Adobe Stock/Lassedesignen

This week, the center of the concrete industry’s world is Las Vegas. The World of Concrete starts Monday January 22, and there’s so much going on I wish I could clone myself so I could be in two places at the same time. If you’re here you know what I mean. If you’re not here, why not? I’ll be running all week—I need a bicycle or a Segway to give my knees a break.

One event I’m really looking forward to is a Monday workshop to discuss laser scanning. Sponsored by the American Society of Concrete Contractors, the goal is, through ACI-ASCC Committee 117, Tolerances, to develop a recommended practice for using laser scanners for determining compliance with tolerances on concrete slabs, walls/columns, stairs, and concrete cover for reinforcement. Bruce Suprenant, ASCC’s Technical Director, is leading this so it’s sure to be focused and in-depth.

Highlight number two for me will be the Quality in Concrete Slabs Luncheon on Wednesday where an all-star team of contractors will discuss the various systems for achieving extended-joint slabs. Anyone who builds concrete slabs needs to know about the ways to get rid of joints. Bryan Birdwell whose company in Florida won many Golden Trowel Awards, and who is now working for Structural Services Inc., will lead a panel with Greg Fricks, Garrett Yocum, Mike Gresser, Anthony DeCarlo, and Steve Lloyd.

I’m not going to keep telling you how much you’re missing if you’re not here—that would be mean! After the show I will write up summaries of many of the highlights for you. Not as good as being there, but better than nothing.