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Sources: Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Milwaukee; CP Staff

ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017 and co-located IFPE exhibition kick off March 7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, running through March 11. The shows will offer a record 143 education sessions across 10 tracks, including Concrete, Transportation and the new Technology.

“Education is a critical component, and we encourage attendees to take advantage of the convenience of so many learning opportunities available; they’ll be able to work smarter because of the knowledge they gain here,” says ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017 Chair Rich Goldsbury (Bobcat Co., Doosan).

The Concrete track features 17 sessions, Tuesday-Friday, covering operations, technical and market development topics including: Innovations in Concrete Structures; Supplementary Cementing Materials for Use in Concrete; Evaluating Concrete Mix Designs and Specifications; and, Control and Prevention of Cracking in Concrete Flatwork.

The Technology track focuses on industry innovations and future growth opportunities in the field, including drones, autonomous machines, 3-D imaging, smart apps, gamification, big data and Internet of Things. Among notable sessions: What the Intelligent Truck Means to the Construction Materials Industry, March 7, presented by Chris Wurtz of McNeilus and Alex Moody of FiveCubits; and, With the IoT Systems, the Devil's in the Details, March 9, presented by Len Auer of ZTR Control Systems. Rounding out the education program are these tracks:

• Aggregates: Current methods and trends in quarry production and plant design.
• Asphalt: Techniques and innovations in paving, recycling, materials, and plant management.
• Cranes, Rigging and Aerial Lifts: Innovations, regulations and safety in crane, rigging, and aerial lift operations.
• Earthmoving and Site Development: Current business and equipment practices for large equipment contractors.
• Equipment Management and Maintenance: The latest in fleet asset management and maintenance trends.
• Management – Best Business Practices: Improving and building business strategies/tools needed to manage and strengthen a company.
• Safety and Regulations: Practices, training, and regulations designed to keep crews and plants safe.
• Management – Workforce Development: Developing and advancing career skills.