The annual International Concrete Polishing & Staining Conference (ICPSC) takes place Sept. 30-Oct. 3 in Duluth Ga., just north of Atlanta. CONCRETE SURFACES is the official publication of the event, which will be held at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth.

Attendees have a chance to work with demonstration slabs at the International Concrete Polishing & Staining Conference.
Attendees have a chance to work with demonstration slabs at the International Concrete Polishing & Staining Conference.

The event will include educational seminars geared to both experts and beginners, hands-on equipment demonstrations, more than 10,000 square feet of displays and exhibits, and networking opportunities with industry peers. The purpose of the event is to “deliver the most accurate, non-prejudiced, most up-to-date information possible and to help as many people as possible be successful in the polishing business,” said ICPSC founder Charles Griffasi.

The seminars will include information on how to power a jobsite, whether large or small; and the fundamentals of polishing, including understanding concrete itself, abrasive and tooling technology, the chemistry of densification and coloring, and how to plan, analyze, and complete a project. More advanced coursework will dig deeper into concrete science, work through solutions to more complex jobsite problems, and teach how to structure and implement maintenance programs.

“The edges of what is considered polished concrete are beginning to be blurred, deepening client confusion,” said seminar organizer Michael Sawick. “So we've planned a session to attempt to create a position paper that will define what is and what is not to be referenced as polished concrete.”

Visit www.icpsc365.com for more information.