If you’re looking to learn more about pervious concrete, there is no better opportunity that this year’s WOC!
Tuesday also kicked off the second annual Pervious Concrete Live!, out in Gold Lot in front of North Hall. This interactive demonstration showcases placement equipment and techniques, design details, testing, decorative pervious concrete, and more.
Attendees can watch pervious concrete being placed at exhibitors’ booths and attend technical presentations scheduled on the half hour, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., and Friday, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Sample panels on display show common problems with pervious installations along with examples of pervious concrete done right.
Pervious Concrete Live! also features vendor product displays specifically for pervious concrete. Equipment manufacturers, such as Lura Enterprises (Booth O31300), Bunyan Industries (Booth C4557), and Multivibe (Booth O31366), are demonstrating tools for pervious. Cemen Tech (Booths C5223, O30038) is showing how to batch pervious concrete with a mobile mixer, while Fibermesh (Booth N613) and Momentive have their engineered solutions for pervious concrete available.
Hands-on training and certification also are being offered. If you are new to pervious concrete and want to learn more, or are a technician needing to upgrade to installer, the staff on hand can help you out. These sessions are offered each day: Wednesday and Thursday, 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m., and Friday at 10:30 a.m. Lasting about two hours, participants work under the guidance of experienced instructors to develop and refine their skill at placing pervious concrete.
Robert Ludwig of Florida talked about his first visit to Pervious Concrete Live!, “It’s awesome! It teaches things we don’t normally get to do back home.”
The educational program started Monday afternoon with the “Contractor’s Introduction to Placing Pervious Concrete Pavements.” This three-hour session presented four of the six chapters from the text for the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) pervious concrete contractor certification program. Attendees learned about the basics of pervious concrete, how it is different from plain concrete, and the tools and techniques for placing, consolidation, finishing, edging, jointing, and curing pervious concrete. Following this session, those in attendance had the opportunity to take the NRMCA certification exam that was offered Tuesday afternoon.