This year has just cruised by, and it’s hard to believe that World of Concrete (WOC) 2011 will be held next month at the Las Vegas Convention Center. By now you’ve made your flight and hotel reservations, and it’s time to start planning your days at WOC. Of course, many of you are veterans of the show, and know precisely which technical seminars, exhibits, special events, and competitions you will visit.

For those new to the show, be sure to check out our WOC Pre-Show Planner, which should hit your e-mail inbox in December. You also can view the WOC Pre-Show Planner.

As a precursor to the detailed WOC literature we will provide you in the upcoming month, I wanted to note a few highlights you should check out during your time in Las Vegas:

• The Artistry in Decorative Concrete demonstrations, which can be found in the new Concrete Surfaces and Decorative Pavilion in the Outdoor Exhibits area, features decorative concrete artisans showing off unique and innovative decorative concrete. One featured artisan is Ove Nordstrand, owner of Dekorbetong Ltd., Norway, who won this year’s Decorative Concrete Project of the Year (see the Concrete Construction November 2010 issue). Nordstrand’s specialty is “vertical concrete construction by free hand,” which he will demonstrate. His method is a first for WOC, and perhaps even the decorative concrete industry in the U.S., so it’s certainly something you should visit.

• Also located in the Concrete Surfaces and Decorative Pavilion, the Decorative Tool Demonstration area offers attendees the opportunity to demonstrate a variety of tools related to decorative applications. This year’s demonstrations include diamond polishing, hole coring, engraving, forming, and more.

• New for WOC 2011 is Pervious Concrete Live!, located in the Gold Lot. This event will include three pervious concrete demonstration pads. One pad will be placed too dry to demonstrate raveling; one pad placed too wet to show sealing; and one pad placed correctly. The industry’s only live forum on current pervious technologies is definitely worth a visit.

• Moving inside, the Improving Slab-on-Grade Construction Luncheon, scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 19, is a follow-up to the Concrete Construction Field Test on Curling and Shrinkage, which was launched two years ago. The CC editorial staff will provide an update on the Field Test, and speakers Howard Kanare and Jerry Holland will provide critical details, tips, and trends on how contractors can improve slab construction. There are also a number of other luncheon and forums scheduled covering a wide variety of topics that are worth your time.

• The ninth Annual Most Innovative Products contest features innovative products and technology introduced at WOC 2011. You can vote which products are deemed “most innovative.” Entries currently are featured online at, and will be displayed in the Central Hall.

There is so much more I can highlight about WOC 2011, but as you can tell, I am running out of room. Be sure to check out our WOC Pre-Show Planner if one does not arrive in your inbox. You also can visit our World of Concrete page for more information.