Meanwhile, some special events were held throughout the day. The IDEAS Collide Showcase brought together thought leaders from inside and outside the collision repair industry to address innovative ideas to potentially resolve business challenges. The second annual event is part of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) Repairer Driven Education (RDE) Series.
Mario Dimovski from Tradiebot Industries talked about augmented reality technology and how it might change the collision repair industry; Judy Folk from Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes presented about the benefits of a process-driven design; and Fred Iantorno of VeriFacts Automotive discussed collision shops in the connected age. Autobody News contributor John Yoswick will share a detailed account of the presentations in an upcoming article for the magazine.
Other training held during SEMA included classes by the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR). Some of the offerings included coordinating the repair process, the art and science of estimator interactions, and understanding cycle time. Those who completed an I-CAR course and successfully passed the post-test can earn credits toward the I-CAR Gold Class Professionals designation or I-CAR Platinum Individual designation.
The day ended with SEMA’s popular Battle of the Builders competition where 12 top builders have the opportunity to judge all of the finalists’ vehicles and vote on their favorite. Then, more than 1,500 vehicles exited the Las Vegas Convention Center in a "parade" of unique and customized cars as part of the SEMA Cruise. It concludes at the SEMA Ignited after-party where the winner of the Battle of the Builders is announced. The event includes music, food and entertainment such as drifting demonstrations. There is no charge for those with SEMA credentials.
The dates for the 2020 SEMA Show are scheduled for Nov. 3-6. More information about the SEMA show can be found online: https://www.semashow.com/.