Before You Arrive

OCEANS 2018 Charleston is almost here!

Here’s what you need to know before you go.

1. Download the OCEANS Conference app for the most up-to-date information throughout the conference.

Follow these easy instructions to download and create your login.

2. Have some fun!

Once you’ve downloaded the conference app, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in the “scavenger hunt” included with the app! These will go live once the event begins.


3. Where We’ll Be:

Charleston Area Convention Center
Address: 5000 Coliseum Dr, North Charleston, SC 29418
Phone: (843) 529-5011


4. As soon as you arrive – check in and pick up your badge.

Registration is located on the first floor of the Charleston Area Convention Center in the Exhibit Hall Foyer. This is just inside the main entrance to the building. To expedite your check-in process, please bring your registration confirmation which contains a barcode.
Registration hours are:
Monday: 7 AM – 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 7 AM- 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 7 AM – 5 PM
Thursday: 7 AM – 4 PM

Please visit the registration desk for conference information while you’re on-site.


5. How should you dress?

The dress code for the conference is business casual. Depending on when you arrive, the weather is forecast to be between 67 and 83 degrees. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a sweater/scarf as it may be chilly inside the convention center.


6. Get Your Sustenance.

OCEANS will provide the following meals & snacks in the exhibit hall during the conference:
Tuesday Lunch: 12:00 PM – 1:40 PM
Tuesday Afternoon Break: 3:00 – 3:40 PM
Wednesday Morning Break: 11:00 – 11:10 AM
Wednesday Lunch: 12:00 PM – 1 :40 PM
Wednesday Afternoon Break: 3:00 – 3:40 PM
Thursday Morning Break: 10:30 – 11:10 AM
Thursday Lunch: 12:30 PM – 1 :40 PM
Thursday Afternoon Break: 3:00 – 3:40 PM


7. Stay Connected.

WiFi is provided throughout the Convention Center for your convenience:
Network: CACCC3
Password: oceans18


8. Schedule Your Meetings.

Check out the exhibitor list and plan who you want to meet, and when. The exhibit hall will be open during the following times:
Tuesday: 11:45 AM – 7 PM (Ribbon cutting at 11:45 AM)
Wednesday: 10:40 AM – 5 PM
Thursday: 10:30 AM – 5 PM


9. Take Advantage of these Special Events.

Ice Breaker Reception | Monday, 5 – 7 PM
Convention Center Ballroom Foyer, First Floor
OES/MTS Student Mixer | Monday, 7 – 8:30 PM
Convention Center Ballroom Foyer/Patio
Exhibitor Reception | Tuesday, 5 – 7 PM
Exhibit Hall
Gala at the South Carolina Aquarium 
Wednesday, 7 – 9 PM

10. Plan Your Schedule.

There are hundreds of technical sessions provided during the three-day conference. Look for the session track within your area of interest, or simply see what interests you. View the full technical program schedule.

Be sure to participate in our amazing lineup of plenary and keynote speakers on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.