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March 30, 2011

The CONEXPO that took place in Las Vegas on March 22nd – 26th was a success for many in the worldwide construction market. With over 2,000 exhibitors showcasing the latest equipment, products, services, and technology, nearly all of the Hilton Hotel’s convention halls and parking lots were packed. With a convention so large there was a lot to see and here are some of our highlights.

A press conference was held for the innovative product PERC, which is an infiltration fabric for pervious concrete. The fabric acts as a divider between the soil level and the pervious concrete and reduces clogging into the pores of the concrete when in place. This allows for better water flow into the ground rather than forcing the water into runoff. The product will be available by suppliers soon (See more in our article on Fibermesh Concrete Solutions by Propex).

On the evening of Wednesday, March 23 Infotech Enterprises held an invite only networking reception in the Hilton’s North Hall VIP Lounge that included private cocktails, open bar, and appetizers. The who’s who of major engineering and construction organizations worldwide were on the guest list and also invited to enjoy a complimentary breakfast and lunch throughout the week. Some of the services that Infotech provides to their clients are engineering solutions, product development, lifestyle support, and specialized engineers to boost operational efficiency or capitalize on investment return.

Technicon Acoustics sound science which specializes in customized noise and vibration reduction was there introducing a variety of different applications. One application was for ambulances in reducing the noise of the siren inside the vehicle allowing communication between Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and patient to be less hindered. They had a demonstration of a sound proof box with their materials that completely drowned out the noise of a radio placed in the box.

Some other exhibitors worth mentioning were Clear Span Fabric Structures which does custom engineered temporary storage structures that are high quality and built to last. Also EarthCam was there after teaming up with Verizon Wireless to offer 24-7 surveillance on construction sites using Verizon’s network. There was much to see and we hope to give you more feedback when we attend the next CONEXPO that is said to be held in 2014.

By, James Thorne, Reporter II / Editor

Links to check out for yourself:

Fibermesh Concrete Solutions by Propex:

InfoTech Enterprises:

Technicon Acoustics:

Clear Span Fabric International:

Earth Cam: