Anyone who wanted to learn about polished concrete certainly had their chance during World of Concrete 2015. It started on Monday with a full day of presentations by top industry experts during the International Concrete Polishing & Staining Conference (ICPSC), which headed to Vegas this year for the first time.

ICPSC 2015 included a full day of educational seminars and networking activities and an industry panel discussion on collecting job data and documenting your work to improve your operations. ICPSC concluded with a reception where Concrete Surfaces magazine presented the winners of its annual Polished Concrete Awards. Consider entering your favorite project in the 2015 awards starting in June.

Then came the annual Concrete Polishing Luncheon & Forum, sponsored by ICPSC. This is WOC’s best-attended luncheon, and with good reason. It is a chance for members of this evolving industry to network and learn about the latest trends and developments. This year, the topic was research proving that polished concrete surpasses the pass/fail coefficient friction value of 0.42 set by ANSI A137.1 “Procedure for Wet Dynamic Coefficient of Friction (DCOF) Testing.” The Concrete Polishing Association of America (CPAA) has been considering adopting the standard as the slip resistance measurement methodology for polished concrete.

“This research project is a game-changer for us,” says luncheon speaker Jennifer Faller, vice president of CPAA’s executive board. “It proves that we provide a safe floor.”

The week concluded with a two-day polished concrete class sponsored by the Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association. Soon they might have to start calling it the Polished World of Concrete.