October 2022 Committee Week

October 16, 2022 - October 21, 2022

The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

YOU MUST BE REGISTERED TO ASTM MEETINGS. ONLINE REGISTRATION IS FOR IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE ONLY AND NO CASH OR CHECK WILL BE ACCEPTED ON-SITE.

You have the ability to register for multiple committee meetings, pay fees in advance, and receive a confirmation email. After registering, you will also receive emails regarding important information that will help you prepare for your meeting. One week before the meeting, you will receive your check-in QR code; this will help expedite your check-in on-site when picking up your badge at the ASTM Registration Area. You may register by selecting one of the committees below.

Event Details

Symposium and Workshop Registration

For more information about a symposium, please click on their webpage link below.

Second Symposium on Detection Limits in Air Quality and Environmental Measurements

42nd Symposium on Pesticide Formulation and Delivery Systems: Building the Future of Agrochemicals for 2030 and Beyond

Symposium on Dimension Stone Use in the Built Environment

If you have questions regarding registration for this symposium, please contact ASTM Symposia Operations via email at symposia@astm.org or by calling +1 610-832-9698.

2022 3rd Annual ASTM Autonomy in Aviation Symposium

If you have questions regarding registration for this symposium, please contact Tessa Sulkes at ASTM Business Development via email at tsulkes@astm.org or by calling +1 610-832-9677.

Hotel Information

All meetings will be held at The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal Street, LA 73101.

Hotel Reservations:

Please support ASTM International by reserving your sleeping room at our official October Committee Week Hotel and Meeting site.

The discounted rate will be honored until the ASTM block is full, but no later than September 12th, 2022. The ASTM rate is $209 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.

To book accommodations using the ASTM rate, please click here:  Sheraton New Orleans Hotel Reservations

The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel has a limited number of rooms at the government per diem rate. Reservations may be made via our online reservation system, using the blue hyperlink above. You must present your ID at the front desk upon check-in.

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

IMPORTANT! ASTM Rates are non-commissionable. If you book your reservation through an online travel agent, they must ask for a non- commissioned ASTM Group Rate. ASTM cannot adjust your higher rate if the accommodations were reserved via an online (Expedia, Trivago, Kayak, etc.) travel agency.

The October Committee Week Hotel provides prime meeting space for your committee meetings, events and activities. ASTM International is legally bound to fill the contracted guest room block and an inability to fill the block will result in severe financial penalties which could affect negotiations and increase costs for future meetings.

INTERNET: The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel offers wireless internet connection for a surcharge of $14.95 daily. Members of the Marriott Bonvoy Loyalty Program will receive complimentary standard in-room internet access during their stay. To sign-up for Marriott Bonvoy or receive further information on the program, please visit: Join Marriott Bonvoy.

COVID-19 Information 

ASTM International is committed to the health and safety of our Members and Staff. The Meetings Department will be closely monitoring the guidelines set by the CDC, state and local governments, and the hotel venue to ensure compliance at the time of the Meeting. The Health & Safety Protocols, currently in place, may change prior to our in-person meetings. ASTM International will continue to monitor guidelines and keep our members up to date with any changes in the coming months. To view the current guidelines, please refer to the links below:

CDC COVID UPDATE

STATE COVID UPDATE

LOCAL COVID UPDATE

HOTEL COVID UPDATE

ASTM International encourages Members to self-screen before joining meetings each day for the safety of all and refrain from attending in-person if any symptoms pertaining to COVID-19 arise. ASTM International will follow local guidelines and regulations concerning requirements of COVID-19 vaccinations or negative COVID-19 test results to attend meetings. We encourage mask wearing and social distancing during meetings if not vaccinated.

Pre-Meeting Checklist

Tips for Meeting Preparation:

  • Pre-register for Committee Meetings or Symposium/Workshop:
    • Saves time on-site for meeting check-in and badge retrieval 
    • Allows you to pay in advance for voluntary committee activity fees and/or any banquet events 
    • When you preregister online, you will receive emails on committee meetings, final announcements, and other information that will help you prepare for your meeting
  • Review the prior meeting minutes for current committee activities 
  • Review Ballot Closing Reports, especially those in which you have a particular interest
  • Review posted meeting agendas
  • Download material in preparation for the meeting
    • My Schedule (Customize your schedule in an Excel file, highlighting meetings you would like to attend; can be used for multiple committees)
    • MyMeetingsMaterial (Compile a ZIP File of your agendas, minutes, ballot items, closing reports and schedules
  • Review Online Training Modules offered prior to the meeting, these can be found on the ASTM Website at this link: www.astm.org/MEMBER_TRAINING
    • Plan to attend Committee Week Training Modules conducted by ASTM Staff? (See Training Sessions tab below)
    • Check with your committee's leadership for committee specific training offered during the meeting
  • If you need copies made for your meeting or AV support, contact your Staff Manager four weeks prior to the meeting
  • Contact your Staff Manager with any questions you may have.

Transportation and Directions

The hotel is located approximately 14.7 miles/23 minutes from the Louis Armstrong International Airport. Although the hotel does not offer shuttle services, there are multiple options below for transportation.

PUBLIC TRANSIT:  Travelers taking a flight into the Louis Armstrong International Airport have the option to  commute to the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel via the Jefferson Transit Authority (JET) or Regional Transportation Authority (RTA). Using the Airport Entrance Station, travelers can expect about an hour ride in total to the Canal stations for either transit option. The canal stations are about a minute walk to the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. To view more information regarding these options including, schedules, maps and stations, please visit Louis Armstrong International Airport Transportation

TRANSPORTATION SERVICES: From the Louis Armstrong International Airport, taxis, town cars, shuttles and ride share options are all available. Passengers can expect to pay about $25-$50 for a one-way trip to the downtown area, as well as the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. For more information on how to travel around the New Orleans area, please visit: Visit New Orleans Transportation.

