A Mustang skidsteer demonstrates one of the tasks competitors will face in the Operators' Precision Challenge.
Mustang A Mustang skidsteer demonstrates one of the tasks competitors will face in the Operators' Precision Challenge.

2007 Operators' Precision Challenge

This year, construction equipment operators will have their own new challenge at the World of Concrete. Mustang and CEAttachments are sponsoring the Operators' Precision Challenge, giving operators a chance to show their skill in close quarters. As they often do on job-sites, experienced operators will use adaptable equipment to accomplish tasks more efficiently. Competitors can complete up to seven different tests of skill, using Mustang's skid-steers, track loaders, and excavators combined with various attachments from CEAttachments.

Participants will be judged on their accuracy and timing in accomplishing various tasks, including:


  • Precise placement of small objects
  • Obstacle course and dexterity test, with multiple attachments

Track loaders

  • Mock soccer practice using a V-blade attachment
  • Simulated site clean-up with a grabbing tool


  • Balancing and bucket maneuvers
  • Ball and chain demolition
  • Excavator mega-golf

The Operators' Precision Challenge is an opportunity for skilled professionals, whose work often goes unseen after a job is finished, to prove their expertise and compete for big prizes. Certified equipment operators can register onsite at the 2007 World of Concrete by completing an entry form and providing proof of equipment training. The challenge will be held in the Las Vegas Convention Center's Gold Lot from Tuesday, January 23 through Friday, January 26. Visit the “Special Events” page at www.worldofconcrete.com for more information.

2007 Editorial Tour: Hoover Dam Bypass

Get a good look at concrete's past and future during the World of Concrete. The 2006 event showcased the approaches under construction for a new 2000—foot, four-lane bridge over the Colorado River, linking Nevada and Arizona 2/3 mile downstream from the dam itself. This year, tour attendees will hear an update from the general contractor Obayashi Corp. Representatives from tour sponsor Sika Corp. will discuss the admixtures used in the project.

In addition to the bridge project, participants will experience a guided tour of the power plant, as well as learn more about Hoover Dam's construction 75 years ago. Concrete Construction and The Concrete Producer editorial staff and contributors, such as concrete historian Luke Snell, will provide an overview of its fascinating history.

Due to popular demand, the Editorial Tour has been expanded to two days. The week of World of Concrete will start off with a tour on Sunday, January 21. The tour on Friday, Jan-uary 26, will have an international feel, with staff from the Instituto del Cemento y Concreto (IMCYC) providing Spanish translation of the presentations. All attendees will receive a box lunch and a World of Concrete gift. Join us for an exciting journey down concrete memory lane! For more information, visit www.worldofconcrete.com.

One of the prizes this year, the 2007 Harley Davison FXDB Motorcycle was donated by BSL.
Harley Davison One of the prizes this year, the 2007 Harley Davison FXDB Motorcycle was donated by BSL.

CIM Auction

On Thursday, January 25, 2007, the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) National Steering Committee (NSC) is hosting an unreserved auction at the 2007 World of Concrete. Concrete industry-related items will be auctioned off with all proceeds benefiting the National Steering Committee for CIM to support their efforts to establish, support, and sustain CIM programs at selected universities. The CIM program is now offered at Middle Tennessee State University, Arizona State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and the University of Califor-nia at Chico. The CIM NSC, the CIM Patrons, along with World of Concrete (WOC) Show Management, Hanley Wood Business Media, and Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers will sponsor the auction. For more on this program, visit www.concretedegree.com and www.worldofconcrete.com.