How does an exhibitor stand out when it’s surrounded by scores of the best products and services an industry has to offer? Whether it’s a visually striking design, an irresistible gadget or an intriguing solution to a common problem, some exhibits have the ability to stop people in their tracks.
Each year at the UCT International Conference & Exhibition, an anonymous panel of industry veterans goes out in search of these standout exhibits and selects the best of them to receive a UCT Showstopper Award. The 2018 ShowStopper Award winners include:
The Jacksonville, Fla.-based developer of spray-in-place pipe (SIPP) lining systems, and first-time UCT exhibitor, received a ShowStopper Award in recognition of its modern booth design, with informative 3D-animated graphics, and its innovative trenchless solutions. This included SippSteel, described as the first reinforced composite SIPP liner system and first SIPP system globally that is certifiable as a structurally independent lining.
The manufacturer of iconic yellow iron seen on industrial job sites worldwide received a ShowStopper Award for providing a real-world horizontal directional drilling (HDD) experience in its exhibit space via its Vermeer Navigator HDD Simulator. Very popular with attendees, the simulator provides realistic, hands-on training of basic drill functions, and features an authentic operator’s station and controls that are the same across its entire Navigator HDD lineup.
The developer of mobile construction software received a ShowStopper Award for its industry-leading PlanGrid application. The software reduces repeated trips to the trailer, minimizes rework and provides instant collaboration with real-time access to blueprints, punch lists, daily reports and more from iPhones, iPads, Android devices or Windows PCs. PlanGrid representatives provided expert product advice and hands-on demos on all platforms in its exhibit.
Another first-year exhibitor, BOS Solutions impressed the Showstopper Awards panel with both its informative booth, and its products and services for municipal projects and trenchless technology. A leader in environmental services and waste-management solutions, BOS Solutions introduced attendees to a range of systems and services.
This long-time exhibitor has steadily grown and prospered with UCT to become a leading supplier of 100-percent solids, zero-VOC, epoxy coatings for structural rehabilitation of sewer, potable water and chemical infrastructure. Its ShowStopper Award recognized the company’s investment in onsite expertise, and its array of samples demonstrating a broad range of structural and flexible epoxy applications.