The integrated event for unconventional resource teams

Sponsoring Organizations:

Society of Petroleum Engineers American Association of Petroleum Geologists Society of Exploration Geophysicists

Supporting Organizations:

Association for Iron and Steel Technology Association for Iron and Steel Technology American Rock Mechanics Association American Society of Mechanical Engineers American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society
  • Deadlines
  • Rules and Regulations
  • For Your Booth
  • Shipping/Materials & Handling
  • Brand Builders
Booth Drawings/Renderings (For 400 sq. ft. or more only-Mandatory)
On-site Contact, EAC Work Authorization & Height Variance request
Indemnification Agreement – Exhibitor Appointed Contractor (EAC)
Lead Retrieval - Early Bird Rate
Program Book Directory Listing Form (Free)
Advertising – Program Book Reservations and Materials Due
Targeted emails to all registered attendees - Reservations and Materials due
Plants & Floral Arrangements
Booth Photography
Freeman Warehouse begins accepting freight/shipments

Copyright Fees

All ASCAP, BMI, SESAC or other copyright fees applicable to music or entertainment used as part of an exhibit are the sole responsibility of the exhibitor. The exhibitor must make required payment(s) directly to the applicable copyright agency.

Display Restrictions & Height Information

Please refer to the IAEE Display Rules & Regulations for specific rules, regulations, and restrictions.

  • All activities must be confined to your assigned space.
  • Unfinished portions of pop-up displays must be covered. Pop-up framework, raw wood or cardboard wings must be painted or appropriately covered if visible from another booth.
  • Show Management reserves the right to restrict or remove exhibits and/or exhibitors, which in its sole judgment, because of noise, inappropriately attired personnel, or any other reason, are or become objectionable or, which in its sole judgment, may detract from the character of the Convention. Neither URTeC or Show Management, if other than URTeC, or any employee, agent, officer, director, or representative thereof, shall have any liability, whether to any exhibitor or otherwise, as a result of such restriction or removal.
  • Photographing other exhibitors’ displays is strictly prohibited.
  • Sound equipment may be used in your booth so long as the noise level does not disrupt the activities of neighboring exhibitors. Speakers and other sound devices should be positioned so as to direct sound into the booth rather than into the aisle. Sound and noise should not exceed 85 decibels. You should be aware that music played in your booth, whether live or recorded, may be subject to laws governing the use of copyrighted compositions. ASCAP, BMI and SESAC are three authorized licensing organizations that collect copyright fees on behalf of composers and publishers of music.
  • No decorative or structural items may be attached to or hung from any overhead beam, column, handrail, utility pipe, exterior wall, or fence without prior written approval from ACC.
  • The use of staples, tacks, hangers, nails, screws, bolts, etc. on any floor, wall, door, column, ceiling, table, chair, airwall, riser or any other facilities’ furniture, fixture or equipment is strictly prohibited. Exhibitor is responsible for the labor and materials required for repair resulting from any violation.
  • The use of any stickers, decals or adhesives on any floor, wall, windows, door, column, ceiling, table, chair, airwall, riser or any other facilities’ furniture or equipment is strictly prohibited.
  • The use of double-sided tape on any floor, wall, door, column, ceiling, table, chair, airwall, riser or any other facilities’ furniture, fixture, or equipment is also strictly prohibited. Freeman as the assigned official General Contractor/Decorator is only authorized entity for such purposes.
  • The use of or display of confetti, glitter, or rice is prohibited at ACC. Any violation of this policy will result in additional clean up charges assessed to the exhibitor.
  • You agree to be responsible for any damage caused by your display or personnel to the ACC. Please refer to the insurance requirements.
  • All move-in and move-out of exhibits must be done only through designated loading docks, freight doors, and freight elevators. The main lobbies, escalators and passenger elevators are not to be used for this purpose. Exhibitors should verify show security arrangements and times for move-in and move-out to avoid problems with unattended equipment and materials.
  • Personally-Owned vehicles (POV’s) may NOT be driven into the exhibit halls at any time. Vehicle parking inside exhibit halls is strictly prohibited. Vehicles that are part of a display must be approved by Show Management in advance to ensure all rules and regulations are met.
  • No animals or pets are permitted in the facility except as an approved exhibit, activity or performance requiring the use of animals. The Facility Manager and governmental regulating agencies require approval. Guide dogs are permitted at all times.
  • Helium balloons are not allowed in any part of the facilities, either for display, for sale, or as gifts. For decoration purposes, air-filled balloons may be used. ACC or Show Management reserves the right to remove any helium-filled balloons at the Exhibitors expense.

Height Information

The height maximum for booths at URTeC is:

  • 20 feet for island
  • 8 feet for inline
  • 12 feet for perimeter inline
  • 8 feet for peninsula.

Any variance from these guidelines must be included with your On-site Contact and Special Services form and is subject to approval. Please submit the form no later than 9 June.

Fire and Safety Regulations

All exhibits and displays are subject to inspection by the Fire Marshal for Austin.

