Conexpo-Con/Agg 2008

Attendance at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2008, March 11-15 in Las Vegas, is expected to top 125,000, besting the 2005 event’s number of 124,200 delegates. New education

Attendance at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2008, March 11-15 in Las Vegas, is expected to top 125,000, besting the 2005 event’s number of 124,200 delegates. New education sessions, outdoor competitions and challenges, approximately 2,000 exhibitors, and focused programs for small fleet owners are just some of the offerings Milwaukee-based organizer Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) will have on hand for ConExpo-Con/Agg 2008, staged at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Once again co-located with the National Fluid Power Association’s International Exposition for Power Transmission technical conference, the event is expected to occupy more than 2.2 million net sq. ft. of convention floor and outdoor parking lot space. Both shows will feature the latest equipment, product innovations and technological advances of the construction, construction materials and power transmission industries.

Among the expected highlights of next year’s ConExpo-Con/Agg gathering are:

  • Seminar Program

    More than 120 education sessions and certification programs and conferences are grouped into 10 industry- and issue-specific tracks: aggregates; asphalt; concrete; construction project management; earthmoving; equipment management; management; personal development; recycling/environmental; and safety. The sessions are presented by industry professionals and some of the more popular topics are presented more than once to accommodate busy schedules. For the first time, continuing education units are offered with the completion of these education programs.

    Concrete seminars cover such topics as: Building Codes; Chemical Admixtures; Pervious Concrete; Supplementary Cementing Materials; Insulated Concrete Wall Systems for Residential & Light Commercial; Bendable Concrete; and Roller-Compacted Pavements.

  • Best Practices for Small Fleet Management

    New this year, on the last day of the show, March 15, a special free program will provide practical solutions for the specific fleet management needs of small business owners specializing in commercial, industrial and public construction. Topics include budgeting and staffing, productivity, work scheduling and monitoring usage and cost in an applications-specific environment. The program will demonstrate how to lower fleet maintenance expenditures 2-5 percent annually. Take-aways include an outline and sequence of the areas a manager can measure, watch and generally pay attention to in the quest for efficient control of the small fleet maintenance operation.

  • Innovation and Solutions Center

    Attendees will benefit from an expanded education program showcased at this new center on the show floor. Experts in the field will present real-world solutions for current and future design applications. Several sessions also will unveil new research and development taking place at the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power Û the industry’s new Engineering Research Center funded in part by the National Science Foundation. These sessions are free to all registered attendees and will be held March 11-14.

  • International Mixer Driver Championship

    This first-ever live competition will be held during ConExpo. Sponsored and conducted by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, participants will be judged using a point system in three areas: driving a challenge course, performing a walk-around visual inspection, and completing a written examination. Awards will be presented for first, second and third place.

  • Construction Challenge

    The final competition of 60 high school teams involves three challenges related to the construction industry, including infrastructure knowledge, awareness of construction-related jobs, and construction and manufacturing. The competition takes place in the Grand Lobby of the convention center in AEM’s booth.

  • IPAF Safety Zone – Click It!

    Booms are a safe way to work and the tool of choice for working at heights. Participants in a live demonstration will learn why professionals always wear a full-body harness in boom-type aerial work platforms. Sponsored by the International Powered Access Federation, Click It! is a nationwide safety campaign.


Among new technology offerings to be featured at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2008, Command Alkon has developed an Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence module named Plant Watcher. It can be configured to connect to all COMMANDbatch systems on a user’s network and provides real time event notifications alerts for gross over and under tolerance, material and mix file modifications. Plant Watcher can likewise send scheduled reports daily to detail a site’s production, material usage, and equipment efficiency, plus recently added scheduled and performed plant maintenance information. Product developers underscore the technology’s potential for curtailing nightly printing and e-mail or fax exchanges, or manual handling of documents. The Plant Watcher automatically conveys the manufacturing intelligence to a user’s inbox.