When I speak to general and concrete contractors, the conversation covers a wide variety of concrete-related topics, and eventually World of Concrete (WOC). Many comment on the size of the show and how much they can accomplish over the event's few days. Overwhelmingly, their comments refer to WOC as the one-stop shop that involves everything relative to concrete. I am paraphrasing, of course, but you get the idea.

In a little under two months, the 36th installment of WOC will take place Feb. 1–5, 2010, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. I don't have the room in this column to review every event held at the World of Concrete, but I've noted a couple that should be of interest to every contractor.

Decorative concrete demos

Unique and exclusive to WOC is CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION's Artistry in Decorative Concrete area located in the Silver Lot. The industry's leading decorative concrete contractors and artisans are given the opportunity to create concrete masterpieces on a 10x10-foot slab. Contractors, artisans, and attendees can discuss the latest trends and techniques involving decorative concrete. As part of the Artistry area, and new at WOC 2010, are decorative concrete tool demonstrations, as well as interactive demonstrations on retroreflectivity and moisture testing.

Field Test Breakfast

The CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION Curling & Shrinkage in Floors Field Test Breakfast is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 4, between 8 and 10 a.m.

As many of you know, CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION and Scurto Cement Construction Ltd., Gilberts, Ill., are conducting a field test to learn more about shrinkage and curling in warehouse floors. A 60,000-square-foot warehouse floor in Bartlett, Ill., was cast into 5000- to 10,000-square-foot sections in February 2009, each receiving a different concrete mix design. The breakfast will include a project overview, as well as the latest research and data from the project committee. Speakers include Jack Gibbons, Concrete Reinforced Steel Institute, Schaumburg, Ill.; Allen Face, The Allen Face Cos., Wilmington, N.C.; Kevin MacDonald, Cemstone, Mendota Heights, Minn.; Howard Kanare, CTLGroup, Skokie, Ill.; Rick Smith, Structural Services Inc., Richardson, Texas; and Greg Scurto, Scurto Cement Construction Ltd.

Other events and tips

While at World of Concrete, be sure to also check out these events: the CIM Auction; Women in Concrete Breakfast & Forum; GreenSite Luncheon & Forum and GreenSite exhibition area; the Most Innovative Products contest; and the New Product Showcase display. These are only a handful of the features at the World of Concrete 2010. For more information, and a detailed list of technical sessions, be sure to check out CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION's World of Concrete 2010 section or www.worldofconcrete.com. Also, be sure to book your lodging by visiting www.hanleywoodhousing.com.

Whether its decorative concrete, the more than 1300 exhibitors, product demonstrations, certification programs, and technical seminars led by concrete professionals—World of Concrete 2010 has it all.