More than 100 people in the concrete industry came to Rapid City to learn where their industry's heading.
Professionals from South Dakota and Wyoming were joined by South Dakota School of Mines and Technology students as they all listened to speakers address technological advances, like fiber reinforced concrete, which involves holding broken concrete pieces together.
Organizers and speakers say the 49th annual concrete conference intends to teach new ways of approaching projects to those who attend.
"It's a matter of reorganizing their thinking to what's needed for a project, defining the schedule or the timing involved with it and then also determining the cost associated with it," said Cliff MacDonald of Forta Corporation.
"I think what's really neat about this is the new ideas that are coming to the forefront. There have been talks about sustainability today and that ties into some really important topics that we're teaching our students," said SDSM&T Civil and Environmental Engineering department head Molly Gribb.
The attendees included contractors, concrete suppliers, and government representatives.