The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA), a nonprofit international organization that serves to expand and improve the use of tilt-up as the preferred construction method, is sponsoring several educational events at the 2009 World of Concrete (WOC).

To be held in Las Vegas, from Feb. 2-6, 2009, this year's WOC stands to be one of the largest. With a mega marketplace that features more than 800,000 net square feet of exhibit space, the industry's largest trade show offers countless networking and educational opportunities. More than 100 skill-building seminar and conference sessions will be available.

As a cosponsor of WOC, TCA provides important educational events including:

  • "Tilt-Up: It's a System" (WOC Seminar Code MO-04). Feb. 4, 8-11 a.m. Laurence Smith, P.E., J.W. Lindsay Enterprises Ltd., Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, explains how the popularity and continued growth of tilt-up dictates a more in-depth explanation of the system to contractors. This presentation will highlight how tilt-up is not simply a wall substitute, but an entire construction system.
  • "TCA/ACI Tilt-Up Technician/Supervisor Training" (WOC Seminar Code TU-88). Feb. 5, 1-4 p.m. This training seminar covers all areas in which a Tilt-Up supervisor is expected to be knowledgeable including safety, plan reading, site preparation, scheduling, foundations, slabs on grade, layout, forming, placement, erection, structural systems, and concrete properties. Presented by Shawn Hickey, SiteCast Inc., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and Sherman Balch, Balch Enterprises Inc., Hayward, Calif., this presentation will help prepare attendees for the certification exam.
  • "ACI Tilt-Up Certification Exam" (World of Concrete Code WE-TUS). Feb. 5 from 4-6 p.m. Successful completion of this exam will award participants with the distinction as an ACI/TCA Certified Tilt-Up Technician and completing the paperwork for work experience will upgrade participants to an ACI/TCA Certified Tilt-Up Supervisor.
  • TCA Annual Meeting and Awards Breakfast Feb. 5, 8-11 a.m., registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Las Vegas Hilton. This year's TCA Annual Meeting will feature a presentation by Dave Kelly, recently retired as vice president and chief engineer from Meadow Burke. His presentation will give insight to the unbelievable accomplishments of an industry under the span of history covered by his active involvement. During the business of this annual meeting, the open seats of the Board of Directors will be filled, and a short business meeting will be conducted. The program will end with the presentation of the Tilt-Up Achievement Awards: a favorite by many in the industry. The cost to attend the meeting is $85 for TCA members and $105 for nonmembers. To register, contact TCA at 319-895-6911 or register online at

When registering to attend the event, please remember to use the TCA source code, A35. Please stop by and visit TCA's booth, N2027 when you are walking the show floor. To register, contact TCA at 319-895-6911 or register online at