  • Materials used in the construction of displays must be fire resistant, such as draping, table coverings, banners, props, scenery, evergreen trees, bark, angel hair and shrubs.
  • Vehicles with gasoline engines that are to be displayed should conform to the following:
    • Battery cables must be disconnected
    • Fuel level in gas tank is less than ¼ tank, and is not to exceed five gallons
    • Must have protective covering under motors, drive trains and tires on any carpeted area
    • Use of storage of liquid petroleum (LP) gas by exhibitors is restricted
    • Operation of any heater, barbecue, heat producing or open flame devices, candles, lanterns, torches, welding equipment, smoke emitting devices or materials in the ACC should have written authorization by the ACC management and the Fire Marshal. Permits may be required.
    • All empty crates and boxes should be stored in areas approved and assigned by the HBCC management and the Fire Marshal.

The exhibit area requires:

  • Open emergency exits. Booths and/or equipment are not permitted to block exits.
  • A 10’ clearance around all emergency exits.
  • Crate storage in a designed area. Crates are not permitted in exhibit area.

Insurance & Indemnification

  • All exhibitors should be covered with their own insurance to cover all contingencies, including but not limited to fire, theft, property damage (especially in transit), business interruption, liabilities and worker’s compensation.
    • Each exhibitor assumes the entire responsibility and liability for losses, damages and claims arising out of exhibitor’s activities on the Convention Center premises and will indemnify, defend and hold harmless Show Management and the Austin Convention Center, their agents, and employees from any and all such losses, damages, and claims.
    • Neither URTeC Show Management nor the Austin Convention Center maintain insurance covering the exhibitor’s property or lost revenue and it is the sole responsibility of the exhibitor to obtain such insurance.
  • Each exhibitor agrees to and shall defend, indemnify and hold harmless URTeC Show Management, The Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX, and their respective Members, Officers, Directors, Agents and Employees from all costs, liabilities, claims, damages or expenses, including without limitation claims for personal and bodily injury or property damage, arising out of or associated with exhibitor’s use or occupancy of or exhibition in any part of the ACC, including without limitation any work done by or any act, neglect or omission of exhibitor or its employees, agents, contractors, and invitees in connection with such use, occupancy, or exhibition.

Labor/Exhibitor Work Rules

All decorating, display and material handling labor related to conventions, trade shows, promotional displays and consumer shows is performed by Freeman, the assigned Official Service Contractor for URTeC 2017.


Exhibitors are responsible for acquiring and shall pay the costs of permits, including health and sales tax permits.

Material Handling to and From Show Site

All materials received, other than those in exhibitor-owned vehicles as described below, will be handled by Freeman. Please refer to shipping and handling instructions and at Freeman Online.

Security Information

  • Security will be tight and present throughout the convention.
  • Entrance into the exhibition area is with proper badge or wristband.
  • This is an open-booth exhibition and the responsibility for safeguarding the space and property in it is your own. Neither Show Management, the convention center, the security contractor, the official service contractor (Freeman), nor any of their officers, agents, or employees assumes any responsibility for your space or any property in the booth.
  • Exhibitor personnel are not allowed in the exhibition hall at any time without a badge/wristband issued by Show Management.
  • No items or equipment — not even boxes of brochures — may be brought in or removed from the Exhibition Hall while the show is in progress.
  • Additional security can be ordered for your booth throughout the event through the exclusive Security provider, Summit Services.

Order Additional Security

Audio Visual

Freeman AV is the exclusive provider for AAPG URTeC 2017 exhibitors. Order by July 6th to receive a Discount on your order.

Order AV Services

Booth Equipment

Each 10' x 10' booth will be set with 8' high blue and black back drape, 3' high blue side dividers, and a 7" x 44" two-line identification sign.Carpet & Show Colors. Individual booth areas are not carpeted. Aisles will be carpeted in Midnight Blue.

URTeC Show Management requires floor covering. Exhibitors may provide their own or rent from Freeman. Please see carpet brochure and order form for rates and options. Discount rates apply to orders received by July 6th through the Freeman Online Exhibitor Manual.

Order Carpeting


Levy Restaurants/Austin Convention Center Catering is the exclusive provider for all food and beverage catering and concessions. No outside food and beverage is permitted. Violations will result in products being removed from the show floor.

Order Catering  Catering Menu


Exhibitors are responsible for ALL cleaning inside their booth parameters. Freeman is the exclusive provider of cleaning services. Discount rates apply to all orders received by July 6th through the Freeman Online Exhibitor Manual.

Order Booth Cleaning


Electrical service is not included with your exhibit space/booth equipment. All electrical and water requirements can be ordered through the Austin Convention Center. Discount rates apply to all orders received by July 6th.

Order Electrical Services

Internet Services

Internet service is provided exclusively by Austin Convention Center and can be ordered via the Freeman Online Exhibitor Manual.

Internet Services Order Form

Lead Retrieval

Increase the quality of your leads! The Pulse Network offers a Lead Retrieval service to all exhibitors where you will have the opportunity to maximize your ROI at the event. There are several options to choose from for fast and easy service! Order before May 25th and save up to $100!

