There are lots of great opportunities to learn about the intricacies of concrete from world class experts. Look through this list and register today!

Breakfast with the Experts
Tuesday–Friday, Jan. 21-24, 6:45–7:45 a.m.
New for WOC 2014, you’ll have the opportunity to pose your questions on technical problems to leading concrete industry experts. This is a great opportunity to exchange ideas and network with peers in the industry.

Self-Consolidating Concrete
Monday, Jan. 20, 1–4 p.m
The floor will be open for contractors to share experiences on using SCC. The presentation will include projects from around the country with examples of how SCC has been used to increase jobsite productivity, enhance concrete quality, and meet or exceed job profits.

Concrete Polishing
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
As the concrete polishing industry matures, contractors are adapting new technologies and business practices to eliminate the uncertainty that often comes in preparing a bid for a project. Join the discussion on methods that help contractors better inspect jobsite conditions prior to polishing; collect jobsite work performance data; and analyze work performance as compared to jobsite conditions.

Concrete Homes
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
In the last year, public awareness of the safety and economic return from investing in concrete homes and structures has been raised. The Portland Cement Association and others have combined efforts to increase public awareness of the importance of resilient structures.

How big is the resilient residential construction market?
Jonathan Smoke, Hanley Wood Chief Economist will provide an estimate on this dynamic new residential market segment. Using data generated by key Metrostudy studies of key metropolitan areas. Attendees will learn the size and location of the residential marketplace with the greatest opportunity for resilient construction techniques. The research project describes current market conditions in states that have been identified as areas of the greatest risk of damage due to natural disasters such as high wind loads and severe seismic activity.

Donn Thompson from the Portland Cement Association will out current industry efforts aimed at increasing the marketing opportunities for resilient concrete housing options. Thompson will also discuss the impact that the Federal Alliance for Safe Housing has had in helping to grow homeowner awareness of housing systems that mitigate loss from natural disasters.

Buddy Hughes will describe successful resilient concrete projects on the Atlantic coast. The projects incorporate best practice to better resist high winds and storm surge.

Quality in Slabs
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
For industrial slabs and concrete pavement, joints are the biggest problem area—breaking down, losing stability, and creating forklift maintenance problems indoors and allowing water infiltration outside. Panelists will provide background on how to produce these floors and discuss how new technology can benefit contractors, designers, and owners.

Mississippi River Bridge Project
Thursday, Jan. 23, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
This event will highlight the St. Louis New Mississippi River Bridge, chosen to receive The Concrete Triad Award. This infrastructure project showcases architectural design, sustainability, and contractor ingenuity on a significant public works concrete structure located in North America. Join the discussion for a unique opportunity to share concerns on current topics affecting the concrete repair and maintenance industry. #WOC2014