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Caterpillar Sponsors Hackathon to Create Innovative Solutions for Boosting Mining Equipment Operator Performance

Software developers, data scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs will convene in San Francisco from September 23-25, 2016 for a 54-hour hackathon sponsored by Caterpillar and Unearthed, an Australia-based open innovation organization for the global resources sector. The hackathon format brings together creative problem solvers and industry experts who work in teams under intense time pressure to propose prototype solutions to industry challenges.

“Caterpillar is pleased to sponsor Unearthed San Francisco,” said Tony Johnson, marketing manager for Caterpillar Global Mining, Surface Mining & Technology Division. “It’s especially fitting to host this event just prior to MINExpo where Caterpillar will showcase a strategy of continuous innovation,”

cat-793f-mining-truck-at-work“The Unearthed organization has inspired more than 1,000 innovators to attack problems in the global resources sector, and in the process, at least 150 promising solutions have been produced,” said Roberto Ortega, Innovation Incubator, Caterpillar. “We’re excited to put that kind of energy and imagination to work on behalf of our customers.”

Among the innovations emerging from Unearthed events are novel sensors and analytics for preventing oversize material from blocking the crushers on iron ore sites, predictive algorithms that dramatically reduce the need for lab sampling, and wearable devices that improve workplace safety. Some of the mining and oil & gas companies taking advantage of this approach include BHP Billiton, Iluka Resources, Newcrest, Rio Tinto and Woodside.

“The global resources sector faces unprecedented pressure to improve the efficiency and sustainability of its operations, and at the same time it will see nearly $1 trillion of impact from new technologies in the decade ahead,” explained Justin Strharsky, director of Unearthed. “We are helping industry adapt by creating opportunities for entrepreneurs.”

The task at hand

In San Francisco, Caterpillar will challenge hackathon participants to propose innovative ways to use telematics data and real-time coaching to improve surface mining truck operator performance.

“Operator technique has a profound effect on productivity, fuel efficiency, component life and operating costs,” explained Johnson. “Our customers spend a lot of time and resources on traditional training activities, but we believe we can augment their work with data, analytics and real-time feedback.”

Using several large datasets from Caterpillar, hackathon participants will spend the weekend exploring how the information could be used to improve operator performance, predict potential problems, reward desired behavior and reduce machine misuse. Caterpillar subject matter experts will be on hand to provide industry perspective.

At the end of the session, teams will have five minutes to present their ideas and five minutes to respond to questions from a panel of judges. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top prototypes. The first-place team will be featured in a video shown at MINExpo 2016, the world’s premier mining equipment and technology exhibition.

“We expect that the solutions provided by the hackathon participants will be applicable to surface and underground mining equipment,” Ortega said. “In the spirit of innovation, the solutions are likely to be applicable to most types of heavy equipment and not limited to mining applications.”

“The hackathon is just one more way we’re putting the latest tools, processes and ideas to work for Caterpillar customers—helping them improve safety, increase production efficiency and reduce costs,” Johnson concluded.

To learn more about Unearthed San Francisco, go to

Register by August 21 for ICUEE 2015 to Save Time, Money

Preview the Utility Industry’s Future at ‘The Demo Expo’

Register by August 21 for the 2015 ICUEE-The Demo Expo to save 50 percent off the badge fee plus receive discounted education fees. You can now register via any mobile device.

ICUEE 2015 will feature extensive hands-on equipment demonstrations in job-like conditions, best-practices education from leading industry organizations and unparalleled industry networking opportunities.

“This is where our industry gathers to see what’s new and what’s coming that will affect their jobs and their businesses, and it’s a showcase for the technology that will benefit the industry through safer operations and increased efficiencies,” said Tim Ford, ICUEE 2015 chair and president of Terex Cranes for Terex Corporation.

“The show also serves as an industry platform to explore issues such as workforce development and the need for a more comprehensive infrastructure strategy,” said Ford.

ICUEE 2015 will be held September 29-October 1 in Louisville, Kentucky USA (Kentucky Exposition Center).

ICUEE, the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition, is also known as The Demo Expo and is the largest event for the utility industry, owned and produced by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). The show brings together industry professionals to gain comprehensive insights into the latest technologies, innovations and trends affecting their industry.

No other event offers the number and scope of hands-on and live demonstrations for the utility industry.

Past attendees overwhelmingly cite the demo feature as a factor in their decision to attend and an influence on their buying decisions. More than 97 percent of attendees at the last ICUEE said the show value was good to excellent.

ICUEE 2015 will feature specialized exhibit pavilions for fleet management, safety, and green utility, plus a Ride & Drive test track (for on-road equipment and technologies) and indoor Demo Stage, in addition to the extensive in-booth exhibitor product demos.

Attendees will find an enhanced show experience:

More transportation options with improved shuttles and new express vehicles to help navigate the show and find new products faster
More places to take a break, including the Fuel Stop outdoors in Area Q with refreshments, Wi-Fi and mobile device charging stations
More Details: Benefit Auction to Connect Military Veterans with Jobs (Heroes Day)

At ICUEE 2015, a special Heroes Day on October 1 will recognize the importance of utility professionals and salute our military heroes with a benefit auction and other events.
The Heroes Day auction will benefit military veteran job placement services with 100 percent of the proceeds going to The Call of DutyTM Endowment. Heroes Day will also feature Lunch on Us and a Toast to Our Heroes bourbon tasting.

Click here to learn more about the ICUEE Benefit Auction and The Call of Duty Endowment.

