This week in Las Vegas, over 60,000 built industry professionals have descended upon the Las Vegas Convention Center for World of Concrete, a convention highlighting the myriad of concrete and masonry professionals in the industry today. BuiltWorlds was live on the scene Wednesday to make the rounds and learn about what’s new and exciting at the event this year. Here are a few items that should be on your radar moving into Thursday at World of Concrete:
The Bronze Lot at World of Concrete was the place to be on Wednesday. The Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) held their annual “Masonry Madness” event – a series of intense challenges that concrete masons from around the world can come to compete in. The Spec Mix Bricklayer 500 competition was one such event, a chance for teams to build brick walls as quickly and effectively as possible in an hour. Over $100,000 worth of cash and prizes were dulled out at the end of the day.
Also in the Bronze Lot, Construction Robotics showed off a new piece of robotic equipment, The Mule, which aids in the lifting and placement of heavy concrete blocks. Having previously made a name for themselves with SAM, the semi-automated mason, Construction Robotics is seeking to further innovate in the industry by helping masons preserve their backs and increase efficiency along the way.
Inside the convention center, companies like Trimble and Viewpoint showed off impressive software for project management, data collection, and much more. Bosch displayed their new green plane lasers as well, a significant advancement that also harnesses the power of a mobile application to control the lasers. Mobile apps were a running trend Wednesday. Technology companies offering jobsite solutions want to ensure that those solutions are not only easily accessible, but easily learned and adopted into everyday work.