The 2006 version of World of Concrete will roar into Las Vegas on January 16 for a five-day stay. The show is, of course, dominated by the hundreds of exhibits from the industry's manufacturers—if a company is a serious supplier to the concrete industry, it is exhibiting at the World of Concrete. You'll definitely want to take advantage of the seminar program, with nearly 100 seminars on every topic needed to succeed in the concrete business, from technical to management. But there will also be more live action demos and events than ever before. Study your program guide when you arrive, and go to www.worldofconcrete.com for details on any events. Here are a few things not to miss:

Women in Concrete—Wednesday, January 18, 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

Concrete Construction and The Concrete Producer magazines are hosting the first Women in Concrete luncheon and forum. The event will bring together women working in the concrete construction industry to network, learn, and identify issues important to them. Featured speakers are Joan Blecha, chairperson of the National Precast Concrete Association and president of Hanson Pipe and Products; Susan Hollingsworth, CEO of Holes, Inc., a concrete sawing contractor, and the first female president of the Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association; and Deborah Harry, a professor at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis, who has done extensive research on discrimination in the construction industry.

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    Mega Demos put you close to real construction in progress.

Mega Demos—January 17, 18, and 19, 1:00 p.m to 2:00 p.m.

The Mega Demos give you a chance to see construction in action. This year, Tuesday's demo will showcase placing booms—if you pump concrete or work around a pump, you'll want to see this. Then on Wednesday and Thursday, Concrete Construction and Residential Concrete present “At Home with Concrete,” cosponsored with the Concrete Home Building Council. Over the two-day demo you will see every kind of residential concrete construction method. Removable forms will be filled by pumping from the bottom, then stripped Wednesday evening and surface finished on Thursday. We will build four different ICF walls showing the types of systems (blocks, panels, waffle, and deck). Three tilt panels will be cast on the first day and lifted on the second; one will have embedded bricks. We will erect three precast panels that will have been cast off-site. There will be two different concrete block (CMU) systems demonstrated, including one with post-tensioning. The cores of the conventional system will be foam filled. And finally we will cast a slab, and post-tension it to failure. You will also get to see a short demonstration of a pervious concrete driveway.

Not Working for Free —January 19, 2:00 to 3:00 pm

Concrete Construction is sponsoring a panel/forum on how to make sure you aren't working for free. We will discuss ways to protect yourself from pay-if-paid clauses, insurance that gets assigned to the subcontractor, and hold-harmless agreements. We'll discuss how to get your retainage and stay out of court. This session, an Industry Insights seminar, is free of charge and the panelists will include Bobby Sweeney, National Concrete Services, Channelview, Texas, and Brian Moore from FMI.

Most Innovative Products Contest

Each year Hanley Wood's Most Innovative Products Contest gets bigger and better! This year's contest features more than 100 new products representing a wide array of innovation. Check out the entries for the show's most cutting-edge products that help you save time and money.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE's Site Commander, Hilti Booth 021214

All during the show, TOOLS OF THE TRADE will be showing off its newest Site Commander, a Ford F-550 pickup, fully loaded with everything you might want on the job. The custom-made Reading tool boxes are filled with Hilti hammerdrills, angle grinders, core drills, and anchoring systems. The Field2Base mobile office system combines a tablet computer with high-speed communications via cellular technology-communicate directly with engineers, surveyors, or the home office to convey changes, material or equipment needs, or even sketches of problem details. In the middle of its nationwide tour, the Site Commander will stop at WOC where you can enter for a chance to win the whole thing.

Artistry in Decorative Concrete Demonstrations, January 17, 18, and 19

Once again, Concrete Construction provides a forum for concrete artisans to push the limits of creativity in concrete. You might not like everything you see, but you'll know the artists are blazing new trails in what's possible with concrete. See it being created before your eyes with overlays, stains, stamps, and engravers.