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STC Spring Membership Meeting to focus on education, industry trends

February 19, 2014  - By

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The Synthetic Turf Council (STC) will be holding its Spring Membership Meeting March 17-19 at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas. The non-profit association’s two and a half-day meeting will include a pre-conference educational seminar, panel discussions and presentation topics on industry trends.

The over 200 industry exhibitors and attendees include manufacturers, suppliers, installers, landscape architects and engineers and maintenance equipment and service companies. The STC’s meeting will begin with a pre-conference “Whistle-stop” Seminar on landscape recreation for synthetic grass from 1-4 p.m. on Monday, March 17.

Topics of the seminar include: different applications for synthetic grass, environmental benefits of synthetic grass and new STC quality guidelines for landscape and recreation synthetic grass.  There will be a fee of $35 for non-members.

After the seminar, the exhibitor showcase will have tabletop displays to interact with the panelists and other professionals in the synthetic turf industry.

Events during the meeting include:

  • Presentations from Chris Nowinski, co-founder and executive director of Sports Legacy Institute, former professional wrestler and author of Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis that will hit on concussions and their effect on the brain;
  • a research update will be given on player performance and injury studies on various types of synthetic turf with various cleat types by John Sorochan, Ph.D., in the Research and Teaching, Dept. of Plant Sciences at the University of Tennessee and Richard Kent, Ph.D., from Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia;
  • dual-track educational sessions on both sports fields and landscape and recreation;
  • a consumer panel of synthetic grass for landscape and recreation comprised of water district officials, municipal parks and recreations, hotels and homeowners associations;
  • and a presentation on accurately simulating storm water runoff from synthetic turf fields to determine a runoff coefficient by Steven Buchberger, Ph.D., Professor, School of Energy, Environmental, Biological and Medical Engineering, College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, University of Cincinnati.

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