Biggest and brightest

World of Concrete flies off to the sunshine state

Article January 16, 2004
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Visitors to the World of Concrete 2004 next month will be
able to see if concrete looks any different under the Florida sunshine. The
concrete industry will be gathering in Orlando for their biggest event of the
year. World of Concrete expects to attract about 60,000 construction
professionals to more than 1,500 exhibiting companies covering 700,000 sq ft of
floor space. The show will be held, along with World of Masonry, Feb. 17-20 at
the Orange County Convention Center.

Nine topic tracks encompass 96 seminars, including 26
seminars that will be presented for the first time this year. (See accompanying
sidebar for a complete list of seminars.) Seminars offer innovative ideas, tips
and techniques to write winning bids, cut costs, save time, increase profits
and build a business. Seminar participants attending four seminars in a
specialized subject area or track are eligible for a Master Certificate.

Mega Demos will showcase the latest construction equipment,
materials and techniques by demonstrating them in jobsite conditions. The
Placing Jamboree Mega Demo will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 17. Experts will
demonstrate what's new for placing concrete and pumping grout. Concrete
Overlays will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 18, and will show how to overlay a
deteriorating road. The process is shown from start to finish, including
surface preparation, preoverlay repair, placing and finishing. On Thursday,
Feb. 19, the Demolition Derby will demonstrate new products for demolishing
concrete, such as the slabs and walls produced in earlier Mega Demos.

Show-goers can watch the demos from the bleachers or they
can get their hands dirty trying before they buy at the outdoor exhibits.

The Industry Insights program will again be offered after a
successful introduction at last year's show. These informative, free sessions
are about current trends and techniques, such as above-grade concrete housing
and global positioning systems. Led by industry experts, Industry Insights are
designed to help participants identify and understand the changes and
opportunities facing today's businesses.

Other notable events include the Most Innovative Products
Contest. The Masons' Challenge will feature the Spec Mix Bricklayer 500
Competition and the Tenders' Competition. Concrete Construction magazine will
again present Artistry in Decorative Concrete, minidemos of the latest
techniques for concrete slabs including chemical staining, tints and dyes,
sand-blasted stenciling, concrete stamping and decorative overlays.

World of Concrete 2004 is presented by Hanley-Wood
Exhibitions, Dallas. The latest information about the show is available at the
World of Concrete website (


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Concrete Repair Materials, Part III: Epoxies, Sealants &
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About the author: 
Allen Zeyher is associate editor of Roads & Bridges.
Overlay Init