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About ICUEE –

The International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE), also known as The Demo Expo, is held every two years and focuses on the job needs of utilities and utility contractors in the electric, telecommunications/cable, natural gas, water and wastewater sectors. With 25 acres of exhibits to explore, attendees can test-drive the latest equipment, watch live demonstrations of new products and technologies, and take advantage of best-practices industry education.

About AEM
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) is the North American-based international trade group providing innovative business development resources to advance the off-road equipment manufacturing industry in the global marketplace. AEM membership comprises more than 900 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors worldwide. AEM is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with offices in the world capitals of Washington, D.C.; Ottawa, Canada; and Beijing, China.

Double-Digit Growth at World of Concrete 2015

Unknown-1Celebrating 41 years of industry excellence, World of Concrete 2015  exceeded expectations across the board. The signature event for the concrete industry drew 55,779  registered professionals, up from just over 48,000 in 2014, and featured more than 1,459 companies exhibiting across more than 675,000 net square feet of space, an increase of more than 100,000 net square feet from 2014 . This was the largest World of Concrete in six years, and the energy & excitement from both attendees and exhibitors was palpable throughout the week at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“The excitement and energy we saw at the World of Concrete this year was like no other.  We are very pleased with the results of the show in all categories from the increase in the number of exhibitors (up 200 companies) to the increase in attendees (up 15%) to the increase in the number of seminars taken (up 23%).  These increases show not only the value that World of Concrete brings to the concrete and masonry industries but also shows that the industry is getting stronger and poised for much success in 2015,” said Tom Cindric, Vice President, Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction & Real Estate.

“With the industry ramping up again education became a key asset at WOC this year. Attendees took more classes than they have in the last six years sharpening their skills for what’s to come. In addition, international attendees made a big impact scouring the show for new equipment, tools, and technology to make their operations more efficient and profitable,” said Jackie James, Show Director, World of Concrete.

UnknownHighlights of the 2015 edition included the opening ceremony awarding the World of Concrete Legacy Award to recipient Ed Sauter, Executive Director, Tilt-Up Concrete Association, & Executive Director, Concrete Foundations Association, along with the Weatherton Scholarship, providing funds to help the next generation of concrete professionals attending the CIM (Concrete Industry Management) Program. In addition, CIM held its annual unreserved silent and live auctions at World of Concrete. The silent and live auctions raised an initial tally of approximately $800,000. More information on the CIM Program can be found at

For the fourth year, World of Concrete 2015 recognized the accomplishments of crews in the commercial construction/masonry industry with the CREWS THAT ROCK competition, sponsored by BASF. Crew members were honored for their teamwork and contributions to the industry and their communities. Projects were submitted in one of two categories, Community Service/Not-for-Profit and Commercial/For-Profit. With 25 total finalists, including 19 in the Commercial category and six in the Community Service category, the contest resulted in thousands of online votes and tremendous interest through social networks.

Langston Concrete Inc. received the award in the Commercial/For-Profit category for the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers’ (BAC) La Grange Park’s Veterans Memorial received the award for the Community Service/Not-For-Profit category.  The two Grand Prize winners were honored at WOC 2015 during the Crews That Rock reception. BASF and TV personalities Dean & Derek presented awards and swag bags for the winning crews. Details on the winners can be found at

World of Concrete 2016 will be held February 1-5; Seminars 2-5 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

About World of Concrete

World of Concrete is the industry’s ONLY annual international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries. Featuring indoor and outdoor exhibits with the industry’s leading suppliers showcasing innovative products and technologies, exciting demonstrations and competitions, and a world-class education program. Visit for complete show details.

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AEM President Slater on 2014 Elections


Dennis Slater, AEM President

Dennis Slater, AEM President

Dennis Slater, president of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), made the following statement following statement following the results of the 2014 midterm elections:

Yesterday evening, voters across America made it clear that they think Washington is broken, and they expect our elected leaders to come together to fix it.

Americans have grown tired of the gridlock and partisan bickering that has plagued Capitol Hill in recent years. With tonight’s election, they have sent a clear signal that they want action on the problems facing this nation. It is far past time for our lawmakers to put aside partisan differences and work together toward crafting constructive solutions. The new leadership in the U.S. Senate must now demonstrate they can move America forward.

That means no more threats of government shutdowns or risking defaulting on our national debt, and an end to pointless show votes that serve no purpose but to energize each party’s ideological core at the expense of productive legislating.

Equipment manufacturers and the broader business community share voters’ frustration. The good news is that there is ample opportunity for President Obama and Congress to work together on commonsense solutions. Those efforts should begin without delay; there’s no excuse for Congress to waste the next two months by failing to deal with issues that demand their attention now.

An immediate order of business for Congress should be responsibly fixing the Highway Trust Fund by restoring the gas tax to its 1993 buying power while oil prices are at recent record lows. Congress can continue to boost access to affordable energy by approving construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

They can rally around commonsense legislation to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank for the long term and give American manufacturers the tools they need to compete in the global marketplace and support jobs in the United States. Lawmakers should give President Obama improved authority to negotiate trade deals and move toward swiftly approving pending trade deals with our European and Asian partners.

And there is both ample room and great need for Congress to find a bipartisan solution to fixing a tax system that has become so complex and burdensome that it is now a barrier to job creation.

The 114th Congress faces a choice: They can repair their broken bond with voters, or they can continue down their current path and risk turning their relationship with voters into something more toxic.

On behalf of the equipment manufacturing industry, I sincerely hope that President Obama, Speaker Boehner and our Senate leaders opt for progress over provocation.