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 New Orleans, LA. Uber and Lyft offer various discounts for new users. 

PARKING:  At The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, on-site, self-parking is available for $35 daily. Valet service is available for $48 daily.

Training Sessions

Training Sessions

ASTM staff will provide several training sessions on various subjects to educate and assist officers, members and non-members of ASTM committees. The following topics will be discussed:

ASTM International Orientation (Monday) 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Meeting attendees are invited to a welcome and orientation session. This session will provide a brief introduction to ASTM, its process, electronic tools, and international activities. This is an interactive session and questions are encouraged as we would like attendees to feel comfortable in participating at their standards meetings. Facilitated by an ASTM staff member, this session also provides new and experienced members and visitors a chance to connect at the beginning of the Committee Week.

 Balloting and Handling of Negative Votes (Tuesday) 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

This session will inform members on how to effectively move documents through the ASTM balloting process, from initiating a subcommittee ballot through main committee and Society reivew. A review of the role of COS (Committee on Standards) in included. In addition, learn how to get a positive result from negative votes! Special focus on the procedural handling of negative votes throughout the balloting process.

Developing and Revising and ASTM Standard (Wednesday) 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

This editorial training module will follow both new and revised standards to publication. The module will cover the key roles of your editor and the standard's technical contact in the writing, revising, and balloting of your standard until it is approved and published, as well as review ASTM's tools that help with the process. Included in the module will be a brief review of work item registration and the three stages of balloting.

Refreshments will be available at all hour-long training sessions.


Training Courses

Registration is required to attend

Building Energy Performance and Improvement Evaulation (BEPIE)
Sunday-Monday
$1299

This course will review the methodology to conduct a building energy performance (BEPIE) screen. The BEPIE will allow a building’s energy performance to be evaluated and compared to peer buildings. If under-performing compared to peers, potential energy improvements and the cost to achieve parity with peers would be determined. The methodology may be used independently or in conjunction with an E2018 property condition assessment (PCA) performed as part of pre-acquisition due diligence. All attendees will receive a certificate from ASTM acknowledging attendance at the course. In addition, attendees may choose to take a one-hour exam (optional). Those passing the exam will have their name listed in ASTM’s on-line registry.

To Register for this Training Course, please click here.

Environmental Liabilities Course
Monday
$899

With the development of Federal environmental laws, new accounting principles and stakeholder expectations have become part of the ASTM Standard setting activity. This course reviews five key ASTM documents covering the valuation, settlement and reporting of all types of environmental liabilities. Any scientific, project management, legal or accounting specialist seeking to grow within the strategic framework of a larger organization will improve their understanding of the challenges of environmental liabilities and how to address them.

To Register for this Training Course, please click here.

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Practices For Commercial Real Estate: Phase I Site Assessment & Transaction Screen
Thursday-Friday
$1299 

This course covers the ASTM Environmental Site Assessment Standard Practices for the Phase I Site Assessment Process (E1527) and the Transaction Screen Process (E1528). You will gain an understanding of how to use the standards and how the standards affect the way you do business. The instructor will also discuss the "Innocent Landowner Defense" under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), and why due diligence is necessary. Coverage includes discussion of the changes to the E1527 standard as well as the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act.

To Register for this Training Course, please click here.

Property Condition Assessments 
Thursday-Friday
$1299

This course gives you an overview of the ASTM Property Condition Assessment (PCA) standard (ASTM E2018) and explains why it was developed. It provides an excellent guide on how to use the standard to conduct a baseline property condition assessment and how to prepare a Property Condition Report (PCR).

To Register for this Training Course, please click here.

Guest Hospitality Breakfast

ASTM International attendees' guests (spouses, significant others, travel companions etc.) are welcome to join us for breakfast Monday through Thursday from 8:30am to 9:30am in the Roux Bistro (2nd Floor) at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

Complimentary Support Services

ASTM meetings offer on-site services from the ASTM staff. We provide photocopying service, audio/visual equipment, and a members' work area with complimentary internet computers and printers.

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.

Committee Voluntary Activity & Event Fees

Voluntary Activity Fees - Several ASTM committees collect a voluntary fee to support activities associated within the committee such as awards, social events, etc. Each committee determines the amount and encourages your contribution. The fee can be paid during registration. This voluntary contribution is not an ASTM International society fee.

Special Events - If your committee is having an event and collecting fees to attend, you may pay this during registration. Contact your staff manager or check in with the registration desk for questions. 

In the event you need a refund please refer to the following policies:

Special Event Fee: A refund for a special event fee, which includes banquet functions and/or committee activity, will be honored only if requested 5 business days prior to the event.

Symposium Fee: A refund of the symposium fee will be honored at least 10 business days prior to the workshop.

Activity Fee: A refund for an activity fee may be requested up to the last day of the event. 

You will see a refund on your credit card statement within 5 to 10 business days.

In order to request a refund, you can click the modify link provided in your confirmation email. Once in your registration you can deselect that fee and select continue and proceed with the modification or you can select “Cancel Registration.”

Miscellaneous 

Please advise the hotel and ASTM of any disability which will require special attention. The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel is in compliance with ADA standards. For more information about the physical features of the hotel's accessible rooms, common areas or special services relating to a specific disability please call +1 504-525-2500.

For information on ASTM International's products and services, please visit the ASTM website at www.astm.org

Questions

For questions concerning general registration, accommodations, travel, hotel, logistics, etc.  please contact the ASTM Meetings Department at meetings@astm.org.