D18 Soil and Rock
    Title: Workshop on Site Characterization and Monitoring Related to Hydraulic Fracturing Activities
    Dates: Tuesday January 28 2014
    Location: Hyatt Regency Houston; Houston, TX
    Event Name: January 2014 Committee Week

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


    A Workshop on Site Characterization and Monitoring Related to Hydraulic Fracturing Activities will be held Tuesday January 28, 2014. Sponsored by ASTM Subcommittee D18.26 on Hydraulic Fracturing, the workshop will be held at the Hyatt Regency Houston in Houston, Texas, in conjunction with the January standards development meetings of the committee.

    The workshop will focus on technologies and best practices for conducting site characterizations and monitoring the impacts of site activities. Case studies related to the following topics will be discussed:

    • Sampling and analysis of residential and commercial water supply wells
    • Stray gas investigations
    • Assessing baseline supply well yield and diminished yield investigations
    • Measuring atmospheric parameters effecting air quality
    • Surface and subsurface soil sampling
    • Noise and vibration measurements
    • Geologic Investigations for aquifer characterization and migration risks
    • Monitoring of impoundments for leakage


    Click on the link for the schedule/program of presentation times, paper titles, and presenters' names View Scheduled Program


    Online registration is currently open closes January 22, 2014. The fees to attend this workshop are listed below.

    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.

    A refund of the workshop fee will be honored only if requested at least 7 business days prior to the workshop. To cancel your registration and request a refund, please contact Hannah Sparks at or 610-832-9678.

    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 symposium is available from Symposium Co-Chairmen Jeff Hale, Kleinfelder, Cranberry Township, PA, Email:, tel: 724-772-7072 and Hank Mittelhauser, St. John-Mittelhauser & Associates, Downers Grove, IL, Email:, tel: 630-427-8106.


    All meetings will be held at the Hyatt Regency Houston, 1200 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77002. Reservations may be made by via our online reservation system at Reservation at Hyatt Regency Houston.

    Select your dates and proceed as instructed. Should you need to speak with a hotel representative please call 888-421-1442 (you must mention ASTM in order to receive the group rate).

    Group rate will be honored until the ASTM block is full but no later than December 27, 2013. ASTM rates are $129 single/double plus 17% tax. The Hyatt Regency Houston has a limited number of rooms at the government per diem rate of $118 plus 17% tax. You must present your ID at the front desk upon check-in. You may be charged a higher rate if reservations are received after the cut-off date, or when the block is full.

    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: Hyatt Regency Houston requires a credit card to guarantee your reservation.

    CONFIRMATION NOTICES: A confirmation number is provided to you electronically once your reservation has been submitted.

    CANCELLATION/CHANGE POLICY: At the Hyatt Regency Houston, notice of cancellation must be received within 72 hours prior to arrival.

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

    INTERNET: The Hyatt Regency Houston provides complimentary standard wireless internet connection in all paid guest rooms. The price for access through the hotel is $9.99 for 24 hours.


    The hotel is located approximately 20miles/20 minutes from the William P. Hobby Airport and 45 miles/45 minutes from the George W. Bush Airport. The hotel's phone number is 713-654-1234. The website for the hotel is Hyatt Regency Houston Information. NOTE: DO NOT make your hotel reservation from this site, for you will be quoted a rate higher than the group rate. Please refer to the reservation link on page one.

    For information on the city of Houston, visit the Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau Website at: Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

    AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICE: Super Shuttle provides regularly scheduled shuttle service from William P. Hobby Airport for $22 and the George W. Bush Airport for $26. Taxis cost approximately $30 from the Hobby Airport and $50 from the Bush Airport.

    PARKING: Valet parking is $30 per night with in and out privileges.


    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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