In light of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and our priority for the health and welfare of our members and staff, ASTM International has decided that it is inadvisable and impractical to hold the committee meetings in Prague on April 27-May 1. The decision was based on several factors, including, but not limited to:

    • Continued review of information and recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and other governmental bodies.
    • Input from our members whose organizations are increasingly concerned with travel and the large gathering in Prague.
    • Watching the expanding trajectory of the coronavirus.

    Staff managers will be contacting committee leaders to plan alternatives for conducting committee business. For any committees that collected money for events, ASTM will work to issue refunds as necessary. Attendees are responsible for cancelling their own hotel reservations.

    Looking forward, we will rely on these and other relevant criteria and input points to assess the status of future scheduled ASTM meetings and events. Please consult our meeting webpage for the most up-to-date information. Thank you for your understanding and continued commitment to ASTM International.

    D35 Geosynthetics


    About the Event

    The Workshop on Performance and Interpretation of Interface/Direct Shear Testing will be held Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Sponsored by ASTM Committee D35 on Geosynthetics, the workshop will be held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in San Diego, CA, in conjunction with the June standards development meetings of the committee.

    This workshop will provide a forum to shed light on the critical issues contributing to the proper performance of laboratory testing and the subsequent interpretation of test results using ASTM D5321, Standard Test Method for Determining the Shear Strength of Soil-Geosynthetic and Geosynthetic-Geosynthetic Interfaces by Direct Shear, and ASTM D6243, Standard Test Method for Determining the Internal and Interface Shear Strength of Geosynthetic Clay Liner by the Direct Shear Method.

    Focus will be placed on defining the state-of-the-practice in performance of these tests and control and selection of the many variables involved. Test specimen configuration and measurement parameters employed will be discussed in the context of subsequent interpretation of test results and use of resulting measurements in slope stability design.

    Technical Program

    To view the technical program (presentation times, paper titles, and presenters’ names), click on View program Schedule (PDF)


    Registration Information

    Online registration is now open and closes June 20, 2018. 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.

    Cancellation
    A refund of the workshop fee will be honored only if requested at least 10 business days prior to the workshop. To cancel your registration and request a refund, please contact Symposia Operations at symposia@astm.org or 610-832-9677.

    If you have questions concerning online registration, please contact Tessa Sulkes in Symposia Operations at symposia@astm.org Tel: 610-832-9677, or ASTM Technical Support at support@astm.org or 1-877-909-2786 (domestic) or 610-832-9578 (international).

    Online On Site
    ASTM Member Fee75.00100.00
    Non-Member Fee100.00125.00
    Presenter FeeWaivedWaived
    Student FeeWaivedWaived

    Continuing Education Units

    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.


    Technical Chair Contact Information

    Additional information about the workshop is available from Workshop Chairman Sam Allen at SAllen@tri-env.com or tel: 512-263-2101; or Workshop Co-Chair Gary Torosian at GTT@geotesting.com or tel: 978-893-1229.


    Hotel Information

    All meetings will be held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, 1380 Harbor Island, San Diego, CA 92101.

    There are two towers in this hotel, please take note when booking your hotel room which tower your committee will be meeting in.The following committee meetings will be held in the Bay Tower: A04, B08, C11, D05, D15, E01, E04, E28, F15, F16, G04. All other committee meetings and registration will be held in the Marina Tower. Committee Week Services will be provided in both towers.

    Hotel Reservations: Staying at our contracted hotel is important to ASTM, to the destination where we are holding this meeting, and ultimately to you as an ASTM member. When you book a hotel outside of the block, and a contracted room goes unsold, we must pay penalty fes to the hotel. Please support ASTM by reserving your sleeping room at our official hotel.Reservations may be made via our online reservation system at Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina Reservations.

    Select your dates and proceed as instructed. Reservations may also be made by telephoning the hotel at 1-877-734-2726 (you must mention ASTM in order to receive the group rate). If you need assistance with your hotel reservation, please call the hotel directly.

    The discounted rate will be honored until the ASTM block is full, but no later than May 18, 2018. ASTM rates are $199 plus tax. You may be charged a higher rate if reservations are received after the cut-off date, or when the block is full. The hotel requires a credit card to guarantee your reservation, once submitted a confirmation number will be provided electronically.

    The Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina has a limited number of rooms at the government per diem rate, nights still available are June 25, 26, & 27. If you are eligible for the government rate select “I have an access code” and enter ASF19B. Reservations may be made via our online reservation system at Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina Government Reservations. You must present your ID at the front desk upon check-in.

    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.

    CANCELLATION/CHANGE POLICY: At the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina Hotel, notice of cancellation must be received 3 days prior to day of arrival in order to avoid a charge.Failure to do so will incure a penalty equal to the cost of one night's room and tax.

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

    ASTM MEMBERS WORK AREA: ASTM will provide computers with internet connections. This area will also be wireless for your laptop computer. You may visit the ASTM website, apply or renew your membership, order publications or check your email. The complimentary wireless service is limited to the members' work area and the meeting rooms.


    Transportation and Directions

    The hotel is located approximately 1.4 miles/5 minutes from the San Diego International Airport. The hotel's phone number is (619) 291-2900 and the general fax number is (619) 692-2337. The website for the hotel is Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.

    For information on the city of San Diego, visit the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau Website at San Diego.

    AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICE: The Sheraton provides complimentary San Diego Airport Shuttle transportation to/from the San Diego International Airport. The courtesy airport shuttle arrives every 20-25 minutes from 4:45am - 1am, seven days a week. For more information vist Sheraton Airport Shuttle .

    RIDESHARING PROGRAM: Transportation Network Providers (TNP), also referred to as a “rideshare” company, provide prearranged transportation through an app, connecting passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire. Lyft and Uber are TNP companies operating in San Diego.

    Uber is offering your first ride FREE (up to $20) for first time riders only. Download the app or visit www.uber.com and enter the code UBERON20.

    PARKING: Parking is available with rates of $32 for self-parking and $37 for overnight valet parking.


    Dress and Weather

    Attendees have the option to determine their dress at ASTM meetings. Business casual attire is acceptable at this meeting and appropriate for San Diego. The average temperatures in June range from a high of 72 degrees Fahrenheit to a low of 62 degrees Fahrenheit.


    Standards Development Meetings

    Meeting schedules of Committee D35 are posted on the ASTM web site at www.astm.org/COMMITTEE/D35.htm or contact the ASTM Staff Manager, Katerina Koperna at kkoperna@astm.org or tel: 610-832-9728.


    Future Meeting Dates

    Committee D35 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”.


    Miscellaneous

    Please advise the hotel and ASTM of any disability which will require special attention. The Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina is in compliance with ADA standards.


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