San Antonio: IEEE 2012
San Antonio, Texas, was the site for the IEEE-IAS/PCA 54th Cement Industry Technical Conference held between 13-17 May 2012. Nearly a 1000 delegates listened to dozens of presentations on the state of the industry, energy saving, emissions reduction, regulatory management, greater efficiency, sustainability and safety, as well as the latest technologies. Rob Roy of ROI Economic Consulting samples the atmosphere.
San Antonio is both lovely and historic. Home to the Alamo, it is renowned for its downtown River Walk area and colourful Spanish and Republic of Texas heritage. About 10 miles north of downtown is the picturesque Hill Country where the IEEE meeting was held at the vast JW Marriott complex, which includes two tournament player golf courses. While the outdoors was tempting, the 933 delegates and 140 exhibitors came to listen and learn and to meet others in the cement industry.