Lead Retrieval Order Form


Photography services can be arranged through the official conference photographer. There is a form for ordering services in the online manual. Note: Photography and video/audio recording of any kind, other than by the official conference photographer, are strictly prohibited. Please report any suspected infractions to URTeC Show Management immediately so that corrective action can be taken. If possible, please get the name and affiliation of the person(s) involved from their badge. Deadline to order photography services is July 10, 2017

Photography Services Order Form

Floral and Plants

Floral and Plant arrangements can be ordered through Convention Plant Design. Order Deadline for plants and floral arrangements is July 10, 2017. Forms for ordering floral arrangements and plants can be ordered via Freeman Online.

Floral & Plants Order Form

Exhibitor Owned Vehicles

Exhibitors, show organizers and other clients may handle their own materials which can be carried by hand by one person. Exhibitors may not bring or use carts, pallet jacks or other material handling equipment which would interfere with the operations of Freeman. This will be strictly followed. All materials, other than exhibitor-handled materials as described above, are chargeable as material handling through Freeman. To ensure the orderly move in and move out of the show, all docks and vehicle traffic will be under the exclusive control of Freeman. As conditions permit, space may be made available for exhibitor owned vehicles to load or unload. One person should remain with the vehicle at all times.

Material handling

As stated in the Exhibitor Contract, crated shipments, machinery or equipment delivered to the Austin Convention Center by trucks (other than vans) will be handled as part of the exhibit space rental fee.

  • Before Exhibition—truck unloading, delivery to booth, and crate storage
  • After Exhibition—crate return to booth, crate removal and reloading

Rate Classifications and further information is available in the Freeman Online Manual.

Freeman is the Official Service Contractor and is therefore assigned as the exclusive provider of freight services. Material handling includes unloading exhibit material, storing up to 30 days in advance at the warehouse address, delivering to the booth, the handling of empty containers to and from storage, and removing of material from the booth for reloading onto outbound carriers. It should not be confused with the cost to transport your exhibit material to and from the event. You have (2) two options for shipping your advance freight:

  1. Ship to the warehouse
  2. Direct to show site

Per Freeman’s policies, crated material and machinery includes skidded material only. Any equipment, machinery that exceeds a weight limit of 15,000 pounds or non-skidded/loose materials may incur additional fees.

Move-In & Move-Out Information


All crates must be removed from the aisles by 6 pm on Saturday, July 22nd

Any exhibit space empty of display material after 8am on Monday, July 24th may be designated as a lounge by URTeC Show Management and set with appropriate furniture. No Show exhibitors may also be billed for any costs incurred for furniture and carpet.

  • URTeC Show Management reserves the right to have any display not erected by this time to be completed by the General Contractor (Freeman) at the exhibitor’s expense.
  • All displays will be adjusted to meet the proper specifications for which the exhibitor has not secured a variance.
  • Show Management reserves the right to prohibit heavy freight move-in after 6pm Saturday, July 22nd

Display materials must be set up during exhibition closed hours only. Failure to comply with this policy may result in a penalty such as disallowing participation in the Priority Exhibitor Space Assignment process or loss of points accumulated, or Non-profit exhibitors may lose exhibition privileges for the following year.


Move-out must be complete by 2pm Thursday, July 27th

Please do not compromise the integrity of the exhibition by abandoning your booth before the official dismantling time of 1pm on Wednesday, July 26th. Failure to comply with this policy may result in one or more of the following penalties:

  • Disallowing participation in the Priority Exhibitor Space Assignment process or loss of points accumulated.
  • Restriction from exhibiting at the same conference the following year, or on another AAPG managed event in which the exhibitor participates.
  • Loss of priority points accumulated from exhibiting at URTeC and/or other AAPG Managed Events.
  • Non-profit exhibitors may lose exhibition privileges for the following year.

Dismantle And Move-Out Information

All exhibitor materials must be removed from the exhibit facility by Thursday, July 27th at 2pm.

To ensure all exhibitor materials are removed from the exhibit facility by the Exhibitor Move-Out deadline, please have all carriers check-in by Thursday, July 27th at 9am.

Shipping/Freight Information

Warehouse Shipping Address:

Exhibiting Company Name / Booth # _________

URTeC 2017 - 423107
Raceway Crossing, Bldg. 1, 16310 Bratton Ln, Suite 125
Austin, TX 78728

Freeman will accept crated, boxed or skidded materials beginning Wednesday, June 21st at the above address. Material arriving after July 14th will be received at the warehouse with an additional after deadline charge. Warehouse materials are accepted at the warehouse Monday through Friday between the hours of 8am - 3:30pm. If required, provide your carrier with this phone number: (210) 554-2021

Show Site Shipping Address:

Exhibiting Company Name / Booth # _________
URTeC 2017 - 423107
Austin Convention Center
500 E. Cesar Chavez St.
Austin, TX 78701

Freeman will receive shipments at the exhibit facility beginning Thursday, July 20th.

Shipments arriving before this date may be refused by the facility. Any charges incurred for early freight accepted by the facility are the responsibility of the Exhibitor. This also applies to items not ordered through the Official Show Vendors.

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