D18 Soil and Rock
    Title: Workshop on ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal: Innovations in Characterizing the Mechanical and Hydrological Properties of Unsaturated Soils
    Dates: Monday June 25 2012
    Location: Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina; San Diego, CA
    Event Name: June 2012 Committee Week

    About The Event
    Registration Information
    Continuing Education Units
    Technical Chair Contact Information
    Hotel Information
    Standards Development Meetings
    Future Meeting Dates


    Workshop on ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal: Innovations in Characterizing the Mechanical and Hydrological Properties of Unsaturated Soils will be held Monday, June 25, 2012 from 9:00am-5:00pm. Sponsored by ASTM Committee D18 on Soil and Rock, the workshop will be held at the Sheraton in San Diego, CA, in conjunction with the June standards development meetings of the committee.

    ASTM Subcommittee D18.04, Hydraulic Barriers and Hydrologic Properties of Soils, in collaboration with the Geo Institute of ASCE Unsaturated Soils Committee, organized a special double issue of the ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal focused on innovations in measurement of the mechanical and hydrological properties of unsaturated soils.

    This includes innovations in:

    • Soil-water retention curve and hydraulic conductivity of unsaturated soils
    • Thermal properties of unsaturated soils
    • Coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical properties of unsaturated soils
    • Instrumentation and sensors for unsaturated soils
    • Experimental characterization of stress state in unsaturated soils
    • Shear strength of unsaturated soils
    • Volume change behavior of unsaturated soils
    • Dynamic properties (e.g., shear modulus and damping, resilient modulus) of unsaturated soils

      The Workshop will discuss the papers that were published in a two volume special issue of the ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal (Volume 34 Issue #5 and Volume 35 Issue #1).


    Online registration opens approximately 8 weeks before the workshop and closes June 20. There is no fee to attend the workshop.

    Students – A student's fee is waived, provided that he/she is a full-time student and is not employed full time. After registering online, the student must check in at the ASTM Registration Desk on site and present his/her student ID.

    All attendees, including presenters and ASTM members, are urged to register online for this event so that space requirements can be accommodated. If you do not register online by the closing date, then you must register upon arrival at the workshop. All attendees must check in at the ASTM registration desk upon arrival at workshop.

    If you have questions concerning online registration, please contact Hannah Sparks in Symposia Operations at, Tel: 610-832-9677, or ASTM Technical Support at or 1-800-262-1373 (domestic) or 610-832-9578 (international).



    On Site

    ASTM Member Fee
    Non-Member Fee
    Presenter Fee
    Student Fee


    Workshop attendees interested in receiving 0.7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) should complete a CEU application form at the adjournment of the workshop, and then submit it to the ASTM staff member on site. A certificate will be sent to the attendee approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the workshop.


    Additional information about the workshop is available from Workshop Chairman John S McCartney, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO,, tel: 303-492- 0470.



    The Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina is SOLD OUT.

    OVERFLOW HOTEL - A block of rooms is available at the San Diego Hilton Marina Airport Hotel, 1960 Harbor Island Dr., San Diego, CA 92101 (Saturday, June 23 - Friday, June 29). The rate is $199 single or double. Reservations can be made by calling the toll free number, 1-800-445-8667. Please advise the Reservation Agent of the Group Code: ASTM. The group rate will be available until June 6th. Transportation will be provided.

    Group rate will be honored until the ASTM block is full but no later than June 6, 2012. ASTM rates are $199 single/double plus 12.65% tax (you must mention ASTM in order to receive a group rate). You may be charged a higher rate if reservations are received after the cut-off date, or when the block is full.

    U.S. GOVERNMENT RATES: The Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina has a limited number of rooms at the government per diem rate of $133.

    IMPORTANT! ASTM Rates are non-commissionable. If you book your reservation through a travel agent they must ask for a non-commissioned ASTM Group Rate. ASTM cannot adjust your higher rate if commissions were paid to a travel agency.

    ADVANCE DEPOSIT: Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina and The San Diego Hilton requires a credit card to guarantee your reservation.

    CONFIRMATION NOTICES: The Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina Reservation Center will provide you with a confirmation number.

    CANCELLATION/CHANGE POLICY: At the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, you will be told the cancellaton rules at the time you make your reservation.

    Check the ASTM website for updates on overflow hotel room availability.

    INTERNET: The Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina provides wired and wireless high speed internet access in guest rooms at $11.95 per day.


    Meeting schedules of Committee D18 are posted on the ASTM web site at or contact the ASTM staff manager, Robert Morgan at or tel: 610- 832-9732.


    Committee D18 invites you to attend their future standards development meetings. There is no fee to attend these meetings, and membership in ASTM International is not required. For more information, visit the web page listed immediately above, and click on "Future Meetings".

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