrade their own training efforts through an innovative online learning tool.

The event takes place noon-2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20. Cost is $80 if registered by Dec. 9; $105 after Dec. 9 and onsite.

Greensite Luncheon & Forum

This annual event becomes more important to attend as sustainability becomes an everyday way of life for concrete producers and contractors.

Many are fearful that green techniques can reduce profit margins, require additional capital equipment, or involve excessive documentation. With the growing demand for greener construction techniques, this luncheon connects interested contractors with experienced green professionals who have surpassed these challenges.

Topics include:

  • Update on the role of specifications in sustainable design documentation;
  • Information on how construction drawings support LEED specification requirements;
  • Construction data analysis—how contractors can learn of green projects in their area;
  • The practical benefits BIM offers clients during “green” construction projects and beyond;
  • Insight on how to include more recycled material in the construction process to create a more sustainable structure;
  • New tools and software that make the selection and documentation process simple yet effective;
  • This event takes place noon-2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20. Cost is $80 before Dec. 9; $105 after Dec. 9 and onsite.

    2011 CIM Auction

    Help support the future of the concrete construction industry and get a good deal on equipment for your business at the 2011 Concrete Industry Management Auction, 1-2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20. Construction industry-related items will be auctioned off with all proceeds benefi ting the CIM Program, a four-year bachelor of science degree at fi ve schools throughout the nation. For more information, visit