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membership meetings. Te spring meeting will kick off the season in lovely Savannah, and this year’s Fall General Meeting will include the highly regarded P.I.E.—Product Information Exhibit.


ATTENDEES: Wire Rope, Cordage and Sling fabricators, as well as rigging component manufacturers and suppliers from more than 400 member companies worldwide.


HIGHLIGHTS: Various speakers will cover a broad range of topics, including economics, safety, regulation, product knowledge, and legislation. Te P.I.E.(s) are considered key to attend, providing an opportunity to have all your suppliers under one roof, along with the industry’s top management.


Offshore Technology Conference May 1–4 • Houston, TX www.otcnet.org


ABOUT: Te Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) offers key insights by global experts on technological advances, safety and environmentally focused solutions, and economic and regulatory impacts. It is an invaluable part of the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection. Tis year’s technical program will cover a wide range of topics related to the offshore energy industry.


ATTENDEES: Te conference features more than 2,400 exhibitors, and attendees number upwards of 100,000 energy professionals from 120 countries, including CEOS, engineers, and government officials.


HIGHLIGHTS: Te technical program is a collaboration of 13 nonprofit organization sponsors in the energy industry, and revenue directly benefits the membership of these societies. Te OTC 2017 technical program will be posted online in early 2017.


WSTDA Annual Meeting May 8-11 • Incline Village, NV www.wstda.com


ABOUT: Formerly known as the Web Sling Association (WSA) when it was founded in 1973, the current Web Sling & Tie Down Association (WSTDA) is a tax-exempt nonprofit technical association committed to the development and promotion of voluntary recommended standards and associated reference materials for this field. Its annual spring meeting focuses on the continual


improvement of safety for users of the industry’s products.


ATTENDEES: Manufacturers and suppliers of synthetic web slings, synthetic webbing, fibers, thread, and related components. WSTDA Member representatives as well as non- members are invited to attend.


HIGHLIGHTS: Te WSTDA Technical Committees conduct open forum, interactive meetings to discuss industry issues, testing, government regulations, the development of WSTDA products, and standards writing efforts. Educational sessions and networking opportunities complete the program.


ACRP 2017 General Assembly May 9-12 • Tulalip, WA www.acrp.net


ABOUT: Te Association of Crane and Rigging Professionals (ACRP) is a nonprofit focusing on improving crane and rigging operations throughout the industry by providing opportunities for education to its members and the public. Teir annual General Assembly, held in the spring, provides the opportunity to learn about regulations, safety, certifications, rigging practices, inspections, and trade-related topics.


ATTENDEES: Annual draw of 100-200 professionals working within the Crane and Rigging Industry.


HIGHLIGHTS: ACRP members learn from tours of a number of different manufacturing facilities for the crane and rigging products they use. Breakout technical training sessions will also be hosted. Check back with website as further details become available.


AWEA Windpower 2017 May 22-25 • Anaheim, CA www.windpowerexpo.org


ABOUT: Witness the industry’s progress through an assemblage of top-tier speakers, world-class education, cutting-edge technology, and premium networking. Connect with over 425 exhibiting companies and organizations, and take part in educational and informational sessions led by over 100 expert speakers and panelists.


ATTENDEES: Over 7,000 professionals from all sectors of the global wind energy industry come together to network, learn, and advance their organizational missions. Whether you are already invested in U.S. wind energy or


looking to enter the market, this conference and expo is your next step. Over 33 percent of attendees are WINDPOWER first-timers!


HIGHLIGHTS: New enhancements to the show (check out the app!). Additionally, this event represents a focus on sustainability and a new focus on the rapidly growing list of iconic brands investing in wind (including Google, Microsoft, Amazon, General Motors, and more). Tailor your experience through five separate Education Stations and network face to face with decision makers at special events.


Vertikal Days May 24-25 Silverstone Towkester, UK www.vertikaldays.net


ABOUT: Tis is a specialist event centered firmly around lifting and access equipment, as well as an unobstructed view of the lifting industry’s latest products.


ATTENDEES: Rental companies, fleet owners, users, and lifting professionals.


HIGHLIGHTS: Tis event has grown into a major European showcase for lifting and access equipment. Check back with the website for a complete list of exhibitors and events.


CRAC Conference June 7–10 • St. Andrews, NB Canada www.crac-canada.com


ABOUT: Te annual Crane Rental Association of Canada (CRAC) Conference and General meeting provides the unique opportunity to meet with the leaders of the Canadian crane industry. Teir mission is to unite all companies within the crane industry, and their members hail from across Canada and the U.S.


ATTENDEES: Crane rental operations, manufacturers and suppliers of cranes and equipment, and suppliers of services used in the specialty crane rental business in Canada.


HIGHLIGHTS: A fun-filled three days of business and social events for all members of the Association.


HydroVision International June 27-30 • Denver, CO www.hydroevent.com


ABOUT: HydroVision International is the largest gathering of hydroelectric professionals worldwide. Te event highlights


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