We attended the World of Concrete in Las Vegas from January 22-25 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Informative seminars were scheduled from January 21-25. We had a booth and got to meet a lot of influential professionals in the industry. We discussed our state-of-the-art filter press plants, rapid settlement plants, and slurry silo plants.
Over the course of the week, we had a chance to browse the 1,600+ exhibitors. The latest in concrete and masonry was on full display. From new epoxy and urethan products to temporary floor protection and worksite lighting, there were a slew of great products to provide new solutions to every aspect and potential issue in the industry. MB Crusher America Inc. demonstrated two crusher buckets—one suitable for excavators and one designed for skid steers and backhoes. The demonstration showed the reduction of cement slabs into different sizes. Oztec Industries did a great demonstration of their patented Rebar Shaker, which solves numerous concrete consolidation problems. Ford showed off a slew of their Ford Commercial vehicles. They had raffles after each presentation, and one lucky guest even won a 2019 Ford F-250 4×4 pickup. In addition to the demonstrations, there were exciting competitions.
World-class education was a huge selling factor for the conference. Hands-on training, workshops, boot camps, certification examinations, and industry courses were offered. Over 70 new sessions were offered this year with more than 135 expert industry speakers. The American Concrete Pavement Association presented tips and techniques for constructing smooth concrete pavements, designing concrete pavements with new pavements, and proper joint design, construction, and sealing. Informative safety courses were presented by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle International and Caterpillar Inc. A particularly riveting session was presented by Pix4D on Drone Mapping for Surveying and Earthworks. They demonstrated how drone-based photogrammetry is being used for 2D and 3D construction site mapping, surveys, and reconstruction. In addition to demonstrating how the technology works, they discussed how it can be used in the construction industry and how the newfound technology will drive down costs while increasing productivity.
Did you attend? What were your favorite booths?