Concrete contractors, industry professionals, and manufacturers are rolling into Las Vegas January 22–26 for an action-packed week of seminars, demonstrations, and tours. As the premier trade show in the industry, more than 1500 exhibitors are setting up booths, providing the more than 70,000 show-goers with enough to keep busy from dawn til dusk. Don't miss out on seminars, hot competitions, live demonstrations, and more. Take a look at your program guide upon arrival in Vegas, or visit for a rundown of all the exciting events. In the meantime, here's a taste of what to expect:

Hoover Dam Bypass Tour

Sunday, Jan. 21, 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 26, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Hoover Dam awes thousands of visitors each year with its 3.25 million yards of concrete corralling Lake Mead and harnessing its mighty power. At this year's World of Concrete, get a different perspective by joining the editors of Concrete Construction and The Concrete Producer for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Hoover Dam Bypass and presentation of the dam's vast history, including a discussion of its concrete admixtures by Sika Corp. The highlight of the tour will be a return visit to the bypass, a 3½ mile corridor connecting Nevada and Arizona that takes traffic off of the dam itself. The most impressive part of the bypass is a 2000-foot-long bridge now under construction an incredible 900 feet above the Colorado River. Friday's tour offers representatives from the Instituto Mexicano del Cemento y Concreto, who will provide Spanish translations and an international perspective.

Artistry in Decorative Concrete demonstrations

January 23–26

Last year saw a concrete campfire scene complete with concrete marshmallows, Aboriginal art, a map of the Caribbean, and a tribute to America's heroes. For the seventh year now, Concrete Construction is inviting 12 artists to gather to push the limits of concrete, both horizontally and vertically. Come out to the Silver Lot to see the artists sculpt walls and transform plain gray slabs into artistic masterpieces through stenciling, staining, sandblasting, polishing, overlays, and more.

Women in Concrete Forum

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Concrete Construction and The Concrete Producer are bringing women in the concrete construction industry together for the second annual Women in Concrete Forum to network and to identify and discuss industry issues and trends. Featured this year is Dr. Ann Phillips, who will present The Power of Connectivity: Assessing Your Communication Skills. Through Phillips' guidance, women will learn and experiment with new ways of communicating and expanding their skills to improve workplace relationships. Gender differences in communication also will be discussed. The luncheon will end with questions and a discussion period. This year, in addition to the Forum, two 90-minute seminars for women will be offered during the day: Improving Profitability and Steps to Success for Women in the Construction Industry.

Seminar program

For those on a tight schedule, new this year are 90-minute seminars taking place throughout the week. These 47 short sessions are offered in seven categories, featuring everything from green building practices to cash flow management to safety and risk management. The returning 3-hour seminars feature—in addition to old favorites—18 new topics, including vertical decorative concrete, a concrete repair series, and legal issues for contractors.

There are also three free seminars this year: OSHA Presents: Outreach Programs for Construction; Co-Worker Safety on the Job with a Concrete Pump; and Conquering the Language Barrier in the Construction Industry.

Contractor challenges

Watch your colleagues maneuver through obstacle courses while operating heavy construction equipment. John Deere is sponsoring a front-end loader competition that includes driving a figure-8 pattern and accurate rear-end stops. Mack Trucks is putting ready-mix truck drivers to the test, asking them to demonstrate their operating and safety knowledge of ready-mix trucks.

On the masonry side, the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 National Competition invites 20 teams—consisting of one bricklayer and one tender—to go head-to-head in front of 3000 spectators to see who can build the biggest and the best double-wythe wall in only one hour. Meanwhile, JLG is challenging telehandler operators to navigate an obstacle course to bring the masons their supplies.

Operators' Precision Challenge

Jan. 23 to Jan. 26

Concrete Construction and Concrete and Masonry Construction Products magazines are teaming up to introduce the Operators' Precision Challenge sponsored by Mustang Manufacturing and CE Attachments. Often required to work in tight spaces, construction equipment operators are looking for ways to become more productive with less equipment. Join in or cheer on equipment operators as they demonstrate the adaptability of construction equipment and attachments and compete to take home big prizes.

White Cap Hot Rod Truck

The White Cap Hot Rod Truck is coasting into World of Concrete to rev up car fans everywhere. Boyd Coddington built this 1931 Ford hot rod truck for White Cap Construction Supply on the third season of the TV show American Hot Rod, scheduled to air soon on TLC. Stop by booth N1323 all week from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to get an autographed picture.

Most Innovative Products contest

Vote in 13 different categories for what you feel is the most innovative, creative product in Hanley Wood's increasingly popular contest. More than 100 companies are vying for the top spots and are showing off their best ideas. Explore the array of products, from software to demolition machines, to see what will take home the gold.